NCAA – How it Started

It all started in 1905. Due to the many injuries that occurred in the rough and tumble sport of football, President Theodore Roosevelt gathered many, if not all, of the leaders of athletics in Washington for 2 conferences to encourage them to reform the rules of the sport. In New York City under the leadership of Henry M. McCracken, The Chancellor of New York University, a meeting of 13 universities met and the rules of football changed. When the second meeting convened, the 62 members established the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States aka IAAUS.

In 1910 the IAAUS officially changed its name to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As this organization grew in membership so did its difficulties with maintaining its integrity.

A crucial time in the NCAA’s history occurred after WWII. The abuse of the rules that were established to protect the integrity of the game came under scrutiny. There were infractions of the rules concerning financial aid and the recruitment of college athletes. To establish more stringent guidelines the “Sanity Code” was adopted.

It was in 1951 that it was decided that the Association needed a full-time leader who could oversee the day to day affairs of this ever growing entity. Walter Byers was named to that post and in 1952 the national headquarters of the NCAA was established in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Association flourished and grew over the years and in 1973 the members split into 3 divisions with each having legislative powers in 3 separate competitive genres. Consequently, these divisions divided into sub-divisions and the NCAA expanded.

In 1980 women’s athletic team sports was added into Division I, II, and III. In 1981, at their 75th annual meeting, the women’s athletic sports was voted into the Association and expanded the women’s championship program by 19 events.

Over the past few years,2003 to 2009, the NCAA was headed by Myles Brand. He passed away in September of 09 and Jim Isch was named interim president. As of this date, a permanent president has not been named.

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Source by Victor Porrello

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