UConn stars Shabazz Napier and Stephanie Dolson UConn
UConn stars Shabazz Napier and Stephanie Dolson
UConn stars Shabazz Napier and Stephanie Dolson UConn

The president of the NCAA has heard UConn basketball star Shabazz Napier’s complaints about going to bed “starving.

“If UConn wants to feed Shabazz breakfast in bed every day they can,” Mark Emmert said Friday on “Mike & Mike” radio show in an effort to take pressure off what he calls “dumb rules about food”.

In that spirit, ESPN host Trey Wingo brought the Husky some breakfast Friday while on the show “Numbers Never Lie.”

“We’ve got some pancakes, eggs,” Host Trey Wingo says as he serves breakfast to Napier shortly after Emmert’s comment.

“Where’s mine,” interrupts women’s star Stefanie Dolson.

“You’ll get yours young lady,” Wingo replies. “Ok. So enjoy eat up.”

Napier has drawn a lot of attention recently to the NCAA’s rules on what food schools are allowed to provide to athlete. He said student athletes often go hungry when asked whether student athletes should be able to form a union.

The NCAA’s legislative council earlier this week eliminated all previous restrictions on food for athletes.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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