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  • Make the NCAA start over? Good plan Apr 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    NCAA president Mark Emmert conducted a news conference Sunday at the site of the NCAA basketball tournament’s Final Four. Naturally, among the topics was the attempt to unionize football players at Northwestern. Media reports quoted Emmert as saying, “To convert to a unionized employee model is to throw away the entire collegiate model for athletics.” So there would be a problem with that?

     
  • Wildcats’ Fitzgerald urges ‘no’ vote on union Apr 5, 2014 5:40 PM
    Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: “I believe it’s in their best interests to vote no.”

     
  • Union says other college teams in play Apr 4, 2014 5:21 PM
    Players from other universities have expressed interest in forming unions in the wake of the landmark decision last week involving the Northwestern football team, a union organizer said Friday.

     
  • Final Four selections Apr 3, 2014 10:13 AM
    Final Four selections

     
  • Big names like Kaminsky keep leaving Illinois Apr 2, 2014 10:24 PM
    Frank Kaminsky, a product of Benet Academy in Lisle, has helped Wisconsin into the Final Four. That's as good an explanation as any for the sorry state of college basketball in the state of Illinois.

     
  • Agency sets date for Northwestern players union vote Apr 2, 2014 7:09 PM
    A federal agency says a date has been set for Northwestern football players to vote on authorizing a union to represent them in collective bargaining with the university. A spokesman for the National Labor Relations Board confirmed Wednesday that the vote is scheduled for April 25.

     
  • Union question looms as Northwestern practices Apr 1, 2014 6:29 PM
    Northwestern running back Venric Mark says he is not sure all his teammates who signed union cards in January realized the ramifications. Mark says some players signed, some did not. He wonders if those who did “knew what they were or if they thought it was going to turn out the way it did.”

     
  • The Soapbox Mar 29, 2014 5:00 AM
    With all that's wrong in the world, Daily Herald editors are able to look at the bright side on some local issues.

     
  • Family plays key role in Colter’s union push Mar 28, 2014 4:31 PM
    Kain Colter’s grandmother often spoke about rights and equality, values she brought home from her job managing an office of a Colorado law firm. Those conversations planted a seed for Colter, who would go on to become a quarterback at Northwestern University — and the face of an exploding movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain.

     
  • Colter: ‘We know what we’re doing’ with union idea Mar 27, 2014 8:43 PM
    Kain Colter is not completely sure what the landscape will one day look like if college athletes are allowed to unionize. He’s just more convinced than ever that it’s become necessary. The former Northwestern quarterback, now essentially the face of the movement that could completely reshape college sports, said Thursday that a federal agency’s decision to allow the Wildcats to form a union was an expected victory — but also represents just the first step in what he knows will be a lengthy process. “There’s so many different components,” Colter said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But what this does ... it ensures that players have a voice and whatever route this goes and whatever structure comes from college sports, we have input. We’re out there sacrificing so much. We’re a big part of what college sports is today and the revenue that’s generated off of it. We deserve to have a say in that. We deserve a seat at the table.” A two-page online letter that he wrote might have made it all happen. Colter, 21, wasn’t the first to question why athletes feel like their rights in college are limited, but it was an online rant that he sent to the National College Players Association that started the roll of this now-enormous snowball. From that note, an idea was born, and the notion got legitimized Wednesday when a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board said Northwestern’s players should be allowed to unionize. The university will appeal. Colter isn’t worried. “You saw how strong of a ruling it was and that we won every single claim,” Colter said. “It’s going to be something that’s really hard to overturn.” At the root of Colter’s argument for change is that he believes college athletes lack basic protections, such as the guarantee of medical coverage and the promise of a four-year scholarship at most institutions. It’s common for scholarships to be renewed annually, and athletes have long felt that they could be vulnerable in situations like a change in coaches or philosophy. He stresses, though, that he enjoyed his time at Northwestern. He raves about Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald, calling him the best in college football. His experience was not a bad one, but Colter still can’t understand why his attempts to talk to the NCAA about possible changes were repeatedly turned down. “You can have the best employer in the world and you still deserve basic protections and basic rights,” Colter said. “That’s what this is all about. ... It wasn’t a complaint. It wasn’t us filing this out of abuse or mistreatment or anything like that. This is what it is.” For that, he actually thanks Northwestern. “With any big change there’s going to be people who are unsure and it’s too much, we’re not going to be able to do this, we’re not going to be able to do that,” Colter said. “But at Northwestern, especially at Northwestern, I’ve been taught to think outside the box, be a great thinker, free thinker, be a leader, make change. That’s just what we’re doing. That’s what Northwestern prepared us to do, to tackle this challenge.” It would be very simple for the 6-foot, 190-pound Colter to just worry about himself right now. He accounted for 5,023 yards and 50 touchdowns — 18 passing, 28 rushing and four receiving — in his four years at Northwestern, and plans to try to make the NFL as a receiver. He’s not expected to be drafted, and if he gets picked it almost certainly won’t be until the latest rounds. He’s preparing for a pro shot at IMG Academy on the southwest coast of Florida, where he said his training regimen Thursday was “business as usual.” Which it was, except for a few rounds of interviews and having a car service get him to all the stops on his media tour of sorts. In between it all, he was working out, and he said football is his top priority — even with all this legal talk swirling around him. He insists, his group has a plan, and knows exactly how to proceed. “My father played, my uncle played, I’ve been around all their teammates and their friends,” Colter said. “I’ve seen the pitfalls in the system and I went through it. For me to represent those guys and almost make things right and hopefully change things for the future generations and leave the game better than I found it, I’m honored to do that.”

     
  • Will union decision shake up college sports? Mar 26, 2014 10:40 PM
    In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize a college sports industry worth billions of dollars and have dramatic repercussions at schools coast to coast, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first union of college athletes.

     
  • DePaul women ready to go against Oklahoma Mar 18, 2014 8:44 PM
    The DePaul women are back in the NCAA basketball tournament for the 12th season in a row.

     
  • Northwestern no match for Michigan State, falls 67-51 Mar 15, 2014 12:50 AM
    Drew Crawford walked off the court with 43 seconds left in his final Big Ten Tournament game to an ovation from fans and was embraced by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. "I told him it's been an honor playing against his teams," Crawford said after Friday night's 67-51 loss to the No. 22 Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. "Michigan State's an unbelievable program. It means a lot that he's always respected me as a player. So it was nice to send it off that way."

     
  • No. 11 seed Northwestern upsets Iowa, 67-62 Mar 13, 2014 10:51 PM
    Tre Demps had 20 points, including four 3-pointers and Drew Crawford added 15 points and six assists to lead 11th-seeded Northwestern to a 67-62 victory over No. 6 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night. The Wildcats (14-18) became the first 11th-seed to win in the Big Ten tournament.

     
  • Crawford lifts Northwestern over Purdue 74-65 Mar 9, 2014 3:25 PM
    Northwestern had a message to send before the start of the Big Ten Tournament this week. “People pretty much left us for dead and rightfully so,” Coach Chris Collins said after Sunday’s 74-65 win over Purdue. “We haven’t played well. Our goal was to come in here and to let everyone know that we’re not done and we’re not going to stop fighting to the finish and we did that.”

     
  • Penn State smothers Northwestern 59-32 Mar 6, 2014 9:23 PM
    A stifling defensive effort by Penn State against Northwestern Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena was exactly what the Nittany Lions needed. The Wildcats had no answer for Penn State’s zone defense as the Nittany Lions cruised to a 59-32 win.

     
  • Shields leads Nebraska over Northwestern 54-47 Mar 1, 2014 7:50 PM
    Shavon Shields had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nebraska, which took a 10-point lead with 7 minutes left and held on to defeat Northwestern 54-47 Saturday. With the win, Nebraska (17-11, 9-7 Big Ten) is guaranteed a .500 conference record, a Big Ten first for the Huskers, now in their third season in the conference. Nebraska won nine conference games for the first time since 1998-99 and only the 10th time since World War II.

     
  • Hearings on college football union end Feb 25, 2014 9:45 PM
    Hearings on Northwestern football players’ bid to form the nation’s first union for college athletes have concluded with three former players testifying for the university.

     
  • Indiana snaps skid, beats Northwestern 61-56 Feb 22, 2014 10:28 PM
    Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey each had 12 points as the Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak and extended Northwestern’s (12-16, 5-10) slide to five.

     
  • Northwestern coach testifies against unionization Feb 21, 2014 5:38 PM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation’s first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football players qualify as employees under U.S. law.

     
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