Colleges determining how to implement new NCAA rule for unlimited meals, snacks

Big 12 athletic directors say the rule could cost them up to $2 million.

IRVING, Texas—College cafeterias? So old school.

These days, dining options for college athletes are all about “fueling stations,” and they could come in all sorts of forms. On-campus food trucks, New York-style food stands and debit cards for use at select restaurants and grocery stores were all musings mentioned by Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione on Thursday at the Big 12’s annual meetings in Las Colinas.

Schools are determining the best ways to implement a new NCAA rule that allows athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks. Big 12 athletic directors are estimating they will spend an additional $700,000 to $2 million annually, depending on the food plans that are created. The logistics are complex and still in flux.

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