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.
(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
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-KlHc9zh5Q%5D On Nov. 16, 2013, Northwestern lost a thriller at home versus Michigan in triple-overtime, 27-19. On gameday, Northwestern partnered with Under Armour, its apparel provider, and the Wounded Warrior Project, to produce special patriotic jerseys for the game. Although the game result came and went, the influence of the jerseys is ongoing. From the Monday of game week (Nov. 11) to the Wednesday after the game (Nov. 20), Northwestern opened an online auction for all of the game-issue jerseys worn by the Wildcats. The auction was hosted on nusports.com and 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted the Wounded
Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to further explain why he’s spearheading the effort to unionize college football and is willing to be the face of the College Athletes Players Association. Colter thinks a players union is necessary in the today’s game, to address players’ health and safety, and he’s doing all of this work to help future players. See his tweets, the first ones since the news broke, in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: ‘I’m all for this’ players union | AD Jim Phillips responds ] We’re grateful for our education. At Northwestern, we
The move to unionized college athletes continues to gain momentum. A report from ESPN says that Northwestern football players are beginning the process of being recognized as employees by reaching out for help from the National College Players Association, which filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern by submitting a form at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. [ MORE: Northwestern AD Jim Phillips releases statement ] At the center of the movement is Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, whose eligibility has expired. In fact, it was Colter who reached out to a
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013,” presented by Best Buy, we go inside Michigan’s game preparations for Michigan State through the eyes of senior tackle Taylor Lewan and longtime equipment manager Jon Falk. Also, learn about the longtime friendship between Northwestern’s Kain Colter and Nebraska’s Kenny Bell, and trace Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s Ohio State roots. We’ll have the usual excellent game highlights from Michigan-Michigan State game and Northwestern-Nebraska game, including dramatic coverage of Jordan Westerkamp’s Hail Mary TD catch on the last play of regulation. The show airs at 7 p.m. ET and re-airs multiple
Kain Colter and the Northwestern football team have a bye week before their much-anticipated Big Ten showdown with Ohio State on Oct. 5. However, the senior quarterback is making some of his own national news during the team’s off week. Colter is one of several college football players who initialed the letters “A.P.U.” on various game clothing and equipment items this past weekend. The three letters stand for “All Players United,” which is an effort to raise awareness about important issues that college football players deal with, such as proper funding for medical bills related to playing injuries. Why is
Quarterback play hasn’t been at an elite level in the Big Ten in recent years. In fact, many feel that’s one reason for the conference’s struggles. But this year’s collection of passers teems with potential. I’ve been rolling out my Big Ten unit rankings here, and I’ve been looking forward to taking on the quarterbacks. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, the conference’s top Heisman contender, leads the charge. Here’s my ranking of the Big Ten’s complete quarterback units. Agree or disagree? Who will rise up this season? And who might falter? Make your own points at the bottom of this post.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 9? Find out in this post. WEEK 9 GAME BALLS 1. Philip Nelson, QB, Minnesota: 15-22, 246 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT; 9 car., 37 yards – Making just his second career start, Nelson was nearly flawless in leading the Gophers’ offensive onslaught against Purdue. The freshman completed 14 of
Northwestern do-it-all star Kain Colter and Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined ‘#BTNLive” on Tuesday night. Colter’s surprising Wildcats try to stay perfect at surging Penn State on Saturday, while Hoke’s Wolverines open Big Ten play at Purdue on BTN/BTN2Go. How has Northwestern made the two-quarterback system work? Watch our interview with Colter to find out. Plus, see the Hoke interview in this post. Listen to Tuesday’s entire episode of ‘#BTNLive’: Here’s our interview with Hoke: