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March 27, 2014 11:23 PM

Players, coaches across NCAA split on union ruling

AUBURN, Ala. — Philip Lutzenkirchen’s first tweet Thursday morning consisted of two questions. “So if northwestern (sic) players are 'employees' now, can they be fired for not performing on the field?” he tweeted. “Or if they miss class?” He followed up with an answer to his own queries. “My point is play bad Saturday get fired Sunday solely based on performance,” he said.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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