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NCAA allows student-athletes to wear patches and statements on jerseys supporting social justice

The NCAA will allow rules student-athletes in all sports to wear patches on their uniforms for commemorative and memorial purposes, as well as to support social justice issues.

After meeting by videoconference last week, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted to allow student-athletes two places on the uniform, one on the front and one on the back, to express support and voice their opinions.

The patch on the front, as authorized by the school or conference, may be a commemorative/memorial patch (names, mascots, nicknames, logos and marks) intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes. The patch – which cannot exceed 2 1/4 square inches and must be placed on the front or sleeve of the uniform – must be identical for those who choose to wear them on each individual team.

The second location is on the back of the uniform where the player name is traditionally located and, as authorized by the school or conference, will allow names/words intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes. The names or words may vary by team member.

In the same release, the NCAA announced that due to challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the panel has approved changing or waiving playing rules for the 2020-21 year that may help to mitigate risk of contamination and enhance a safer return to play for all participants without affecting competitive equity.

In football, team areas will be expanded to the 15-yard lines. Under the current rule, the team area was between the 25-yard lines.

Also, the coin toss participants will be limited to two officials and one captain from each team. The current rule allowed up to four game captains and additional people such as media members or ceremonial captains to be in proximity of the coin toss.

In men’s and women’s soccer, players ejected for spitting at an opponent will have to serve a two-game penalty. The current rule called for an ejection and a one-game suspension.

In women’s volleyball, the teams will remain on the same bench during the entire match rather than switch benches after each set.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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42 Comments for NCAA allows student-athletes to wear patches and statements on jerseys supporting social justice



  1. UKFanSC
    1:28 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully one is “Karen is an offensive slur”



  2. VilleCat11
    1:36 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Imagine if someone wanted to put a blue lives matter or all lives matter.. that would be a big ole heck no.. haha



  3. Dr. Tom
    1:37 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Commemorative and memorial purposes, as well as to support social justice issues!! Oh the day when sports was all about the game. I am a product of the 50’s and 60’s generations which were the “golden years” before social media. I remember a quote from Elvis Presley’s Mother that the guitar was going to be the ruination of her son. Well that didn’t turn out to be or maybe it was, but for sure social media is going to be the ruination of our country!!



    • madarchitect
      3:23 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Your “golden years” were a time when all were not treated equally. I’m certain your viewpoint would be different if you were not an old white man.



    • UKFanSC
      3:39 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      And your viewpoint would be equally different if you were from his generation. Sadly your golden years will be a cesspool of racial, social, gender, and generational division. There will come a time, I predict, when you will look back at the 50s 60s and 70s and wish like hell you had lived in that era.



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:03 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      I suppose madarchchitect thinks everyone is treated equally in this day and age, might want to look around you.



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:03 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Might want to leave the ageism out of this as well.



  4. Headhurts
    1:44 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Keep social & political issues off the field, court, ice, when your done playing your chosen sport you can stand on the corner holding your sign, sports is our escape, at least it used to be.



    • michaelb
      1:46 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Nice lol



    • satcheluk
      4:39 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      So you can express yourself any time you want, but athletes should shut up?



    • Good Times
      5:09 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      satcheluk, are you allowed to espouse political viewpoints related to volatile social issues at your place of work? I know I’m not and our Company’s social media policies even guide you in being mindful of what you share. Help me understand how the NBA, NFL, MLB, etc. aren’t employers shouldn’t have a similar expectation of their employees?



  5. Eddiemcwildcat
    1:45 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Will “Liberalism is a disease” fit?



  6. UKFaninCO
    1:50 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    More BS that segments us!



  7. 67ferrari
    1:54 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    ??? done with this BS



  8. VirginiaCat
    2:04 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    A team jersey represents a particular geographic region, university, and fan base. Adding a social justice “patch” will disrupt fan unity. It will change how we perceive individual athletes depending on how we perceive their political leanings. Why conflate politics and sports? It’s a slippery slope with little no appreciable benefit. Also, who judges what is appropriate or inappropriate? What if an athlete wants to wear a patch that celebrates all lives or blue lives? Keep politics off the court.



  9. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:16 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Since Black Lives Matter is an organization that has made millions of dollars I wonder how that is any different than any other company advertising on a jersey.



    • 4everUKBlue
      2:32 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe the CEO’s of all those other companies don’t threaten to burn the system down if they don’t get what they want and are not funded by George Soros…



    • 4everUKBlue
      2:33 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Wouldn’t that make them different?



  10. BigBlueFoo42777
    2:19 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Good point Willis.



  11. lexslamman
    2:44 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Sports are supposed to be a refuge from politics. I’m less interested in sports every time something like this happens.



  12. Good Times
    3:11 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Legitimate question here – I’m assuming this could be used to support any social movement? Environment, animal welfare, cancer research, etc.?



  13. DelrayCat
    3:33 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    This is awesome in so many ways. First, it clearly shows you racist MAGA chumps that the world is changing and you are not going to be a part of the solutions anymore (especially come November). Second, I hope it does drive many of you crybabies away from watching sports and supporting the cats. Your ilk needs to stick to NASCAR or Duck Dynasty or sitting in your trailer all day reading about QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories like 4Ever does. These players don’t need you. Cal and Stoops don’t need you. We don’t need you. So if you don’t like it…GTFO.



    • UKFanSC
      3:43 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      You’re such a disgusting little twit. I don’t think I’ve read a single intelligent comment from you since you crawled out of your mom’s basement and into our comment stream. You and your delusional liberal friends are simply useful idiots to the movements you support.



    • satcheluk
      4:45 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      This is what happens when you oppress fro so long. If you and your would have supported change a generation ago, then the pendulum wouldn’t be swing so far. Change is going to happen. You can support it gradually or you can suppress then it happens all at once.



    • MrPioneer
      4:26 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Any comment that makes UKFanSC angry is a quality comment in my book. Every comment you leave, SC, makes you seem like a miserable, close minded loser stuck in the past who can’t accept change. I’m a conservative, but your accusations of liberals is so exhausting. You like to say that they are the issue, but can’t accept the fact that other people have differing opinions than you. It is hilarious how mad you get at these comments and is honestly pure entertainment at this point.



    • UKFanSC
      5:36 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Plenty more entertainment headed your way



  14. chardun20
    3:37 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    It shouldn’t have come to this, but it has. If people would honestly have uncomfortable conversations instead of denying certain things exist or being part certain behaviors, this would not be happening.



  15. light my fire
    3:40 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe if both sides could admit both sides are racist.

    Wish politics wasn’t in sports



  16. Bluebird
    3:51 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Okay. The slogan on the back thing feels kind of corny to me, but whatever. Doesn’t hurt me any. And if it somehow brings more awareness to some good causes, then that’s cool.

    Hope it’s not just a bone being thrown by people in power to distract from the fact that nothing of importance is actually being changed. You think they’ll allow a jersey that says “Unpaid Labor?”



  17. Jambluehue99
    5:03 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Just another divisive wedge in what used to be a unifying event. Sadly the academic institutions, who are suppose to the the smart ones, keep caving to a Marxist movement designed to divide and conquer. Instead of smart, they are proving to be useful idiots.



  18. bigcat68
    5:15 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    DelrayCat are you really Matt Jones? You’re such a progressive thinker. Also a POS. Good job stereotyping though. You tolerant POS.



  19. light my fire
    5:34 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    So how does a person go off and say a bunch of racist maga chumps not get censored

    If someone says bad stuff or facts about liberals it disappears



    • Jambluehue99
      5:40 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      The left demands conformance to their worldview. Everything is a means to and end. They have no moral compass or values other than the religion of Liberalism. Whatever it takes to advance their agenda of gaining power is legitimate in their eyes.



  20. burk
    6:02 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Can we just play?



  21. VirginiaCat
    6:16 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Several comments make reference to change. The BLM movement has championed change that is almost entirely symbolic, i.e., tearing down statutes, removing names from buildings, renaming sports teams, etc. The only material change is to defund the police, which is opposed particularly in the black community. At the end of the day, it’s just noise that doesn’t change anything in a meaningful way. I have seen no solutions for the thousands of black-on-black homicides that occur every year. I would love to see that change. No solutions offered for rebuilding the black family structure that has been decimated in recent decades. I would love to see that reversed. Liberal “protestors” have shown talent for chanting slogans, destroying property, and uttering vulgarities. Don’t claim the high road for change because I have seen no evidence of that. Your antics only obfuscate the real change that needs to occur. True change requires hard work and objectivity and a willingness to work together in a constructive manner. But hey, continue to wear black, chant, and throw stuff; enjoy the rush of pretending to be radical freedom fighters.



    • Tom Bombadil
      7:08 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Virginia Cat I could not have said it any better! Well done!! Thank you



    • UKFanSC
      7:17 am July 31, 2020 Permalink

      Once again, we’ll said



  22. grammarpoliceUK
    6:17 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    Okay,let me see if I’ve got this right:
    Whites hate blacks,blacks hate whites
    Conservatives hate liberals, liberals hate conservatives;
    Northerners hate southerners, southerners hate northerners;
    Californians hate Kentuckians, Kentuckians hate Californians;
    UK fans hate UL fans, UL fans hate UK fans;
    USC fans hate UCLA fans, UCLA fans hate USC fans;
    Etc.,etc.,etc,
    Anyone else notice a common word here? That’s right. The word hate. Apparently we are all biased against something. And the word bias is simply another word for hate. We all have our ideas on the way things should be.It starts the day we are born. We are influenced by our family, geographic location,friends, teachers, co-workers, and many other factors such as religion (or no religion) we encounter in life So effectively, we are all sheep. For most people, when we read a headline, there’s no need to read the article. We already have our minds made up on the content.I guess what I’m saying is this: none of us have a right to blast, condemn,or name call anyone else because their ideas or opinions are different. Apparently we are all haters.Okay, I’m sure that pointing out all our faults will get me blasted,so go ahead. I’m pretty sure I can take it without judging any of you for your own ideas.
    P.S. The best words of advice probably came from all our momma’s: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!”



    • Jambluehue99
      6:46 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

      The problem with your argument is it basically assumes that one side is morally equivalent to the other. This could not be further from the truth. Currently you have one side making Marxist demands of the other, and if they don’t get their way they attack, burn, kill, etc. You don’t see that from those on which they have declared war. One side is a domestic terrorist group (ANTIFA) and one a victim of that group. No, we are not all haters. We are not all sheep. But we all will be sorry if this nonsense continues because we will all suffer the consequences.



  23. VirginiaCat
    8:36 pm July 30, 2020 Permalink

    You make a good point, Jam, with respect to moral equivalency. Liberals have successfully established political correctness (PC) as the national measuring stick for morality issues. Anything that deviates from that standard is subject to collective rage from the left. While I don’t think that PC has popular support, it is protected and perpetuated by the trifecta of the national media, the entertainment industry, and academia. The most egregious part is that PC controls the narrative and makes it impossible to identify problems accurately and formulate reasonable plans of action. While I think many protestors are well-intentioned, there is a large cadre of petulant children who will grow bolder and more destructive as their behavior is not addressed. What we have is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog and thus far the dog is paralyzed by the fear of being branded by one of the “…isms.”