staff, April 9, 2014

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

(AP) Northwestern's Trevor Siemian says it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

A regional director for the National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for Northwestern's scholarship football players to vote April 25 on whether to form what would be the nation's first union for college athletes. Coach Pat Fitzgerald has told his players to vote against the union.

Colter is leading the effort to unionize the players. Siemian, his replacement at quarterback, opposes the move and said Wednesday he has been "treated far better than I deserve" at Northwestern.

Pat Fitzgerald talk unionization at spring practice: