Here Are Nebraska Coaches' Talking Points About Unionization

How are other Big Ten schools handling the tectonic movements set off by the Northwestern football players' unionizing campaign? Very, very cautiously, it seems, to judge by the talking points handed down to Nebraska coaches by an associate athletic director. » 4/14/14 2:28pm 4/14/14 2:28pm

How Would An NCAA Union Actually Work? A Guide For Perplexed Pundits

The real triumph of the decades-long propaganda war against organized labor isn't best seen in the ever-declining rate of unionization, or ever-increasing income inequality, or even the way the word "union" functionally works as an epithet. It's seen, instead, in the fact that so many otherwise smart, thoughtful people… » 4/01/14 3:12pm 4/01/14 3:12pm

A Blueprint For Unionizing College Sports

On Tuesday, we learned that the Northwestern football team had filed paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board in an attempt to unionize and officially become classified as university employees. Thomas Frampton, an attorney and co-author of A Union of Amateurs: A Legal Blueprint to Reshape Big-Time College… » 1/31/14 1:17pm 1/31/14 1:17pm

Northwestern To Wear Stupid Custom Uniforms Yet Again

On Sunday, Northwestern, aka the Billy Zabka Finishing School for the Villains of John Hughes Movies, will take the floor against Illinois wearing the disastrous uniform you see above. This basketball uni isn't nearly as bad as the "Wounded Warrior" getup that the school's football team wore earlier this year, but it's… » 1/10/14 10:40am 1/10/14 10:40am

A Three-Man Front Is A Late-Game Defensive Formation For Suckers

The weekend, as I watched the absurd denouement of the Northwestern-Michigan game, something struck me as familiar — beyond the now-routine bumblefuckery that inspires the Wildcats to turn fourth-quarter leads into triple-overtime losses. No, it wasn't simply that Michigan drove in the dregs of game clock to kick the… » 11/20/13 8:09pm 11/20/13 8:09pm

Northwestern's Very Literal "Wounded Warrior" Unis Have Blood Spatters

Northwestern will be wearing these very special uniforms against Michigan on Nov. 16. Having been beaten down by the ubiquity of one-off unis, it's hard to get upset about the asymmetrical patriotic mishmash. It's even tough to muster up outrage over the fact that just 10 percent of proceeds from jerseys sold will… » 11/04/13 1:57pm 11/04/13 1:57pm

Northwestern Walk-On Receives Full Scholarship, Hugs From Entire Team

Senior guard James Montgomery has spent two years walking on for Northwestern, getting a grand total of 124 minutes. But new head coach Chris Collins has apparently been so taken with Montgomery's effort in practices, he called a team meeting to announce that Montgomery will be receiving a full scholarship this… » 10/22/13 5:28pm 10/22/13 5:28pm

Northwestern Has Fired Bill Carmody After 13 Years Of…

In 13 seasons as the head coach at Northwestern University, an alleged Big Ten basketball program, Bill Carmody’s signature moment might’ve been getting hired in the first place. And that, presumably, is why the school fired him today. Cracker-box facilities, lack of tradition, and academic pressures notwithstanding,… » 3/16/13 1:40pm 3/16/13 1:40pm

Iowa Basketball Player Throws Shoe, Nearly Decapitates Own Coach

Iowa's offense is dangerous. The Hawkeyes' Aaron White wasn't trying to plunk head coach Fran McCaffery after Northwestern's Alex Marcotullio lost his shoe during the second half yesterday. White was actually trying to get the shoe off the floor as quickly as possible so Iowa could continue to run its offense. The shoe … » 1/14/13 10:45am 1/14/13 10:45am

Northwestern's Attempted Halftime Buzzer-Beater Didn't Go In The Basket, …

Northwestern's consolation for missing out on the NCAA Tournament was hosting one of tonight's opening NIT games against Akron. While they missed this attempt to score before the halftime buzzer, I'm pretty sure knocking the ESPN camera assistant's hat off is worth a couple hundred tickets at a Navy Pier shooting… » 3/13/12 10:17pm 3/13/12 10:17pm

The Northwestern Wildcats Will Not Be Going Dancing

What looked like a sure thing is now just a memory. The Northwestern Wildcats hoops team, despite its best efforts, will most assuredly miss qualifying for the NCAA Tournament after today's overtime loss to Minnesota in the Big 10 Tournament. The team was attempting to secure its first March Madness appearance in 73… » 3/08/12 8:55pm 3/08/12 8:55pm

Will ESPN's Coverage Of Northwestern's Dan Persa Convince ESPN To Cover…

This is a story on ESPN.com about a Heisman marketing campaign launched by Northwestern on behalf of quarterback Dan Persa. The school has purchased billboard space not in Times Square but in Bristol, Conn., near ESPN headquarters. "Northwestern," writes ESPN's Adam Rittenberg on ESPN.com, "is hoping to put Persa's name… » 8/01/11 6:45pm 8/01/11 6:45pm