Russell Houghtaling: December 2010 Archives


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With all the football buzz, it would be easy to miss this article John Sahly filed on the NIU women's basketball team's start under first-year head coach Kathi Bennett. Here's an appetizer to entice you for the full meal:

Defensively, Bennett said from the day she was hired that NIU's identity would be on defense. So far, it's been a process. The Huskies started Sunday in the middle of the pack in scoring defense in the conference.

"I almost feel like, to be honest with you, the winning hurt us," Bennett said. "And the UIC loss helped us. From that loss, I felt it turn a little bit. The best game was the Northern Iowa game (a 71-64 road win), by far. I thought the UIC game, you always want to learn from a loss, and that humbled us a little bit."

The Huskies are 5-4, and continue non-conference play at Northwestern, Wednesday.


With the big news Monday of the hiring of Dave Doeren as the new NIU football coach, it's time for a media watch. We'll keep updating this area with pertinent articles to NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher's choice to lead the Huskie Football program.

  • John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle filed this story, banking on a snow shoveling story both Compher and Doeren referenced during the hiring press conference
  • ESPN's Andrea Adelson posted this entry in her College Football Nation Blog - also snow-related
  • Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune wrote this about the hire
  • The Badgers had a take, offering this blog entry with words from Badger head coach Brett Bielema and AD Barry Alvarez
  • The Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite had this to say, comparing the hire to when Joe Novak was named NIU's football coach
More to come...


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The Huskies have hired Dave Doeren, former Wisconsin defensive coordinator, as their next head coach. Here's a quick coverage round-up:

Keep checking back. We'll link around the net as stories pop-up about the hiring.

SI Ranks the Bowls

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Sports Illustrated's annual ranking of the bowls from most interesting to... not as interesting is out. The Humanitarian Bowl featuring Northern Illinois and Fresno State checked in as the fourth-best bowl featuring two teams from outside the BCS automatic berth conferences. Overall, SI's Stewart Mandel placed the Huskies' game 23rd in his countdown (or count-up), and first among the MAC bowls. Here's what he had to say:

23. Humanitarian (Dec. 18): Northern Illinois (10-3) vs. Fresno State (8-4). The Bulldogs agreed to return to the blue turf less than a month after their 51-0 loss to Boise State. The formerly ranked Huskies will provide more even competition.


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The mission of NIU Athletics is to Develop Champions In the Classroom, In Competition, and In Life. Today our student-athletes, along with all students at NIU, start their finals. We wish them the best of luck with their upcoming exams, presentations and projects! Go Huskies!

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