National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA logo, 1971–1979
National Office, Indianapolis
2006 NCAA championship banners hang from the ceiling of the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis
NCAA National Championship trophies, rings, and watches won by UCLA teams
Map of NCAA Division I FCS schools

Nonprofit organization that regulates student athletics among about 1,100 American, Canadian, and Puerto Rican schools.

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NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

A ticket from the 1988 tournament held in Kansas City, Missouri
The University of Dayton Arena, which has hosted all First Four games since the round's inception in 2011 (except 2021), as well as its precursor, the single "play-in" game held from 2001 to 2010. As of 2019, the arena has hosted 123 tournament games, the most of any venue.
The 2017 NCAA Final Four in what is now State Farm Stadium in Glendale
Rank #1 vs. other ranks (prior to 2018)
NCAA Tournament % Wins per rank (as of 2010)

The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, also known and branded as NCAA March Madness, is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to determine the national championship.

Athletic scholarship

Form of scholarship to attend a college or university or a private high school awarded to an individual based predominantly on his or her ability to play in a sport.

A young man (in bowtie) receives a scholarship at a ceremony.

In the United States, athletic scholarships are largely regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women

Founded in 1971 to govern collegiate women's athletics in the United States and to administer national championships (see AIAW Champions).

The AIAW logo

The AIAW functioned in the equivalent role for college women's programs that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) had been doing for men's programs.

Student athlete

Term used principally in the United States to describe students enrolled at postsecondary educational institutions, principally colleges and universities, but also at secondary schools, who participate in an organized competitive sport sponsored by that educational institution or school.

Walter Byers in 1951

Intermural athletics in general and athletic scholarships, in particular, are regulated by organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which set minimum standards for member institutions that govern both the granting and use of athletic scholarships.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

Intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, north of the city of South Bend.

1913 squad, with Captain Knute Rockne holding ball
Rockne running for a touchdown against Army, 1913
Coach Rockne
George Gipp, "The Gipper"
Roger Kiley
Coach Leahy
Ara Parseghian statue, dedicated September 22, 2007
Coach Devine
Coach Holtz
The 1988 national champion Fighting Irish visited President Ronald Reagan in the White House in January 1989.
Coach Davie
Coach Weis
Coach Kelly
The team in their current home uniforms
Former quarterback Brady Quinn in the current away uniform
Former tight end Tyler Eifert
Notre Dame Stadium on game day, with student section and band
The first Jeweled Shillelagh, awarded to the winner of the annual USC vs. Notre Dame game
The band playing in a pre-game ceremony before a football game
Team raising their helmets to the student section

Notre Dame is one of seven schools that competes as an Independent at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level; however, they play five games a year against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), of which Notre Dame is a member in all other sports except ice hockey.

College athletics

College athletics encompasses non-professional, collegiate and university-level competitive sports and games.

Yale rowing team in the annual Harvard–Yale Regatta, 2007
The 2005 Army–Navy Game football match

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Simon Fraser University

Public research university in British Columbia, Canada, with three campuses: Burnaby (main campus), Surrey, and Vancouver.

Coat of arms of SFU
Coat of arms of SFU
The newly constructed university in 1967, with the Academic Quadrangle as a centre of the campus
The Maggie Benston Centre, home to many of the administrative activities at SFU
Aerial view of the Burnaby Mountain Campus
Technology and Science Complex 2 (TASC 2), housing major research laboratories and offices
Blusson Hall, containing the Faculty of Health Sciences
The Academic Quadrangle at the Burnaby Mountain Campus
The Academic Quadrangle Gardens
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, part of Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus
Central City, home to SFU Surrey
The School of International Studies is housed within Harbour Centre
The School for the Contemporary Arts within the Woodward's Building
Carole Taylor, the tenth chancellor of Simon Fraser University
Bettina Bradbury, fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Margaret Trudeau, author and social advocate
Ujjal Dosanjh, former Premier of British Columbia
WAC Bennett Library, a building commonly depicted in films featuring the Burnaby campus

Consistently ranked as Canada's top comprehensive university and named to the Times Higher Education list of 100 world universities under 50, SFU is also the first Canadian member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the world's largest college sports association.

Penn Quakers football

College football team at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

One of the first teams of the University, 1878.
Quakers enter Franklin Field in 2019
Penn/Cornell game, 2019
Chuck Bednarik (aka "Concrete Charlie") played gridiron football at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a '60-minute man', excelling as a center on offense and linebacker on defense, was a three-time All-American gridiron football player, and was elected a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, drafted as number 1 pick in 1st round of 1949 NFL Draft by Philadelphia Eagles.

The Penn Quakers have competed in the Ivy League since its inaugural season of 1956, and are a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

University of Georgia

Public land-grant research university with its main campus in Athens, Georgia.

Lyman Hall, one of founders of the University of Georgia
Old College Building
Abraham Baldwin, one of the founders and first president of the University of Georgia
Mary Ethel Creswell, in 1919, the first woman to earn an undergraduate degree at the university
This postcard depicts Mary Lyndon Hall (built in 1938), named after the first female student at UGA to earn a graduate degree.
The Holmes-Hunter Academic Building
Zell Miller, UGA alumnus and former Governor and U.S. Senator who helped establish the HOPE Scholarship
The Peabody Awards (statuettes pictured) originated at, and are awarded by, the University of Georgia
Founders Memorial Garden
The Arch
Ilah Dunlap Little Memorial Library
Lumpkin House on Cedar Street on the UGA campus
Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences
Zell B. Miller Learning Center
Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building
A fountain in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Stegeman Coliseum at UGA hosted 1996 Summer Olympics events.
UGA students reside in Trinity College while at Oxford University.
The R/V Savannah research vessel at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
University of Georgia dormitories on Sapelo Island.
Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton.
UGA Health Sciences Campus Administration Building – Winnie Davis Hall
The College of Environment and Design building at the University of Georgia is a LEED certified structure that features 72 solar panels and water reclamation technology.
The first football squad at the University of Georgia in 1892.
The Olympic flag waves at the 1996 games.
UGA athletics logo
Uga VI, the official live mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs 1999–2008
The ringing of the Chapel Bell is a tradition held by students and alumni of the University of Georgia.
The Arch at the University of Georgia
United States Senator Saxby Chambliss
Terrell Davis, Pro Football Hall of Famer
Natasha Tretheway, United States Poet Laureate

The University of Georgia's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known by their Georgia Bulldogs nickname, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC).


American international basic cable sports channel owned by ESPN Inc., owned jointly by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%).

ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut
ESPN's first logo, used from 1979 to 1985

Later that year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (1984) that the NCAA could no longer monopolize the rights to negotiate the contracts for college football games, allowing each individual school to negotiate broadcast deals of their choice.