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Friday night football? There are 'lots of possibilities'

Talk about night football games continues to churn to the point where Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is soliciting input about playing Friday night games. Hey, it’s all about the almighty TV dollar, in case you didn’t know. We have seen some schools in recent years play season-opening games on Friday nights, including Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan State. ESPN currently airs games on Friday nights, but they typically are unappealing contests from lesser leagues. San Jose State vs. Utah State doesn’t really move the needle, if you know what I mean. The Big Ten could step in and own Friday

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Dienhart: 3 questions for Wildcats this spring

Entering 2013, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season that saw the program win its first bowl game since the 1948 season, ending a nine-game postseason losing skid. But the Wildcats are ready to turn the page on a 2013 season that opened with great promise but morphed into a season to forget. The Wildcats started strong, racing to a 4-0 start. But the wheels fell off from there, as Northwestern lost seven in a row before ending the campaign with a win over Illinois. The 5-7 mark ended NU’s five-season bowl streak, as the Wildcats finished last in the

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Gerry DiNardo sounds off on unionization efforts

There is a movement afoot to unionize Northwestern football players, with on-going hearings taking place on the subject in Chicago. The NU players are being supported by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). And former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter is spearheading the cause, having already testified before the National Labor Relations Board. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified today. I talked to BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo—a former head coach at Vanderbilt, LSU and Indiana–about the unionization effort. [ MORE: Dienhart: Football player union case worth watching ] Here is DiNardo in his own words (read more on his Twitter timeline, @gerrydinardo):

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Dienhart: Football player union case worth watching

This case of Northwestern players seeking to unionize has been fascinating, creating some strong feelings on both sides. Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter testified before the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago on Tuesday, as the players try to show they are employees of the school with the support of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Today, Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald testified. The NLRB is in an information gathering stage, as it looks to see if the football players can make a cogent case. So far, that doesn’t seem to be happening.  But, CAPA lawyers for the players are trying.

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Tonight: Big Ten commits appear on #BTNLive

We have a number of special guests in the studio for tonight’s “#BTNLive” and Big Ten football fans will want to get to know them. On tonight’s show hosted by Rick Pizzo, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith, we talk to nine Chicago area high school football players who have committed to play for Big Ten football teams next fall. Here’s the list of players on tonight’s show at 6 p.m. ET: TE Ian Bunting – Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale, IL) Michigan RB Matt Domer – Mount Carmel (Chicago, IL) Illinois OL Jamarco Jones – De La Salle (Chicago, IL) Ohio State

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Kain Colter testifies in bid to form college union

(AP) Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter testified Tuesday that he was essentially paid to play via his scholarship as the National Labor Relations Board opened a closely watched hearing on a bid to form what would be the first union for college athletes in U.S. history. From a witnesses stand in a federal court building, Colter characterized playing college football as a job and said schools make clear to incoming players that athletics are a higher priority than academics. Colter, a co-founder of the newly formed College Athletes Players Association, said players adhere to grueling schedules, putting in 40- to 50-hour

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Big Ten coaches critique proposed rule change

The college football world is abuzz with the recent NCAA Football Rules Committee proposal to recommend a change that will allow defensive units to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock, with the exception of the final two minutes of each half, starting with the 2014 season. Some think the rule is horrible, that it is intended to slow down these exciting spread/no-huddle offenses that work at a fast pace. Schools like Oregon and Texas A&M are among the best at running such offenses. In the Big Ten, Kevin Wilson has made Indiana competitive with a

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36 Big Ten prospects competing at NFL Combine

It’s February, and the Super Bowl is over. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is finished. Up next is the Combine, which will take place in Indianapolis from February 22-25. The official invite list is out, which includes 85 underclassmen. As for schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin lead the way for the Big Ten with six invites each. Check it all out here. [ MORE: Big Ten to lose just four stars early to NFL Draft ] Here is NFL.com’s complete list of players invited to the combine. Illinois Jonathan Brown Indiana Cody Latimer Iowa: 5 Conor Boffeli C.J. Fiedorowicz

Ranking Big Ten schools on recruiting appeal

I was on a radio show in Omaha today and was asked to rank the top five Big Ten schools on their recruiting appeal. That got me thinking about how I would rank the schools 1-12 based on what they have to offer from a recruiting standpoint. Here is a fun, interesting exercise with Signing Day in our rear-view mirror. [ MORE: What’s the success rate of Big Ten recruits ] 1. Ohio State. Urban Meyer has the complete package to sell to prospects: incredible facilities, great fans, bottomless resources fueled by a vault of money, boffo tradition, massive recruiting

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Big Ten links: Signing Day reviews rolling in

The dust has settled on National Signing Day. Have you recovered from the frenzy? Ohio State was the big winner. No surprise. Urban Meyer has loads of momentum and mojo. In fact, he’s three for three when it comes to winning Big Ten recruiting titles. Now, he just needs to win his first on-field championship. That may be coming this fall. The cool thing about Meyer: He admits recruiting rankings matter to him. Kinda nice to see a coach publicly say that. And know this: No one finishes like the “Urbanator.” He’s the ultimate deal-closer. [ MORE: Read all of