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Mailbag: Big Ten football on Friday night?

Talk of the Big Ten considering the possibility of playing some Friday night football games has created a buzz. I wrote a story about it earlier this week. In the two-and-a-half years I’ve been doing this job, I never have gotten as much email on a subject. It’s not even close. And, judging by the majority of your correspondence, the idea of Friday night football doesn’t have great appeal for fear of the high school game being impacted. Still opinions vary. Have a look. [ MORE: Friday night football? There are ‘lots of possibilities’ ] Wanna really think outside the

Ra'Shede Hageman

NFL Combine Q&A: Charles Davis on Big Ten prospects

The NFL Combine wrapped up earlier this week. And the Big Ten was represented well as players tried to impress for the 2014 draft. I talked to NFL Network analyst Charles Davis to get his thoughts on some of the top Big Ten talent that was on display in Indianapolis. Last year, just one Big Ten player was selected in the first round when Wisconsin center Travis Frederick went at No. 31 to the Dallas Cowboys. Count on more Big Ten names getting drafted in the first round this year when the NFL Draft starts May 8 through May 10

#BTNLive poll: What about Friday night football?

Earlier this week,’s Tom Dienhart wrote about an idea being kicked around where Big Ten football games could be played on Friday nights. Tonight on #BTNLive at 6 p.m. our crew will discuss this very topic, and they’re asking you to vote on the idea, too. The response to the idea on Dienhart’s post was strong – you can read the comments at the bottom here. Most of those readers not in favor of the idea didn’t want a college game to conflict with high school football, traditionally played on Friday nights. Tonight’s show hosts are Rick Pizzo, Gerry

Russell Wilson

Which former B1G player would make a good owner?

Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, a former star at Wisconsin, recently told The Wall Street Journal that he would like to be an owner of a professional sports team one day, whether it’s baseball, football, or maybe even both. “For me, I’d love to get around to as many people as I can,” Wilson said. “Because at the end of the day, I want to learn as much as I can so that way, in my future — down the road after playing 20 years hopefully for the Seahawks — I can do that.” Here he is doing that

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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

Pat Fitzgerald

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):

Kain Colter

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.


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

Kain Colter

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