Joe Summins: March 2011 Archives


Peters-John-2008-002.jpgThe Fiesta Bowl is under scrutiny by the Bowl Championship Series amid the firing of John Junker, the president and CEO of the Arizona bowl game.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Fiesta Bowl will be asked to justify its inclusion in the BCS after organizers for the Arizona game fired president and CEO John Junker for "an apparent scheme" to reimburse employees for political contributions and "an apparent conspiracy" to cover it up.

The Fiesta Bowl released a scathing internal report Tuesday.

The reimbursements, listed as at least $46,539, are an apparent violation of state campaign finance laws and the charter that allows the Fiesta Bowl its nonprofit status. The Arizona attorney general's office is conducting a probe of the matter.

The BCS reacted swiftly, saying it would undertake an investigation of its own to "consider whether the Fiesta Bowl should remain a BCS bowl game or other appropriate sanctions."

Northern Illinois University President Dr. John Peters, who serves on the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, is a part of a seven-member BCS task force to decide if the Fiesta Bowl will remain a BCS bowl game.


Northern Illinois University running back Jamal Womble is turning heads early in camp. The 5-11, 255 junior transfer from Hutchinson Community College has wowed his teammates, coaches and on-lookers with his quick feet and strength. Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle filed this story on the new NIU running back looking to add his name to the long list of great Huskie running backs.


Coach Dave Doeren 7.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team began its second week of spring practice Tuesday morning at Huskie Stadium. The Huskies were put through their paces by first-year head coach Dave Doeren and his coaching staff under clear skies and crisp temperatures. Tuesday also marked the second day in full pads as the Huskies worked on everything from individual work to the two-minute drill and closing out practice with special teams play.

While there is a new coaching staff to adjust to and new terminology to learn, one thing that has carried over from the previous coaching staff has been competition. With a whole new staff, comes a whole new group of coaches to impress. Doeren has been pleased with the energy and enthusiasm the team has played with so far through his first spring ball. The challenge for the Huskies now is to maintain that energy and continue to pick up the new concepts in the remaining 11 practices culminating in the Spring Game April 23.


The Huskies wrapped up their first full week of spring drills Saturday. They donned the pads for the first time and continued learning the new offensive and defensive schemes from the new coaching staff. As one would expect, there is a difference in styles from current NIU head coach Dave Doeren and his predecessor, Jerry Kill. However, the spirit of competition is still in place making practices just as intense as they have in the past.

Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle caught up with quarterback Chandler Harnish to get his thoughts on how spring practice is progressing for the offense. Wood also filed this story on the Huskies' veteran offensive line over the weekend.


There were a plethora of stories in the Daily Chronicle covering NIU's first day of spring football practice. Ryan Wood recapped the day and John Sahly also offered his take on Dave Doeren's first practice as NIU head football coach. Wood also filed this story on DeMarcus Grady's move to wide receiver this spring in his notes column.

The Rockford Register Star's Jay Taft was also out at practice and posted his story on Doeren's first practice in today's paper as well.


Northern Illinois University defensive coordinator Jay Niemann is the latest Huskie football coach to be featured in the Daily Chronicle's on-going series about the coaches that make up Dave Doeren's staff. Niemann was Doeren's defensive coordinator when the new Huskie head man was a player for the Bulldogs and later coached the linebacker as an assistant for Niemann.


Matukewicz-Tom-2010-001.jpgNIU linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz will be the featured speaker at the Chamber Lunch Network hosted by the Sycamore and DeKalb Chambers of Commerce March 22, 2011 at Sycamore High School Auditorium.

Tickets for "Overcoming All Odds: An unforgettable Chamber Lunch Network with Coach Tom 'Tuke' Matukewicz" are $15 and includes lunch and presentation immediately following. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. Monday, March 21. For more information, contact or call 815-895-3456.

Coincidentally, coach Matukewicz is today's featured coach on the Daily Chronicle's Huskie Wire.


The Daily Chronicle is doing a series featuring members of the new NIU Football coaching staff. Tuesday, tight ends and full backs coach Kevin Kane was featured and Wednesday, cornerbacks coach Richard McNutt was profiled. Rod Carey, the Huskies offensive line coach, is today's featured assistant.


The Daily Chronicle is doing a series on the Northern Illinois University football coaching staff leading up to the start of spring practice March 22. The Chronicle began its series with wide receivers coach Bob Cole and continued Monday with Ryan Nielsen, NIU's defensive line coach, is the second assistant featured.


| posted a series of stories on the schedules of all the Mid-American Conference schools, including a composite schedule with a list of top 10 MAC games and a top-10 list of non-conference match ups. Two Northern Illinois' contests were picked, one in each list. The website also did a breakdown of each team's schedules and potential records. also did a series of Spring Previews on each MAC team as well. They ask the big questions facing each team heading into spring and talk about expectations for 2011. also highlights the positions to watch for each team in the conference as well.


Junior Brad Dieckhaus became the first Huskie since Bryan Deutsch, who won the 2009 crown at 157, to win a MAC Wrestling championship when he defeated Kent State's Casey Newburg, 3-2, to take home the title at 184 and advance to the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. Deutsch will also be making his third straight appearance at Nationals after taking second, following a tough 10-9 loss to Mark Lewandowski at 157. The Daily Chronicle's Steve Nitz filed this report in today's paper.


It's Mid-American Conference championship time in DeKalb and "NIU Live" is your source for all the latest information. Northern Illinois University women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett joins host Andy Garcia and Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher on tonight's installment of "NIU Live" (670 AM WSCR, Midnight). The trio discuss NIU hosting a first round game of the 2011 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament versus Ohio Sunday night at the NIU Convocation Center (7 p.m., 1360 AM WLBK).

Sunday's women's basketball game caps off a weekend of MAC Championship action at the Convo. The MAC's six wrestling teams take over the Convocation Center Saturday and Sunday afternoon for the right to claim the MAC Wrestling Championship. Compher talks about what it means for NIU to host both events.

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