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Oklahoma working on ‘mobile’ solution for athletes’ nutritional needs

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August 1 marked the first day that schools are allowed, per NCAA rules, to feed their athletes whenever they wish. Prior to the change, with legislation beginning well before former UConn guard Shabazz Napier made remarks about going to bed hungry at times, schools were limited in the amount of food they were allowed to provide scholarship athletes with walk-ons being even more restrained in what they could receive.

Now all athletes can be taken care of as a result of the rule change, resulting in some schools looking for ways in which to make sure athletes have ample access to meals and snacks.

One such school is Oklahoma, and according to athletic director Joe Castiglione has a plan for making sure his school’s athletes get the food they need: a food truck. Castiglione’s reasoning for the move: at present time Oklahoma lacks the facilities needed to make sure all of their athletes are taken care of with regards to the new rules on meals and snacks.

Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione told that the vehicle the school is in the process of purchasing will serve as a solution to make sure athletes can get what they want when they want it.

“We don’t have facilities in all the places they would need to be, so the idea is to have a mobile fueling station and perhaps some additional trailers that have refrigeration capabilities that can operate as a prep kitchen of sorts,” Castiglione said.

Will other schools look for similar solutions when looking to follow the new rule? That’s definitely a possibility, but one question to ask is whether or not a school would be allowed to be sponsored by a company that makes snacks. If so, that could be a good way for a program to keep the costs down some when it comes to making sure their athletes have all the food they need.

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione named 2015-16 Division I men’s basketball chairman

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With Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes serving as chairman of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee this season, the question that remained unanswered was who would be the vice-chairman of the committee. Not only does that person essentially serve as Barnes’ “right-hand man” this season, but they would also be the committee chairman the following year.

The answer was revealed Friday morning, with the NCAA announcing that Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione will serve as committee vice-chairman this coming season and chairman of the committee in 2015-16. Among the responsibilities that come with being chairman of the men’s basketball committee: being the face of the NCAA tournament selection committee.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to have served on this committee with three outstanding chairs in Jeff Hathaway [the current director of athletics at Hofstra], Mike Bobinski [the current director of athletics director at Georgia Tech] and current chair Ron Wellman of Wake Forest,” Castiglione said in the release.

“Watching them lead the committee throughout the year and particularly through the selection process has been educational, and having the opportunity to work along with Scott in the coming year will serve as great preparation to fill this role. It’s an honor to be selected by my peers and I’m appreciative of the trust that this group, for which I have a tremendous amount of respect, has placed in me.”

Barnes’ tenure as men’s basketball committee chairman begins on September 1, with the terms of Wellman and Big Sky commissioner Doug Fullerton coming to an end on August 31.