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04/15/14 - NFL scouts will get to watch Kain Colter work out Wednesday at Northwestern. But media members will not. NUís Pro Day will be closed to reporters. The decision was collaborative, with all parties - NU officials, Colter and scouts - deciding that the event would be more productive without a media sideshow. Colter, the former quarterback who hopes to make the NFL as a receiver, has been working out at NUís athletics complex to prepare.
Several former teammates also will show off their skills to scouts Wednesday: defensive linemen Will Hampton and Tyler Scott, receiver Rashad Lawrence and linebackers Damien Proby and David Nwabuisi. Former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees will throw to Colter and Lawrence. Had Colter been available to the media, he would have been asked about veteran Wildcats such as Trevor Siemian, Kyle Prater, Venric Mark and Collin Ellis, who have come out strongly saying they will vote no on April 25 to unionizing. - Teddy Greenstein, The Chicago Tribune
04/09/14 - NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith: NFL players support college union...The bid by Northwestern football players to form the first-ever college athletes' union might have the approval of the National Labor Relations Board, but that hasn't exactly meant support for their cause has been universal, with opponents ranging from the NCAA and Mark Emmert to the Wildcats' own coach Pat Fitzgerald voicing their strident opposition. But the College Athletes Players Association and leader Kain Colter will be happy to have the now-public support of the one union that arguably knows better than any other the issues with modern college football: the NFL Players Association. Writing at the Huffington, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wrote Tuesday that NFL players "stand firmly behind" Colter and the CAPA.
Smith's post, titled "The Truth About Kain Colter's Stand and Why NFL Players Support Him," argues that the NCAA and its proponents have offered a "classic bait-and-switch argument" that has taken the focus away from the actual issues raised by the CAPA -- "full medical coverage for injuries sustained, limitations on practice time, scholarship shortfalls and rules to make promised education a reality" -- and onto the pay-for-play debate. "The response of the NCAA, the university president and people who don't want to hear Kain and his teammates is essentially, 'Shut up and play,'" Smith writes. "Current and future college athletes -- and especially their parents -- should stand behind, support, and be proud of a young man who decided not to just 'shut up and play.' Kain Colter has met the challenge, and we know others will too." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
04/06/14 - The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting schools have been working to get athletes more involved in decisions that impact them. At his news conference Sunday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association was in no rush to come up with plans in case college players' unions sprout up across the nation. He portrayed the recent decision in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize as a very early step. Emmert was joined by other NCAA leaders who said many of the association's biggest issues - including paying athletes and improving their health care - could be more easily resolved if the five biggest conferences were allowed to write more of their own rules. - AP Sports
04/05/14 - Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: "I believe it's in their best interests to vote no." Fitzgerald addressed the issue for the first time with his squad Wednesday, a week after Peter Ohr, regional director for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled that Northwestern's scholarship football players were "employees." That decision entitled players to conduct a secret-ballot vote on forming a union to pursue collective bargaining with the school, a move that could significantly alter the structure of college sports ó especially big revenue-producers like football and basketball.
Fitzgerald spoke at the end of a spring practice session at the school's lakefront facility, alongside a plot of land being developed for a $225 million athletic center. He also said that while he's constrained in what he can discuss regarding a union, he sent players and their parents a letter stating his position before addressing the team in person. "All this can be handled with communication. It's about trust," Fitzgerald said about issues ó including improved medical care, practice schedules and others ó raised by the College Athletes Players Association, the group seeking to unionize players. So far, CAPA has not addressed paying players on scholarship. "I just do not believe we need a third party between our players and our coaches, staff and administrators. ... Whatever they need, we will get them," Fitzgerald said. - AP Sports
04/03/14 - Kain Colter's grandmother often spoke about rights and equality, values she brought home from her job managing an office of a Colorado law firm. Those conversations planted a seed for Colter, who would go on to become a quarterback at Northwestern University ó and the face of an exploding movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain. "He understands that he's been put on this earth to serve people," Colter's father, Spencer, said. From a start in sports at Cherry Creek High School in suburban Denver to a football revival at Northwestern, Colter has a circle of people around him who say they aren't surprised he is succeeding in his fight. After a decision this week by a regional director of the National Labor Relations board who said full scholarship players can be considered employees of the university, he also could leave a legacy as the athlete who formed the foundation of a dramatic overhaul of college sports that could potentially give athletes a chance to fight for a piece of an industry that generates billions based on their performance.
"Looking out for people and making sure people are treated fairly has always been in our family morals," Colter said in an interview with The Associated Press in Bradenton, Fla., where he is training for the NFL draft. "Obviously people come from different backgrounds and different situations, but everybody deserves to be treated fairly and they deserve basic rights and basic protections." - AP Sports