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NCAA proposes changes to meals regulations

Mark Emmert has long pledged to get the NCAA rule book out of the minutiae business. The NCAA's legislative arm took a step toward that goal on Thursday by announcing several rules proposals.

First, the NCAA is considering loosening the restrictions on meals and snacks that schools may provide to players. In their words: "Additionally, the Council sponsored two separate proposals that would allow schools to give unlimited snacks and additional meals to student-athletes, outside of what they receive through their traditional scholarship. The first proposal would allow schools to provide meals in conjunction with practice during the playing season and other noncompetitive events. The second proposal would allow schools to provide meals 'incidental with participation' both in and out of season."

Dan Wolken about sums it up perfectly in layman's terms:

Additionally, the NCAA will consider requiring all coaches to be CPR certified and another that would mandate all strength and conditioning coaches to possess professional certification, which may cause strength staffs to move a number of personnel into football analyst roles at some larger programs.

In typical NCAA fashion, none of this will officially be published until November 15, and the first votes aren't due until the 2014 NCAA Convention in January. 

Of all the proposals offered on Thursday, the increase of meals and snacks available to be provided to student-athletes feels like the most likely to pass. If nothing else, it will allow a point of victory for athletics directors in the ongoing pay-for-play debate. By taking care of an essential need for players - and there's no need more essential than food - it cuts the legs out of the destitute college athlete talking point currently rolling around in the public discourse.