The birth of the NCAA

  • The Birth Of___ (1).jpg The NCAA dates its formation to two White House conferences convened by President Theodore Roosevelt to “encourage reforms” to college football practices in the early 20th century, which had resulted in repeated injuries and deaths and “prompted many college and universities to discontinue the sport.”[1] Following those White House meetings, Chancellor Henry MacCracken of New York University organized a meeting of 13 colleges and universities to initiate changes in football playing rules; at a follow-on meeting on December 28, 1905 in New York, 62 higher-education institutions became charter members of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS).[1] The IAAUS was officially established on March 31, 1906, and took its present name, the NCAA, in 1910.[1]

  • @curmudgeonjhwk

    Modern neuroscience research supports the early preference for ending football.

  • @jaybate-1.0 Football is too great of a game to just abolish it. I vote for getting rid of men’s football and going strictly with the LFL. Or make it Co-ed. Touch football. Two hand touch, anywhere.

  • @jaybate-1.0 Football is on life support, imo. Too many devastating consequences from playing the sport - Big Brother will eventually shut it down at some point.


    Agreed, but I just talked to a young father who said his 10 year old son’s friends generation of kids are showing a marked increased interest in football, and a decline in soccer. Every generation can surprise.

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