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College Football Players Protest NCAA With “APU” Gear


The topic of the NCAA’s treatment and compensation of their athletes has been a hot button issue in the last couple of years, and it seems as though some players and certain organizations have taken to public demonstrations in their attempt to create an “athlete-driven national movement”. 

Players from Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Northwestern all participated in the protest which was organized by the National College Players Association, an organization that supports reform in NCAA rules, by displaying “APU” on different parts of their uniforms during games early Saturday. ‘APU” stands for “All Players United”, a movement that according to the NCPA was months in the making, and includes other high-profile BCS players that have yet to play today. NCPA President Ramogi Huma listed these as the main goals for the players’ protest:


– Demonstrate unity among college athletes and fans in favor of NCAA reform.

– Show support for players who joined concussion lawsuits against the NCAA, which could “force the NCAA to finally take meaningful steps to minimize brain trauma in contact sports and provide resources for current and former players suffering with brain injuries.”

– Show support for the players who “stepped up in the O’Bannon v. NCAA, EA Sports lawsuit regarding the use of players’ images/likeliness, which could unlock billions of dollars in resources for current, future, and former players.”

– Stand behind individual players being “harmed by NCAA rules.

On the basic protections the group is looking to provide…

Those include guaranteed scholarship renewals for permanently injured players, the promise that injured players will not have to pay sports-related medical bills, an increase in scholarship aid by $3,000 to $5,000 per year up to the cost of attendance, and the establishment of an educational “trust fund” that players could tap into after their eligibility expires


The group also seeks to use the hashtags #APU and #AllPlayersUnited as well as continued exposure on national television to publicize their movement, in what could turn out to be the first unified effort from current NCAA players aside from the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit to publically push for NCAA reform.

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

8 Comments for College Football Players Protest NCAA With “APU” Gear

  1. Karl Childers
    7:32 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    I like them French fried potaters mmm hmm.

  2. Bubba Earl
    8:25 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    Right On! Fight the Power!!!

  3. Mark Liptak
    9:49 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    I hope they continue to do this and whatever else they can to show the arrogance and hypocracy of the NCAA.

    Good for those players for showing some stones.

  4. Kevin C
    10:49 pm September 21, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking of strange things seen on football unis today…

    Can someone tell me why Rutgers QB Gary Nova had F.A.M.I.L.Y. on his jersey, instead of NOVA?

  5. Ned Tugent
    2:52 am September 22, 2013 Permalink

    About time, one of the biggest shams in the free world is that the NCAA cares about the student athlete. They just need to come clean and admit it’s really about the $ and unchecked power they wield.

  6. schwing
    10:29 am September 22, 2013 Permalink

    in five years, the NCAA will be a shadow of what it is today.

    by 2020, it won’t exist at all.

  7. nanny
    11:49 am September 22, 2013 Permalink

    boohoohoo, pity the poor athlete. colleges need to give them more, more, more. colleges and their coaches shouldn’t be raking in big bucks, after all, these poor athletes aren’t making big bucks. why not raise everyone’s tuition so colleges can just put these prina donas on salary. after all non-athlete students can work their way thru school–after class, on holidays and summertime, and if they’re hungry they can surely at least afford some ramen. our athletes aren’t allowed to work to pay for their tuition, room and board, food, tutors, books etc. they are surely discriminated against. we could even create a fund (voluntary) to pay for tattoos for those who couldn’t afford them while in high school. solidarity!!

  8. bigD
    8:51 am September 23, 2013 Permalink

    I by no means support the NCAA. I think it is to broke to fix, and that it will not be long before it is sent to the junk yard. I also love college sports. Now, as for me, these money hungry athletes need to enjoy the free ride they get to attend school. While most of us are not gifted enough to run onto the court at Rupp Arena or Commonwealth, we struggle to save enough money for our kids to attend a university to get a education. Our kids will be working in the real world. Just because you excell at sports does not mean that you should have money handed to you every where you go. How about we pay medical students, criminal justice majors, dentistry sudents. For the most part they will contribute to Society, and don’t give me the athletes donate millions of dollars to charity bit. This is about getting paid while in college!! You will get your millions in due time. In the mean time count your free education as a payment to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!