June 2012 Archives

Chandler Harnish rushing 1.jpgBeing last has it's perks.  Sometimes.  For former NIU super-star quarterback Chandler Harnish, who was named "Mr. Irrelevant" for being the last pick of April's NFL Draft, he is about to enjoy the perks of being "last" for maybe the first time ever in his life.  Next week marks the beginning of the 37th annual Irrelevant Week, which involves a litany of charitable events for Harnish in Newport Beach, Calif.  To see what one of the newest members of the Indianapolis Colts will be doing next week, click here

Even though the moniker of "last" led him to this wonderful opportunity, it's interesting to know that he will be the "first" Mr. Irrelevant to enjoy his Irrelevant Week during the Fourth of July.   Looks like he will be having a great time in Orange County!

Peters-John-2008-002.jpgSince the news has broke about college football's new four-team playoff format, there have been a surplus of reactions, especially involving NIU and the Mid-American Conference since NIU President Dr. John Peters was part of a committee of university presidents that approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.

Here is an article from The Plain Dealer with information about how the change could affect the MAC and has reactions from MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and NIU President Dr. Peters.

Here's the Daily Chronicle's John Sahly's viewpoint on how college football is making progress and how it relates to the MAC and other conferences throughout the country.
Long-time NIU women's golf head coach Pam Tyska announced her retirement earlier this year after serving post for an incredible 26 years.  As the farewells and congratulatory notes keep surfacing, here's one from Education School Chronicles.  Coach Tyska will be missed!


This is playoff week for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in Frisco, Texas, where the clubs of four future Huskies are competing in the 32-team field, hoping to qualify for the finals to be held in Houston, Texas in mid-July. The Chicago Fire Under-18 team and the Lonestar SC Under-18 team both feature players who will suit up for the Huskies.

Charlie Oliver is representing NIU and the Chicago Fire, who dropped their opening match 2-1 on Monday. Oliver and the Fire return to the field tonight at 8:30 p.m. Bertrand Gaschot, Kyle McDonald and Parker Thornton are all members of the Lonestar Under-18 team that fell in their opening match yesterday, 1-0. Lonestar returns to the field tonight, also at 8:30 p.m.

In other news involving incoming soccer players, Matt Pritchard from Creighton Prep in Omaha, Neb., was named as the co-captain of the Nebraska All-State team by the Lincoln Journal Star after helping lead Creighton Prep to another state championship.

NIU women's golf Hall of Famer Nicole Jeray is still swinging the sticks at a highly-competitive level at the age of 41, and is shaping up to be a fan-favorite at this weekend's Symetra Tour event in Decatur.  Why is she a fan favorite?  Here's why.

Huskies Helping Little Huskies

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Football team taking the field.jpgLast week, some members of the NIU Football Team crashed Kaneland Youth Football's weeklong clinic for around 140 pre-teen boys and helped them learn the fundamentals of the game.  Click here to see some reactions from some of the kids and learn more about what went on at the camp.

Round-Up of IHSA Football Reactions

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Last week's news of NIU securing the bid over Illinois State and Southern Illinois to host the IHSA football championships in odd-numbered years from 2013-2021 was quite a big item.  Mostly positive, reactions have been popping up all over the board.  Here's a snippet of what is being said:

Rockford Register Star -- "Our View: Football deal a good move for NIU, region"

McDonoughVoice.com -- "Point-Counterpoint: Where should football hold its title games?"

JournalStandard.com -- "NIU popular selection for state football"

Daily Chronicle -- "IHSA decision could help NIU's recruiting"


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In preparation for the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the Mid-American Conference will honor the groundbreaking legislation for women's college athletics with a series of 15 interviews with former coaches, student-athletes and administrators.

The interviews will cover themes such as:
-The importance of this legislation and what this meant to them personally and for women's athletics
-The growth of opportunity for women in athletics
-How the MAC integrated women's athletics into the conference
-Early challenges faced by women in collegiate athletics
-What does the future hold for women's collegiate athletics.

The 15 interviews and five features covering the main themes of Title IX will air in a 20-part video series on MAC-Sports.com from Tuesday, June 19 through Friday, July 14.

The Mid-American Conference Title IX Video Series
Tuesday, June 19 - Marcy Weston, Central Michigan, Executive Associate Director of Athletics
Wednesday, June 20 - Tricia Cullop, Toledo, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Thursday, June 21 - Laing Kennedy, Kent State, Emeritus Director of Athletics
Friday, June 22 - Feature One: What Does This Mean To You & Women's Athletics?
Monday, June 25 - Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green, Women's Tennis
Tuesday, June 26 - Kelly Andrews, Toledo, Senior Associate Athletic Director
Wednesday, June 27 - Maria Fantanarosa, Miami, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Thursday, June 28 - Feature Two: Examine the Growth of Opportunity for Women in Athletics
Friday, June 29 - Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference, Commissioner
Monday, July 2 - Kathy Beauregard, Western Michigan, Director of Athletics
Tuesday, July 3 - Brittany Tyree, Ohio, Track & Field
Wednesday, July 4 - Feature Three: Integration of Women's Athletics in the MAC
Thursday, July 5 - Brad Bates, Miami, Director of Athletics
Friday, July 6 - Karen Fitzpatrick, MAC Hall of Fame, former Ball State field hockey coach
Monday, July 9 - Feature Four: Challenges Faced by Women's Athletics
Tuesday, July 10 - Lindsey Wienckowski, Western Michigan, Gymnastics
Wednesday, July 11 - Sue Guevara, Central Michigan, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Thursday, July 12 - Kaitlyn Vincek, Eastern Michigan, Volleyball
Friday, July 13 - Feature Five:  What Does The Future Hold For Women's Athletics?
Friday, July 13 - Susan Lipnickey, Miami, Faculty Athletics Representative


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With summer workouts beginning for most teams, Northern Illinois Athletics would like to welcome the newest student-athletes to campus. The newest Huskies have a chance to acclimate themselves with the campus and DeKalb community, while taking part in classes and getting to know their new teammates before competition starts.

Welcome to NIU and DeKalb!


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The Orlando Sentinel is counting down the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams (minus the four new teams to FBS in 2012) and the Northern Illinois University ranked No. 64 on their countdown. The defending Mid-American Conference champion Huskies were the highest rated team from the MAC West Division and the second highest MAC team in the poll. The only other conference school that hasn't been ranked is the school NIU beat to win its first MAC title since 1983, Ohio.

When you get to the strengths portion of the review, there is a reference to a Jordan Ward that will lead the way for the secondary. No, NIU did not sign a new player. The Sentinel was referring to Jimmie Ward.


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Northern Illinois University fans that purchased tickets for Soldier Field Showdown III, your tickets are in the mail! Keep an eye out for them in the coming days. If Huskie fans also bought a parking pass for the game, it will be included with your tickets.


For those of that have yet to purchase tickets, there is still time. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.


Doeren-Dave-2011-006.jpgHuskie fans in attendance at tomorrow's White Sox game with the Seattle Mariners may hear a familiar voice over the public address system. Northern Illinois University head football coach Dave Doeren will on hand at U.S. Cellular Field tomorrow to give the call to Play Ball!  

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