In a player-centered attempt to organize, Northwestern football players have done what the college sport system and American higher education have failed to do over the span of more than a hundred years.
Those who discount the players' chances suggest that their attempt to organize a union will require a reversal of precedent and is unlikely. However, a closer look at both the NLRA and in the Board's Brown University decision gives the players at least a coin-flip's chance at success.
There's really no excuse for Cowherd's ignorance about the reality of the labor organization actually supporting the players' petition for representation, since a five-second Google search would have cleared that up.
The alarming rate of dementia and suicides among NFL players hasn't stopped parents from sending off their 7-year-old boys to football camps so that they may someday get into the leagues. When it comes to football, common sense does not apply.
Most of the time, we would rather avoid uncomfortable truths that are right in front of our eyes because they force us to reflect on the things we hold dear.
In many ways, football functions similarly to ancient Greek tragedy. Such a claim may sound fanciful at first, but upon closer reflection, it helps ex...
If you love college football and like rooting for the underdog, your days are numbered. The big kids want to take their football and go home.
Some people have accused college football coaches of being overpaid, youth labor extortionists. But to make an informed assessment, several key factors should be understood about the college football coaching profession.
To fully grasp the significance of Charlie Strong's ascension to the pinnacle of college football, consider the story of how Bubba Smith became one of the most famous Michigan State Spartans -- not Longhorns -- of all-time.
Whereas we as Americans once took pride in our educational preeminence internationally, we have fallen to 16th place in college degree completion. We have not kept pace internationally because in spite of our national wealth, we have neglected our poor children.
The BCS probably couldn't have picked a better year to call it quits, and now college football gets the facelift we've all been waiting for -- or so it appears. As we head toward the College Football Playoff, everyone gets a fair chance, right?
2015 marks the first year of the Final Four format, which means the much anticipated end to the 16-year BCS. That is a good thing for college football. Let me rephrase that: It is a great thing for college football. And the SEC showing a chink in its armor might just be as well.
To leave or not to leave? That is the question facing a number of collegiate players who have a few weeks now to determine whether to return for another season or declare for the NFL Draft. How do they make this decision?
Human error will always occur in the officiating of any athletic competition, but the most exciting plays are now followed by endless delays. It destroys the certainty and excitement.
This year the BCS Championship is special because it's the last title game before college football transfers to a four-team playoff. Check out Miami-based comedians Dave Williamson and John Wynn's spoof on football fanaticism.
Auburn is better than the fluky nature of the team's most high profile wins would suggest, but Florida State was never even in circumstances like that at any point in the year because the Seminoles won every game easily.