College Sports’ 24 Hours of Political Football

The day started with a tweet from a star college quarterback featuring the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. It ended with a slick political video from the White House using the same slogan. The teetering college football season had somehow managed to unite the unpaid players with some very improbable allies: top Republicans.

The expedient political union between a nascent athlete empowerment movement and a President of the United States who has fiercely criticized protesting football players came as time was running out for conference…