Arkansas' Hunter Yuracheck becomes 1st AD to publicly support #WeWantToPlay movement
As the 2020 college football season remains on life support, the players’ #WeWantToPlay movement continues to gain ground.
Headlined by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Alabama running back Najee Harris, players made #WeWantToPlay the No. 1 trending hashtag in the nation late Sunday night.
Lawrence, Fields and Harris, among others, held an emergency meeting on Zoom to discuss the dire situation of the season. It was reported Sunday that Power 5 conferences would cancel fall sports this week.
The players shared a short list of demands late Sunday night, and among them, “Use our voices to establish open communication and trust between players and officials; ultimately create a college football players association.”
Early Monday morning, Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yuracheck became the first known athletic director to publicly support the movement.
“On behalf of the @RazorbackFB team (that includes my son) and each of @ArkRazorbacks student-athletes that I represent, serve, support, care for, fight for and love. #WeWantToPlay,” Yuracheck wrote in a tweet.
This is important, because while the players have a big voice collectively, they ultimately need power backing like athletic directors and politicians to help support their cause.
Yuracheck made his voice heard in support of the movement, and he won’t be the last either.
It remains to be seen if the players can save the college football season, but there’s a glimmer of hope.