Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 15, 2014

This is an interesting read for your Tuesday: Nebraska officials have issued talking points on a player?s union to their employees. They essentially are answers to FAQs they may encounter. Interesting.

By the way: Northwestern players will vote on whether to unionize or not on April 25.

Speaking of NU?s unionization efforts, one Northwestern watcher thinks the movement to form a union will fail.

?It?s not worth risking what I love here, the people that I love, hurting relationships or creating any void between us, members of the team, members of the community, alumni, for a minute chance to make change at the grander level,? Wildcat linebacker Collin Ellis told Chris Emma of

Ellis isn?t alone with such sentiments. According to Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian, ?a good portion of the team? is in agreement that voting for a union isn?t the way to go.

The vote?s results won?t be revealed until appeals are heard from the College Athlete?s Players Association and Northwestern, a process in Washington that will last for months, says Emma.


Well, it appears the college careers of Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson are over, as each apparently will declare for the draft today in a 3:30 p.m. ET press conference on BTN/BTN2Go. Stauskas? move isn?t a surprise. Robinson?s is a bit of a surprise. I think he should have returned. Brendan Quinn of offers his take.


With Gary Harris having opted to enter the draft, Michigan State now turns its attention to Branden Dawson. Will he stay or go? I think he should stay. He seems to be a power forward in a small forward?s body. Can he handle the ball? Can he shoot? Not well enough to play the ?3? in the NBA. And Dawson lacks the size to play the ?4.?

For what it?s worth, four Tom Izzo players have turned pro early prior to Gary Harris. And it worked out well for three of them. Shannon Brown, Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson and Marcus Taylor, the lone bust.


Here is a neat player?s perspective on Nebraska?s famed tunnel walk prior to last Saturday?s spring game.

Thanks, Mauro Bondi!


Miley Cyrus? In an Ohio State jersey? Here?s the story.


It was a fun spring game at Ohio State. There is video proof. Check out the one-on-one ?hamburger? drill and the 40-yard dash between Buckeye players and students.


No doubt, this is a big season for Brady Hoke and Michigan. Progress was made in the spring. But more must be made in the offseason. Nick Baumgardner of has three questions facing the Wolverines.

And, again, the No. 1 question is the offensive line. Here is Baumgardner?s guess as to how the front could line up: Left tackle Erik Magnuson, left guard Kyle Bosch, center Graham Glasgow, right guard Kyle Kalis and right tackle Ben Braden.


I?ll leave you with this nice feature on Minnesota DT Ra?Shede Hageman, a story I just never grow tired of reading. I hope the big fella is a first-round pick.


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