As earlier reported, players around college football are adorning some of their gear with the initials “APU’, or All Players United, as a show of protest over what they feel are injustices committed by the NCAA against student athletes.
One of the most notable teams with players showing their support for the cause is Georgia Tech. A few of their players had the initials on their gear for last week’s game against North Carolina State, but now head coach Paul Johnson is calling for a team approval of the moniker.
“I think the first thing is there’s probably a process that we didn’t go through,” Johnson told the Associated Press, via ESPN.com. “In my mind what you do if the players all feel strongly about an issue, then they need to talk about it as a team and let the coaches know and it needs to be a team thing. Six guys don’t represent the team, or whatever, when 80 of them don’t even know what’s going on and the coaches don’t know what’s going on.
“If that’s the case and they want to support something, then certainly they have that right. I think you would tend to listen to what they have to say and give them the opportunity to support themselves.”
If all players are to truly be united, then what coach Johnson is saying is completely appropriate, and essential for the movement. Rather than create individuals on a “team”, if the movement wants to serve as a force for positive change in the NCAA, then having all players involved is a key component in opening the eyes of the governing body – and not being simply a distraction.