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|Northwestern players to cast historic union vote (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:34 pm]
Northwestern University's football players will cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes - a potentially landmark vote that will be kept sealed for months and possibly years. The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday it will hear an appeal by Northwestern challenging the decision from a regional NLRB director who ruled the players are university employees and thus have the right to unionize. The vote comes one day after leaders at the NCAA endorsed a dramatic proposal to give its biggest and most powerful member schools the autonomy to make decisions for its athletes, including more robust funding of scholarships, the ability to address health concerns and other key areas. But there has been plenty of lobbying in the form private meetings, calls and emails, and everyone from coach Pat Fitzgerald to NCAA President Mark Emmert has called for a ''no'' vote.
Government to review Northwestern bid to unionize (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 2:39 pm]
The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights. It said a previously scheduled vote by Northwestern football players on whether to unionize could go forward Friday but ballots would be impounded for now. The Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on March 26 that Northwestern scholarship football players are essentially employees of the school - and thus have the right to form a union and exercise full collective bargaining rights. Northwestern is appealing the potentially far-reaching decision, insisting that its scholarship athletes are students first and don't have collective bargaining rights.
NCAA board endorses more power for big schools (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 1:56 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.
Former MSU lineman Siddoway arrested (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 1:34 pm]
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Former Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Siddoway and current defensive lineman Jordan Washington were arrested on Wednesday and charged with burglary and robbery.
Judge allows UNM's Crusoe Gongbay to leave state (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 7:55 am]
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A judge is allowing New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay to return home to Maryland once the semester ends in May before returning to Albuquerque to face rape and kidnapping charges.
Iowa's offense looking to match strong defense (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 1:33 am]
Iowa's defense was back among the nation's elite last season. The Hawkeyes' offense failed to follow suit. Getting both units to play at an equally high level will likely be crucial to Iowa's hopes of competing for a Big Ten West title. The Hawkeyes, who wrap up spring practice Saturday with a scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium, will be among the league favorites because they have a lot of returning starters and what appears to be a manageable schedule.
Clemson's Swinney won't change after complaint (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 5:06 pm]
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday he wouldn't change procedures after the Freedom From Religion Foundation's letter of complaint expressing concerns about the football program's connection to the coach's Christian religion. According to the foundation, Swinney has promoted a culture in the program that promotes Christianity and violates constitutional guidelines against publicly funded institutions endorsing religion or engaging in religious exercises Swinney said he recruits players of all religions to the team and believes prospects and their families deserve to know the type of person a coach is beyond the football field. All we require in the recruitment of any player is that he must be a great player at his position, meet the academic requirements, and have good character,'' Swinney said in a statement. The foundation said in a letter sent by the group's staff attorney Patrick Elliott that Swinney selected James Trapp as team chaplain, which it said violated Clemson's guidelines.
Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:38 pm]
Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes - regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. One day before the board of directors meets in Indianapolis and two days before Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on creating college sports' first union, the NCAA president told The Associated Press that a new governance system could solve many problems by providing more opportunities for college athletes and their families. The list could include adding the full cost-of-attendance in scholarships, expanded health insurance, additional help with academic and career counseling, and providing money for the families of athletes to travel to NCAA tournament events.
Jones seeks solutions for Tennessee's depth issues (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 1:31 pm]
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn't hesitate to point out his biggest concern heading into his second season.
Arkansas' Derby making most of move to tight end (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 1:30 pm]
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- AJ Derby wanted to give the quarterback position every chance he could.
TCU WR Brandon Carter faces drug possession count (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 12:46 pm]
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter has been charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop.
Penn St. fans plan new statue of Joe Paterno (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 11:17 am]
With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university. A State College, Pa., restaurant owner says he's interested in having the new statue put in front of his establishment. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn't involved in the plan. Organizers say the new statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading.
Tennessee RB Alden Hill plans to transfer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 6:52 pm]
Tennessee running back Alden Hill has decided to transfer to another school. Hill tweeted a link to a post on his Instagram account Tuesday in which he said he had ''decided to move on for my best interest and find a new home.'' Although Hill's Twitter account is unverified, Tennessee coach Butch Jones confirmed via text message that Hill was planning to transfer. In his Instagram post, Hill thanked Tennessee's coaches and fans and said he ''will always remember my time spent at Tennessee, my first true love.'' Hill, who is from Alliance, Ohio, had 10 carries for 58 yards and one touchdown as a redshirt freshman last fall.
Jim Tressel among 3 finalists to lead Akron (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 2:51 pm]
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president.
UNM's Crusoe Gongbay suspended, facing charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 9:09 pm]
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The University of New Mexico says running back Crusoe Gongbay is facing rape charges and has been suspended from the team.
Dana Ford hired at Tennessee State (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 4:03 pm]
Tennessee State started a new era Monday by reaching back to its past and hiring former Tigers assistant Dana Ford as its men's basketball coach. Ford has spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Illinois State, but he also worked at Tennessee State from 2009-11 as an assistant on John Cooper's staff. Ford was hired Monday to replace Travis Williams, who was fired last month after going 23-40 in two seasons. ''The one thing about this school and me is it kind of fits my personality,'' Ford said.
Atlanta eyeing national title game, Super Bowl (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 3:35 pm]
The city of Atlanta wants to host college football's national championship game in 2018 as a prelude to a possible Super Bowl bid. Peach Bowl President Gary Stokan discussed the timetable after a news conference Monday to announce a six-year agreement with the current title sponsor. The game is part of a new playoff system and will again be known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after carrying only the corporate moniker the last eight years. Stokan already announced plans to bid for the national title game after the city's $1 billion downtown stadium opens in 2017.
Manning says he and Gase didn't break NFL rules (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 1:11 pm]
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Peyton Manning insists that he and Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase didn't break any NFL rules when they met with Alabama coach Nick Saban earlier this month.
Heisman winner Winston earns first win of season (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 10:31 am]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State's Jameis Winston had a slower seven days after a busy previous week that included the spring football game. The Heisman winner played in just two of four games, but did throw a career-high 4.2 innings while earning his first win of the season during the weekend.
Illinois State's Dana Ford hired at Tennessee St (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 9:05 am]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee State has hired Illinois State assistant Dana Ford as its men's basketball coach.