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Hidden Pitfalls of College Unionization

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He's followed Northwestern's union fight for 10 weeks. He's consulted with his legal counsel. He's read every news story on the issue. And SMU athletic director Rick Hart's head ...(full article)

AUBURN, Ala. -- Johnny Manziel. AJ McCarron. Aaron Murray. Zach Mettenberger. A host of last season's star SEC quarterbacks are set to enter the NFL, leaving many to suggest that t...(full article)

MANKATO, Minn. — Todd Hoffner did no coaching at the Minnesota State football practice on Friday, three days after he was reinstated as the team’s coach. Dressed in a purple Ma...(full article)

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn says hello in a blue-and-white-patterned, button-down shirt with short sleeves. This is a bit shocking. Figured he always coaches in the blue Auburn ves...(full article)

The senior committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame faces a daunting task each summer. Every NFL franchise has two to four players it believes have unfairly fallen through the ...(full article)

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