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Northwestern coach testifies against unionization
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 2/21/2014  at  7:19:47 PM
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CHICAGO (AP) - Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is disputing his quarterback at a hearing over whether his team can form the nation's first union for college athletes.

Fitzgerald testified Friday at a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago. He spoke on behalf of Northwestern, which opposes the unionization bid.

Senior quarterback Kain Colter testified this week that a union will protect students and said nearly all of 85 scholarship football players on Fitzgerald's team support the union drive. He said the school didn't' make academics a top priority for football players.

Fitzgerald disagreed, saying Northwestern makes academics central to a player's experience. And while Colter testified he never heard a coach tell a player to leave practice and study, Fitzgerald says that does happen.

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