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Multiple players stage in-game protest over NCAA’s treatment

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If you happened to be watching games such as Georgia Tech or Georgia or Northwestern this afternoon, you may have noticed several players on each team sporting the initials “APU” on their wristbands.

According to, the letters stand for “All Players United” and is what the National College Players Association hopes to be the the latest very public shot fired against the NCAA and its treatment of football players.  The NCPA is an advocacy group pushing for NCAA reforms, which range from minimizing the risk of concussions to compensation for players above what they receive now.

NCPA president Ramogi Huma told the website that the push to get players to show its support via the “APU” scrawled on wristbands began a couple of months ago, and will continue in the future.

“Players will continue to wear the APU throughout the season and spread the word,” Huma said. “They’re taking the reform effort to television, which has never been done. They’ve been using their bodies to make money for the people who run NCAA sports. Now, for the first time, they’re using their bodies to push for basic protections at the very least.”

Former shoe magnate Sonny Vaccaro, a very vocal and long-time critic of the NCAA, lauded the players for taking what he described as a “courageous” step against the NCAA.

I thought this was a courageous, courageous day today,” Vaccaro told “It’s beautiful. They went right in front of America and truly believe it. The current football players joining the O’Bannon suit gave strength to this. I think this is only going to grow.

It’ll be interesting to see how much if any traction this movement gains.  And what if any steps football programs and/or universities take to keep a lid on future protests.

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15 Responses to “Multiple players stage in-game protest over NCAA’s treatment”
  1. cometkazie says: Sep 21, 2013 5:30 PM

    And no Saint Roger to fine them when they wear the bands.

  2. melikefootball says: Sep 21, 2013 5:33 PM

    These players are being paid in a college education for nothing. Ask the mom and dads that pay for children about that. It has become more and more by these athletes I want Iwant Iwant. They sure don’t take reasonability when they get caught doing bad at the college. NCAA has no balls in stopping the BS by these individuals. If players don’t want to play then give up the scholarship who will pay them then. Go to class get that education that is why your at the school as well.

  3. jerhv44060 says: Sep 21, 2013 6:00 PM

    What some people that argue over this issue fail to realize is that many scholarships do not cover the entire cost of living. Yes, they are mostly covered for their education, but most student athletes do not get full rides. And yes that includes football players. Room and board are quite expensive, and we all know what food costs. I’m sorry, there are offenders who just want their cut so to speak, but for the ones who just have coaches, boosters, or anyone buy them food they should not get in trouble for that. It is food. Cars and whatnot are different, but are we really going to enforce strict penalties on any program for feeding kids? That seems really out of touch to me. Reconfigure the rules so they penalize the serious offenders and not they hungry ones.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 21, 2013 6:05 PM

    Pretty hard to get all wound up about players who sport 5 grand worth of tats and another 5 grand worth of jewelry.

  5. Slim Charles says: Sep 21, 2013 6:46 PM

    Anyone who uses the simplistic “Hyuk, they get room and board hyuk argument” should read this:

  6. normtide says: Sep 21, 2013 6:51 PM

    I agree with a player stipend, 100%. But that’s about it. Mainly to minimize the need to get money in shady ways. The NCAA needs to realize that these kids will get money one way or another. There needs to be some sort of control.

    My question is, if your paying players, does that become taxable? Because, that would mean their housing, food, travel, and all the other perks become taxable as well. Then you would see the true amount these kids get in free income.

    Btw, if any schools wants to take advantage of my kids like that, please do. Free education, housing, food, top notch medical care, training, travel, swag, equipment…. plus, being the big men on campus. Where do we sign up for this travastey?

  7. joerevs300 says: Sep 21, 2013 7:30 PM

    In reading about Arian Foster talking about not having food in his fridge after playing in front of 107,000 people in Tennessee, I totally understand the student athlete/money conflict that is truly coming to a head now.

    However, as another poster mentioned above, if you start compensating them, where is the line drawn? How much? Are you going to give Div I CFB more then say, soccer or baseball? Or the same? Is it taxable or not? What % of all revenue should go to the student athletes?

    I think most reasonably minded people can agree when you have programs that make this kind of profit, something has to change (these stats are from 2011-2012):

    Texas: $77M profit
    Michigan: $61M profit
    Georgia: $52M profit
    Florida: $51M profit
    Alabama: $45M profit
    LSU: $44M profit
    Auburn: $43M profit
    ND: $43M profit
    Arkansas: $39M profit
    Nebraska: $36M profit

    Last year, Texas had revenues of OVER 100M. ONE HUNDRED MILLION. Even if you take 60 scholarship players paying $100K tuition & fees, they are still putting $94M in their pockets.

    If that’s not a broken system (along with the NCAA and their 1910 rulebook), then what is?

  8. badintent says: Sep 21, 2013 7:55 PM

    Excellent post. All valid points. The NCAA gold Southern boys and Midwest bible thumpers has been running a quasi-slave plantation for over a hundred years to enrich themselves and their cronies at the expense of student athletes. Many of them get injured and are cut, losing their full Or partial scholarships. Many can’t afford to continue their education out of pocket. Read the book “Meat on the Hoof “about the Texas football program and how players that head coach Darryl Royal no longer wanted after their 2nd year were destroyed in stupid, dangerous drill that were designed to injure knees, backs ,etc

  9. thebadguyswon says: Sep 21, 2013 8:37 PM

    This is just wrong. The NCAA already gives these kids a free ride for school, something that costs other kids and parents thousands of dollars.

    They’re privledged to play. If they want compensation, get a job. Welcome to the real world, idiots.

  10. thebadguyswon says: Sep 21, 2013 8:39 PM

    But with how crazy and lost this country has become, I’m not surprised so many “feel” for these kids. What a joke.

  11. Slim Charles says: Sep 21, 2013 9:33 PM

    This is just wrong. The NCAA already gives these kids a free ride for school, something that costs other kids and parents thousands of dollars.

    They’re privledged to play. If they want compensation, get a job. Welcome to the real world, idiots.


    In the real world, you’re paid for the work you do. These guys aren’t allowed to profit off of THEIR OWN NAMES. Look up the player who was told by the NCAA he couldn’t have a side career performing gospel music or the guy who freaking knitted beanies. Players aren’t even allowed to do little things to get some extra cash because the NCAA doesn’t get their taste.

  12. charger383 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:01 AM

    you need some spending money

  13. 6stn says: Sep 22, 2013 12:02 AM

    Do away with athletic scholarships altogether. Teams could be picked from tryouts involving only actual students already enrolled in school, and in good academic standing.

  14. geodude11 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:05 AM

    If the NCAA is such a tyrant, grow a spine and leave it. Get out there and “do it” on your own, walk on to professional team training camps and make the grade. Yea, I didn’t think so, the worthless hypocrite is too strong in American athletes. Give them a wiff of steroid and a promise they won’t be caught CHEATING and they jump for it. Give the scholarship athletes enough to cover food, books, and moderate living expenses and let the competition begin.

  15. cubb1 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:19 AM

    Fight the Power

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