The sixth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where we watched the Wildcats practice Monday morning.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that Northwestern can’t form a union. [ MORE: Northwestern, Pat Fitzgerald react to NLRB ruling ] The decision by the NLRB reverses a regional director’s decision that Northwestern’s players had the right to unionize. It is a blow to the College Athletes Players Association, which was behind the players’ push. “I am proud of our guys for working through the process,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told me after practice. “Something like this can drive a wedge into a team or draw it closer. I think it brought us closer. We now can move
Not long ago, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season, capped by the program's first bowl win since the 1948 season.
The BTN bus just left Wisconsin practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | View our tour schedule ] I talked to new strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej, who has altered the lifting program. He has the team executing more Olympic lifts like cleans, jerks, etc. It’s about moving more weight and becoming more explosive. “We changed expectations,” said Kolodziej, a former Badger. “They are much higher. At first the players were like, ‘Whoa!’” There are more than 10 former
The fifth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Madison, Wisconsin, where we watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning.
The BTN bus is headed to Madison, Wisconsin, to watch the Badgers practice Saturday morning. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching inside.
The BTN bus just left Minnesota practice, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered while I watched the Golden Gophers practice the last two days. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s Minnesota tweets ] Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys raved to me about CB Eric Murray. Claeys went so far as to say Murray is by far the best player in the secondary and the best he has coached. “The guy has the intangibles that make him special. He’s the total package,” Claeys said. The young talent is impressive on this roster.
The fourth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where we watched the Golden Gophers practice twice. See what Tom Dienhart learned inside.
As I travel on I-35 North toward Minneapolis to visit Golden Gophers’ camp, I decided to reach into my Mailbag as I eat breakfast bars masquerading as candy bars. The cards and letters are coming fast. More Red Bull!! On to the love letters … What does Ed Davis’ injury mean to Michigan State? – Matt This is a big loss for the Spartans, as they already were replacing CB Trae Waynes, FS Kurtis Drummond, LB Taiwan Jones and DE Marcus Rush. Now Davis, who Mark Dantonio said is one of the best linebackers the program has had under his
Is this the season Minnesota breaks through to a division title? Maybe. Here's what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching Friday morning at Minnesota practice.