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Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 1-1 on the weekend. On Friday, the team dropped a weather-troubled game at Purdue by a  4-1 final. On Sunday, the Huskies beat Lewis 2-1 in a double-overtime thriller.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois split two games over the weekend at the Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The first game went well, as the Huskies beat Cincinnati 3-0 on Friday. Unfortunately, the second game resulted in a 2-0 loss to Ohio State on Sunday.

Volleyball: The NIU volleyball team went 2-2 to start the season. Wins came against Green Bay (3-2) and Liberty (3-0) on Friday and Saturday respectively. The Huskies lost a tough one against Ohio State (3-2) on Saturday night and dropped the match against Missouri State (3-1) on Labor Day.

Football: Came away with an exciting 30-27 victory at Iowa on Saturday. Jordan Lynch had 275 yards passing with 3 touchdowns. Jimmie Ward intercepted a pass toward the end of the game to help set up the game-winning field goal from Mathew Sims.


Storify: A Recap of NIU Football Game Week 1

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Photo by @NWLBaseball (Northwoods Baseball League Twitter)

It started with a Mid-American Conference West Division Championship last spring. Now, members of the Northern Illinois baseball team have found success on their summer baseball teams in the Northwoods League.

Relief pitchers Anthony Andres and Ben Neumann both played their collegiate summer baseball in the Northwoods League and in the state of Wisconsin as Andres played for the Eau Claire Express and Neumann with his hometown Madison Mallards.

Andres, who finished his the 2013 campaign at NIU with a 3.86 earned run average in 30.1 innings of relief for the Huskies. The senior to be made his Northwoods League debut on June 28 at Wisconsin Rapids and surrendered a home run in his first pitch, followed by three more runs and five hits in 0.2 innings of work. Andres would follow with 26-straight scoreless innings of baseball for the Express. To read more on Andres' impressive run, click here.

Neumann, a junior from Verona, Wis., was one of the Mallards most-consistent pitchers in 2013 as he made 20 appearances in relief with 36.2 innings of work. He finished the year with a 1.96 ERA, a 3-2 record, 27 strikeouts and 10 walks. While statistically Neumann's season was a success, his team followed that same path of success as it won its first Northwoods League World Series since 2004 as it defeated the Dulth Huskies 2-0 in the best of three series. To read more about the Madison Mallards win, click here.

Both players return to Northern Illinois for its 2014 campaign, set to begin mid-February.

HUSKIES IN THE NFL - PRESEASON WEEK 1 RECAP

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Week One of the 2013 NFL Preseason is in the books and all 14 former Huskies saw their field for their respective teams. Here is a breakdown of how each individual did for their team.

LB Pat Schiller & WR Martel Moore, Atlanta Falcons
Schiller was one of Atlanta's standouts on defense Thursday in a 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Geneva, Ill., native tallied five tackles for the Falcons to rank second on the team. Additionally, he played on 45% of the team's defensive snaps and 20% of the special teams plays. Meanwhile, Moore did not record any stats, but was in on 10 offensive plays at the end of the game.

CB Rashaan Melvin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of Tampa Bay's training camp surprises so far, Melvin got his first live game action Thursday night in the Buccaneers' 44-16 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Though he only notched one tackle, the former Huskie was in on 41% of Tampa Bay's defensive snaps and 54% of the special teams plays.

WR Perez Ashford, Seattle Seahawks
After bouncing around between several teams during the offseason, Ashford landed in Seattle just over a week ago and has already made strides in training camp. Thursday night in a 31-10 Seahawk win at San Diego, the former Huskie wide receiver got some time at punt returner and made the most of his opportunity. After returning his first kick two yards, Ashford broke his second return for 27 yards to get the Seahawks inside Charger territory late in the fourth quarter.

DB Tracy Wilson, Tennessee Titans
The veteran Wilson is off to a good start in his third preseason in the NFL. The former Huskie recorded three tackles in Tennessee's 22-21 loss to Washington and played 35% of the team's defensive snaps and 33% of the special teams plays.

LB Sean Progar & RB Chad Spann, New York Jets
Former Huskie teammates reunited in the NFL, both Progar and Spann made sound contributions in the Jets' 26-17 loss at Detroit Friday night. On offense, Spann gained two yards on three carries, but it was his 23-yard catch and run in the third quarter that helped set up a New York field goal. For Progar, he made one tackle in his NFL debut.

QB Chandler Harnish & WR Nathan Palmer, Indianapolis Colts
In Indianapolis' 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon, both Harnish and Palmer saw extended playing time. The former NIU QB and MAC MVP Harnish finished the day 14-of-33 passing for 109 yards and an interception. Meanwhile, Palmer caught one pass from Harnish for no gain.

LB Alan Baxter, Pittsburgh Steelers
Baxter saw the field late in Pittsburgh's 18-13 loss to the New York Giants and made one tackle. Additionally, he played 26% of the defensive plays and 42% of the special teams snaps.

OL Doug Free, Dallas Cowboys
Free got plenty of action Friday night in the Cowboys' 19-17 loss at Oakland, playing 42% of the offensive snaps and helped Dallas to 10 first half points.

OL Scott Wedige, Arizona Cardinals
Returning to his home state, Wedige saw action for most of the fourth quarter in Arizona's 17-0 win at Green Bay. In total, he was in on 18 snaps on offense and 28% of the team's total offensive plays.

LB Larry English, San Diego Chargers
Looking to find a spot in San Diego's starting lineup at outside linebacker, English was limited in his amount of snaps (11 for 20%) and recorded no stats.

FB Jason Schepler, San Francisco 49ers
Schepler saw playing time late in San Francisco's 10-6 loss versus the Denver Broncos, but did not record any stats.

Nine of the 14 former Huskies will be featured in live, nationally-televised games in Week Two. On Thursday, English and the Chargers head to Chicago to take on the Bears at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The next night on Fox, fans can catch a glimpse of Melvin as the Buccaneers play at New England. Saturday on NFL Network, Arizona hosts Dallas at 4:30 p.m. in a game that features Free and Wedige. Meanwhile, NFLN will join the Jaguars-Jets game in progress as Progar and Spann both look to get more playing time. Harnish, Palmer and the Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Giants Sunday night on Fox, while Baxter's Pittsburgh Steelers face the Washington Redskins Monday night on ESPN.

NIU Fall Media Day

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Check out this visual media day recap via Storify


MEDIA DAY WRAP

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Northern Illinois held its annual media and photo day in DeKalb yesterday, offering another opportunity for the media to check-in on the 2013 Huskies. Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune noted that the Huskie offense has the potential to be even more explosive in 2013. At the Daily Herald, Mike McGraw talks about the Huskies continuing to take the next step while Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star says Jordan Lynch may remain the primary ball carrier for the Huskies this season. On the television side, Scott Leber of WTVO in Rockford has this preview from yesterday's events. Meanwhile from Iowa, the Des Moines Register checked in on the Huskies as they continue to work toward the season opener with the Hawkeyes.
 
Off the field, the media was able to take part in a tour of the Chessick Center yesterday and the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's Steve Nitz provides an update on the facility.

WTVO - NIU Football Preview 

Chicago Tribune - Huskies Still Dangerous on Offense

Daily Chronicle - Chessick Center Progressing, Scheduled to be Completed in October

Daily Herald - Northern Illinois Looks to Take That Next Step

Rockford Register-Star - NIU Plans to Keep Jordan Lynch on the Run

Des Moines Register - Northern Illinois Looks Forward to Another Opportunity Against Iowa

To check out a photo gallery of some of the photos that were taken during the photo day portion of the day, click here.

Wrapping Up Chicago Media Day

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Chicago Media Day.jpgAnother week, another media day for the Northern Illinois University football team. The Huskies were in Chicago yesterday to discuss the upcoming 2013 season. NIU President Dr. Doug Baker, Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Sean Frazier, Head Football Coach Rod Carey and several players were at Ditka's Restaurant meeting with the Chicago media.

Jordan Lynch in particular had a busy day, which started with a 6:10 a.m. departure from DeKalb for an appearance on the WGN Morning News at 8:15 a.m. The car then headed to Ditka's for the Huskies' 11:45 luncheon and press conference. After two hours at Da' Coach's hangout, Lynch made his way to Harpo Studios to shoot a segment for campusinsiders.com before concluding his marathon day at Comcast SportsNet to be on SportsTalk Live and shoot a piece for Comcast SportsNet's AT&T U-Verse Lounge.

You can read all about the Huskies' day in Chi-town and watch Jordan's clips below.

Comparing this season to last like apples and oranges for NIU
Chicago Tribune

Jimmie Ward head of NIU's strongest unit
Daily Chronicle

Huskies disappointed by rankings snub
Daily Chronicle

Huskies ratchet up Heisman hype for Jordan Lynch
Chicago Sun-Times

Harris: NIU Looks To Turn The Page After Orange Bowl Run
670 AM The Score

VIDEO
Northern Illinois Holds Annual Media Day in Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Kaplan Goes One-on-One With NIU's Jordan Lynch
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Jordan Lynch Drops by the AT&T U-Verse Lounge
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch previews college football season
WGN-TV

FOURTEEN HUSKIES COMPETING IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS

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Training camps are underway in the National Football League and Northern Illinois is well-represented with 14 alums competing for roster spots on 11 different teams. Among that group are six members of last season's MAC Championship squad. Here is the full breakdown of where these former Huskies are playing.

Arizona Cardinals
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OL Scott Wedige
Atlanta Falcons
WR Martel Moore
LB Pat Schiller
Dallas Cowboys
OL Doug Free
Indianapolis Colts
QB Chandler Harnish
WR Nathan Palmer
New York Jets
DE/LB Sean Progar
RB Chad Spann
Pittsburgh Steelers
LB Alan Baxter
San Diego Chargers
LB Larry English
San Francisco 49ers
TE/FB Jason Schepler
Seattle Seahawks
WR Perez Ashford
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DB Rashaan Melvin
Tennessee Titans
DB Tracy Wilson

While Free played last night in Dallas' 24-20 win over the Miami Dolphins in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, the remaining former Huskies will start their preseason this weekend - including four to be broadcast live on national TV. It starts Thursday with Schiller and the Falcons playing against the Cincinnati Bengals at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while English and Ashford will take the field in the San Diego-Seattle contest later that night on NFL Network. NFLN will also carry Saturday's New York Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers contest featuring Alan Baxter and Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Indianapolis Colts game with Chandler Harnish and Nathan Palmer.

MAC MEDIA DAY ROUND UP

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The Mid-American Conference held its annual MAC Media Day yesterday at Ford Field in Detroit. Below is a collection of stories on the Northern Illinois Huskies from various media outlets that attended the event.

NIU's Jordan Lynch has Heisman hopes like Johnny Football
USA Today (July 23, 2013)

Lynch on NIU expectations: 'Pressure is a privilege'
Chicago Tribune (July 23, 2013)

NIU picked to win third straight MAC football title
Chicago Tribune (July 23, 2013)

Northern Illinois picked to win MAC crown
Orlando Sentinel (July 23, 2013)

From party crashers to 3-peat?
foxsportsohio.com (July 23, 2013)

Ten must-see games in the MAC
foxsportsohio.com (July 23, 2013)

Northern Illinois, Ohio expected to shine in the MAC
NFL.com (July 23, 2013)

MAC, smaller conferences wait for NCAA change; more MAC media day notes
SI.com (July 23, 2013)

Jordan Lynch plans for another run at Northern Illinois
Chicago Sun-Times (July 24, 2013)

BLOGGIN' FROM CROATIA

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NIU volleyball players Alexis Gonzalez and Lauren Zielinski are competing with Bring It Promotions at the 2013 European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. As a member of Team BIP, the Huskie duo will go up against some of the best players from Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Additionally, both Gonzalez and Zielinski will get sight-seeing opportunities in Venice, Italy, and Lake Bled, Slovenia. As a part of their adventures, Gonzalez will be providing updates from Europe on the pair's experiences.

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ENTRY #1 - Friday, July 12
Allo America! Today we played against the Slovenian Junior National Team and lost 3-2. Although we lost, Z racked up a ton of aces and I even got some blocks! FINALLY! After that, we went to Lake Bled, which is two hours away from Maribor. Lake Bled was beautiful, filled with lots of green trees, a castle on top of the hill, and a church in the middle of the lake. I participated in swimming and boy what a workout that was! I swam while the group walked alongside the sidewalk and was haulin' butt! (Adam would be proud). Tomorrow we have a match against the Hungarian Junior National Team and then we play two sets against the Czech Republic. GO BIP!

ENTRY #2 - Saturday, July 13
Today we started off the day with a two hour practice in preparation for our long day of play. We first played the Hungarian Junior National Team and beat them in straight sets! They felt as though that wasn't enough volleyball and wanted to play a fourth to 15 (which we also won). We then played two sets against the Czech Republic Junior National Team and bet them as well. Six straight sets we won today! Our team played very relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole day. The energy was great, creating a fun atmosphere and making it easier to get the wins we wanted. Naps were needed by all. BIP!

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ENTRY #3 - Sunday, July 14
Today we took a dreadful six and half hour bus ride (it was supposed to be four hours) with no A/C packed with three teams. No seat was left unseated!   Luckily when we got to Pula the Mediterranean Sea was awaiting us. We got to swim in the beautiful clear, blue, refreshing water, as we passed the time until opening ceremony. Before opening ceremony we were able to walk around and see all the sites that this 3,000 year old city had to offer. Opening ceremony was fun as all teams were introduced. To introduce each team, they would play a song that represented each team/country and then that team would go up to take a picture. When our team song came on another USA team went up and took our spot. They were showing pictures of our team and everything! They continued to go on with the ceremony until we proclaimed that we had not gone up yet. Our song was "In Da Club" by 50 cent...we're not sure why.

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ENTRY #4 - Monday, July 15
Today was the first day of game play and we have hit the ground running!! The way it works here is that you play three games no matter what with each team and you get a point for every game you win. We played Hungary this morning and beat them in three straight! Right off the bat we have three points. Then later we played Italy and beat them 2-1. Two more points! Our record is 5-1 thanks to Zs aces!! Were trying to teach the team to shimmy after every ace. It's slowly growing. I swear Z had like six aces today and I am actually blocking balls and playing defense!! You hear that Ray!? Z also had some great ups that came out of no where but boy was I glad they were up. Tonight, we got to rest up because our first game is at 10:30 tomorrow morning with our second game following at 8:30 PM! Go BIP!

ENTRY #5 - Tuesday, July 16
Today was the second day of the tournament and we started it off by playing the Slovenian Club team. We didn't come out as strong as wed like and lost 2-1. We gathered ourselves and prepared for our later match. With me having a concussion I was not game ready. Our outside hitter Melissa Rigo from Stony Brook University stepped in as our backup and ran the show just fine! The whole team stepped up in every aspect (even Z digging balls in middle back) to help us win the game 3-0 against the Czech Republic! Meanwhile, I was sitting on the bench the whole time with the darkest sunglasses and headphones to block out bright lights and loud noises. Our first match tomorrow is at noon against Falconara Italy to start playoffs. Lets go get 'em!

ENTRY #6 - Wednesday, July 17
Greetings from Croatia! This morning was the start of playoffs and we played Falconara Italy, a team we'd beaten 
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before 2-1. Sadly we lost in four, but Z was taking charge in the front row! No ball was left unblocked and no set was left unkilled! She was an ANIMAL! I was a proud mama :) The rest of the day we chilled by the sea and in the pool and then watched our new friends on the USA team play the BIP Continental team. USA lost 3-1 in a close battle. Tomorrow we play Vasas for 5th place at 10:00. Lets kill that court!