CHICAGO — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-head to form the nation's first college athletes' union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balance in college football.
The West Coast's premier conference is stacked with elite talent in wealthy programs committed to contending for national championships as it celebrates the 100-year anniversary of its official formation this fall.
A freshman starting quarterback, less than a dozen returning seniors on scholarship, and Michigan at the Big House in Game 2. Gary Andersen is looking at a daunting start to his first year as Oregon State's coach.
Washington State goes into preseason practice looking for a new leader of coach Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense. Leach is left to decide between sophomore Luke Falk and redshirt freshman Peyton Bender for the starter's job.
Chris Petersen can only describe it as a feeling. There isn't anything tangible Petersen can point to yet, just the sense of progress from where he was at this time last year when he took over at Washington.