Boise State’s student-athletes, including walk-ons, have access to unlimited snacks this semester as the school begins to adjust to new NCAA rules.
The athletic department has established two “fueling stations” — one in the weight room in the Bleymaier Football Center and one in the weight room in the Varsity Center. A nutritionist is helping with the menu, which will include bagels, bananas and smoothies.
Athletic Director Mark Coyle polled coaches and worked with the student-athlete advisory group to decide how to implement the NCAA’s decision to allow unlimited meals “incidental to participation.”
“The feedback we got back was, ‘We don’t need another meal, but it’d be great to have snacks,’ ” Coyle said.
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The program will have a six-figure price tag, Coyle said. Boise State may adjust its plan as Coyle gets a better feel for what other schools will do and what exactly “unlimited” means.
“As I talk to ADs across the country, everybody is completely confused on what they’re going to do,” Coyle said.
Senior wide receiver Matt Miller grabbed a bagel for lunch Sunday as he bounced between weight training, interviews with the media, meetings and practice.
“It’s kind of a little buffet all day long,” Miller said. “If you have a set meal, three meals a day, it’s kind of hard to get guys to go there. This gives us more flexibility with our schedules. You see guys with bagels all the time.”
On another NCAA note: The difference between Boise State’s athletic scholarships and the cost of attendance for 2014-15 is $5,100. If, as expected, the NCAA approves an upgrade to full cost-of-attendance scholarships, Coyle wants to apply that figure to each of his 226 scholarships.
Total cost: $1,152,600.
The Broncos plan to absorb some of the additional athlete-welfare costs with their recent agreements with Albertsons ($12.5 million over 15 years for stadium naming rights) and Learfield ($44 million over 12 years for marketing rights).
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