Donna Turner: May 2011 Archives

PRESIDENT PETERS NAMED TO NCAA TASK FORCE

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NIU President Dr. John Peters is one of three university presidents named today to the NCAA Division I Bowl Licensing Task Force by NCAA President Mark Emmert. 

The formation of the task force was announced by Emmert in April; the 12-member group is charged with reviewing the NCAA Division I football bowl structure, including examining governance and oversight by bowl sponsoring agencies, conflict of interest rules and policies, advertising and title sponsorship standards, and the financial management oversight of the bowl games.

Peters, who has been a member of the NCAA Board of Directors and is the Mid-American Conference representative on the Bowl Championship Series Presidential Oversight Committee, recently served on the BCS task force that reviewed the qualifications of the Fiesta Bowl to remain in the BCS.

The NCAA Bowl Licensing Task Force is made up of leading corporate executives, university presidents, athletics directors and conference representatives.  The task force expects to report findings and recommendations to the NCAA Board of Directors in October.

Read the NCAA's announcement about the formation of the task force and links to the details of its efforts here.

OUT AND ABOUT ON CAMPUS

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The weekend before the final week of classes at Northern Illinois saw Huskie Athletics well-represented at several campus events.  On Friday evening, NIU mascot Victor E. Huskie successfully completed his first 5K as he ran the "5K the Night Away" race staged by the Grad Sport Society in just over 31 minutes.  Victor E., who underwent an intense workout regimen for his "make-over" last summer, has obviously remained in tip-top shape throughout the year.  The course began in one of the Convocation Center parking lots and circled throughout campus.  Congrats Victor E.!

Meanwhile, NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren took part in another big event on Saturday afternoon as he opened the TUGS finals on the east grass of Huskie Stadium by flipping the coin at the start of the competition. TUGS is the annual tug-of-war competition between NIU fraternity teams.  Saturday's final came at the end of a nearly week-long tournament and months of training by the teams.  Doeren along with several of his assistant coaches stayed around after the coin flip to watch the finals of the historic Northern Illinois competition.


HUSKIE DRAFT CONNECTIONS

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Although former Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann and several other 2010 Huskie seniors will have to wait for free agency to determine their professional football futures, last week's National Football League Draft did have several NIU ties.

Five players from NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren's former school - Wisconsin - were selected, including defensive end J.J. Watt.  Watt was chosen by the Houston Texans with the 11th overall pick in the draft.  Watt is the sixth UW defensive player to be drafted during Doeren's tenure in Madison.

A last name that should be familiar to Huskie fans was called in the sixth round on Saturday when Louisville's Byron Stingily, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive tackle, was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 10th pick in that round, the 175th choice overall.  Stingily, a native of Romeoville, Ill., is the older brother of NIU sophomore linebacker Cameron Stingily.   

If Byron can earn a roster spot of any kind with the Titans, Cameron Stingily will become the second Huskie with a brother playing in the NFL as offensive lineman Ryan Brown's brother, Patrick, was on the Minnesota Vikings roster at offensive tackle in 2010.