Shabazz Napier and Stefanie Dolson spent an interesting day at ESPN. Among other things, they were “fed” by, or we should say, with permission from NCAA president Mark Emmert.
Emmert, of course, was among the dignitaries on the court when Napier proclaimed “This is what happens when you ban us … meet the Hungry Huskies” after the UConn men won the title on April 7. Earlier in the tournament, he made waves when he said there were times he “went to bed starving” because of the NCAA’s rules governing food for athletes.
(BTW, this is an issue Napier had raised a few times before, though no one was paying attention.)
Emmert was on the ESPN campus in Bristol for interviews, and crossed paths with Napier and Dolson. Trey Wingo served them breakfast during the show “Numbers Never Lie.”
(Updated 7:35 p.m., we’re deleting a quote that was here originally because there was confusion as to who said it.)
A proposal to eliminate all restrictions on feeding athletes was passed by the NCAA’s legislative council this week. It had been in the works for months, but timing is everything – Shabazz Napier will always be connected with this positive change.