April 24, 2014

How the Northwestern student-athlete union decision could affect Nebraska (AUDIO)

In a decision that could have a ripple effect through college athletics, the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago sided with football players at Northwestern, saying they qualify as employees under federal law and can create the nation’s first college athlete’s union.

The Big Ten institution, based in Evanston, IL, argues that college athletes, as students, don’t fit in the same category as other unionized workers. The school plans to appeal to labor authorities in Washington, D.C.

“While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it,” a statement from Northwestern University read.

How does this affect the University of Nebraska? Chancellor Harvey Perlman was a guest on KLIN’s Drive Time with Kevin Thomas and says that this decision couldn’t apply to any public university.


Perlman disagrees with the decision and does not feel that college athletes fall under the umbrella of unionized workers.  Perlman also believes there are several road blocks that must be cleared.  For example, would scholarship athletes vs. non-scholarship athletes belong to the same union?  The question of whether or not scholarship players from other non-revenue sports would be eligible for the union, is another issue.


It is under Perlman’s impressions, that the Northwestern players are only looking for a voice in the process of policy making. Perlman says the University of Nebraska already has that in place. In terms of compensating student-athletes, Perlman says for the most part, bigger universities are in line with providing more funds, but have their hands tied because of the NCAA.


To listen to the full interview with Kevin Thomas of KLIN, click here.



Pelini releases statement on injured player Reeves

“Ryne Reeves had full sensation and movement in all extremities following his injury at practice on Wednesday. As a precautionary measure, he was transported for further evaluation of his neck pain. All of his imaging studies were normal, and it is being treated as a cervical strain injury. Ryne will continue to be treated and evaluated, and we are optimistic that he will be able to return to practice sometime following spring break.”

Husker football to scrimmage 100 plays tonight before taking a break from spring workouts

The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday as the Huskers continued spring workouts.

“I’m seeing progress on both sides,” Head coach Bo Pelini said. “I’m seeing guys who are competing, and I think it’s been a productive seven practices to this point. We’ll scrimmage tomorrow night (Thursday) and go from there.”

The Huskers are continuing to implement details on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

“Now we need to get into the details and the fine points that are going to allow them to have success,” Pelini said.

Offensively, quarterback Tommy Armstrong likes his receiver corps and offensive line.

AUDIO Sean Callahan reports on Armstrong.

Pelini likes the way the young defensive lineman are progressing in camp.

“Malik Collins has really had a good camp. Kevin Maurice is doing some good things, and Vincent Valentine has really flashed at times. End to end, this group is way ahead of where they were last year,” Pelini said.

The Huskers return to the practice field on Thursday for their final practice before Spring Break. The squad will return to practice on March 31 in preparation for its Spring Game, set for Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m.


Husker QB Martinez put through WR and DB drills at NU’s Pro Day

NFL scouts were on campus in Lincoln on Thursday to put Husker seniors through drills similar to the NFL Combine during Nebraska’s Pro Day. Thirteen seniors from Nebraska’s 2013 senior class and three 2012 seniors worked out for NFL scouts and position coaches.

Receiver Quincy Enunwa and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste were on hand for Pro Day after also taking part in the NFL Combine last month. In addition, Combine invitee Spencer Long went through some drills on Thursday, but he continues to recover from knee surgery. Long will have an additional opportunity to work out for NFL scouts in Lincoln in mid-April.

Taylor Martinez went through the full range of drills, and afterwards, Martinez  said he also took part in the specific quarterback drills as well as running through some drills for wide receivers and defensive backs.

For Martinez to have a shot in the NFL, he must utilize his speed and those two positions, may be his best opportunity. Martinez showed no ill-effects from a foot injury that forced him to miss nine games this past season.

Now his plans are to return to Laguna Beach, CA. and continue to work out with his quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun.

The 2014 NFL Draft will take place in New York City from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10.

Curt Tomasevicz goes out with bronze medal

Nebraska native Curtis Tomasevicz, celebrates Sunday after winning the bronze medal.

Nebraska native Curtis Tomasevicz, celebrates Sunday after winning the bronze medal.

Steven Holcomb, who won a bronze medal for the United States in the two-man bobsled, along with his teammates Shelby, Neb. native Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton, and Chris Fogt in USA 1, finished with the bronze in four-man bobsled.

The U.S. was in fourth place just 0.17 seconds from the leader, and just 0.01 seconds from a medal. In the final heat, USA 1 edged out Russia-2 by 0.03 seconds for the bronze. After the competition, the former Husker football player tweeted.

“I told you it would be NUTS! #bronze!”

The 33-year old Tomasevicz announced his retirement after the Sochi Games.