Some NCAA Footballers Want EA Sports' NCAA Football Back on the Shelves

By DJ Byrnes on July 22, 2014 at 10:41a

Normally at this time, the yearly rendition of EA Sports' NCAA Football franchise would be flying off the shelves.

NCAA Football '15, however, will never come to be due to being scrapped in the wake of the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA and a separate lawsuit (which the NCAA settled on out of court for $20 million) in which former players argued their names and likenesses were knowingly sold to EA Sports. 

Some NCAA footballers, however, want the game back on the shelves.

From Jon Solomon of CBS Sports:

"Give us the NCAA Football 15 [video game]," [Georgia Tech offensive lineman Shaquille] Mason said. "We used to play it every day. We used to say during fall that would get us through the camp playing the game. That really was a blow."

Georgia wide receiver, Chris Conley, who is on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, is open to bringing the game back, but it has to happen in the right way:

"Put it this way: There's no way you can tell me that a guy who's 6-3 from Georgia, has my skin tone and wears my number and lines up in the same place is not me in the video game," Conley said. "So that rubs me wrong. Now the way we go about it, whether it's canceling the game or finding compensation, we have to look at that."

Boston College center Andy Gallik appears to be between the two:

Boston College center Andy Gallik said players sometimes discuss getting paid, "but at the same time we've come to the realization where I'm at a school where I don't have to pay a dime of my $250,000 for tuition. ... I'm a little disappointed the game is gone. Every year all of the college guys would be excited to see our faces in the college game and pretend to be ourselves." 

Personally, I was always a Madden guy. 


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BuckeyeSki's picture

The bigger travesty is if they never bring the game back, the last rendition will feature Shoelace, Mr September Heisman himself, on the cover

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RunningFree's picture

I wonder who would have been on this year's cover?  Manziel? Clowney?

I never bought into the Clowney hype, but I personally would not mind if NCAA Football closed out with a cover featuring Clowney knocking the snot out of Vincent Smith.

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spqr2008's picture

The sad part is that EA could have probably gotten away with literally giving each college football player a copy of the game and $100, and most of them would have been happy with it.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I agree (especially if EA goes to the lengths of naming all of the players). If they'd throw in a copy of Madden, the kids would be 100% on board!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

It's really the generation switch that makes this especially hard. Anyone who still has a PS3/XBox360 and NCAA 14 can easily download updated rosters for this season. Anyone with PS4/XBoxOne can't because no version of NCAA was made for those systems (and there's no backwards compatability). I'm wondering if some intrepid college football junkies will at least make a roster patch (with uniforms) for madden but then you are limited to a certain number of teams, and wouldn't have stadiums or mascots. 

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Mark's picture

I have a PS3.  How do you download updated rosters?  Is there a fool-proof way?  thanks

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BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Here is a youtube video explaining how to get one guy's version. This video will demonstrate how to download and use a custom roster (which is really easy). I'm not sure how accurate this guy's roster is, but if you try it and aren't crazy about it, and keep checking over next month (just do google searches for NCAA 2014 2015 roster ps3) or so, someone will probably have a pretty accurate one. 

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FitzBuck's picture

Or go Croot'n in dynasty mode.  Build a team of all five star players and dump truck the SEC.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

FROMTHE18's picture

I'd love it if I were in a video game. EA can use my likeness for free and put me as the starting QB for OSU. It'd be like the movie The Replacements except better. 

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shadybuck's picture

They can use my likeness, funny thing is my name is Braxton Miller (small world I know) and I'm 6'-3", with dark skin and back in high school I wore the number 5, so they might as well just give me that number too, and I also played QB and was really quick and agile

There ya go EA sports, you're welcome

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brandonbauer87's picture
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Gametime's picture

Well last year it was Urban & John Simon...

We can take votes on it again this year!!

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bucks_4_life's picture

I like it!

The juice is worth the squeeze

Crumb's picture

I started making my own covers when they had evil 21 on their cover a few years back, good work Gametime.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Bring the game back and give each "credited" player in the game a free copy.  That's payment enough in my opinion.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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BHT's picture

I agree. Bring back the game and pay players by giving them a free version of the game.  I would go for this if I were a CFB player.

Johnny Ginter's picture

how about they cancel it until they actually make substantive changes to the game engine/graphics/general gameplay

how bout that