Callie Counsellor
By (@CCounsellor)
Apr 19, 2014

Superman had Kryptonite. Harry Potter had Voldemort’s touch. And Kelly Amonte Hiller has the Florida Gators.

No. 4 Florida beat No. 5 Northwestern, 13-12, Saturday afternoon. The Gators have now bested the Wildcats five times during Amonte Hiller’s tenure, the most of any team in the country.

The Cats nearly made a miraculous comeback, scoring three goals in the last five minutes to come within one goal. They missed tying the game by inches, as Kara Mupo’s goal with 14 seconds left was disallowed because she stepped in the crease.

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Chris Johnson
By (@ChrisDJohnsonn)
Apr 18, 2014

In the weeks since Peter Sung Ohr, the director of the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago, ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern with remaining eligibility are employees and directed an election to take place that will decide whether they can unionize, speculation has swirled that alumni would try to influence the vote.

Coach Pat Fitzgerald and multiple players – including quarterback Trevor Siemian, who said players erred in not conferring with Fitzgerald and athletic director Jim Phillips before allowing a ‘third party’ to get involved – have gone public with their intention to side against the College Athletes Players Organization. And there are other people connected to the University who believe collective bargaining is not the right vehicle for the players to gain more rights and protections.

But there are some alumni who are committed to advancing the players’ agenda. Led by Kevin Brown, a defensive back at NU in the 1980s, an advocacy group composed of former players and alumni will be formed before the union vote. The Daily Northwestern reported that the group will not try to influence the election.

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By (@HenryBushnell)
Apr 17, 2014

Returning Starters: Venric Mark, Treyvon Green

Others Returning: Stephen Buckley, Warren Long, Tim Hanrahan, Malin Jones, Xavier Menifield, Mike Panico

Incoming Recruits: Justin Jackson, Auston Anderson

Projected Depth Chart

1.a. Venric Mark

1.b. Treyvon Green

2.a. Stephen Buckley

2.b. Warren Long

Explaining the depth chart

The running back depth chart is as crowded as ever, and it’s also very fluid. Because each player possesses a unique skill set, there’s no way to concretely label a player first or second team – with a few exceptions of course.

Those exceptions are at the top of the depth chart. Venric Mark entered last season as arguably the top running back in the Big Ten, but injuries derailed his season. Now he’s back, and on track to be at 100 percent for summer camp, and thus naturally assumes a place atop the depth chart.

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Josh Rosenblat
By (@JMRosenblat)
Apr 17, 2014

Former and current Northwestern football players met Wednesday night to air opinions and concerns regarding the union vote scheduled for April 25.

The Daily Northwestern’s Alex Putterman (@AlexPutt02) and The New York Times’ Ben Strauss (@bstrauss1) were at the meeting for at least a portion of it before, according to Putterman, they were asked to leave.

According to what the two reported, the meeting centered around the issue of alumni interfering in the union vote by threatening players to vote “no.”

According to Putterman’s account, it seemed that “almost everyone who spoke up seemed in agreement that a union was not the proper way to deal with issues confronting college athletes.”

Preceding the meeting, alumni met with Fitzgerald to discuss the union possibility.

Putterman also tweeted about the meeting with Fitzgerald, as he wrote, “Fitz made no promises to alums but said ‘You know my past. I’m for change.’”

Along with an account of the meeting, Strauss’ article also includes this telling anecdote from former Northwestern player Chris Hinton:

Chris Hinton, an offensive lineman selected in the first round of the 1983 draft, said Colter and his teammates were part of a lineage at Northwestern that dates to his sophomore year. Hinton was part of a group of black Northwestern football players that felt discriminated against by Coach Rick Venturi. The group threatened to boycott games if conditions did not improve. A new coach was hired the next season.

“It’s part of a legacy,” said Hinton, who recently reached out to [Kain] Colter. “The N.C.A.A. system is messed up, and they’re doing something about it.”

While it is still uncertain what direction the players will vote, it seems as though the number of people giving their input on the situation has created as much controversy as the union itself. Ultimately, it’s up to Northwestern’s current players, and only them, to quite possibly decide the future of college sports.

Josh Rosenblat
By (@JMRosenblat)
Apr 16, 2014
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As the new starting quarterback, Trevor Siemian will become Northwestern’s leader, a role that may require him to repair a split locker room. Josh Rosenblat | INSIDE NORTHWESTERN

Returning starter(s): Trevor Siemian (Sr.)

Others returning: Zach Oliver (Jr.), Christian Salem (So.), Matt Alviti (Fr.)

Incoming recruit(s): Clayton Thorson

Depth chart projection

1. Trevor Siemian

2. Matt Alviti

3. Zack Oliver

4. Christian Salem

Explaining the depth chart

While Siemian had been listed at “1b” for most of the last two seasons, the senior will finally have the reigns to the offense completely to himself. He is the only quarterback on the roster with any significant college experience and deservedly has the starting job. Behind Siemian, Alviti has received the most snaps this spring after the highly-touted recruit redshirted last season. Oliver who backed up both Siemian and Kain Colter last year has slid down to the third spot and Salem, a sophomore, fills in the final spot.

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Josh Rosenblat
By (@JMRosenblat)
Apr 15, 2014

Defensive end Joe Gaziano became Northwestern’s eighth commit in the past week when he committed on Monday. He’s also the third defensive end to commit in the past two days, joining Zach Allen and Trent Goens.

Gaziano, a three-star prospect from Westwood, Mass., is a New Englander like Allen. He chose NU over an offer from Boston College. For more, check out his profile on 247 Sports.

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