Northwestern Rumors & News

  • Northwestern CB Matthew Harris out for 'foreseeable future'

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Northwestern will be without starting cornerback Matthew Harris for “the foreseeable future,” head coach Pat Fitzgerald said Monday. Harris took a knee to the head during the second half of the Wildcats’ loss to Michigan on Saturday. He stayed down on the turf for several minutes before being..." October 13

  • Selfies and signed football with Pat Fitzgerald? That'll cost you $125

    Sporting News - NCAAF "For all you Northwestern football fans out there with an extra $125 to burn, put that disposable cash to use and get a selfie with Pat Fitzgerald. Northwestern’s newest revenue booster allows fans the chance to enhance their gameday experience by making their way to the field for a signed..." September 15

  • NLRB rules Northwestern players aren't employees, can't unionze

    CBS Sports "Northwestern football players are not university employees and can cannot attempt to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington announced Monday. The five-member board sided unanimously disagreed with the ruling by NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr from last March...." August 17

  • Ex-Miami WR Garrett Kidd officially a Northwestern Wildcat

    College Football Talk "John Kidd was a four-year letterman for Northwestern back in the early eighties. Now, his son is officially a legacy. NU announced via a press release that Garrett Kidd has been added to its 2015 football roster. The announcement came two weeks or so after the former Miami walk-on took to..." August 09

  • Northwestern's Christian Jones expected to miss 4 months after undergoing knee surgery

    The Score "Northwestern wide receiver Christian Jones will likely be sidelined for the next few months as he recovers from a knee surgery. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder stated that he expects to begin running again in July and should be prepared to participate in training camp in August, according to Louie..." April 06

  • Trent Green's son T.J. is planning on being a B1G QB -- at Northwestern

    Fox Sports Kansas City "Trent Green's son will soon share a line on the resume with his old man: Big Ten quarterback. T.J. Green, who won Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today Offensive Player of the Year honors in Missouri last fall as a senior signal-caller at Rockhurst High School, has committed to walk on at..." February 10

  • Illinois, Northwestern agree to 3-year deal to play at Soldier Field

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Illinois and Northwestern will play at Soldier Field in 2015, 2017 and 2019 with the Illini giving up three home games to do so. The 2015 game will be played Nov. 28, Illinois athletics director Mike Thomas said in a release on Monday. The later games will also be played on Thanksgiving..." February 09

  • Report: Rice's Perry weighs new UM offer

    Detroit News "Wide receiver Grant Perry of Birmingham Brother Rice, who has been committed to Northwestern, reportedly is now weighing a new offer from Michigan. Perry, the No. 10 player on The Detroit News Blue Chip list, told Kyle Bogenschutz of that UM coach Jim Harbaugh offered him a..." February 03

  • Former ND QB Tommy Rees to join Northwestern as graduate assistant

    SI - College Football "As the son of a longtime college and NFL personnel man and a cerebral quarterback for one of the nation's most prestigious programs, Tommy Rees always figured to make a good college football coach eventually. Now that career has its launching point. The former Notre Dame signal-caller will join..." December 24

  • Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian has torn ACL

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Northwestern hopes to clinch bowl eligibility on Saturday against Illinois, but it will be forced to do it without starting quarterback Trevor Siemian. Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Monday that Siemian, a fifth-year senior, suffered a torn ACL during the second quarter of the..." November 24

  • Northwestern unveils gothic look

    ESPN Chicago "The Wildcats will unveil their new "Northwestern Gothic" uniforms when the Wildcats host Nebraska on Oct. 18. According to the Northwestern football website, the "black-purple-gold color scheme is a nod to the school's colors of "purple and 'old gold'" before the University adopted purple as..." October 07

  • NU's Robbins gets one-game suspension

    Chicago Tribune "The Big Ten imposed a one-game suspension Tuesday and issued a public reprimand of Northwestern defensive lineman C.J. Robbins, who was ejected Saturday for throwing a punch near the end of the NIU game. NU coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the game: “I didn’t see it. It must have happened..." September 10

  • Northwestern’s top WR ruled out of NIU game

    College Football Talk "Northwestern just can’t win for losing at the wide receiver position. In the middle of last month, the Wildcats announced that their leading receiver in yardage in 2013, Christian Jones, would miss the entire 2014 season with a knee injury. While for nearly as long, NU’s top remaining threat..." September 05

  • Northwestern loses DL Sean McEvilly for season to injury

    CSN Chicago "The blows keep coming for Northwestern. Pat Fitzgerald announced Monday that defensive tackle Sean McEvilly will be lost for the season due to a foot injury similar to the one he suffered last year. Last season, McEvilly's foot injury limited to just five games and three starts. Now another..." August 25

  • Venric Mark off to West Texas A&M

    ESPN "Former Northwestern running back Venric Mark told ESPN on Saturday that he is transferring to West Texas A&M. "This is an hour and half from my mom," Mark said. "It's the best fit." Mark said he was interested in many FBS schools, including Baylor, Houston, Texas State, Oklahoma State, Texas..." August 23

  • What are Venric Mark's options post-Northwestern?

    CSN Chicago "Venric Mark is no longer a Northwestern Wildcat. So what's next? We know how Pat Fitzgerald's team plans to move on. They'll rely on the same running back depth that played in Mark's injury-caused absence last season. But what about Mark? He announced he'd be transferring, but where will he be..." August 19

  • Northwestern running back Venric Mark to transfer

    CSN Chicago "In a shocking announcement Wednesday night, Northwestern announced star running back Venric Mark will transfer from the program. The school's press release says he decided to leave the program, where he's spent the past four seasons, due to personal reasons and to play closer to his family...." August 14

  • Northwestern is losing two of its biggest weapons on offense

    CBS Sports "Last week it was announced that Northwestern's Venric Mark had been suspended for the first two games of the season, meaning that the Wildcats would be without their most dynamic playmaker to start 2014. Now they'll be without him all year, as the school announced Wednesday evening that Mark was..." August 13

  • Navy SEAL tries to secure spot on Northwestern football team

    Chicago Sun-Times "When you size up Tom Hruby’s chances of securing a spot on the Northwestern football team, it would be fair to say the odds are stacked against him. He’s a junior trying to walk on as a defensive end — meaning he is competing against scholarship athletes aggressively pursued by the university...." August 10

  • Northwestern suspends senior RB for first two games

    College Football Talk "Northwestern running back Venric Mark only played in three games last season and missed the final six games. The Wildcats are going to be without their talented running back for just a little bit longer. According to a release from the school, Mark has been suspended for the first two games of..." August 09

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Northwestern RB Malin Jones granted release, will transfer

    CBS Sports "Redshirt freshman running back Malin Jones has been granted a release from Northwestern and will transfer to another program, head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Friday. "Redshirt freshman running back Malin Jones recently requested, and was granted, his release from Northwestern to seek..." June 09

  • Northwestern players cast votes; waiting game begins

    College Football Talk "The votes have been submitted by Northwestern players voting on whether or not to form an official players union. The results of the vote will not be released until an appeal by Northwestern University is ruled on by the National Labor Relations Board. The waiting game has officially begun, with..." April 25

  • Northwestern Goes Union-Busting

    Deadspin "Tomorrow, Northwestern football players will vote on whether or not to form a union, a right given to them by a National Labor Relations Board ruling last month. NLRB rules stipulate that no meetings can be held today, the day before the vote, to decrease the risk of outside influence—which..." April 24

  • Document reveals Northwestern's anti-union dialogue with players

    CBS Sports "A school Q-and-A between Northwestern and players considering unionization reveals the Wildcats' anti-union talking points leading up to Friday's National Labor Relations Board vote. Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald tell players several times they would be "stuck" with a union if they vote..." April 21

  • Northwestern see football goals through union haze

    CBS Sports "We're here to confirm that Northwestern is still playing football. They concluded spring ball Saturday with a lightning-shortened scrimmage at Ryan Field. Recruits were on campus, youth camps were scheduled for later that day and fans were allowed to approach players for autographs in the team's..." April 15

  • Northwestern's Trevor Siemian says he'll vote no on unionizing

    CBS Sports "Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter has received a lot of support in his effort to unionize college football players, but he didn't get any support from the man he shared quarterbacking duties with. On Wednesday Northwestern's Trevor Siemian explained that while Colter's mission "began..." April 09

  • Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald urges against union

    ESPN Chicago "Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is finally talking to his team about the unionization push and outlining why players should vote against forming a union later this month. Fitzgerald broke his silence Wednesday after conferring with university attorneys. He had been unable to address the topic..." April 06

  • As expected, Northwestern will appeal players union ruling

    College Football Talk "Northwestern University is not wasting much time on appealing the ruling earlier this week from the National Labor Relations Board. The university issued a statement confirming the school will request the NLRB in Washington D.C. to review the ruling made Wednesday in Chicago by a regional..." March 29

  • NLRB's N'western ruling to be issued

    ESPN "With all due respect to the glories of the Sweet Sixteen, the center of the college sports universe for the next couple of days is a government office on the ninth floor of a landmark building downtown in Chicago. In that office, the regional director of the Chicago district of the National..." March 26

  • Northwestern athletes win NLRB case, ruled to be employees

    SI "Northwestern University athletes won a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) bid for membership to the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) union on Wednesday. The school said on Wednesday afternoon that a statement from the school will come soon but that an appeal is expected, according..." March 26

  • NU 'disappointed' by NLRB ruling, vows appeal

    Chicago Tribune "Statement by Alan K. Cubbage, Vice President for University Relations, in regard to decision by NLRB regional director: "Northwestern is disappointed by today’s ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board finding that Northwestern University’s football players who..." March 26

  • Northwestern raising funds for new lakefront facility

    CBS Sports "Northwestern announced a new fundraising campaign on Friday to raise money and support for the school's athletics department. The school listed several initiatives of the campaign in its official release, but the project that is catching headlines is the proposed lakefront athletics..." March 15

  • Big Ten not keen on Friday night football

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Friday Night Lights” is not coming to the Big Ten any time soon. Social media was abuzz Thursday regarding various reports the Big Ten was looking into playing football games on Friday night. The Big Ten’s 10-year broadcast contract for regular-season games with ABC and ESPN is up in 2017...." March 01

  • 3 ex-NU football players say coaches helped them earn tough degrees

    Chicago Sun-Times "Two former Northwestern University football players who started as walk-ons and who had limited playing time testified Tuesday at a National Labor Relations Board hearing that they pursued demanding careers in engineering and pre-med. They testified for the university in an effort to counter..." February 26

  • Former Northwestern tackle Patrick Ward: ‘Union should be dismissed’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Like Kain Colter, 2013 graduate and former Northwestern offensive lineman Patrick Ward was a three-year starter for the Wildcats. Like the former quarterback, who was the College Athletes Players Association’s star witness in its hearing with the National Labor Relations Board, Ward had his..." February 26

  • Venric Mark to miss NU spring ball

    Chicago Tribune "Spring football begins Wednesday for Northwestern, but fifth-year tailback Venric Mark is among 11 players not participating after undergoing surgery. Mark, who was granted a medical redshirt after being limited to one full game last season, underwent surgery on his left ankle. Asked whether..." February 25

  • Northwestern’s Fitzgerald had to testify against his players

    College Football Talk "Because the College Athletes Players Association argues a relationship between a player and his coach should be considered an employee-employer relationship, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was asked to testify against his players on Friday. The players union formed by Northwestern..." February 22

  • CAPA making strides, but unionization proving to be slippery

    Chicago Sun-Times "If the College Athletes Players Association hearing at the National Labor Relations Board were a football game, it could be said that CAPA tied it up on Wednesday after trailing big heading into the day. But the better question is probably whether they’re playing in the right..." February 20

  • Kain Colter’s attitude undermines his effort to unionize football players

    Chicago Sun-Times "By any moral standard, the NCAA fleeces college athletes of revenue they generate for their universities. Contrary to the NCAA member institutions, which profit on the backs of these athletes, individuals are prohibited from using their likenesses and success on the field for financial..." February 19

  • NW players' union hearing set for Wednesday

    ESPN "A group of Northwestern football players will line up against their university on Wednesday morning in a National Labor Relations Board hearing that could lead to historic, landmark change for college sports. The hearing, scheduled for Wednesday morning at the iconic Chicago Rookery Building,..." February 12

  • QBs Colter, McKinnon to try new positions at the Combine "The NFL Scouting Combine participant list has been announced, allowing us to examine some under-the-radar storylines to follow during the event. Position changes Four players are listed on the combine invitation list at positions other than what they played in college -- and Northern Illinois..." February 08

  • Signing day: Ranking the Big Ten

    Chicago Sun-Times "1. Ohio State The Buckeyes may have stubbed their toe in the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, but Urban Meyer hasn’t lost his recruiting touch. OSU has seven four-star players from Ohio in a 23-man class that also draws from the talent hotbeds of Florida and Texas. Locally, Meyer has..." February 06

  • Northwestern excited about trio of Chicago-area signees

    Chicago Tribune "National signing day brings out the hyperbole in everyone. Even Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who disdains the way recruiting websites inflate teenage egos, could not resist Wednesday, saying the Wildcats "dominated Chicagoland again." Well, there were four top-300 prospects..." February 06

  • No surprise Kain Colter frontman for NCAA union

    Chicago Tribune "Kain Colter was undeterred after his first effort to speak up on behalf of college football players led to an uncomfortable moment. Northwestern's starting quarterback and co-captain gained national attention for scrawling "A.P.U." — for "All Players United" — on his wristbands and towel during..." January 29

  • Kain Colter starts union movement

    ESPN "For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps on Tuesday to begin the process of being recognized as employees, ESPN's "Outside The Lines" has learned. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players..." January 28

  • Ex-Northwestern star Kain Colter catching up in NFL bid

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was a sign of progress and perhaps a sign of things to come for Northwestern’s Kain Colter. The quarterback-turned-receiver put a double move on a cornerback in single coverage, gained separation and made a diving catch down the sideline Wednesday — typically the final day of practice during..." January 23

  • Northwestern running back Venric Mark granted fifth year of NCAA eligibility

    SI "After a season that could have used a lot more good news, at least January is starting off to an auspicious start for Northwestern. Running back and return man Venric Mark — who suffered hamstring and ankle injuries last fall — was granted a fifth year of NCAA eligibility, the school announced on..." January 23