National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a voluntary association of approximately 1,200 institutions, organizations, and individuals committed to the administration and regulation of intercollegiate athletics. The history of the NCAA spans a little over one century. While the NCAA is neither the first nor the only intercollegiate athletic association, it is the largest collegiate athletic association in the world and arguably the most influential. This entry looks at the organization and key issues it faces.


According to the organization's Web site, multiple injuries and deaths related to the use of the “flying wedge” formation in college football spurred the organization's formation in 1905. That year, President Theodore Roosevelt summoned college athletic leaders to two separate White House conferences on the reform of collegiate athletics, ...

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