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Video: Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald talks with Adam Rittenberg about the team's development this spring and what lies ahead in the offseason
Chicago Tribune Apr 9, 2014

Northwestern appeals union ruling

Northwestern says NLRB 'slanted and ignored' facts in ruling that cleared way for football players to form unionNorthwestern University on Wednesday formally appealed the ruling that classified its scholarship football players as employees and cleared the way for them to form a union. 

Wildcats' Siemian on union opposition

There are different opinions inside Northwestern's locker room on whether to form a union, but team leaders continue to speak out against unionization. Senior quarterback Trevor Siemian went into greater detail Wednesday on why he opposes the formation of a union. Seventy-six Wildcats players will vote on April 25 on whether to form a union after being declared employees of the school by the regional director of Chicago's National Labor Relations Board office.
Chicago Tribune Apr 9, 2014

NU's Siemian takes stand against unionization

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald calls starting quarterback Trevor Siemian “our leader … it’s his football team."

Big Ten's lunch links

Big Ten is desperate for a title. Which one of you is willing to make the sacrifice? Links time ... Michigan's defense definitely had the edge in the spring game. The young excuse is getting old for the Wolverines. Indiana WR Isaac Griffith speaks publicly for the first time since his swimming accident. Hoosiers wideout Cody Latimer could be a first-round pick. A good primer on the Northwestern union vote. New Nebraska QB recruit Kevin Dillman boasts tremendous potential.

Kentucky-Connecticut: Who has the edge?

Wildcats have power in paint to prevailWildcats have power in paint to prevail.    
Chicago Tribune Apr 5, 2014

Northwestern union vote primer

Football players are set to vote April 25 on whether they want CAPA to represent themPeter Sung Ohr, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, ruled last month that Northwestern football players on athletic scholarships are employees of the university, setting the stage for a union election.    
Chicago Tribune Apr 5, 2014

NU football players voice opposition to union

They say all politics is local. In the case of the Northwestern union vote, it has become personal.    

Willie Cauley-Stein still key for Kentucky

Though likely out for Final Four with ankle injury, Wildcats sophomore center remains "engaged" helping teamARLINGTON, Texas — Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein's desire to play in the NCAA tournament after an ankle injury was obvious.    
Chicago Tribune Apr 4, 2014

Northwestern's Venric Mark ahead of schedule

Rehabbing running back 'sprinting, running, cutting and getting back into football, what I love doing'Last season, Northwestern running back Venric Mark did a lot of standing, cheering and hollering.    
Chicago Tribune Apr 2, 2014

Northwestern football players to vote on union April 25

Northwestern football players are set to vote at the end of April on whether they want to be represented by a union, the College Athletes Players Association said Wednesday.    
Chicago Tribune Apr 2, 2014

Colbert reports on NU union

Northwestern alum Stephen Colbert tackled the topic of football unionization on his Tuesday “Colbert report,” saying: “Unionize?! Players aren't supposed to want money. They're supposed to be in it for the love of selling sponsorship to Tostitos.”    

Kelly sees all sides of potential union

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Visiting Northwestern on Tuesday to hear the reaction to the decision by the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board that the Wildcat players qualified as employees was certainly eye-opening, if only because of all the differing public opinions. Coach Pat Fitzgerald offered little beyond what he has already publicly stated and some players were more open to the idea than others. One private-school figure who has been fairly receptive is Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, who addressed the issue on Saturday.
Chicago Tribune Apr 2, 2014

NU football players dodge unionization questions on practice field

Athletes' reaction to queries about ruling include unease, annoyanceNorthwestern University football players took to the practice field Tuesday for the first time as student-employees, the result of a ruling last week, and were uncomfortable with questions about unionization.    

Mark making most of spring recovery

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Boot-free and three weeks ahead of schedule, Venric Mark has adjusted to a different view of Northwestern's spring practice as he recovers from winter ankle surgery. "What’s jumped out to me: At first he was a lead-by-example guy. Great work ethic and commitment," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "And now he’s a guy who has been through a bunch, is wiser and is able to impart some wisdom. He’s really willing to give.