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Fitzgerald 'disappointed' in QB's APU decision

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07:24 AM ET 09.25 | Just three letters, in the form of the acronym "APU," are causing a good deal of commotion. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told CBSSports.com Tuesday he was "disappointed" that quarterback Kain Colter's participation in the All Players United movement was not vetted through team channels. Colter was the highest profile name attached to the awareness campaign that emerged out of the quarterback's participation in the National College Players Association. ... "We have a platform here in the program that we've had for six years -- a leadership council for dialogue on things," Fitzgerald said. "We meet every Monday. The last question I ask the guys, 'Is there anything to know that I don't know?" and that didn't come up. I told him I was disappointed in him."

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September 25, 2013  07:53 AM ET

I'm sure your salary will ease any lingering pain, Coach.

September 25, 2013  08:36 AM ET

The tragedy will be that when this whole thing blows up into a giant shizzle storm, the sports hacks who fed the monster will not be the first to lose their jobs. many others will be hurt before Andy Staples or any of the other drum beaters feel any pain.

September 25, 2013  09:10 AM ET

"...if you're going to do things like that in the future it needs to be done and vetted through the systems we have in place."

Pat doesn't like it when players think for themselves, even though Northwestern prides itself on the high level of their students and even though APU foregrounds some important things. Such thinking might snowball and that might grab the spotlight. Then the Reign of Fitz, which has disfigured the lakefront so that athletes can see Chicago's skyline while they push iron, might be threatened. Pat doesn't want that: he's the BMOC and there is no limelight-sharing in Evanston. As the lawn signs say and Northwestern trumpets: have faith in Fitz!

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September 25, 2013  09:23 AM ET

So what?

College years are supposed to be the rebellious/anti establishment times in one's life.

Throw back to the 60s/70s.

September 25, 2013  09:26 AM ET

"I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night..."

September 25, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Harley, I posted one of your English teacher creations over in the Ice Haus. Check it out and see if those bums learned anything. I've got a 9:00 tee time so I'm outta here for a while.

September 25, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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"I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night..."

Says I to Joe your ten years dead.

I'm just concussed said he.

September 25, 2013  09:31 AM ET

"I'm disappointed" says the coach raking in 7 figures. If Northwestern bagmen cared about anything other than women's field hockey and women's lacrosse, the football players wouldn't complain about lack of pay.

September 25, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Says I to Joe your ten years dead.I'm just concussed said he.

LOL. Well Played, 50!

September 25, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Harley, I posted one of your English teacher creations over in the Ice Haus. Check it out and see if those bums learned anything. I've got a 9:00 tee time so I'm outta here for a while.

Will do. No mulligans today. Enjoy the 19th hole.

September 25, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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LOL. Well Played, 50!

Honestly. Schools give "work/study" money to hundreds and hundreds of students to entice them to go to their school. They perform menial tasks. A athlete is required to practice three hours a day and hit the weight room and oh by the way your position coach is going over game film with you at 7:00 pm tonight. Where is the opportunity for these kids to "earn" walk around money? Stipend them and be done with it.

The top scholars get a free ride too. Jeesh. Stipend them and most of the issues concerning "money" go away.

September 25, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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"...if you're going to do things like that in the future it needs to be done and vetted through the systems we have in place."Pat doesn't like it when players think for themselves, even though Northwestern prides itself on the high level of their students and even though APU foregrounds some important things. Such thinking might snowball and that might grab the spotlight. Then the Reign of Fitz, which has disfigured the lakefront so that athletes can see Chicago's skyline while they push iron, might be threatened. Pat doesn't want that: he's the BMOC and there is no limelight-sharing in Evanston. As the lawn signs say and Northwestern trumpets: have faith in Fitz!

I live outside Chicago and have since 79'.....................he's the best coach Northwestern has had since Ara Parseghian.


Just win baby and Pat's a winner..................send your kid to one of those 'tarded liberal schools like Milliken or Grinnell if you want your little scamp to 'blossom'.

September 25, 2013  10:12 AM ET

My favorite Slurpee is the Coca-Cola one! Mmmm.

September 25, 2013  10:20 AM ET

APU will never take hold in Texas. It's a right-to-work state.

September 25, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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Honestly. Schools give "work/study" money to hundreds and hundreds of students to entice them to go to their school. They perform menial tasks. A athlete is required to practice three hours a day and hit the weight room and oh by the way your position coach is going over game film with you at 7:00 pm tonight. Where is the opportunity for these kids to "earn" walk around money? Stipend them and be done with it. The top scholars get a free ride too. Jeesh. Stipend them and most of the issues concerning "money" go away.

I've been waiting on a dedicated thread mentioning the All Players United (APU) movement. I think it's time to discuss its impact.

As I see it (and hopefully I'm not sounding too frantic here), the APU just the latest manifestation of this pay-for-play debate that been coalescing over the past couple of years now. My "Joe Hill" allusion that hints at CFB players organizing nationwide is becoming reality, IMO.

I wonder if many other college administrators like Larry Fitzgerald (including Head Coaches and their staffs, the Athletic Director and his/her office, the college president/chancellor, the Board of Trustees--- now to be collectively known as "Management") feel threatened by these young student-athletes (now to be collectively known as "Labor") banding together to get better working conditions and concessions that would empower them in the multi-billion dollar world that is today's collegiate athletics.

From where I'm standing, I see the APU as becoming a nascent labor organization that could rival the NFLPA. I'm serious when I say that a Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Nader business model applied to big-time college sports is just over the horizon.

Call me crazy, or call me prophetic (or neither), but that's what I'm envisioning.

September 25, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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I live outside Chicago and have since 79'.....................he's the best coach Northwestern has had since Ara Parseghian.Just win baby and Pat's a winner..................send your kid to one of those 'tarded liberal schools like Milliken or Grinnell if you want your little scamp to 'blossom'.

The guy is a rah-rah egotist who wants to focus attention on himself. He's a winner like Brian Kelly's a winner, if that's what you want. And apparently you do. The NU admin is certainly mesmerized by him. A good coach in any sport isn't merely measured in wins and Randy Walker was better.

September 25, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Honestly. Schools give "work/study" money to hundreds and hundreds of students to entice them to go to their school. They perform menial tasks. A athlete is required to practice three hours a day and hit the weight room and oh by the way your position coach is going over game film with you at 7:00 pm tonight. Where is the opportunity for these kids to "earn" walk around money? Stipend them and be done with it. The top scholars get a free ride too. Jeesh. Stipend them and most of the issues concerning "money" go away.

This x 1000!

September 25, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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... other college administrators like *Larry* Fitzgerald...

Oop. I meant Pat, HC @ Nerdwestern. Not the Pitt alumnus and NFL WR.

 
September 25, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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Stipend them and most of the issues concerning "money" go away.

Such clarity of thought on FN... It's... It's like an honest politician... Like, like, actually catching a snipe.

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