By: Erin Irish
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was formed due to the growth of college athletics and the need for regulation because of injury or death during football games. Its formation dates to two White House conferences held by President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1905, 62 higher education institutions became part of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS), which became official in March 1906. In 1910, the NCAA took its name and place. The NCAA created rules to govern college sports through its discussion groups and committees. In its early years, the association faced issues such as safety, national championships, live television, financial aid, and recruiting.