Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was called to the witness stand on Friday to testify against his players who have lobbied to form a union. According to USA Today, Fitzgerald said that Northwestern and its football program do everything they can in order to produce a worthwhile and positive experience for the athletes.
“We take pride in developing our men to be the best they can be in everything they choose to do,” Fitzgerald said. “Our goals are simple: We want to graduate 100% of our players and prepare them for life, and we want to compete for championships.”
Lawyers representing the College Athletes Players Association have compared the player-coach relationship to an employee-employee relationship because coaches have the ability to control a player’s scholarship and could even pull a player’s scholarship.
When that issue was raised, Fitzgerald testified that such instances where scholarships get pulled are rare even after he read a team rule while on the stand that statedRead More »from Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testifies against own players in unionization case