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Stoops will meet with team to discuss “APU” NCAA protest

Georgia Tech's Synjyn Days was one of 28 players to participate in the APU protest last week.

Georgia Tech’s Synjyn Days was one of 28 players to participate in the APU protest last week.

Last weekend, 28 players nationwide participated in the “APU,” or “All Players United,” protest against the NCAA. Those players wrote the acronym on athletic tape displayed during games to bring awareness to players’ rights, an issue that has taken over college athletics this season after the Johnny Manziel autograph scandal and various player likeness lawsuits.

During today’s SEC Coaches’ Teleconference, Mark Stoops was asked if he would allow his players to join the campaign and wear “APU” on their equipment this Saturday. He said he’d be fine with it as long as it was a team decision:

We are going to talk about that. That was on my notes to talk about here before this game, and we will address it and we will talk about it as a team. Right now, I’m going to basically take the stance that I’m going to address it with our unity council, with our people and the leaders or our team, and if they’re all in favor of it 100 percent, then maybe we’ll do something. If not, then I prefer not to, not to let individual players express that. I’d rather do it as a team.

Stoops also addressed UK’s 26-game losing streak to the Gators, which he says he’s fine with the players using as extra motivation on Saturday as long as it doesn’t become a distraction:

I addressed it with the players, I did. I talked about it and, listen, our message has been to our team since I’ve been here: control what we can control. Control today, this upcoming day. We’re trying to get better one day at a time, really one play at a time. I think since we’ve really been concentrating on that as the season has progressed, I thought we’ve gotten better. So we’re really worried about ourselves, this team and this week. We really don’t worry too much about that streak, but like I told the team: If they want to use it as motivation, go right ahead, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that we need to get better, control today and get better today. So that’s the approach that we’re using.

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7 responses to “Stoops will meet with team to discuss “APU” NCAA protest”

  1. AnthonyBBN

    I love Mark Stoops and his wanting unity with the team. That is a great idea, do it as a team.

  2. I love Stoops.

    I really do. This is absolutley the correct way to go about this. Treat these young men like the MEN they are and let them decide as a team how they want to go about this.

  3. realme

    Hope they decide to do it. It will be more effective if they all do it together, and it will get extra exposure for the team.

  4. jus sayin

    If you wont let student athletes work you need to give them a stipend.

  5. I Am Spartacus


  6. jaws2

    Why can’t we JUST play Friggin FOOTBALLLLL !!! Enough of this political statement crap; ENOUGH !!!

  7. barn

    jus sayin: why would they need a stipend?? for tattoos?? everything while they’re in college is paid for. everything. they don’t need to work. the students who are “privileged” to work are the ones whose parents have to work and struggle to pay their kid’s way thru college