Joe Summins: November 2010 Archives

LASTING IMPACT

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Novak-and-Kill.jpgWhen Joe Novak stepped down as head coach of the Northern Illinois football team at the conclusion of the 2007 season, he wanted to make sure he left the program in good hands. Novak took an active part in selecting his successor, Jerry Kill. The two have enjoyed a great friendship even before Kill arrived in DeKalb and that relationship has only grown in Kill's three seasons at NIU.

As the Huskies prepare to face Miami (OH) in the 2010 MAC Championship game, many of the seniors and redshirt juniors are members of Novak's last recruiting class. Lacy Banks of the Chicago Sun-Times filed this story on the impact Novak has had on the current NIU football team.


SPLIT SEASON

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It seems like it was another season or another time, but there was a time in the early part of the 2010 campaign when the Huskies were looking for their identity. Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com chronicles how the Huskies were able to overcome adversity this season in her blog post today.

POWER RANKINGS

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While the Huskies are on the cusp of cracking the Top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls, NIU continues to climb ESPN.com's Non-AQ Power Rankings. Andrea Adelson placed the Hsukies at No. 5 this week, calling Jerry Kill's squad the hottest team in America other than the four undefeated teams.

BALL STATE RECAP

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As usual, there were a bevy of stories following NIU's 59-21 victory over Ball State Saturday.
Rick Armstrong was in Muncie covering the game for the Chicago Sun-Times and turned in this story after Saturday's MAC-West clinching win. Jeremy Werner of the Daily Chronicle was also at the game and he filed this story following the game, while his partner Steve Nitz wrote this sidebar on what the victory really means to the Huskies.

MATT MOUGIN FEATURE

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Matt Levins of the Hawk Eye caught up with redshirt freshman Matt Mougin last week to profile one of Northern Illinois' up and coming wrestlers. Mougin, a native of Columbus Junction, Iowa has worked hard over the offseason to start in 2010-11.

Fans can get a chance to see Mougin and the rest of the 2010-11 Huskies Dec. 3, when the Huskies host Michigan State at the Convocation Center for their annual Showcase Meet.

ARMSTRONG ALL OVER IT

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Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News had a busy couple of days covering Northern Illinois University Athletics. He had three stories in today's paper. He had this feature on the Mid-American Conference's Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Year, Lauren Wicinski. He also filed this feature story on NIU defensive lineman Mike Krause and what his return to the field meant to the team this season. He also had a preview story on tomorrow's match up with Ball State and the Huskies opportunity to clinch the MAC West with a victory.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

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Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com listed the Huskies' game with Ball State in her Non-AQ What to Watch, Week 12. With a win Saturday, Northern Illinois can clinch its first Mid-American West Division title since 2005.

"NIU LIVE" TONIGHT

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Be sure to catch "NIU Live" tonight at 11:30 p.m. on 670 AM "The Score." Join host Andy Garcia, Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher and their guests NIU head football coach Jerry Kill and head wrestling coach Dave Grant. The quartet preview NIU's upcoming football game with Ball State, the NIU wrestling team and all the goings on at Northern Illinois.

POLLING PLACE

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While the Huskies have been gaining ground in both the Associated Press Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, one blogger has them firmly in his Top 25. Paul Myerberg of Pre-Snap Read, who was so impressed by NIU's 65-30 win over Toledo, has ranked the Huskies No. 24 in his most recent poll. Myerberg ranked Northern Illinois 55 in his preseason poll.

COFFMAN FEATURE

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Vince Casey of On Patrol, the magazine of the USO, turned in this outstanding feature profiling Jake Coffman's career at NIU. Casey highlights the Marine Corps veteran's career at NIU and his return to the football team this season.

TAKING NOTICE

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Northern Illinois' 65-30 victory over Toledo has opened a lot of eyes, including those of Paul Myerberg of Pre-Snap Read. Myerberg was very impressed with not only the victory, but how the Huskies have played the last seven games. In his post the day after the game, Myerberg admits to misjudging NIU at the beginning of the year and feels the Huskies are the best team in the Mid-American Conference.

SALUTE TO VETERANS

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We wanted to take the opportunity here at NIUHuskies.com on this to salute veterans all across the country and in particular those here in the NIU family including football players Jake Coffman and Josh Wilber, who served in the Marine Corps.

NIU women's track & field and cross country coach Mark McConeghy, head women's tennis coach Ryun Ferrell, director of ticket sales Cliff Bottigliero and the "Voice of the Huskies" Bill Baker all served our country as a member of the United States military.

Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com's college football blog posted this feature on Coffman earlier this afternoon. It talks about his time in the Corps, his journey at NIU and the flag he carried out before NIU defeated Toledo, 65-30, Tuesday night. Coffman will join host Bill Baker and teammates Chad Spann and Chandler Harnish tonight for "Inside Huskie Football" at Fatty's at 7 p.m. If you can't make it out to Fatty's tune into 1360 AM WLBK and listen.

DOUBLE COVERAGE

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Jay Taft and Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star were both on hand to provide double the coverage of the Huskies 65-30 win over Toledo. Taft provided the game story, while Trowbridge gave the background on the NIU-Toledo rivalry in his piece in today's paper.

RECAPING THE ROUT

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There are a bevy of stories this morning on NIU's 65-30 victory over Toledo last night. Where to begin?

The two Chicago papers were out in DeKalb last night to witness NIU's rout of Toledo. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune essentially recapped the first half in his story today. Rick Armstrong wrote his take on the game for the Sun-Times in this morning's paper using a little history to put NIU's win in perspective.

Lindsey Wilhite of the Daily Herald also took a trip down memory lane reminiscing with Alex Kube about the 2007 loss to Toledo and what last night's win meant to him and the Huskies in his story in today's paper.

Jeremy Werner of the Daily Chronicle filed this recap after last night's game, while John Sahly offered his view of the win in today's paper as well.

Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com also took in last night's game and filed this story on her blog today.

Enjoy!

MAKING THE MOST OF HIS OPPORTUNITY

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By now, many Huskie fans know about the accomplishments of NIU tailback Chad Spann. A former walk-on, Spann earned a scholarship two weeks into his freshman year, and the rest as they say is history. But I bet many don't know the road Spann had to take to get where he is today. Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com chronicled the senior's path to NIU in this feature story on the site today.


SENIOR SALUTE

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Lacy Banks of the Chicago Sun-Times has a story in today's paper previewing tonight's game. In it, he talks about how the Huskies want to send the seniors off with a win.

PAIR OF PREVIEWS

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Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune breaks down what the outcome of this game means for both Northern Illinois and Toledo in his preview story running in today's paper. Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com posted a piece on today's game in her blog.

ATTENTION FROM THE WORLDWIDE LEADER

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The Huskies maintained the No. 6 spot in Adrea Adelson's Non-AQ Power Rankings on ESPN.com. Adelson cites that the Huskies only two losses are to two teams that are one win away from bowl eligibility. She also mentions the NIU-Toledo game at the end of her Non-AQ Weekend Rewind.

PREVIEWING TOMORROW'S BIG GAME

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Looking for background of tomorrow's contest with Toledo? We've got you covered. Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star posted this preview story of the game today. Jeremy Werner of the Daily Chronicle filed this story about the rivalry last week.



GAINING GROUND

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After receiving one vote in the Associated Press and two votes in the USA Today Coaches Polls the last few weeks, the Northern Illinois University football team has acquired nine points in the AP poll, while garnering eight points in the Coaches Poll. While the increase in points from the last two weeks is encouraging, there is one oddity in the Coaches Poll. Temple has 11 points, three more than NIU. If I can refresh everyone's memory, the Huskies defeated the Owls, 31-17, on Oct. 9. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

PICKING UP ANOTHER VOTE

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The Northern Illinois University football team gained another vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll after winning its sixth-straight. The Huskies now have two votes in the Coaches Poll, while maintaining its one vote in the AP Poll.

HOLDING THEIR OWN

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Celebration 1.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team maintained it's sixth spot on Andrea Adelson's Non-AQ Power Rankings on ESPN.com this week after its 28-21 comeback over Western Michigan Saturday afternoon.


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