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Petition to NCAA Power 5, Robert A. Bowlsby, James E. Delany, Gregory Sankey, Larry G. Scott, John D. Swofford

NCAA Conference Commissioners: Ban Violent Athletes

My name is Cody McDavis. I am a former Division I student-athlete and the prevalence of sexual violence in college athletics makes me sick. That’s why I’m calling on the Power Five Conference Commissioners — the most influential conferences in the NCAA — to immediately ban student-athletes with a history of violence. Violent students have no place in collegiate athletics. Sport is meant to be a place of respect, accountability, and honor. None of these virtues can exist in a place where we allow perpetrators of sexual violence to exist. Several individuals in my own family have been sexually assaulted and so have many of my close friends. As a result, I’ve been speaking out against sexual violence for years. In 2015, I worked with then-Vice President Biden, the White House, and the NCAA to start the It’s On Us campaign that called on student-athletes around the country to speak out against sexual violence. Then, in 2016, Darius Adams petitioned the NCAA to ban violent athletes, and 190,000 of you signed your name. Darius started this petition because his mother, Brenda Tracy, was drugged and gang-raped in 1998 by four college football players. Their punishment: a one-game suspension for breaking team conduct rules. Darius and Brenda inspired me to take a stand. I met with the leadership of the NCAA to create the Committee to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, which Brenda and I sat on together. Brenda and I spent two long years working with the NCAA to finish what Darius originally set out to do: ban violent student-athletes. But the NCAA disbanded the committee without changing the rules. The NCAA has failed to act, so it’s time to turn directly to the athletic conferences. NCAA Power Five Conference Commissioners: Please adopt rules prohibiting student-athletes with a history of violence from participating in college athletics. This policy change is both critical and possible. The Big Sky Athletic Conference has already adopted a comprehensive policy banning violent athletes, thanks to students who worked with Brenda Tracy. The Big Sky didn’t wait for the NCAA to make their conference safer for all students at their member schools. Now it’s time for the Power Five conferences to step up and do the same. Brenda Tracy was gang-raped 20 years ago. For the past several years, Brenda has been meeting with college teams across the country to tell her story and advocate for change. Brenda is doing everything she can to make our college campuses a safer place for everyone, and I’m proud to stand with her. We cannot allow the NCAA or its conferences to be complacent. They owe it to their athletes. They owe it to their students. They owe it to Brenda and all survivors. The Power Five conferences have an opportunity to make a statement and start a cultural shift within college athletics and beyond. Sexual violence is at its worst on our college campuses. 1-in-10 students will experience sexual violence while in college. 1-in-5 will not report out of fear of reprisal. Our athletic conferences, with all their influence, have an opportunity to tell the country that they stand with the survivors of sexual violence. Join me in calling on the Power Five Conferences of the NCAA to enact rules prohibiting the participation of student-athletes with a history of violence.

Cody McDavis
435 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to NCAA Football Rules Committee

Make Football Great Again: Revoke the Expansion of the Blocking Below the Waist Rule

The expansion of Rule 9-1-6 negatively affects the game of football. Specifically, it limits the ability of the running plays and creates an undeniable shift towards a passing focused game. Football has always been an evolving game, but we cannot simply pick and choose how the game should be played. Rule 9-1-6 creates several restrictions to blocking below the waist with the most notable being that a player may not block below the waist more than 5 yards downfield.  The rationale was that it makes the game safer for the players, when in fact there is absolutely no data to legitimize this claim. In fact, this rule change makes it more difficult for teams to run the football and incentivizes passing. Spreading the field and throwing the football creates more high speed collisions and impacts that players don't see coming. This undoubtedly leads to more head injuries and long term health consequences than running the football ever will. Not only does this rule change make the game less safe, it makes Service Academies and other undersized teams less competitive. Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon said that "most teams block below the waist" and that the rule change takes the ability to compete from "a guy that’s not as big in stature." The NCAA is supposed to be purely about competition. All teams and players are not created equal like they are in the NFL. This rule change at the NCAA level follows the NFL's initiative to create a passing big man's game. Group of Five teams will continue to become less relevant moving forward. This rule change was initiated by the inclusion of a bias and loaded question in the 2018 Football Rules Survey Report that was answered by collegiate head coaches, commissioners, coordinators, and officials. It reads "Based on AFCA feedback, blocking below the waist in the open field on scrimmage downs should be illegal, just as blocking below the waist currently is during kick downs and after a change of possession. Should the committee consider making blocking below the waist illegal when the block occurs 10 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage on scrimmage plays?"  Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson said that cut blocking is "not anymore dangerous five yards down the field than it is on the line of scrimmage. If it’s that scary, they ought to not tackle below the waist.” Several other Coaches including Jeff Monken and Ken Niumatalolo have also been publicly critical of the rule. This rule change is simply a result of a select few saying that cut blocking is unsafe loud enough for long enough. A band-aid without a cut... Please follow As For Football on Facebook!

As For Football
1,575 supporters