NCAA FOOTBALL: Northwestern defends program
February 21, 2014 10:45 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Northwestern University officials countered a quarterback’s allegations that the program places athletics over academics, urging a federal agency to deny a bid by the school’s football players to form the first college athletes’ union in U.S. history.

Witnesses for the school challenged union lawyers’ assertions Northwestern football is highly profitable. And they denied accusations by the union’s star witness, outgoing senior quarterback Kain Colter, that classroom performance is given far less weight than on-the-field success.

The testimony came in a third day of hearings on whether the National Labor Relations Board should approve the Wildcats’ players request to unionize. The first-of-its kind effort is being closely watched by other schools and college athletes nationwide.

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