The NCAA headquarters is across the street from my school. In the lobby, you will find a life-size sculpture of the “flying wedge,” which was a popular football play at the turn of the 20th century. Basically, all of the offensive linemen linked arms and the running back just followed behind them. It worked really well, except that lots of linebackers ended up with broken necks after being hit by the full force of many men. Indeed, there were so many fatalities caused by the flying wedge that college football was on the verge of being abolished. That’s why the NCAA was formed. Teddy Roosevelt, convinced that games like football were necessary to inspire manly virtues, got a group of leading college presidents (including Woodrow Wilson at Princeton) together and urged them to stave off these calls by forming an athletic association that would promulgate limited safety rules (such as banning the flying wedge).