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
Northwestern released a statement Monday in response to the National Labor Relations Board ruling that the football team cannot form a union. Read full statement below: Northwestern University is pleased by today’s decision issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which declined to assert jurisdiction and dismisses a petition filed by the College Athletes Players Association seeking to become the collective bargaining representative of Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships. Because the NLRB declined to assert jurisdiction in the case and dismissed the petition, the union election held in April 2014 is moot and the votes of
Someone finally had Frank Kaminsky try his hand at playing “Frank the Tank” from Old School. [ MORE: Frank Kaminsky interviews Will Ferrell ] In a recent CBS video, Kaminsky, the former Wisconsin star and 2015 first-round pick of the Charlotte Hornets, recited some of Will Ferrell’s top lines from the popular film. Kaminsky received plenty of help from former Wisconsin teammate Sam Dekker in the video, in addition to several other NBA rookies. Watch the full video in the tweet above.
Several Big Ten teams will boast impressive secondaries in 2015, and one of those units resides in Evanston, Illinois. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong | Theiren Cockran ] The Wildcats have returning starters at corner in Nick VanHoose and junior Matthew Harris, a returning starter at safety in Traveon Henry and a star-in-the-making in Godwin Igwebuike at the other safety spot. VanHoose paces the talented group with 32 career starts. Speaking of the veteran corner,
Who will be the surprise team in the Big Ten West? [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team ] The answer to this question depends on whom you ask, and how they interpret the word “surprise.” In other words, do they define “surprise” as a contender/up-and-coming team that takes the proverbial “next step,” or as a team that goes out and exceeds expectations? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks for Big Ten
As a defensive lineman for the Fighting Illini, Kambium “Kam” Buckner had plenty of memorable moments. Upsetting then-No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in November 2007. Playing in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 2008. But the game that sticks out most in his mind came two seasons prior, at Illinois’ home opener against a Rutgers team that was stacked with talented players — Jason McCourty and Ray Rice, to name a couple. Despite the fact that the Scarlet Knights were favored, Buckner and his teammates fought hard and pulled out a 33-30 overtime win in Memorial Stadium.
It's all about reigning national champ Ohio State and 2013 Big Ten champ Michigan State in the Big Ten East this year. How about a sleeper team? See the BTN.com panel's predictions inside.
Not long ago, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season, capped by the program's first bowl win since the 1948 season.
Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff. But with all due respect to the AP and Coaches polls, there’s another “top 25” ranking that’s much more clear-cut, and one in which “impact on the field” takes on an entirely different meaning. We’re
Saturday marked the fifth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Wisconsin ] Stop No. 5 of 14 had us visiting Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning to watch Paul Chryst’s first Badgers team. Chyrst, a former Wisconsin player and assistant, replaced Gary Andersen, who surprised many by leaving for Oregon State following the 2014 season. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE