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At the end of this week, Northwestern University football players will take a historic vote and decide whether they should form a union. Do these nice, young scholars in argyle sweaters want to start a union that would lead to college football and basketball players getting paid a salary? Do they really want to invite the Internal Revenue Service...

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Looks like Oklahoma is coming back to the state of Nebraska — to play Creighton. CU Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen told me that OU and CU...
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Shatel: McDermott's among the greatest we've ever seen
Doug McDermott's four spectacular seasons established him as the best basketball player in Creighton's history and among the top athletes to have competed on the local sports scene.
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Shatel: Bringing home everything but the Heisman
Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? We're about to award the CollegeInsider.com version of the Heisman Trophy. Oh, what's that? The winner isn't here yet?
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Shatel: A-A-C! A-A-C! Connecticut leaves power leagues spellbound
How about that Big East football? OK, the official name of the conference is the American Athletic Conference. Maybe you heard the faint echoes of a “A-A-C! A-A-C!” chant coming out of the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
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Shatel: Wisconsin's Bo Ryan is fresh alternative to antiseptic
Thanks for coming, Bo. We sincerely mean that. College basketball has never needed a 66-year-old, 700-win, wise-cracking teacher of the ball-fake more than at this very minute.
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Shatel: Finding a way for fans to have a ball, with or without smartphone in hand
Tonight is opening night at Werner Park for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers. The colleges have already taken the field. Major League Baseball is underway. It's baseball season, moms and dads, and I have a serious question for you.
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Shatel: McDermott stays close to home when choosing his agent
Doug McDermott had good reasons to choose Mark Bartelstein to be his agent. Bartelstein is the CEO and founder of Priority Sports in Chicago, recently ranked the No. 7 most valuable NBA agency by Forbes. But Bartelstein was already a friend of the McDermott family — having signed Greg McDermott in 1988 when McDermott graduated from Northern...
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Shatel: On blue Sunday, McDermott delivered a message that is worth bottling
His nine-minute, 12-second locker room speech after the Baylor game was recorded by Creighton officials, who posted it on YouTube. Within hours of it going online, the college basketball world was buzzing about the postgame speech and its stunning, clear-headed, instant perspective.
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Shatel: Don't sleep on Huskers, Bluejays in 2015
Don't pout. In approximately 52 weeks, March Madness will be back in Nebraska. The Huskers return the majority of their team, including their “Big Three.” And you don't have to win the Big East or finish second to make the NCAAs.
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Shatel: Nothing sweet in this ending for Doug McDermott, Jays
Forget this Alamo. That will be impossible, of course. They gave us so many great memories in four years, the beautiful basketball kodak moments. It all came crashing down with a brutal, horrific thud.
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Shatel: Whether or not they reach Sweet 16, CU seniors will leave with treasure
Old guys rule. In four years, they’ve won 107 games, won a league title and two league tournament titles, gone to three NCAA tournaments, won three NCAA tourney games, more than any group since 1962 to ’64. Tonight, against a Baylor team whose wingspan stretches from Houston to San Antonio, they’ll try to win that fourth NCAA...
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Shatel: Jays adjust to life as the hunted, don't get 'Duked'
Survive. Advance. Wrap your knees. The Creighton Bluejays are heading — and in some cases, limping — to the finish line. Now, they've got the shot they wanted at the Sweet 16.
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Shatel: McDermott getting a chance to write his perfect ending
So here we are, Doug. It's time. Want to borrow my pen? It's time to write your ending. This is all yours, Doug. You brought us here, on this mind-boggling journey, and you've spoiled us like no other. We want the big finish.
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Shatel: Magical moments aplenty on home front, with no sign of slowing
The surprises are why we watch. This is the month of surprises. That's why this tournament sucks us in like a vacuum. But this surprise we're getting this week, this convention of red and blue in San Antonio, fits right in with the theme.
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Shatel: Bottom (seed) line put Jays, Huskers in Texas
If you want someone to thank — or blame — for this little Creighton-Nebraska shindig in San Antonio this week, the secret's out. There's no conspiracy. Just a lot of dominoes that had to tumble the right way. And did.
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Shatel: Huskers and Bluejays make for extra-spicy regional
Maybe they were serving chips and margaritas in the NCAA selection room. The NCAA has put together quite a party down in old San Antonio. Get there early. The Riverwalk is going to be crowded.
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Shatel: This hoops lover doesn't mind being pulled in two directions
I've been a card-carrying member of the Jaysker Club since 1991. Sue me. Better yet, send me a love letter, like the kind I've been receiving from Creighton fans in New York since Nebraska put the finishing touches on its Big Ten tournament meltdown.
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Shatel: Waiting is hardest part for Nebraska after watching chance evaporate
What Nebraska did here, in a 71-67 loss to Ohio State at the Big Ten tournament Friday, should be against NCAA bubble rules. Will the Huskers get away with it?
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Shatel: Huskers turn out to be hip in hoops, and that's a good thing for Big Ten
NU is doing the Big Ten right, and it's doing it in basketball. Men's basketball. The Huskers are on the verge of giving the league another NCAA tournament team.
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Shatel: Doug McDermott's take on Nebraska-Creighton fan unity is refreshing
Doug McDermott is a talented guy, but he can't solve world peace. However, I did like what he had to say Monday when he was asked about this unreal basketball season in the state of Nebraska.
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