LARAMIE, Wyo. — Citing new and pending NCAA regulations, the University of Wyoming's athletic department is seeking an extra $4 million, with more than half of that going to buy more food for players.
The request is aimed at helping the department adjust to the changes. The request is part of a supplemental budget request of more than $25 million sent to Gov. Matt Mead.
About $2.5 million would go to food.
Previously, universities were only allowed by the NCAA to provide three meals a day to players. Now there are no limits. And as Wyoming prepares for its football season, coaches want players to be able to consume more calories, said athletic director Tom Burman.
More funds would go to full scholarships, transportation to class, support for student athletes to train during the summer, health and safety programs, Burman said.
Burman said he hoped the NCAA will soon allow universities to pay for families to accompany prospective players on campus visits.
"When we to get parents to come with their kid, when they come out here and see the campus and the facilities and how great of a place Laramie is to grow up in, we get much better acceptance," he said. The director added he hopes that donors can match the funding request, which will be considered during the legislative session next spring.