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Union questions upstage Northwestern’s spring football game

RICK TELANDER: Northwestern’s spring football game Saturday was interesting. Lightning and thunder were everywhere. There also was turbulence in the air.


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


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Quarterbacks the focus of Notre Dame spring game


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame finished spring camp the same way it started it: without a definitive starter at quarterback. In their final opportunity to showcase their progress, Everett Golson and Malik Zaire put up big numbers Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Zaire completed …

Some Northwestern players say they are unclear on key unionization issues

Getting a preliminary count on the unionization vote by Northwestern players slated for April 25 would make even the country’s best pollsters dizzy. Those who have chosen to speak have indicated they will vote against unionization. No one knows whether that group represents an outspoken …

QB hope Wes Lunt makes poor first impression in Illini spring game


CHAMPAIGN — If this was the beginning of the Wes Lunt era, it couldn’t have gone much worse. ◆  Play 1: Lunt’s pass was tipped as he released it and should have been intercepted. ◆  Play 2: Lunt’s pass never had a chance to be …

Notre Dame Stadium to switch to artificial turf


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Athletic director Jack Swarbrick tried to come up with a solution to keep a grass playing surface at Notre Dame Stadium. He said there wasn’t one. Swarbrick announced Saturday that the university will switch to FieldTurf at the iconic stadium. ‘‘Everybody …

Spring football highlights: Ohio State


COLUMBUS, Ohio — With several of his best players either injured or held out of Ohio State’s spring game, coach Urban Meyer had to look at the progress of individuals instead of the big picture. “I’m not trying to evaluate an offense. Who cares?” Meyer …

Spring football highlights: Nebraska


LINCOLN, Neb. — Coach Bo Pelini cradled a cat in his arms as he walked out of the tunnel and raised it over his head like that scene from the “Lion King.” No, spring games at Nebraska aren’t like those strictly business affairs of yesteryear …

Spring football highlights: Iowa


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s coaching staff has at times raved about its crop of redshirt freshman wide receivers. Hawkeyes fans in central Iowa on Saturday got to see why the unit appears to have such a bright future. Newcomer Andre Harris caught a …

Spring football highlights: Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Danny Etling is the Purdue football team’s returning starting quarterback. Fellow sophomore Austin Appleby has been pushing him this spring during practice. And freshman David Blough threw the only touchdown pass during Saturday’s Gold and Black spring game in Ross-Ade Stadium. …

Spring football highlights: Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tre Roberson watched Nate Sudfeld dazzle Indiana’s coaches all spring. It was Roberson’s turn Saturday. The junior quarterback ran 65 yards for one touchdown, threw 16 yards on a scramble for another and hooked up with Shane Wynn for completions of 56 …

Spring football highlights: Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — It is down to a two-man race now for the starting quarterback job at Wisconsin, and one of the candidates didn’t even take a snap at the Badgers spring game. Incumbent Joel Stave watched from the sideline Saturday after being shut down …

Spring football highlights: Penn State


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As he has been since he was hired as Penn State’s head football coach in January, James Franklin was front and center Saturday during the Nittany Lions’ Blue White Game, the scrimmage that marks the end of spring drills. He positioned …

Unionizers don’t want cut of NCAA’s profits, just a better seat at table


I asked Ramogi Huma if there was a moment during his career as a UCLA linebacker in the late 1990s when unfairness in big-time college football became clear. The president of the College Athletes Players Association, which he co-founded with former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter …

Pat Fitzgerald is hardly the problem in union issue


Identifying a problem is the easy part. Finding a solution always proves much more difficult. The problems within the NCAA are unquestioned. Greed has perpetuated a system that allows the organization to fleece its athletes who are generating billions of dollars. But that doesn’t make …

Overstuffed NCAA reluctant to let others feed from its cash trough


RICK TELANDER: Wisconsin’s Zach Bohannon has an interesting story from the recent NCAA tourney. Before the Badgers’ Sweet 16 game against Baylor, Bohannon tried to walk onto the gym floor for his team’s closed shootaround while carrying a bottle of Nestle’s Pure Life water. He was stopped by a security guard.

Northwestern appeal: Football players are student-athletes


Northwestern filed legal papers Wednesday asking the full National Labor Relations Board to overturn the Chicago regional director’s ruling that scholarship football players are employees and may be represented by a union. Calling the decision by regional director Peter Sung Ohr on March 26 “unprecedented,” …