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It’s time for red states to call the NCAA’s bluff.
The NCAA is a private non-profit organization funded in large part by public institutions, ostensibly for the purpose of promoting intercollegiate athletics. It has morphed into a political organization that has in recent years bullied states by threatening to withhold events due to transgender bathroom legislation, the confederate flag, holding class on Martin Luther King Day to make up for a missed class day, and now because of Georgia’s voting integrity law. It long ago should have been reined in but the threats have been effective because the target was always isolated.
America cannot let the culture war be fought in isolated skirmishes. You only stop a bully by standing together and pushing back… hard! It is time to stop the NCAA, and here is how it can be done without a single Democrat vote.
There are 24 states with Republican control of both the executive and legislative branches. All but three of those (AK, MT, NH) have state-supported colleges or universities that play in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FBS). The legislatures in each of those red states should pass, and those governors should sign, similar laws prohibiting schools that receive state funding from belonging to, paying money to, or in any way participating in any intercollegiate athletic association which:
- Discriminates against women by permitting biological males to compete against biological females in any sport in which there are established different teams for men and women, or
- Attempts in any way to punish, threaten, disqualify, or otherwise harass any school, state, county, or municipality due to any legislation or regulations lawfully enacted in this state.
If then NCAA does not back down, listed below are 62 of the 130 NCAA FBS Schools from free states that would form a new conference. Teams listed in bold represent 12 of the 14 team appearances in the seven FBS national championship games. If you were a top-rated high school player, which league would you be interested in, the one with these teams? Or the league without these teams?
AL – Alabama, Auburn, South Alabama, Troy, UAB
AZ – Arizona, Arizona State
AR – Arkansas, Arkansas State
FL – Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida State, UCF, USF
GA – Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech
ID – Boise State
IN – Ball State, Indiana, Purdue
IA – Iowa, Iowa State
MS – Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi
MO – Missouri
NE – Nebraska
OH – Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent State, Miami, Ohio State, Ohio U
OK – Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa
SC – Clemson, Coastal Carolina, South Carolina
TN – Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee
TX – Houston, North Texas, Rice, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, UTEP, UTSA
UT – Utah, Utah State
WV – Marshall, WVU
WY – Wyoming
(Apologies if any teams are missing; had to rely on Wikipedia for some of the info.)Published in