Oklahoma is getting a food truck for its athletes


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You can’t throw a rock in some cities and not hit a food truck offering 10 types of grilled-cheese sandwiches, or halal-meat platters, or Korean tacos, or crepes, or halal Korean crepes. Now, the University of Oklahoma is getting in on the trend, thanks to a recently passed NCAA rule that says colleges can give unlimited meals and snacks to its student-athletes.

ESPN.com has more:

Oklahoma has found a creative way to make sure it complies with the new NCAA rule that allows athletes to receive unlimited snacks: A food truck.

Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione told ESPN.com 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.

Castiglione stresses that the truck is “not about largesse or excessiveness” and more about “putting ingenuity to work,” but does say the new rule, he fears, will create an unnecessary competition of sorts.

Castiglione added that Oklahoma will be spending about $1 million annually to provide a greater selection of snacks to its athletes.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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