"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller

Twitter: @Maiers_luke

Hometown: Holy Cross, Iowa

Favorite Sports Media Journalist: Stephen A. Smith

Favorite Athlete: Torii Hunter

Favorite Team: Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings

If you could cover any sporting event in the world, what would it be: The Final Four or the Super Bowl

Best tradition at your college: Last Blast (A school wide party right before finals)

The restaurant you most frequent in your college town: Pancheros

Best class you’ve ever taken: TV Production

The Student Union Sports Podcast: Trivia Edition

Todays Episode of the Student Union Sports Podcast features the first round of the Student Union Trivia Tournament of Champions (Its a working title…) Writers competing include Johnny Rambos, PJ Guippone, Cody Goggin, Bucky Grimes, Nolan Davis, Sam Tschida, Brendan Smith, Luke Matthews, Big Takes, Austin Montgomery, Frank Fanelli, and Anthony Ventura. Matchup guide Group […]


Student Union Staff CFB Roundtable

We are now three weeks into the college football season. With conference play beginning for most teams this weekend, some of our writers sat down to discuss the biggest story lines of the season so far and preview what is sure to be a wild rest of the year. What has been the best moment […]


The Student Union Sports Podcast: Episode 1

We hope you enjoy the first ever episode of the Student Union Sports Podcast. The goal of this specific Podcast is to offer a look at college sports from the perspective of actual college students while also highlighting our talented student writers. Today’s episode is full of preseason speculation, big takes, and Dabo Swinney bashing….Let […]


Knee Jerk Reaction to the First Coach’s Poll

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke “Big Takes” Maiers. The first USA Today Coach’s Poll is out for the college football season and there isn’t much to complain about here. Some teams get a ton of votes just because of the name on the front of the jersey, but only two of those teams made […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 9

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. We covered a variety of topics in our final episode of […]


Bulldogs Slay The Huskies: The Moment of March

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke Maiers. I have never been much of a women’s basketball fan, aside from the Queen Bees here at St. Ambrose University, but what the Mississippi State women just did has me buzzing. When this game went to overtime, I told my roommates that UCONN would win by ten. Am […]


Student Union Study Hall Episode 8

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown, and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. 1. All-American Team Discussion 2. Bill Self and March 3. Coaching […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 7

  Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown, and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. 1. Most Exciting Player of Tournament 2. Most Intriguing Sweet […]


The Big Ten has been GOOD All Year

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke Maiers. All college basketball season Big 12 and ACC fans have been dismantling the good name that is Big Ten Basketball. Those groups have been calling the conference weak and overrated, but after the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, they can no longer say that. As the Tournament […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 6

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. This Week’s Topics: 1. Final Four predictions 2. 5/12 upset watch […]


The Abomination that is the Selection Committee

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke Maiers. Every year after the field of 68 teams has been filled for the NCAA Tournament there is outrage over seeding, who got in, and who didn’t get in. This season is no different. The two biggest blemishes this season for the Committee was the seeding of the Wichita […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 5

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Ben Shumate, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week.   This Week’s Topics 1. Josh Jackson Suspension 2. Favorite Moment […]


Releasing The Baer From His Cage

This is an article by Luke Maiers. As the end of the Big Ten regular season hit Sunday night, all of the athletes stats for the season were final. With every point, rebound, and assist tallied, it was time for the conference to hand down the yearly awards. On Monday afternoon, they were released. To […]


Jordan Bohannon Keeps Iowa’s Heart Beating

HOLY SANTA CLAUS SHIT, Iowa somehow still has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament after beating Wisconsin on Thursday night. As a die-hard Iowa fan, I could not control my excitement after the Hawkeye’s freshman point guard, Jordan Bohannon, splashed home a three pointer with under ten seconds to go to take the lead. […]


The BIGGEST Play of the College Basketball Season

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke Maiers who is a member of Team Joey Freshwater. Earlier this college basketball season I wrote an article on how the Northwestern Wildcats had a real chance at making the NCAA Tournament. After last night, that dream has become a reality. With 1.7 seconds left on the clock and […]


Student Union Study Hall Episode 4

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. This Week’s Topics: 1. Gonzaga’s first loss of the season 2. […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode 3

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. This Week’s Topics: 1. John Calipari to the NBA? 2. Mark […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode Two

  Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. This Week’s Topics: 1. Tom Crean 2. Dan Dakich 3. […]


AL-right CBB Gambling Picks, 2/10

WEEKLY BETTING LINES, done by Luke Maiers and Austin Brown. Current Record: 17-23 What an ugly week for out betting lines when we had so much confidence. We got absolutely demolished and our lines weren’t even close. One of these weeks Austin and I will hit, though, and our funds will be in the plus […]


Student Union Study Hall: Episode One

Student Union Study Hall is a weekly College Basketball recap produced by college students for college students. Each week Student Union writers Liam Smith, Austin Brown and Luke “Big Takes” Maiers will provide a “College Perspective” on the hottest basketball topics of the week. Todays topics include: 1) Is Duke Back? 2) Is Gonzaga the Truth? […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Big Ten POY Watch AND ONE

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH, by Luke Maiers. It is a damn shame that two of the best players in the nation are from the same conference because both Ethan Haap and Caleb Swanigan could be the National Player of the Year. This is the year of the big […]


AL-right CBB Gambling Picks

WEEKLY BETTING LINES, done by Luke Maiers and Austin Brown who are members of Team Joey Freshwater. Current Record: 14-16 We just can’t seem to find a winning week. With that being said, I am never betting on Duke again. I should have figured that those jerks would have been just bad enough to win […]


Is Iowa Better Without Jok?

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke Maiers who is a member of Team Joey Freshwater. Now before everyone gets all excited and calls me an idiot, I would just like to say that I appreciate what Peter Jok has done for the Iowa Hawkeyes since he first walked on campus. With that being said, though, […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten POY Watch AND ONE

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH, by Luke Maiers. What did we learn in the Big Ten this week? Iowa can win convincingly without Peter Jok, Melo Trimble and Maryland are running away with the conference, and maybe Indiana isn’t as good as everyone thought early on in the season. […]


AL-right CBB Gambling Picks

WEEKLY BETTING LINES, done by Luke Maiers and Austin Brown who are members of Team Joey Freshwater. Current Record: 9-11 I will admit that last week we led you into a losing record, but in our defense we did say we had “blind confidence”. None-the-less, we will take blame and have a bounce back week. […]


No Place Like Home

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke Maiers who is a member of Team Joey Freshwater. There is nothing like the home court advantage, especially when it comes to college basketball. The roar of the crowd, the obscene chants from the student section, and of course, storming the court after a big win. Aside from places […]


Collins Trying to Take the Wildcats Dancing

THIS IS AN ARTICLE, by Luke Maiers who is a member of Team Joey Freshwater. The History There are 351 schools in NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball, and there are only a hand full of teams that have never made the NCAA Tournament. Most of those schools are teams that no one has ever heard […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Big Ten POY Watch AND ONE

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH, by Luke Maiers. The Big Ten is going to be a dog fight all the way until tournament time, and I truly believe that any team in the conference can make a run in the Big Ten Tournament. There were some impressive stat lines […]


AL-right CBB Gambling Picks

WEEKLY BETTING LINES DONE, by Luke Maiers and Austin Brown. Last week was a kick to the shorts when Butler made two free throws with one second left to cover against Xavier, that’s how close AL-right picks was to having a winning record. .500 records are not acceptable for Austin and I. We hold ourselves […]


The Change Iowa Needed

THIS IS AN ARTICLE FOR STUDENT UNION SPORTS, by Luke Maiers. Think of the most boring, predictable thing you can think of (such as grass growing or paint drying), and you have the Iowa Hawkeye’s offense under Greg Davis for the last five seasons. First, let’s flashback to a time when the Iowa quarterback was […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Big Ten POY Watch AND ONE

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH, by Luke Maiers . There were some impressive stat lines thrown up in the last week, some of those coming in losses. The race just keeps tightening up as the year moves on though, and some players keep stepping up there play and putting […]


Another Feather in Swanigan’s Hat

THIS IS ARTICLE IS BY LUKE MAIERS WHO IS A MEMBER OF TEAM JOEY FRESHWATER. Background Thursday night while I was at the Purdue, Iowa game, I was ripping into pretty much every player that the Boilermakers put on the floor. Then I heard someone take one of the best jabs at a player that […]


AL-right CBB gambling picks 1/14

How are YOU coping with the sad realization that there’s no more college football? Some turn their attention to the NFL, some use the spring months as a hiatus from sports and some have no choice because they broke their televisions in a fit of rage during during the National Championship Game. One of the […]


Student Union College Basketball Mid-Season Awards

Pour some out for the first half of the college basketball season. Now that football season is over, America turns it’s eyes to the hardwood to fill the void left in their schedule. So far this year we’ve seen upsets, buzzer beaters and Grayson Allen trip a bunch of people. Here at Student Union, we’re […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Big Ten POY Watch

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH, by Luke Maiers. Is it the year of the big man in the Big Ten? It only makes sense that it would be because looking at the standings for the conference right now, no one team is pulling away. Part of this could be […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers. What did we learn this week in the Big Ten? The sea of red game (Neb. vs. Wisc.) gave us one hell of a show, Northwestern might actually be good, and Lovie Smith can’t wait for his recruits to get to Illinois. Let’s get […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers. What did we learn this week in the Big Ten? Michigan State can’t wait for basketball season, TDs for Harambe has won more at TCF Bank Stadium than the Gophers have and Uncle Rico could play some college football. Let’s get to this week’s […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers. What did we learn this past weekend in the Big Ten? It really sucks being Joey Julius, Rutgers likes to give up points, Jabrill Peppers is the Big Ten’s Heisman hopeful and ESPN likes to predict the that guys with no history of success […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers. What did we learn this week in the Big Ten? Iowa and Michigan State are overrated, there are some pillow fight of games coming up in conference play and the Jaylen Waters had the dirtiest hit we will see all year in college football. […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers. What did we learn this weekend in the Big Ten? Wisconsin is the team to beat in the West, Michigan State is very overrated and Ohio State is better than Alabama. Time to get to the main dish, let’s get to this weeks rankings. […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers What did we learn this weekend in the Big Ten? If you are an Iowa, Illinois or Wisconsin fan, this past weekend gave you high blood pressure. If you are an Ohio State, Michigan State or Nebraska fan, your confidence is sky high. Finally, […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers. What did I learn this past weekend in college football? The Big Ten West is back to being equally as strong as the East, CJ Beathard is turning into an Iowa legend and Purdue is who we thought they were. Enough of the small […]


Luke-Warm Takes: Weekly Big Ten Power Rankings

THIS IS A WEEKLY BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS, by Luke Maiers. Sitting here on a Wednesday night and reminiscing about the previous college football week and wondering what my life would be like if I dropped out of college. My priorities are like this: sports, any other activity ever created, then homework. After a Saturday […]


The Kickoff

Here at Student Union, we are getting excited for the upcoming college football season!  We have spent the entire summer preparing for our 2nd football season as a site. We’ve been working with our contributors to bring you the most authentic voice directly from campus. This season we are losing the tie and letting our hair […]


It’s Baseball Season…Let’s Talk Heisman Hopefuls

I am DREADING classes starting in August, and I am sure other students are too, but the only thing that motivates me when school rolls around is knowing that the salvation of football is approaching. One of the greatest traditions in all of sports is the Heisman Trophy, and the 2016 football year comes with […]


Way Too Early Big Ten Power Rankings

Big Ten football is coming off of a year where it saw ten of the teams in the league make a bowl game. Granted, one of those teams was Nebraska who only had five wins, but nonetheless, the Big Ten was well represented last year in bowl games. All FBS Division 1 football will be […]


Student Union’s March Madness – Live Blog

Student Union presents a running commentary on the first round of the NCAA Tournament our top Contributors.  Join us by leaving comments in the blog or tweet @StudentUSports and our Contributors if you have some thoughts!


March Madness: Teams of Destiny

Year in and year out there are teams that enter the NCAA Tournament that no college basketball fan thinks can win it all. But after the brackets are announced, the records disappear. It is a clean slate for everyone. All teams have zero wins. Along with the beautiful month of March that rolls around every […]


Straying Away From Tradition

Duke. Kentucky. Kansas. Such rich histories for every single one of them, but in recent years, the tide has been changing from the traditional ways of winning. Up until the 2000’s, elite basketball players had the option to skip college and jump from high school directly to the NBA. This changed in 2006 when a […]


So You’re Saying There’s A Chance: The Four vs. Eight Team Playoff Argument

What a year for college football it has been. For the first time in a while, the SEC encountered some competition for the title of best conference in college football. The Pac-12 emerged as maybe the deepest conference, and at the conclusion of the conference championships, the Big Ten owned three of the top seven […]