Monday marked the sixth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Northwestern ] Stop No. 6 of 14 had us visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin, to watch Pat Fitzgerald’s team get things underway at Camp Kenosha. Northwestern, in its 20th summer practicing in Kenosha, will hold eight practices at UW-Parkside. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the practice below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @BTNTOMDIENHART
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
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
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
The Big Ten West is chock-full of players worthy of underrated status. So much so, it's almost difficult to pick a runaway preseason candidate. Check out the BTN.com team's picks inside.
Twitter got to verifying Friday, with just under three weeks left to kickoff, and all 14 Big Ten football teams now have the blue check. [ MORE: View our full football tour schedule ] It might sound like a small thing, but it’s kind of a big deal on the popular social media platform. If you don’t think so, just take a look at the football teams’ official accounts. Four teams already have tweeted about becoming verified as of publish time. @GopherFootball had a lot of fun with it, putting the check mark on several pictures of key 2014 plays.
Which college football team earns the title of being the “best college football team” in your home state? [ MORE: Big Ten East must-see game | Big Ten West must-see game ] That’s the question our friends over at CBS Sports posed to their followers today, along with an outstanding map graphic, which shows their picks. The list is based on teams they believe are playing the best right now, as oppose to which programs have had the most all-time success. A total of nine Big Ten teams are represented on the map. Of course, keep in mind there are