Zach Peters: December 2010 Archives

Video Proof of Fun at 6,000 Feet

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If the picture below did not please you enough, don't worry.  Click here to go to the Bowl Central page and check out the awesome video of the Huskies tubing in Boise.  If only there was video of NIU Associate V.P./Director of Athletics Jeff Compher on the tubes.  There's a rumor spreading around the department that Mr. Compher and his senior staff tubed down the mountain together.  We are currently looking for video/photo evidence.  Stay tuned for possible updates on this situation and be sure to check back to Huskie Happenings and the Bowl Central page for more updates and videos over the next few days.

Silas' Record 40 Points Lead NIU Past UIC

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Didn't get enough coverage of the big win for NIU men's basketball last night?  Check out two other recaps describing Xavier Silas', the nation's leading scorer, NIU Convocation Center record performance.  Here's a recap from the Daily-ChronicleHere's the Northern Star's take

Photos of the Huskies in Boise

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Courtesy of NIU Media Services' Scott Walstrom, the Rockford Register Star put together a photo gallery of the Huskies in Boise, Idaho, at the Humanitarian Bowl.  Click here to take a look at what the team has been doing before they hit the field on final time this season on Saturday.

Huskie Fight Song Lyricist to be Honored Tonight

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On December, 1, 2010, Francis Stroup passed away at the age of 101.  A former member of the Northern Illinois University faculty, Stroup is the man who wrote the lyrics to the Huskie fight song in 1961.  Stroup and his late wife, Marjorie, arrived at NIU in 1959 as he was hired as a physical education professor.  The following year, he took over the head coaching position of the new men's swimming team.  He then retired from the university in 1974.  Tonight at the NIU-UIC basketball game, Stroup will be honored prior to tip-off with a moment of silence.  The famous lyrics that were once voted as one of the top-25 college fight songs by an ESPN national poll in 2000:

Huskies, come on you Huskies
and make a score or two

Huskies, you're Northern Huskies
the team to pull us through

Forward, together forward
there's victory in view

Come on you Huskies, Fight on you
Huskies and win for N.I.U.

Media Reaction to New Football Coach Dave Doeren

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Doeren and Media.jpegYesterday's announcement of and press conference for new NIU football head coach Dave Doeren got the media talking.  Take a look at what they have said over the past 24 hours:

Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune | 2

Chicago Sun-Times A.P. story

ChicagoBreakingSports.com

Daily-Chronicle | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Daily Herald

Rockford Register Star

10 Things You Need To Know About the Humanitarian Bowl

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Check this out from BleacherReport.com.  A list of 10 very interesting things about the matchup for this year's Humanitarian Bowl.  I strongly encourage reading, especially the last three.  

Huskies Having Fun Preparing For Bowl Game

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Amid all the comings and goings around the NIU football program, one thing the Huskies have not lost sight of is having a little fun.  At Friday's practice, interim head coach Tom Matukewicz held a few fun one-on-one competitions between players in front of the entire team to keep things loose.  To read more about the details, click here to read John Sahly's article in the Daily Chronicle.  

Huskies Help Hope Haven

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Today, with help from three NIU softball players, the Huskies donated Christmas gifts to Hope Haven, a local shelter.  Check out the video to see the Huskies helping the community.  Every year, the NIU Athletic Department comes together to spread holiday cheer and donate Christmas gifts to those who are less fortunate around the DeKalb-Sycamore community.

Huskie Bowl Swag

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Interested to know what type of gifts will be handed out by many of the bowls around the country?  You need to look no further.  The Huskies and Bulldogs will each receive quite a nice package of goodies, which includes a Sony gift suite, New Era skull cap, waterproof breathable parka, winter gloves, hand warmers, Ogio fugitive backpack and Big Game souvenir football.  Click here to see what other bowls are handing out.