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LYNCH AT THE COMBINE

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Lynch-Jordan-2013.jpgFormer Northern Illinois University football player and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch is down in Indianapolis for the 2014 NFL Combine. He's met with several NFL teams down there, including the Chicago Bears. Lynch and the other draft hopefuls met the media today. Lynch talked about what teams have told him about his chances at playing quarterback in the NFL, his desire to do anything to make a team and the talent in the MAC.

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Football: The Huskies traveled to San Diego, Calif. for the Poinsettia Bowl to take on Utah State on December 26. NIU took its second loss of the season in the game, falling 21-14. Overall, the Huskies went 12-2 with a flawless 5-0 record at home. 

Men's Basketball: NIU produced a 3-3 record through six games over the last couple weeks to move to 6-7 on the season. NIU traveled to the east coast to face the then No. 22 UMass. With a short roster, the Huskies fell 80-64. On Wednesday, December 18, they won against Loyola, 55-49. Following the win, they beat UC Riverside on the road, 71-64 on December 22. NIU went to Iowa State on New Years Eve, losing the evening game 99-63. The Huskies proceeded to bounce back with a 65-51 victory at home against Bethune Cookman. On Wednesday, January 8, NIU fell to Buffalo, 67-46

Women's Basketball: After a near two week break from the game, the Huskies traveled to South Dakota State, falling 67-50 in the affair on Tuesday, December 17. On Saturday, December 21, NIU lost a tough match against Northern Iowa in a 66-64 final. On New Years Eve, the Huskies lost a third in a row, this time to Illinois-Chicago by a score of 66-54. In the first game of the new year, on Saturday, January 4, NIU ended the short losing streak with a win at home against Ohio, 74-51. The Huskies are now 5-6 on the season. 

Wrestling: NIU had three events over the last few weeks. To start, the Huskies faced Central Michigan, losing 25-6 in the meet. To end 2013, NIU attended the Midlands Championships on Evanston, Ill. Overall, the Huskies finished 17th out of 47 participating teams. Tyler Argue took eighth place in the 141 pound weight class. On Saturday, January 4, NIU bested SIU Edwardsville to improve to 4-5 on the season, beating the Cougars 33-15. 

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Football: The Huskies took on Bowling Green in the MAC Championship game on Friday. NIU suffered its first loss of the season in the game, losing 47-27. With that, the Huskies fell to 12-1 on the season. On the brighter side of things, the team's bowl game was announced. NIU will face Utah State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 26.

Men's Basketball: NIU grabbed its third win of the season last Thursday, winning 64-57 against Dartmouth. At one point in the game, the Huskies went on a 21-0 run, propelling the team to a first half 11-point lead. NIU stands at 3-4 on the season. The Huskies will face Massachusetts on Saturday, December 14.

Women's Basketball: Northern Illinois was at Illinois State on Thursday, taking on the Redbirds. It was a tight game, and the Huskies won 57-52. It was the first win for the Huskies at Illinois State since 2002. With the win, the team improved to 4-3 on the season. 

Wrestling: The Huskies battled against Cleveland State on Thursday, winning 25-6. NIU was dominant from start to finish, losing only two matches in the entire meet. The 25 team points were built on seven wins by decision and one win by major decision. NIU is now 3-4 this season.

Track & Field: NIU attended the Laker Early Bird on Friday. Several Huskies finished in the top five of their events, and Rebecca Cronin ended up setting a new NIU record in the indoor 600 meter run. Her time of 1:33.35 bested former Huskie Lorene Skipper's mark of 1:35.13, set back in 2004. 

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Football: The Huskies traveled to Toledo for their 11th game of the season on Wednesday, November 20. The team had 364 rushing yards overall, getting 6.6 yards per carry. NIU scored 28 points in the second half to propel the team to a 35-17 victory, remaining undefeated on the year. On Tuesday, November 26, the Huskies played the WMU Broncos, winning 33-14 to stay unbeaten at 12-0. Jordan Lynch ran for 321 yards, breaking his own record for rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in a single game. 

Volleyball: NIU played its final games of the season at the MAC Championship Tournament, making it to the semi-finals before exiting. On Friday, the Huskies beat Bowling Green 3-1 to stay alive. However, on Saturday, they didn't have enough to be Ohio, losing 3-0 in the affair. The Huskies ended their season with a 17-13 record. 

Wrestling: The Huskies hosted the Northern Duals last weekend, but they dropped both of the matches. The first was against Northern Iowa, a 32-6 defeat for the home wrestlers. In the second match, NIU battled North Dakota State. It came down to the heavyweight match, and the Huskies were barely edged there, losing 21-16 overall. 

Men's Basketball: The Huskies improved to 2-3 on the young season with a win vs. St. Joseph's (Ind.) on Sunday. NIU eclipsed 100 points in a game for the first time this season, winning 111-61. Four Huskies recorded double digit figures in scoring. Darrell Bowie produced the first double-double of his career with 23 points and 12 rebounds. 

Women's Basketball: NIU edged out Bradley Thursday, 63-60 to get to 2-2 on the season. The Huskies out-rebounded the Braves 45-43 in the game. NIU was able to force 12 turnovers to frustrate the opposing Brave offense. Amanda Corral led the team in scoring with 17 points. 

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National Coverage for NIU's Big Win

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NIU showed a national audience on ESPN2 and a press box full of media from not only Chicago but the entire nation that the Huskies' 10-0 record and especially quarterback Jordan Lynch, is for real.  The Huskies defeated a Ball State team that came in 9-1 on the year with an ACC win over Virginia under its belt, and a potent passing attack.  See what the national media, as well as Tribune columnist David Haugh, had to say about NIU and Lynch in these stories:

Huskies Live in the Land of Almost
FoxSports.com
 
Northern Illinois Revels in the Right Kind of Exposure
New York Times (Nov. 15, 2013)
 
With lights on, Lynch lights out
Chicago Tribune (Nov. 14, 2013) 
 
Can NIU's Jordan Lynch win your Heisman love
CBSSports.com (Nov. 14, 2013)
 
Jordan Lynch leads Northern Illinois past Ball State
USA Today (Nov. 14, 2013)
 
Lynch, NIU make case with win over Ball St.
ESPN.com (Nov. 14, 2013)
 
Jordan Lynch shines as Northern Illinois continues BCS push
SI.com (Nov. 14, 2013)

Enjoy!!


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Women's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game at home against Lewis, taking a win in the exhibition, 76-72. The Huskies will begin their regular season schedule on Friday, November 8 at Green Bay. They'll face the Phoenix in a game set to begin at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies have played three games over the week. At home, against Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 30, NIU dropped in a 1-0 final. On the following Saturday at Hartwick, NIU went to  overtime against the opposing Hawks, but ended up falling 2-1. Then, on Tuesday, October 5 against Western Michigan, the Huskies fell 2-1 once more. 

Football: The Huskies traveled to the east coast for another MAC affair against the UMass Minutemen. The team improved to 9-0 with a 5-0 conference record as they won 63-19. The 19 points was the second lowest figure that the Huskie defense had held opponents to all season in a single game. 

Women's Soccer: NIU saw its season come to a close with the games over the last week. On Thursday, the Huskies took on Toledo, dropping the rainy affair 2-1. On Sunday, they traveled to Miami (Ohio) for the first round of the MAC Championship Tournament, losing the match 3-0. The Huskies finished the season 6-11-3.

Men's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game against Rockford on Saturday, winning 90-57. The regular season begins on Friday, November 8 against Nebraska Omaha at home. The Huskies will begin with five straight home games, as the team will not travel until November 30 to take on Nebraska. 

Wrestling: Nine Huskie wrestlers placed at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday. Shawn Scott and Jordan Northrup had the best finishes of any Huskie, both taking second in their respective weight class. Next for wrestling is the MSU Open, which will is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.

Cross Country: NIU participated in the MAC Championship Race, finishing 11th overall. Meghan Heuer had the best finish of all Huskie competitors, taking 37th place. On Friday, November 8, the Huskies have their last home event of the cross country season, the Huskie Open. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the NIU North 40. 

Volleyball: The Huskies had two games in the MAC over the last week, winning them both. On Thursday, NIU took on Western Michigan, winning 3-1. On the following Saturday, the Huskies faced Miami (Ohio) and beat the Redhawks, 3-1. NIU is now 15-11 on the season with a 7-5 conference record.

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Women's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game at home against Lewis, taking a win in the exhibition, 76-72. The Huskies will begin their regular season schedule on Friday, November 8 at Green Bay. They'll face the Phoenix in a game set to begin at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies have played three games over the week. At home, against Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 30, NIU dropped in a 1-0 final. On the following Saturday at Hartwick, NIU went to  overtime against the opposing Hawks, but ended up falling 2-1. Then, on Tuesday, October 5 against Western Michigan, the Huskies fell 2-1 once more. 

Football: The Huskies traveled to the east coast for another MAC affair against the UMass Minutemen. The team improved to 9-0 with a 5-0 conference record as they won 63-19. The 19 points was the second lowest figure that the Huskie defense had held opponents to all season in a single game. 

Women's Soccer: NIU saw its season come to a close with the games over the last week. On Thursday, the Huskies took on Toledo, dropping the rainy affair 2-1. On Sunday, they traveled to Miami (Ohio) for the first round of the MAC Championship Tournament, losing the match 3-0. The Huskies finished the season 6-11-3.

Men's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game against Rockford on Saturday, winning 90-57. The regular season begins on Friday, November 8 against Nebraska Omaha at home. The Huskies will begin with five straight home games, as the team will not travel until November 30 to take on Nebraska. 

Wrestling: Nine Huskie wrestlers placed at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday. Shawn Scott and Jordan Northrup had the best finishes of any Huskie, both taking second in their respective weight class. Next for wrestling is the MSU Open, which will is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.

Cross Country: NIU participated in the MAC Championship Race, finishing 11th overall. Meghan Heuer had the best finish of all Huskie competitors, taking 37th place. On Friday, November 8, the Huskies have their last home event of the cross country season, the Huskie Open. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the NIU North 40. 

Volleyball: The Huskies had two games in the MAC over the last week, winning them both. On Thursday, NIU took on Western Michigan, winning 3-1. On the following Saturday, the Huskies faced Miami (Ohio) and beat the Redhawks, 3-1. NIU is now 15-11 on the season with a 7-5 conference record.

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Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois won two games at home over the weekend. On Friday, against Kent State, the Huskies took the lead late and held on to win 2-1. Against Ohio on Sunday, NIU got out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second half and kept ahead of the opposing Bobcats to win 2-1. With the wins, the Huskies clinched a MAC Championship Tournament berth.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies played two matches over the week. The first was on Tuesday, October 22, a game that NIU won against Eastern Illinois, 3-0. On Saturday against Akron, the Huskies dropped a 2-1 affair on the road. The team is now 4-10-0 on the season with a 0-3-0  record in the MAC.

Football: NIU defeated Eastern Michigan 59-20 in a home game on Saturday. Four different players tossed a touchdown in the game, including Jordan Lynch, Drew Hare, Matt McIntosh, and Tommylee Lewis. Lynch also tied his career high in touchdown passes in a single game with four. The Huskies remained undefeated, standing at 8-0 on the season.

Volleyball: NIU split two MAC matches over the weekend. The Huskies played Ohio on Friday, losing 3-1. On Saturday, the team swept Kent State, improving to 13-11 on the season. NIU is currently 5-5 in the MAC. The Huskies have six games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Wrestling: The wrestling team had its annual Red/Black Dual to start the wrestling season. Black won the preseason event, 21-15. Five matches were decided by three points or fewer. The Huskies will be on the road for their first in-season meet, which is slated to be on Monday, November 3 in Brookings, S.D.

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Football: NIU took on Akron in the homecoming football game. The Huskies won 27-20 after a defensive battle with the opposing Zips. NIU rushed for 173 yards as a team with two 80+-yard rushers. Jimmie Ward recorded his fourth consecutive game with an interception.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 0-1-1 on the weekend. On Friday, they tied Bowling Green 0-0. On Sunday, NIU yielded three early goals to Central Michigan and couldn't find a way to get back into the game, dropping the match 3-0. The team is now 2-3-1 in the MAC.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois split its players among two different regional tournaments. Nelle Youel and Arantza de la Torre went to the Midwest Regional, with competing together in the doubles draw. Youel also competed in the singles draw as well. Four other players, Ilse Pacheco, Stephanie McDonald, Cristina Alvarez, and Haley Dekkinga, competed in the Second Chance Regional.

Volleyball: The Huskies played two matches over the week. The first at Toledo on Friday, and it ended in a 3-2 loss for NIU. The second was a 3-0 loss at Ball State on Saturday. NIU now has a 3-3 record in the MAC.

Men's Soccer: NIU had two tight losses over the week. The first was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Northwestern. The second was a 1-0 double-overtime loss at Bowling Green. The Huskies are now 3-9-0 on the season.  

Ward Featured on Mid-Season All-America Team

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NIU senior Jimmie Ward has been named to SI.com's Mid-Season All-America team.  The Huskies' strong safety from Mobile, Ala. leads the nation with five interceptions, and leads the Huskies in tackles with 50.  He has 35 solo stops, two pass break-ups, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

Ward has intercepted a pass in each of NIU's last four games but his biggest pickoff of the year may have been the first one versus Iowa.  With 1:24 to play and the game tied at 27-all, Ward jumped an out route, made a one-handed interception (due to the cast on his left hand) and returned the ball 20 yards to the Iowa 30.  His play set up a game-winning field goal by the Huskies' Mathew Sims.

Against Purdue, Ward returned an interception on a similar play 62 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.  While covering All-America candidate Dri Archer during most of the Kent State game, Ward had an interception in the end zone and recovered a fumble.


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Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois began MAC play over the weekend with the team touring Michigan. First up was Eastern Michigan on Friday, a 4-1 loss for the Huskies. On Sunday, NIU took on Western Michigan, which also ended in a loss for the Huskies, this one being a 4-2 final.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies played just a single game, which was on Saturday against Michigan State. They lost 2-0 to the opposing Spartans, falling to 3-6-0 on the season. NIU has just two more non-conference games left in the season, and the team will begin conference play this upcoming weekend against West Virginia.

Football: Northern Illinois traveled to Purdue for its third away game this season. The Huskies came home victorious in a 55-24 final. The game was close after the first quarter, but after 38 points combined in the second and third quarters, the Huskies were comfortably ahead to the point where they brought in backups to finish the game.

Volleyball: NIU played two games over the week. The first was at Western Michigan on Thursday, in which the Huskies came back from down two sets to one to win 3-2. The second was at Bowling Green, where the team lost in straight sets, 3-0

Cross Country: NIU attended the Roger Griak Invitional in Minnesota on Saturday. The Huskies finished 27th overall. Ali Olson had the best finish on the team, ending her race in 151st place out of 300 competitors. 

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois competed in the Badger Invitational, held at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. The team finished 13th overall, and they were lead by Nick Huggins, who tied for 33rd overall. Huggins had a three-round total of 226, his best round coming to open the invitational when he shot a 73.

Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in the Kangaroo Invitational, held at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. They finished fourth out of the nine competing teams, being just five strokes behind third place UKMC. Casey LaBarbera lead NIU with a three-round total of 232, her best round being the second when she shot a 74. 


Storify: Northern Illinois Football's Historic win at Purdue

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Football: NIU improved to 3-0 after a tight 43-39 victory against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The Huskies were down 20-0 mid-way through the first quarter, but a 30-0 run by the team propelled them to the 22nd straight home victory for NIU.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois played two games last weekend in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The first was a 2-1 loss against Farleigh Dickinson on Friday. In the second game against Saint Mary's on Sunday, NIU was able to reverse the result from Friday and claim its own 2-1 victory.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies closed out non-conference play when they traveled to Chicago for a match against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers. The game ended in a 1-0 loss for NIU, making it five straight games in which the Huskies have failed to record a win. NIU is now 2-5-1 on the season.

Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois competed in the Drake Invitational with seven other teams. The team was able to take one of the four flights in the event. The Huskies also went undefeated in consolation matches. On the first day, one doubles team was able to make it to the final round of the flight before falling.

Men's Golf: NIU played in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, held in Zionsville, Ind. The team finished 14th overall after three rounds of play. Pierrick Fillon had the best performance for the Huskies, producing a three-round total of 236. His best round was the third, in which he scored a 75.

Volleyball: The Huskies went unbeaten in the Huskie Invitational volleyball tournament held over the weekend. The team went 3-0 to improve to 8-6 overall. On Friday, NIU beat George Washington 3-0 and IPFW 3-1. On Saturday, the Huskies swept Oakland, 3-0

Free GameDay Parking Available for NIU Students

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Northern Illinois University students will now have better access to some of the best parking at Huskie Stadium on NIU football game days.  Parking on the grass lot on the East Side of the stadium is now free to any Northern Illinois student with a valid OneCard on game day. 

NIU students are invited to tailgate on the east side of Huskie Stadium beginning five hours before every home game for free on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The driver must simply show his or her valid NIU OneCard at the entrance to the lot off of Stadium Drive.  The lot will be available until the 200 spaces allocated for student parking are filled. 

NIU Athletics will also sell a limited number of season student parking passes which will provide a GUARANTEED spot on the east grass up until 30 minutes before kickoff.  Season passes are available for $25 and can be purchased Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the NIU Athletics External Office in Suite 213 of the Convocation Center.

All cars must follow Northern Illinois' established guidelines for tailgating regarding parking spaces, music and prohibited items.  For more information, call 815-753-PACK (7225) and press 1 for tickets.   

 

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Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 1-1 on the weekend. On Friday, the team dropped a weather-troubled game at Purdue by a  4-1 final. On Sunday, the Huskies beat Lewis 2-1 in a double-overtime thriller.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois split two games over the weekend at the Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The first game went well, as the Huskies beat Cincinnati 3-0 on Friday. Unfortunately, the second game resulted in a 2-0 loss to Ohio State on Sunday.

Volleyball: The NIU volleyball team went 2-2 to start the season. Wins came against Green Bay (3-2) and Liberty (3-0) on Friday and Saturday respectively. The Huskies lost a tough one against Ohio State (3-2) on Saturday night and dropped the match against Missouri State (3-1) on Labor Day.

Football: Came away with an exciting 30-27 victory at Iowa on Saturday. Jordan Lynch had 275 yards passing with 3 touchdowns. Jimmie Ward intercepted a pass toward the end of the game to help set up the game-winning field goal from Mathew Sims.


Storify: A Recap of NIU Football Game Week 1

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HUSKIES IN THE NFL - PRESEASON WEEK 1 RECAP

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Week One of the 2013 NFL Preseason is in the books and all 14 former Huskies saw their field for their respective teams. Here is a breakdown of how each individual did for their team.

LB Pat Schiller & WR Martel Moore, Atlanta Falcons
Schiller was one of Atlanta's standouts on defense Thursday in a 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Geneva, Ill., native tallied five tackles for the Falcons to rank second on the team. Additionally, he played on 45% of the team's defensive snaps and 20% of the special teams plays. Meanwhile, Moore did not record any stats, but was in on 10 offensive plays at the end of the game.

CB Rashaan Melvin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of Tampa Bay's training camp surprises so far, Melvin got his first live game action Thursday night in the Buccaneers' 44-16 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Though he only notched one tackle, the former Huskie was in on 41% of Tampa Bay's defensive snaps and 54% of the special teams plays.

WR Perez Ashford, Seattle Seahawks
After bouncing around between several teams during the offseason, Ashford landed in Seattle just over a week ago and has already made strides in training camp. Thursday night in a 31-10 Seahawk win at San Diego, the former Huskie wide receiver got some time at punt returner and made the most of his opportunity. After returning his first kick two yards, Ashford broke his second return for 27 yards to get the Seahawks inside Charger territory late in the fourth quarter.

DB Tracy Wilson, Tennessee Titans
The veteran Wilson is off to a good start in his third preseason in the NFL. The former Huskie recorded three tackles in Tennessee's 22-21 loss to Washington and played 35% of the team's defensive snaps and 33% of the special teams plays.

LB Sean Progar & RB Chad Spann, New York Jets
Former Huskie teammates reunited in the NFL, both Progar and Spann made sound contributions in the Jets' 26-17 loss at Detroit Friday night. On offense, Spann gained two yards on three carries, but it was his 23-yard catch and run in the third quarter that helped set up a New York field goal. For Progar, he made one tackle in his NFL debut.

QB Chandler Harnish & WR Nathan Palmer, Indianapolis Colts
In Indianapolis' 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon, both Harnish and Palmer saw extended playing time. The former NIU QB and MAC MVP Harnish finished the day 14-of-33 passing for 109 yards and an interception. Meanwhile, Palmer caught one pass from Harnish for no gain.

LB Alan Baxter, Pittsburgh Steelers
Baxter saw the field late in Pittsburgh's 18-13 loss to the New York Giants and made one tackle. Additionally, he played 26% of the defensive plays and 42% of the special teams snaps.

OL Doug Free, Dallas Cowboys
Free got plenty of action Friday night in the Cowboys' 19-17 loss at Oakland, playing 42% of the offensive snaps and helped Dallas to 10 first half points.

OL Scott Wedige, Arizona Cardinals
Returning to his home state, Wedige saw action for most of the fourth quarter in Arizona's 17-0 win at Green Bay. In total, he was in on 18 snaps on offense and 28% of the team's total offensive plays.

LB Larry English, San Diego Chargers
Looking to find a spot in San Diego's starting lineup at outside linebacker, English was limited in his amount of snaps (11 for 20%) and recorded no stats.

FB Jason Schepler, San Francisco 49ers
Schepler saw playing time late in San Francisco's 10-6 loss versus the Denver Broncos, but did not record any stats.

Nine of the 14 former Huskies will be featured in live, nationally-televised games in Week Two. On Thursday, English and the Chargers head to Chicago to take on the Bears at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The next night on Fox, fans can catch a glimpse of Melvin as the Buccaneers play at New England. Saturday on NFL Network, Arizona hosts Dallas at 4:30 p.m. in a game that features Free and Wedige. Meanwhile, NFLN will join the Jaguars-Jets game in progress as Progar and Spann both look to get more playing time. Harnish, Palmer and the Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Giants Sunday night on Fox, while Baxter's Pittsburgh Steelers face the Washington Redskins Monday night on ESPN.

NIU Fall Media Day

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MEDIA DAY WRAP

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Northern Illinois held its annual media and photo day in DeKalb yesterday, offering another opportunity for the media to check-in on the 2013 Huskies. Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune noted that the Huskie offense has the potential to be even more explosive in 2013. At the Daily Herald, Mike McGraw talks about the Huskies continuing to take the next step while Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star says Jordan Lynch may remain the primary ball carrier for the Huskies this season. On the television side, Scott Leber of WTVO in Rockford has this preview from yesterday's events. Meanwhile from Iowa, the Des Moines Register checked in on the Huskies as they continue to work toward the season opener with the Hawkeyes.
 
Off the field, the media was able to take part in a tour of the Chessick Center yesterday and the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's Steve Nitz provides an update on the facility.

WTVO - NIU Football Preview 

Chicago Tribune - Huskies Still Dangerous on Offense

Daily Chronicle - Chessick Center Progressing, Scheduled to be Completed in October

Daily Herald - Northern Illinois Looks to Take That Next Step

Rockford Register-Star - NIU Plans to Keep Jordan Lynch on the Run

Des Moines Register - Northern Illinois Looks Forward to Another Opportunity Against Iowa

To check out a photo gallery of some of the photos that were taken during the photo day portion of the day, click here.

Wrapping Up Chicago Media Day

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Chicago Media Day.jpgAnother week, another media day for the Northern Illinois University football team. The Huskies were in Chicago yesterday to discuss the upcoming 2013 season. NIU President Dr. Doug Baker, Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Sean Frazier, Head Football Coach Rod Carey and several players were at Ditka's Restaurant meeting with the Chicago media.

Jordan Lynch in particular had a busy day, which started with a 6:10 a.m. departure from DeKalb for an appearance on the WGN Morning News at 8:15 a.m. The car then headed to Ditka's for the Huskies' 11:45 luncheon and press conference. After two hours at Da' Coach's hangout, Lynch made his way to Harpo Studios to shoot a segment for campusinsiders.com before concluding his marathon day at Comcast SportsNet to be on SportsTalk Live and shoot a piece for Comcast SportsNet's AT&T U-Verse Lounge.

You can read all about the Huskies' day in Chi-town and watch Jordan's clips below.

Comparing this season to last like apples and oranges for NIU
Chicago Tribune

Jimmie Ward head of NIU's strongest unit
Daily Chronicle

Huskies disappointed by rankings snub
Daily Chronicle

Huskies ratchet up Heisman hype for Jordan Lynch
Chicago Sun-Times

Harris: NIU Looks To Turn The Page After Orange Bowl Run
670 AM The Score

VIDEO
Northern Illinois Holds Annual Media Day in Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Kaplan Goes One-on-One With NIU's Jordan Lynch
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Jordan Lynch Drops by the AT&T U-Verse Lounge
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch previews college football season
WGN-TV

FOURTEEN HUSKIES COMPETING IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS

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Training camps are underway in the National Football League and Northern Illinois is well-represented with 14 alums competing for roster spots on 11 different teams. Among that group are six members of last season's MAC Championship squad. Here is the full breakdown of where these former Huskies are playing.

Arizona Cardinals
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OL Scott Wedige
Atlanta Falcons
WR Martel Moore
LB Pat Schiller
Dallas Cowboys
OL Doug Free
Indianapolis Colts
QB Chandler Harnish
WR Nathan Palmer
New York Jets
DE/LB Sean Progar
RB Chad Spann
Pittsburgh Steelers
LB Alan Baxter
San Diego Chargers
LB Larry English
San Francisco 49ers
TE/FB Jason Schepler
Seattle Seahawks
WR Perez Ashford
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DB Rashaan Melvin
Tennessee Titans
DB Tracy Wilson

While Free played last night in Dallas' 24-20 win over the Miami Dolphins in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, the remaining former Huskies will start their preseason this weekend - including four to be broadcast live on national TV. It starts Thursday with Schiller and the Falcons playing against the Cincinnati Bengals at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while English and Ashford will take the field in the San Diego-Seattle contest later that night on NFL Network. NFLN will also carry Saturday's New York Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers contest featuring Alan Baxter and Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Indianapolis Colts game with Chandler Harnish and Nathan Palmer.

MAC MEDIA DAY ROUND UP

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The Mid-American Conference held its annual MAC Media Day yesterday at Ford Field in Detroit. Below is a collection of stories on the Northern Illinois Huskies from various media outlets that attended the event.

NIU's Jordan Lynch has Heisman hopes like Johnny Football
USA Today (July 23, 2013)

Lynch on NIU expectations: 'Pressure is a privilege'
Chicago Tribune (July 23, 2013)

NIU picked to win third straight MAC football title
Chicago Tribune (July 23, 2013)

Northern Illinois picked to win MAC crown
Orlando Sentinel (July 23, 2013)

From party crashers to 3-peat?
foxsportsohio.com (July 23, 2013)

Ten must-see games in the MAC
foxsportsohio.com (July 23, 2013)

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2013-14 Bowl Schedule Announced

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The 2013-14 college football bowl schedule has been set. The Mid-American Conference has primary agreements with three bowl games; Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, played in Boise, Idaho, kicks off at 4:30 p.m. CT on Dec. 21 and is one of four bowl games to be played that day. It will feature teams from the MAC and Mountain West. The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, held in Detroit's Ford Field, will be played Dec. 26 and kickoff at 5 p.m. CT. The game features a MAC school facing off against a team from the Big Ten. The penultimate bowl game of the season, the GoDaddy Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala. and featuring a MAC-Sun Belt match up will take place Jan 5. at 7 p.m. CT.

The Bowl Championship Series bowl games will be played Jan. 1, 2, 3 and 6. The Rose and Fiesta Bowls will be played on New Year's Day and kickoff at 4 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. The Sugar Bowl will be played Jan. 2, while the Huskies' 2012 bowl destination, the Orange Bowl, will take place Jan. 3. The National Championship game will be played Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.

Northern Illinois has made five straight bowl appearances (2008 Independence Bowl, 2010 International Bowl, 2010 Humanitarian Bowl, 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl and 2013 Orange Bowl) and are looking to make it six in 2013. The Huskies return 14 starters (8 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialist) in 2013, led by dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel), a 2012 second-team All-American who accounted for nearly 5,000 yards of total offense while setting NCAA records for rushing by a quarterback with 12 100-yard rushing games. Leading tackler Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala./Davidson) and NIU's entire offensive line are among the 55 returning letter winners for 2013.

2013 MAC FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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Bloguin's The Crystal Ball Run blog has been hard at work this week cranking out a series of posts this week previewing the upcoming 2013 Mid-American Conference football season. The Crystal Ball Run staff makes its conference championship picks, names its all-conference teams and ranks the strengths of schedules. There is an interesting post on the future relationship of the MAC and Big Ten and a podcast breaking down this year's season.


You can meet the league's new coaches, including NIU head coach Rod Carey and CBR breaks down the top 10 #MACtion games for 2013. The Huskies make three appearances on the list, including the top two.

Condolences...

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NIU Athletics would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of long-time NIU Football "Sound Guy" Rick Calderon, who passed away Wednesday, May 1, in DeKalb following a long illness.

Calderon, who retired from NIU in 2008, was a fixture at Northern Illinois home and away football games for many, many seasons. In addition to operating the public address and music systems during games, he was responsible for the coaches' headset communications both home and away. At head coach Joe Novak's request, Calderon would set up "music" (often the opposing teams' fight songs, crowd noise and band played on a loop) to be blared at footbal practice during the week to simulate the other team's stadium atmosphere. On road trips, he would spend time illustrating post cards which he would then send to his many friends.

Calderon graduated from Northern Illinois in 1982 and was active in designing, installing and maintaining audio/visual systems around campus in addition to working with the football team. Read much more on Calderon, here. A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 8, in DeKalb.

SPRING FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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Postgame 6.jpgWith spring football right around the corner, check out this preview on the Huskies' upcoming 2013 spring drills by Yahoo! Sports blogger Frank Schwab. He identifies the defensive front seven and the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball as wild cards heading into spring. He also talks about Jordan Lynch's chances of winning the Heisman in 2013.

ROD CAREY ON THE SCORE FRIDAY

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Northern Illinois Head Football Coach Rod Carey will join Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein of WSCR 670 AM The Score Friday, March 8 from Fatty's Pub & Grille in DeKalb.  Carey will update listeners on what's been happening with Huskie Football since the Orange Bowl as NIU gets ready for spring practice beginning March 20.  Fans in the area are welcome to come by the show, which will be live from Fatty's from 1-6 p.m.  Carey's segment will begin at approximately 3:40 p.m  If you can't make it to DeKalb, be sure to listen!

DAN ROUSHAR HIRED BY NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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Former Northern Illinois assistant coach and NIU alum Dan Roushar was hired as the running backs coach of the New Orleans Saints over the weekend. Roushar will join Sean Payton's staff after spending his last six seasons at Michigan State. During the past three seasons at MSU, Roushar served as the Spartan's offensive coordinator, where he helped the likes of Kirk Cousins, Le'Veon Bell and Andrew Maxwell set new school records.

Prior to his stint in East Lansing, Mich., Roushar spent the 1997-2002 seasons coaching the Huskies' offensive line and serving as offensive coordinator. While coaching NIU, Roushar helped groom Ryan Diem into an NFL prospect, while recruiting future NFL starter Doug Free to DeKalb. He has also spent time at Butler, Rhode Island, Ball State, Illinois and Cincinnati.

Roushar graduated from NIU in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, while also earning two varsity letters as a quarterback with the Huskies.

CONLON'S IRISH ROOTS

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Conlon-Aidan-HH.jpgNews of the success of the Northern Illinois University football team has reached across the pond to Ireland. Right guard Aidan Conlon, who's parents hail from Castlebrock and Ballinalee, Ireland, was featured in the Longford Leader. The story talks about Conlon's success at NIU, his roots in Ireland and his aspirations to play professionally. It's great to see the Northern Illinois football story go international.

MOORE TO PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME

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Huskie wide receiver Martel Moore will be playing in the 2013 Texas vs. The Nation Game, an annual all-star game pitting college football players from the state of Texas versus the players from the other 49 states. The game will be played February 2, 2013 1:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.


A native of San Antonio, Texas, Moore will play for Team Texas. The 6-0, 183 pound wide receiver led the Huskies in receiving with 1,083 yards on 73 receptions. He was also third on the team in scoring with 13 touchdowns. Moore is the third Huskie to play in the Texas vs The Nation Game, joining Eddie Adamski and Chad Spann who played in the game in 2009 and 2010, respectively.


Texas vs. The Nation Moore is one of four Mid-American Conference representatives playing in the game. Toledo's Dan Molls and Ohio's Eric Herman and Tremayne Scott are playing for The Nation.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois ended its historic season on New Year's Day with a 31-10 loss against the Florida State Seminoles in the Discover Orange Bowl. Jordan Lynch finished the game 15-for-41 passing for 176 yards, while Tommylee Lewis led NIU with five catches for 61 yards. The Huskies finished the season with a 12-2 record.

Men's Basketball: NIU dropped three close contests over the break. During their swing through the Pacific Northwest, the Huskies dropped a 75-48 contest to the hot-shooting Seattle Redhawks. Later in the week, NIU came just short of knocking off the Washington Huskies, losing 67-57 despite Abdel Nader's 18 points. A week later on their home floor, the Huskies pushed UMass to the brink, but lost 64-59 in the Convocation Center.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies went 2-3 during the holiday stretch that saw them play in three different states. Right before Christmas, NIU defeated Eastern Illinois, 48-38, in the Convocation Center before dropping a 66-61 overtime heartbreaker at UIC. At the Virginia Cavalier Classic the next weekend, the Huskies lost to Xavier, 66-54, then followed that up with a 69-38 thumping of Norfolk State. The team closed out their non-conference schedule with a 54-49 loss at Valparaiso.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois had plenty of highs and lows during the holiday season. The Huskies lost their MAC opener, 29-9, at defending regular season champion Kent State to start off the break. At the Midlands Championships, Derek Elmore and Andrew Morse each posted two wins to lead the team, while Matt Mougin and Shawn Fayette each grabbed one victory. The three-week stretch ended on a positive note Sunday, when the Huskies earned dual wins against Appalachian State and SIU Edwardsville.

Northern Illinois University Faculty Athletics Representative Matt Streb was honored Thursday by the National Football Foundation as part of the organization's 2012 Faculty Salute Initiative.
 
Streb was one of 15 FARs from across the country that was recognized for his efforts. The honor was given to the FARs at each of the schools who had an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. In 2011, former NIU FAR Jan Rintala was recognized alongside NIU QB Chandler Harnish.
 
Below is a list of the FARs who were honored:
 
·         Baylor University, Mike Rogers (Nick Florence, QB, 3.79 GPA)
·         Duke University, Martha Putallaz (Sean Renfree, QB, 3.40 GPA)
·         Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hank Smith (Ethan Peterson, OL, 3.83 GPA)
·         Northern Illinois University, Matt Streb (Nabal Jefferson, DT, 3.78 GPA)
·         Northwestern University,  Robert Gundlach (Patrick Ward, OT, 3.94 GPA)
·         Robert Morris University, Scott Branvold (Nolan Nearhoof, DE, 3.73 GPA)
·         Saint Xavier University (Ill.), Barbara Becker (Shane Zackery, WR, 3.71 GPA)
·         Syracuse University, Mike Wasylenko (Ryan Nassib, QB, 3.57 GPA)
·         Texas Tech University, Brian Shannon (Cody Davis, S, 3.70 GPA)
·         University of Alabama, Kevin Whitaker (Barrett Jones, C, 4.00 GPA)
·         University of Mount Union (Ohio), Scott Mason (Nick Driskill, S, 3.77 GPA)
·         University of Nebraska, Josephine Potuto (Rex Burkhead, RB, 3.43 GPA)
·         University of Notre Dame, Patricia Bellia (Manti Te'o, LB, 3.32 GPA)
·         University of Southern California, Clare Pastore (Matt Barkley, QB, 3.21 GPA)
·         West Texas A&M University, David Rausch (Aaron Mullane, OL, 3.84 GPA)
 
Launched in 2011 by Fidelity and the NFF, the initiative is an extension of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program that provides postgraduate scholarships for college football's elite student-athletes. Fidelity, which is also the presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, has taken on a leadership role with the initiative as a natural extension of its ongoing support of the scholar-athlete ideal and commitment to higher education nationwide. As part of the initiative, each school with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete receives recognition for their faculty athletics representative, and a $5,000 donation per school ($75,000 total) from Fidelity will be made to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois won their second consecutive Mid-American Conference title Friday with a 44-37 double overtime win over then No. 17 Kent State at Detroit's Ford Field. Jordan Lynch combined for 372 yards of total offense, while the Huskie defense held KSU's vaunted rushing attack in check before Demetrius Stone's fourth down interception in the endzone sealed the win. The victory solidified a spot for the Huskies in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl against ACC champion Florida State.

Men's Basketball: NIU lost two non-conference games during the week. On Tuesday, the Huskies lost 58-46 to in-state rival UIC despite Sam Mader's 15 points. On Saturday, Northern dropped a 60-43 decision to the Dayton Flyers with Travon Baker leading NIU with 17 points.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies split two non-conference contests to close out November. NIU lost a tight one on the road Wednesday night with a 67-58 defeat at the hands of the Bradley Braves in Peoria, Ill. They would rebound Friday night, though, with a 67-63 victory over the Loyola Ramblers for the team's first home win in 2012-13.

Wrestling: The Huskies posted 14 placewinners and one champion Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open. Rob Jillard led the way for the team with a first place finish at 149 pounds. Meanwhile, Andrew Morse took second at 157 pounds and Jared Torrence took third at heavyweight.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois wrapped up its regular season Friday with a convincing 49-7 win over Eastern Michigan. Akeem Daniels rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries, while Jordan Lynch combined for 275 yards of total offense in the win. The victory was NIU's 11th in a row and marks the first time that the program has reached the 11-win plateau during the regular season.

Men's Basketball: NIU dropped a close 53-46 decision against in-state rival Loyola Saturday at the Convocation Center. Akeem Springs paced the Huskie offense with 15 points.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies lost a close one at home to South Dakota State Wednesday, 59-58. Jada Buggs led NIU with 16 points, while Satavia Taylor added 10 in the loss.

Volleyball: The Huskies closed out their season Saturday evening with a 3-1 loss at Marquette. Despite dropping the first two sets, NIU made it interesting with a convincing third set win. However, the Golden Eagles' dominant fourth set closed the door on Northern and their season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois clinched its third consecutive MAC West title Wednesday night with a 31-24 win over the Toledo Rockets at Huskie Stadium. Jordan Lynch led the Huskies back from a 14-7 halftime deficit with 295 yards passing in the third quarter alone as part of NIU's 21-point explosion. Lynch also became the first QB in NCAA history to pass for 400 yards and rush for 150 in the same game.

Men's Basketball: NIU went 1-1 during the week after a pair of games. On Tuesday, the Huskies took part in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon with a 7 a.m. tilt against Valparaiso. However, the Crusaders' hot shooting was too much in a 69-46 defeat. Northern rebounded from that loss Sunday with a convincing 72-54 win over Judson.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies went 2-0 in the consolation rounds of the WNIT. On Saturday night, NIU knocked off SoCon favorite Davidson in a 64-61 win for Northern's first win of the year. Yet, the squad would top that performance the next night with a 74-46 win over Morehead State.

Volleyball: The Huskies advanced to their third-straight MAC Tournament title match over the weekend, but found a similar result in the final. NIU opened the weekend with a 3-1 win over Akron, as the Huskies won three sets in a row after dropping the first set. They followed that up with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over top-seeded Ohio in which the Huskies dropped the first two sets. However, the run came to an end Sunday afternoon when NIU fell to Bowling Green, 3-2, in the championship match, despite leading two sets to none.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois went 2-1 in their three matches of the NIU Duals. After winning a forfeit-filled opener against Calumet College of St. Joseph, 57-0, the Huskies shut out the Loras Duhawks, 41-0, to set up a final showdown against No. 23 Purdue. However, the Boilermakers handed the Huskies a 37-0 defeat for NIU's first loss of the season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois dropped their season opener Friday with a 77-64 defeat at Nebraska Omaha. Aksel Bolin paced NIU with 11 points, while freshman Daveon Balls added 10 for the Huskies.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies started their year off Monday with a tight 45-42 exhibition win over Indiana Wesleyan, as  Amanda Corral led NIU with 12 points and sank to critical free throws late. The squad kicked off their regular season Friday night in Iowa City, Iowa, when they dropped a 63-40 decision to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to a close over the weekend, but not without a run to the MAC Championship match. On Friday, the Huskies held West Virginia scoreless for the second time in 2012 en route to a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers in the semi-finals. However, No. 1 Akron ended NIU's run Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 victory in the title match to clinch the conference crown.

Volleyball: The Huskies wrapped up their regular season with a split against two of the MAC's leaders. NIU dropped a 3-1 decision at Western Michigan Thursday night, despite having two of the four sets go beyond 25 points. However, Northern rebounded on Senior Night Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois kicked off their home schedule in impressive fashion Saturday, grabbing the program's 500th win and knocking off Big Ten foe Indiana en route to a 3-0 performance at the Huskie Duals. The day began with a 36-3 win over Tiffin in which the Huskies won each of the first three matches. They followed that up with a strong 26-12 win over South Dakota State for the 500th win in program history. The day was not complete, though, until NIU got a 19-13 win over Indiana - the team's first over a Big Ten opponent since 2009.

Cross Country: The Huskies ended their 2012 season with a 27th place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Springfield, Mo. Courtney Oldenburg capped off her career by finishing with a 23:17.367 clip despite battling a stomach bug all week.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: The Huskies moved to 9-1 on the year with a 63-0 shutout victory over the UMass Minutemen. QB Jordan Lynch combined for over 300 yards of total offense, while the NIU defense forced four turnovers. The shutout was the first by NIU since Sept. 27, 2008, when they blanked Eastern Michigan, 37-0.

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois opened their season with a commanding 89-56 win against Aurora in an exhibition contest . Six Huskies scored in double figures, including 12 each from Kevin Gray and Mike Davis.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament for the second consecutive season during the week, but not without some added drama. The week began with a 2-0 loss at Western Michigan, putting NIU in a "win or go home" situation Friday at Buffalo. However, Northern punched their ticket to Akron with a tight 1-0 win against the Bulls.

Volleyball: The Huskies improved their MAC Tournament hopes over the weekend with a pair of key road wins. On Friday, NIU fought off Toledo for a 3-1 win. They followed that up with a 3-0 sweep of Ball State in which they dominated most every statistical category.

Wrestling: NIU opened their season Saturday at the EMU Open by putting 13 wrestlers on the podium. Matt Mougin led the way with a third place finish at 174 pounds. Meanwhile, Jared Torrence placed fourth at heavyweight and Rob Jillard took fifth at 149, in addition to Derek Elmore (125), Ethan Davis (141), Caleb Busson (174) Shane Rosenberry (184) and Arber Bebo (197) each taking sixth in their respective brackets. On the fresh/soph side, Shawn Scott (1st - 197), Andrew Morse (3rd - 157), Gabe Morse (4th - 141), Braun Marquez (5th - 125) and Bryan Loughlin (5th - 184) all placed for Northern.

NIU Locker Room Tour

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Players and coaches enjoy the beautiful football locker room which provides the team with not only 120 lockers, but an informal gathering space and a comfortable area to relax and prepare before and after practice. After home games, the luxurious locker room is transformed into a celebration area where coaches and players gather to celebrate a victory by singing the Huskie Fight Song led by University President John Peters.

Take a tour of the Northern Illinois football locker room with Freshman Defensive Lineman, Michael Ippolito.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: The Huskies extended their winning streak to eight games Saturday with a 48-34 victory at Western Michigan. After trailing 21-17 at halftime, the NIU offense exploded for 31 points in the second half to put away the Broncos. Jordan Lynch threw for 274 yards and rushed for 136 in the win.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois notched two huge wins during the past week to improve their standing heading into the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Huskies scored a 1-0 overtime win at Northwestern following Charlie Oliver's goal in the 91st minute. Their Saturday match against West Virginia followed a similar script, with Isaac Kannah scoring in the 84th minute for a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers.

Volleyball: NIU split two conference matches to close out October. On Friday, the Huskies dropped a close 3-1 decision against Eastern Michigan despite winning the first set. Northern rebounded the next night behind a commanding 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan for Ray Gooden's 200th career win.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to an end over the week after returning to the MAC Tournament. The Huskies punched their ticket to the conference tournament Thursday with a 2-1 victory at Toledo, their first against the Rockets since 2003. Yet, the Huskies' postseason run came to an end Sunday when they fell 2-0 at second-seeded Central Michigan.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois finished 11th in the MAC Championships in Grand Island, N.Y. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a 20th place finish for the Huskies.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois capped off their fall season with a ninth place finish at the Pinetree Intercollegiate in Kennesaw, Ga. Nick Huggins paced the Huskies with a top 25 finish individually.

Coach Spotlight: Coach Bob Cole

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Our coach's spotlight caught up with NIU quarterbacks coach Bob Cole.  An experienced offensive coach, Cole has served as offensive coordinator at six different universities and is currently in his second season with NIU.  After working with the wide recievers last year, Cole returns to leading the quarterbacks this season, a position he has worked at the most over the years.  Get to know coach Cole:

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: The Huskies won their 16th game in the last 17 and improved to 7-1 in 2012 with a convincing 37-7 victory at Akron. Along with Jordan Lynch's 131 rushing yards, the NIU defense held the Zips to 199 yards of total offense, including only 42 rushing yards on 37 carries.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' offense continued to struggle this week as they completed a 0-1-1 week. On Wednesday, the Huskies could not complete the comeback on the road as they fell to Valparaiso, 2-1. Three days later, NIU and Bowling Green battled to a 0-0 tie in DeKalb.

Volleyball: The Huskies dropped two close road matches over the weekend. NIU lost to Ohio on Friday, 3-1, after taking the first set in a battle of last year's two division winners. Northern faced a similar result the next night with a 3-1 loss at Kent State.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois kept its MAC Tournament hopes alive over the weekend by splitting their two road matches. The Huskies grabbed a huge win Friday with a 1-0 win against Kent State when Kate Wirthlin scored in the 71st minute. Two days later, the tables were turned when NIU lost to Ohio, 1-0.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois put two golfers in the top 10 of the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. Nick Huggins led the team with a tie for fifth, while Matt Gorman tied for seventh.

Men's Tennis: Dor Amir led the way for the Huskies by advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. Maksym Bartiuk also made it to the main draw, while Max Phillips fell just short after blazing through the qualifying draw.

Women's Golf: Northern Illinois took 10th place as a team at the The Preview at Longaberger Golf Club. Allie Parthie paced the Huskies with a fifth place finish, while Connie Ellett and Taylor Ellett took second and third in the Huskie contingent.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois placed three in the top three of their respective brackets over the weekend at the ITA Regional in Rockford, Ill. Mary Malkin, Cristina Alvarez and Haley Dekkinga each took top three finishes in singles, while 

Newcomer Spotlights - Dustin Adams & Conner Gavin

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This weeks newcomer spotlight focuses on offensive lineman Dustin Adams, as well as safety Conner Gavin.  Both players explain why they chose to play at NIU and why they enjoy being on the football team.  Offensive line coach Rod Carey and defensive coordinator and safeties coach Jay Neimann explain what they like about Adams and Gavin and what they expect out of them for the future.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: The Huskies became bowl eligible Saturday with a dominant 45-3 Homecoming victory over Buffalo. Jordan Lynch combined for 361 yards of total offense, while the Huskie defense forced three turnovers on the day. The win marks the fifth straight season that NIU reached the six-win mark.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois battled two of the nation's top five programs this week, but could not pull out a win in either match. The Huskies battled No. 4 Marquette on Tuesday, but lost 1-0 after the Golden Eagles scored in the 80th minute. NIU returned to MAC play on Saturday when they fell to No. 3 Akron, 2-0.

Volleyball: NIU improved their MAC record to 6-2 over the weekend with two wins in interdivisional play. On Friday, the Huskies easily defeated Buffalo in a 3-0 sweep. Things got much more difficult on Saturday night, though, as Akron took a two sets to one lead midway through the match. However, NIU rallied and capped off the weekend with a 3-2 win over the Zips.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois dropped two close conference matches over the weekend in their final homestand of the year. NIU rallied from a 2-0 deficit against MAC leader Miami (Ohio) Friday, but a last second goal by the Redhawks resulted in a 3-2 defeat. Two days later, the Huskies took on Ball State on Senior Day. Following a 71-minute lightning delay in the 25th minute, the Cardinals emerged with a 1-0 victory.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois placed three runners in the top 60 at the Bradley Classic Friday in Peoria, let by Courtney Oldenburg's NIU 6K record time of 21:29. However, the team finished 14th in the final team standings.

2012 NIU Homecoming Post Game Celebration

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After a homecoming victory against the Buffalo Bulls, the NIU Huskies celebrate with President Peters while Coach Doeren honors him with the game ball.

Check it out!


Player of the Week: Jordan Lynch

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The NIU football team is halfway through their 2012 season and it sure has been impressive so far.

Many of the players have performed well, but one sticks out among the rest. NIU Quarterback Jordan Lynch has proved that he is capable of leading his team into the post-season and more.

Lynch has increased his stats and rank in the MAC West.

Overall, Lynch has passed for a total of 1255 yards with a 60.8 completion percentage. Lynch has rushed for a net total of 789 yards with an average of 6.9 yards per carry! For individual offense, Lynch averages about 340.67 yards per game. He is ranked first in the MAC and seventh in the NCAA. All together, Lynch has a totaled 2055 yards of total offense.

Still not impressed? He is ranked second in the MAC and eighth in the nation for rushing yards! Lynch rushes about 131.5 yards per game.

 Lynch has lead his team to be one of the best offensively. The team is ranked 35th in the NCAA and third in the MAC for an average total of 454.83 yards per game. Lynch's rushing offense is ranked 11th in the NCAA and first in the MAC.

In addition, he has been awarded player of the week for three consecutive weeks.

Check out at Jordan Lynch and see why he deserves player of the week.



BUFFALO PRESSER RECAP

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NIU head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference yesterday at the McCareins Auditorium to preview the Huskies' upcoming game with Buffalo. Joining Doeren were running back Akeem Daniels, cornerback Marckie Hayes and linebacker Victor Jacques. Two topics that came up were Northern Illinois' impressive winning streak at Huskie Stadium, which the Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell discusses in his story in today's paper, while Steve Nitz writes about NIU's propensity for fourth-quarter comebacks in today's edition of the Daily Chronicle.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois extended their winning streak to five games with a 35-23 win at Ball State to keep the Bronze Stalk. After trailing the Cardinals 23-21 late in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch found Akeem Daniels for a 54-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. About one and a half minutes later, Lynch outran the BSU defense for a 71-yard scoring run to put the game away. The junior QB combined for 402 yards of total offense in the win.

Men's Soccer: NIU improved to 2-0 in MAC play with a 1-0 win against the Hartwick Hawks Saturday in DeKalb. The match's lone tally came in the 68th minute when Gael Rivera beat Hartwick's goaltender with a hard header.

Volleyball: The Huskies split their two weekend matches as they near the midway point of the conference season. Thursday saw the Huskies drop a 3-0 loss to Western Michigan at Victor E. Court in a match that was closer than the score indicated. NIU rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Miami (Ohio) in which they notched a season-high .412 hitting percentage.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies had two hard-fought matches over the weekend with two different results. NIU rallied in Friday's duel with Bowling Green for a 2-1 win after Courtney Ksiazek scored in the 89th minute. However, Northern found themselves on the other side of a close loss Sunday when they dropped a 2-1 double overtime decision against Central Michigan.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished seventh at the John Dallio Invitational in Lemont, Ill. Griifin Bauman led the Huskies with a second place showing, while Shawn Foley claimed a tie for fifth place.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies posted a solid showing at the Tom Fallon Invitational, finishing with a 3-3 singles record and 5-2 doubles mark. Axel Lagerlof led the way with a 2-1 singles record and 1-1 in doubles to earn All-Tournament team recognition.

Newcomer Spotlight - Ron Brown

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From Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan, welcome freshman offensive lineman Ron Brown.  In this weeks Newcomer Spotlight, Brown talks about why he chose to play for NIU and also what offensive line coach Rod Carey has to say about him. 



Nabal Jefferson - Scholar Athlete

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Northern Illinois senior tackle Nabal Jefferson is one of 147 candidates across college football for the 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, as well as being named a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy.  Only one senior can be nominated by each university for the awards, which represent college football student-athletes who excel on the field and in the classroom.  Here is what Jefferson has to say about his honors:


Matt Sims - MAC West Specialist of the Week

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Junior kicker Matt Sims extended the MAC West Conference Player of the Week to five weeks for a Huskie player, after being chosen as the MAC West Specialist of the Week.  Sims recorded a career high 17 points in the Huskies 55-24 victory over Central Michigan, including a seven yard rushing touchdown off a fake field goal.  We caught up with Sims to discuss his award and the victory over Central Michigan:

 

Dorm Room Cribs

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Take a look at the "New Residence Hall Complex", the newest dorm on campus!

Just north of Lincoln Hall, the 1,000-bed residence provides shelter for a large student body. This new site has two residential buildings where students can live in groups of 12.

Some of the new features allow the students to engage and feel comfortable in their new environment. It offers enhanced privacy (single bedrooms); semi-private bathrooms that will be shared with one other student; a kitchenette; and a spacious commons area!

The community center is located in between both housing buildings where students can eat, work out, play video games and study.

Follow Ron Brown through the new dorm. See it for yourself.



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois opened MAC play on a positive note Saturday with a 55-24 dismantling of Central Michigan at Huskie Stadium. Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and Jordan Lynch gained 144 yards on the ground as a part of NIU's 407 total rushing yards. In addition, a fake punt by Ryan Neir and fake field goal touchdown by Mathew Sims sparked NIU to victory.

Men's Soccer: NIU started conference play with a 2-0 win on the road against the Florida Atlantic Owls. After struggling offensively in the non-conference slate, the Huskies got goals from Isaac Kannah and James Stevenson. Jordan Godsey shut out FAU for his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career.

Volleyball: The Huskies returned home after a month on the road with two resounding wins in conference play. On Friday, NIU toppled Ball State, 3-1, while holding the advantage in most statistical categories. That advantage carried over into Saturday night when they swept Toledo, 3-0.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 1-0-1 during their weekend on the road. NIU grabbed their first MAC win of the year Friday with a 1-0 win against Akron, as Frances Boukidis found the back of the net in the 14th minute for the lone goal of the game. Two days later, the Huskies nearly got their second conference win, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie at Buffalo.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois finished 11th out of 51 teams at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. Courtney Oldenburg paced the Huskies with a 20th place finish at 18:09, which was her second-best 5K time in her four seasons at NIU.

Women's Tennis: The Huskies claimed five titles at the DePaul Invitational in Chicago. Arantza De La Torre/Nelle Youel and Haley Dekkinga/Cristina Alvarez each took home titles in doubles Flight A, while Maria Rozo/Stephanie McDonald won in Flight B. In singles, Youel and Dekkinga tied for the Flight B singles title and Mary Malkin won the consolation title in Flight C.

Newcomer Spotlights - Charles Ivory & Charlie Miller

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This weeks Newcomer Spotlight caught up with both corner back Charles Ivory and wide receiver Charlie Miller.  Both players grew up in Vero Beach, FL and they attended Vero Beach High School.  Ivory and Miller both have bright futures for the NIU football program.

Here's what they have to say about NIU football and also what their coaches have to say about them:

  


Coach Spotlight: Coach Kane

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Meet one of NIU's football coaches, Kevin Kane.

This is Kane's second year as the Assistant Linebacker Coach. He has the energy, excitement and determination in order for his players to succeed.

Kane is a friendly and approachable coach that communicates well with the players.

We had a chance to sit down and talk to him. Take a look and get to know coach Kane.


HUSKIES GOING GREEN

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NIU Football is going environmentally-friendly, as fans will be encouraged to recycle at each of the remaining home football games.

Volunteers will go around the tailgate areas and collect various recyclable materials from fans. Additionally, fans can also take their items to the blue recycle bins located throughout Huskie Stadium and the tailgate areas.

For more information, interested volunteers can call Melissa Burlingame at (815) 753-9887 or email mburlingame@niu.edu. Fans can also find out more by clicking here.

Player of the Week - Ken Bishop

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Junior defensive tackle Ken Bishop had an impressive game in the Huskies 30-23 victory over Kansas.  Bishop had six tackles, two assists, two quarterback pressures and two key third down stops.  Bishop enrolled at NIU in January after spending the last two seasons at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.  Prior to that, he earned second team all-state honors following his senior season at Piper High School in Sunrise, FL.  We caught up with Bishop and also defensive line coach, Ryan Nielsen to talk about his performance against Kansas.


RETURN OF THE "MACtion"

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CBSports Bass Screen Grab.jpgThe Huskies victory over Kansas was one of four victories for the Mid-American Conference over a BCS conference this weekend and the nation has taken notice. CBSsports.com filed this story Saturday evening, even as Akron was battling Tennessee down in Knoxville. The Chicago Tribune included the MAC in its 10 things we learned from the college football weekend. CollegeFootball News.com included the MAC and Jordan Lynch its Who's Hot... The Week 4 Stars.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois captured a huge victory on their home turf Saturday with a 30-23 win against Kansas. Trailing 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch led a 17-point comeback in the final stanza to give NIU their second comeback win in as many weeks. Lynch combined for 369 yards offensively, while the defense tallied four sacks of KU's Dayne Crist.

Men's Soccer: NIU lost both of their matches at New Mexico's Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday, the Huskies went into their fourth overtime game of the year against Denver. However, the Pioneers found the back of the net in the 109th minute for a 3-2 win. Northern ended their weekend with a 3-0 loss to the No. 5 and host Lobos.

Volleyball: NIU split their two matches on the first weekend of MAC play. In a rematch of last year's MAC Tournament title match, the Huskies emerged with a 3-1 win against Central Michigan. However, the Huskies fell the next night when they were swept, 3-0, by Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies posted a 0-1-1 record in the first weekend of conference play. On Friday, the Huskies allowed a penalty kick in the 62nd minute in a 1-0 loss to the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. Two days later, NIU and Western Michigan battled to a 0-0 tie.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished 10th at Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate over the weekend. Griffin Bauman led the charge with a final round 72 to take a tie for 12th overall.

Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in two tournaments during the week. On Monday and Tuesday, NIU took fifth place at Chicago State's Cougar Classic, where Allie Parthie and Jenny Niemiec placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Five days later, NIU placed seventh at the Cardinal Classic behind Connie Ellett's fifth place finish.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies claimed four flight titles at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Axel Lagerlof, Simon Formont and Jovan Zeljkovic each won singles flights.

HUSKIES PICK UP "BONEYARD VICTORY"

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The Northern Illinois University football team posted its biggest win this young season with a 30-23 over Kansas at Huskie Stadium Saturday. The Huskies trailed 23-13 at the start of the fourth quarter, then rattled off 17 unanswered points to claim the victory. As always, NIUHuskies.com is your source for the most complete coverage of the game. It was a packed press box at Huskie Stadium, and you can read what all the scribes had to say about the game below. Enjoy!


Chicago Tribune

NIU nets signature victory


Huskies two-minute drill


Rockford Register Star

Fourth-quarter rally gives NIU "boneyard victory"


Matt Trowbridge: Huskie fearless on offense and defense


Daily Chronicle

Measure of payback


Analysis: Lynch's abilities create dilemma for defenses


VIEWS: NIU's Doeren earns statement victory over Kansas

NIU Notes: NIU forces Kansas out of wildcat formation


Newcomer Spotlight - Anthony Brooks

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This weeks Newcomer Spotlight is on Freshman CB Anthony Brooks from Warren Mott High School in Detroit, MI.


 

Rod Carey - Coaches Spotlight

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This weeks Coaches Spotlight focuses on the Huskies offensive line and run game coordinator, Rod Carey.  Carey joined the Huskies after three seasons coaching the offensive line at the University of North Dakota.  Prior to going to North Dakota, Carey spend the 2007 season as the offensive line coach at Illinois Sate, and from 2000-06, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Carey was a three-year starter at center for Indiana during his collegiate playing days, and as served as team captain his senior year, while being awarded IU's Corby Davis Outstanding Offensive Player Award.  




Jordan Lynch - MAC West Player of the Week

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Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, was recently named MAC West Player of the Week, extending the Player of the Week award to a Huskie for the third straight week.  Lynch lead the Huskies to 41-40 victory over Army on Saturday and passed for a career high 342 yards to go along with 4 touchdowns.  He also added 125 rushing yards on 13 carries.  Lynch is also one of four players nominated for ESPN.com Capitol One Cup Performer of the week, as well as one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week.  We caught up with him to talk about his award and the rest of the season. 


      

BISHOP MAKING BIG IMPACT WITH NIU

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Bishop on Defense.jpgThe Daily Chronicle's Steve Nitz filed this story on NIU defensive tackle Ken Bishop. Bishop, came to NIU via Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. He was being recruited by several schools including Toledo and Kansas.

By the way, you'll notice this story is linked from the Chicago Sun-Times' site. The Sun-Times is bolstering its coverage of Northern Illinois University by picking up stories from the Daily Chronicle.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois hit the road for the first time in 2012 and escaped West Point, N.Y., with a 41-40 victory over the Army Black Knights. Jordan Lynch combined for 467 yards of total offense - the third-highest single game total in NIU history - and the defense came up with a huge stop inside of two minutes to cap off the rally. The win was also NIU's first road opener win since 2007.

Men's Soccer: NIU split its two matches over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. They opened the tournament with a tough 1-0 loss in the annual LeWang Cup match against Milwaukee. However, they rebounded Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Iona.

Volleyball: NIU posted a 2-1 weekend in their downstate Illinois road trip. The roadtrip opened with a 3-0 sweep of SIU-Edwardsville, where they held a sizable advantage in most every statistical category. In Peoria, they were swept by Long Beach State, 3-0, before toppling Bradley in five sets.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies had a dominant effort Sunday at home with a 4-1 win against South Dakota. Courtney Ksiazek, Cori Frankenberg, Allie McBride and Kate Wirthlin all found the back of the net in the win.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished in 11th place at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Nick Schiavi paced the Huskies with a +5, 218 performance to tie for 15th. Griffin Bauman was second for NIU with a +10 to claim a tie for 31st.

Women's Golf: The Huskies tied for second place at the Green Bay Invitational. Wisconsinite Allie Parthie finished in third place, while freshman Connie Ellet tied for ninth.

Women's Tennis: Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre each won their singles flight over the weekend at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Combined, NIU went 14-7 in singles and 5-4 in doubles play.

Watch the Huskies Celebrate

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The Northern Illinois football team was determined to defeat their next opponent after losing their season opener at Soldier Field against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Huskies dominated their home field against the UT Martin Skyhawks on Saturday earning a 35-7 victory.

Quarterback Jordan Lynch created a new record for himself completing 19 passes of 25 attempts for 214 yards in a single game.  Lynch also rushed the ball for 60 yards with 11 carries; three of which were touchdowns.

Running back Leighton Settle also performed well on the ground rushing for a total of 106 yards with 21 carries. This marks Settle's first 100-yard plus game.

The Huskie defense stopped the Skyhawks in the redzone on several important plays. The defense held the Skyhawks to a maximum of seven points, which came later in the fourth quarter.

After a big win, the huskies look forward to their next rival, Army.

Watch the team celebrate their victory in the Locker Room.


Ryan Neir - Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Redshirt senior punter Ryan Neir set a personal game high with a 43.0 yard net average Saturday, in the Huskies 35-7 win over UT Martin.  Neir was recently named NIU Scholar Athlete of the Week, while majoring in finance and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.


Jimmie Ward - MAC West Player of the Week - Week 2

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Northern Illinois, junior safety Jimmie Ward, led the Huskies in tackles for the second straight week, broke up two passes and also intercepted a pass, the first for NIU this season.  Ward also had 10 tackles,while leading another strong defensive effort and also leading to the Huskies first win of the season, 35-7 over UT Martin. 

Newcomer Spotlight - Keith Harris

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Keith Harris Jr. is a freshman running-back from Leo Catholic High School in Chicago, IL.  As a senior at Leo, he was named to the all-state, academic all-state and all-conference teams.  He was also named the Chicago Catholic Conference's offensive MVP after rushing for 1,774 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011.  Keith averaged 173 rushing yards per game as a senior, helping the Lions tie for the Red Division championship and reach the state playoffs for a second consecutive season.  Keith was also a member of state championship track and field team in 2011 and all-state honors in the 4x200 relay as a junior.


Watch the Huskies Celebrate

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The Northern Illinois football team was determined to defeat their next opponent after losing their season opener at Soldier Field against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The huskies dominated their home field against the UT Martin Skyhawks on Saturday earning a 35-7 victory.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and running back Leighton Settle powered the Huskies  to a 35-7 win over UT Martin Saturday night at Huskie Stadium. The duo combined for 166 rushing yards on 32 carries for three touchdowns as both averaged over five yards per carry against the Skyhawks for NIU's first win of the 2012 campaign. 

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois tied both of their matches in the NIU adidas Invitational. On Friday, Northern and Rhode Island battled to a 0-0 tie, with the Huskies limiting the Rams to only one shot. Sunday followed with a 1-1 tie against Drake.

Volleyball: NIU won the Missouri State Invitational in impressive fashion over the weekend with four wins in two days. The tournament began with two sweeps, first defeating Nebraska Omaha then toppling New Orleans. They followed that up with a 3-1 victory against UConn in a battle of Huskies and capped off the tournament with a hard-fought 3-2 win against the homestanding Lady Bears.

Cross Country: Senior Courtney Oldenburg broke the school's 34-year old 5K record Friday at the NIU Open as the Northern Illinois cross country team finished in third placeOn the day, NIU easily defeated DePaul, UIC and Chicago State. The Huskies' trailed only Northwestern and Marquette in the final standings, falling mere points behind the Golden Eagles.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies again split their weekend matches on the road. The Huskies battled the Northwestern Wildcats and the elements on Friday, but were defeated 2-0 in Evanston. They would rebound on Sunday with a 1-0 win against Eastern Illinois courtesy of a fourth minute goal from Cori Frankenberg.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Football: The Huskies pushed Iowa to the brink Saturday in Chicago, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as the Hawkeyes scored late to claim an 18-17 victory. NIU led for the majority of the game and held a 17-9 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, Iowa's Damon Bullock scored the decisive points on a 23-yard run with 2:15 left in the game. The Huskie defense, though, was a huge bright spot in the game, collecting six sacks of James Vandenberg and limited the Hawkeyes to 268 total yards.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois lost in excruciating fashion Friday night when they fell to Green Bay in double overtime, 2-1. The Huskies' lone goal of the game came in the 69th minute when James Stevenson found Gael Rivera for a quick shot that tied the match at 1-1. Yet, the Phoenix won the match with a winner in the 102nd minute.

Volleyball: NIU went 2-2 during the week in non-conference action. The Huskies started the week with a 3-1 victory against Green Bay in DeKalb, where they outkilled the Phoenix 57-38. In their West Coast opener Friday, Northern claimed a 3-0 win against Nevada for their first sweep of the year. However, the week ended with consecutive 3-0 losses against Portland State and Pacific.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois proved how big of a difference one year could make Saturday, as they claimed the team title at the UIC OpenerSenior Courtney Oldenburg earned her first career win on the day to lead the Huskies to a first-through-fourth finish on the Horse Lake Trail, as Ali Olson, Leah Raffety and Jamie Burr sealed the win for the Huskies.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies split their home-opening weekend matches against in-state foes. On Friday, NIU hung with Illinois State for the majority of the match, but ultimately fell, 1-0, with a 70th minute goal. Northern rebounded Sunday when they hung three on Loyola for a 3-0 shutout victory.

DOEREN UNDERSTANDS, RESPECTS IOWA

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NIU-Iowa.jpgNIU head coach Dave Doeren, who played his college ball at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years is very familiar with Iowa football. Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald writes how much respect Doeren has for Iowa and their coach Kirk Ferentz in his preview story in today's paper.

IOWA PREVIEW FROM CSN CHICAGO

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In case you missed it, the Chicago Sun-Times posted Comcast SportsNet Chicago's report on the upcoming Iowa game Saturday at Soldier Field on its website. 


2012 NIU FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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To get you better prepared for Saturday's game versus Iowa and the upcoming season, the Daily Chronicle posted its 2012 NIU Football Preview today. Inside, you'll find stories on Jordan Lynch, Mathew Sims, the NIU defense and the Huskies by position.


IOWA PREVIEW STORIES

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There are several stories to check out previewing Northern Illinois' upcoming game with Iowa at Chicago's Soldier Field. Doeren, who played at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years, is very familiar with the Hawkeyes writes Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune and Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle. Chad Thornburg of the Daily Herald breaks down the Huskies' 2012 schedule in his story today.

DAVE DOEREN NAMED A BREAKOUT COACH OF 2012

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Doeren 7.jpgComing off of an 11-3 record in his inaugural season, Northern Illinois football head coach Dave Doeren was listed as one of CBSSports.com's Breakout Coaches of 2012 for his second season.

The list of 11 coaches features fellow head coaches Sonny Dykes (Louisiana Tech), Charlie Strong (Louisville), Mario Cristobal (Florida International), Dave Christensen (Wyoming) and Mike MacIntyre (San Jose State), along with coordinators Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State), Kirby Smart (Alabama), Chad Morris (Clemson), Manny Diaz (Texas) and Todd Grantham (Georgia).

Here's what Bruce Feldman had to say about Doeren:

"Bret Bielema's former assistant produced an 11-win season in his first year as a head coach and comes into the season with the longest win streak in FBS at nine games. If the Huskies -- breaking in a new QB -- can knock off Iowa (a 10-point favorite) in Chicago in the opener, Doeren's stock will soar and they could be in line to make a Top 25 run."
The NFL preseason capped off its third week this weekend with several former Huskies making good impressions before Friday's final roster cutdown.

QB Chandler Harnish - Indianapolis Colts
Harnish played the entire second half Saturday afternoon in the Indianapolis Colts' 30-17 loss against the Washington Redskins, finishing the day 12-of-19 passing for 147 yards. Among the 2011 Vern Smith Leadership Award recipient's highlights were a 59-yard completion to Jeremy Ross that set up one touchdown, along with directing a second scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. Through three games, Harnish is 18-of-31 passing for 244 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

LB Larry English - San Diego Chargers
English recorded his best game yet of the 2012 preseason, posting two sacks along with two additional tackles in the San Diego Chargers' 12-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings. With Minnesota driving inside Charger territory late in the first quarter, English got into the backfield and sacked Christian Ponder for a 10-yard loss to knock the Vikings out of field goal territory. His next sack of Ponder came with less than two minutes left in the first half and Minnesota with a first and goal at the 10-yard line. The six-yard loss eventually resulted in the Vikings settling for a field goal.

RB Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons
Turner played a big part in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins Friday, posting 10 carries for 35 yards and three catches for 36 yards. His two biggest plays came on receptions, as a 20-yard reception helped set up Atlanta's first points of the game, while a 11-yard catch in the second quarter resulted in another field goal that proved to be the deciding points of the game.

OL Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Free started on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys in their 20-19 win against the St. Louis Rams. The former NIU lineman helped pave the way for a resurgent Cowboy offense, as all 20 of the team's points came in the first half.

DB Tracy Wilson - Tennessee Titans
Wilson got playing time on defense and special teams in Tennessee's 32-27 win against Arizona, recording two tackles in the fourth quarter.

WR Nathan Palmer - San Francisco 49ers
Palmer got on the field in the San Francisco 49ers' 29-24 win against the Denver Broncos. Yet, he did not record any stats.

C Scott Wedige - Arizona Cardinals
Wedige got in on special teams during the Cardinals' 32-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans. However, he did not record any stats on the evening.

LB Pat Schiller - Atlanta Falcons
Schiller got on the field for a handful of plays in the Atlanta Falcons' 23-6 win against the Miami Dolphins. The former Huskie, though, did not record any stats.

WR Landon Cox - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cox saw playing time on offense and on special teams in Tampa Bay's 30-28 win against the New England Patriots Friday, but did not get any passes thrown his way.

NOTE: Fullback Cameron Bell was released Monday by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of roster reductions. Teams were required to have a 75-man active roster by Monday at 3 p.m. CT

The final week of the preseason will feature one nationally-televised game with an NIU alum, as Scott Wedige looks to secure a roster spot Thursday night when the Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at 10 p.m. on NFL Network.

For the full Week Four schedule, click here.

LYNCH FEATURE IN THE TRIBUNE

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In case you missed Sunday's Chicago Tribune sports section, Fred Mitchell filed this story on starting quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch takes over the reins of the Northern Illinois offense as the Huskies look to defend their 2011 MAC title.


HERALD PREVIEW OF THE HUSKIES

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Moore-Martel-2011-013.jpgThe Daily Herald posted this preview story of the 2012 Northern Illinois football season in today's paper. Mike McGraw discusses the strength of the Huskies, and how the offense will have a different look with Jordan Lynch at the helm.

HUSKIES WALK THROUGH AT SOLDIER FIELD

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The NIU football team, which received votes in the Preseason Associated Press Poll, was at Soldier Field yesterday for a walk through in preparation for the Huskies' showdown with Iowa September 1. Several Chicago television outlets were on hand, including Fox Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


FOOTBALL TICKET UPDATE

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Attention Huskie football season ticket holders. Keep an eye out in the next few days as season tickets were mailed out last week. Some of you have already received them and have given rave reviews of the new ticket sheets we are distributing this year (see photo above).


The deadline for season ticket holders interested in participating in the MAC Ticket Swap program is Aug. 24. Please call the NIU Ticket Office at 815-752-6800 or send back your order form. NIU has not received any MAC road game tickets as of yet, but once they are received, it is the ticket office's policy to mail them out.


Also, single game tickets have been processed. They will be printed and mailed out this week. 

PALMER PUSHING TO MAKE ROSTER

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While the NIU football team has just started its preseason camp, several former Huskies are well into their second week of NFL training camp. One Huskie, Nathan Palmer, has distinguished himself in the early going. Palmer, who signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, has impressed coaches and has a good chance to make the 53-man roster writes Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.


STORIES FROM YESTERDAY'S MEDIA/PHOTO DAY

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The Northern Illinois University football held its annual Photo/Media Day yesterday at Huskie Stadium. Several members of the Chicago, DeKalb and Rockford media made it out to the event. Below is a collection of some of the stories generated from the day.


NIU hopes clutch ways continue

Chicago Tribune


Tight end Schepler practicing patience

Chicago Tribune


Northern Illinois University QB Jordan Lynch ready for his turn

Rockford Register Star


Tuesday's media day/practice notes

Daily Chronicle


Fremont Ross running back eyeing more playing time at Northern Illinois

The News-Messenger


2012 FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE

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The defending Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois University football team begins practice today at 3:15 p.m. at Huskie Stadium. NIU is coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons and two-straight bowl wins and open the 2012 season at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Huskies take on Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1. Below are a few articles to prep you for Soldier Field Showdown III, the upcoming season and the conference outlook.

Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune

DOZEN FORMER HUSKIES TAKING PART IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS

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Wedige_Cardinals.JPGNFL training camps are now in full gear, which means that football season is just around the corner. This year, 12 former Huskies are in training camps, including five from last season's MAC Championship squad.

QB Chandler Harnish (Indianapolis), WR Nathan Palmer (San Francisco), C Scott Wedige (Arizona), LB Pat Schiller (Atlanta) and FB Cameron Bell (San Francisco) will try to join RB Michael Turner (Atlanta), WR Britt Davis (New England), LB Larry English (San Diego), OT Doug Free (Dallas), CB Chris Smith (St. Louis) and CB Tracy Wilson (New York Jets) as Huskies in the NFL. Meanwhile, WR Landon Cox will also get an opportunity to catch on in the league, as he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.

Huskie fans will also get to see a familiar face on the field in the first preseason game of the year Sunday night, as Wedige and the Arizona Cardinals take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network. Fans can also follow the action live on NFL.com. The contest will also feature 2012 Hall of Fame inductees Jack Butler, Dermotti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf, all of whom will be formally inducted the night before.

For the full NFL preseason schedule to see when the other NIU alums are in action, click here.

HUSKIES RECEIVE VOTES IN PRESEASON POLL

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Jordan Lynch.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team received two points in the preseason 2012 USA Today Coaches Poll announced yesterday. The Huskies, who are coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons and two-staight bowl victories, are the only Mid-American Conference team to receive votes.


The Huskies ranked 46th on the poll, on spot ahead of Texas Tech and just behind Florida International, Missouri and Tennessee which tied for 43rd with three points each.


Northern Illinois kicks off the 2012 season Sept. 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Huskies put the nation's longest winning streak on the line against Iowa. Tickets to Soldier Field Showdown III are now on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.


HUSKIES IN THE WINDY CITY FOR MEDIA DAY

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Soldier-Field-2011-003.jpgNorthern Illinois University held its annual Chicago Media Day yesterday at historic Soldier Field. NIU head coach Dave Doeren and a group of Huskie players were on hand to discuss the upcoming 2012 season and Northern Illinois' season opener versus Iowa Sept. 1, 2012 at the lakefront venue. 

Several members of the Chicago media were on hand including the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald, as well as Chicago SportsNet, WGN-TV, WLS-TV. The Daily Chronicle also made the trek to the big city too. Below are a collection of stories from yesterday's event. 

Chicago Tribune Video

Daily Herald

Sun-Times/Beacon-News

Daily Chronicle

TAMPA BAY ADDS FORMER HUSKIE RECEIVER

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Cox-Landon-2010-008.jpgFormer Huskie wide receiver Landon Cox signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. Cox, who signed with the Cincinnati Bengals after his career at NIU, played in 50 games for Northern Illinois, starting 30. He had 1,109 yards on 98 receptions and eight touchdowns during his career.


2012 MAC MEDIA DAY COVERAGE

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As you all know, the Mid-American Conference hosted its 2012 Football Media Day yesterday at Ford Field in Detroit. Head coach Dave Doeren, defensive end Sean Progar and quarterback Jordan Lynch returned to the site of its 2011 MAC championship victory to discuss the upcoming 2012 season and defense of their title. The Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell and Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle made the trek to the Motor City


Chicago Tribune

Huskies' hopes high despite new faces on offense


Daily Chronicle

Hungry to return to Detroit


FOOTBALL 101 RECAP

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Football 101.jpgThe NIU football team hosted its fourth annual Football 101 last night at Huskie Stadium. Close to 100 women were given an up close and personal look at what it takes to be a Huskie football player. Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle was on hand and filed this story.

Also, be sure to go to NIU Athletics Facebook page and check out the photo album from last night's event.

LOCAL PRODUCT MAKING MOST OF OPPORTUNITY

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Hayes-Marckie-2011-001.jpgSteve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle caught up with local product Marckie Hayes this week. He talked with the Sycamore native about his adjustment to the college game and how he is taking advantage of his opportunity to play on special teams in this story.

SOLDIER FIELD SHOWDOWN III PREVIEW

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Soldier Field overview.jpgWhile the Huskies' season opener against Iowa at Soldier Field is still 50 days away, it's never too early for a breakdown of the game - albeit from the Iowa perspective. Brian Bennett of ESPN.com filed this preview of the game today. 

MR. IRRELEVANT WEEK RECAP

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Irrelevant-Week.jpgFormer Northern Illinois University quarterback Chandler Harnish enjoyed his "Irrelevant Week" festivities in Newport Beach, Calif. last week. Harnish discussed his time at NIU, being drafted by his hometown Indianapolis Colts and Mr. Irrelevant status in an interview with Charles Davis of the NFL Network.

As part of his trip to California, Harnish enjoyed a day at Disneyland, a parade in his honor, a dinner and a beach party on July 4th.

Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle posted this story on Harnish's week in California while Steve Fryer of the Orange County Register, who emceed the event, filed this story.

NIU-TOLEDO REPLAY ON ESPNU TONIGHT

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Toledo Celebration.jpgHuskie fans can relive Northern Illinois' exciting 63-60 victory over Toledo tonight at 8:30 p.m. Central Time on ESPNU. ESPNU is counting down the Top 25 college football games of 2011 and NIU's  shootout with the Rockets comes in at No. 19 on the countdown.

Tommylee Lewis set the tone for the evening when he ran the opening kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. After the Rockets tied the contest at 7-7, Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score.

Chandler Harnish rushing 1.jpgBeing last has it's perks.  Sometimes.  For former NIU super-star quarterback Chandler Harnish, who was named "Mr. Irrelevant" for being the last pick of April's NFL Draft, he is about to enjoy the perks of being "last" for maybe the first time ever in his life.  Next week marks the beginning of the 37th annual Irrelevant Week, which involves a litany of charitable events for Harnish in Newport Beach, Calif.  To see what one of the newest members of the Indianapolis Colts will be doing next week, click here

Even though the moniker of "last" led him to this wonderful opportunity, it's interesting to know that he will be the "first" Mr. Irrelevant to enjoy his Irrelevant Week during the Fourth of July.   Looks like he will be having a great time in Orange County!

Peters-John-2008-002.jpgSince the news has broke about college football's new four-team playoff format, there have been a surplus of reactions, especially involving NIU and the Mid-American Conference since NIU President Dr. John Peters was part of a committee of university presidents that approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.

Here is an article from The Plain Dealer with information about how the change could affect the MAC and has reactions from MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and NIU President Dr. Peters.

Here's the Daily Chronicle's John Sahly's viewpoint on how college football is making progress and how it relates to the MAC and other conferences throughout the country.

Huskies Helping Little Huskies

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Football team taking the field.jpgLast week, some members of the NIU Football Team crashed Kaneland Youth Football's weeklong clinic for around 140 pre-teen boys and helped them learn the fundamentals of the game.  Click here to see some reactions from some of the kids and learn more about what went on at the camp.

Round-Up of IHSA Football Reactions

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Last week's news of NIU securing the bid over Illinois State and Southern Illinois to host the IHSA football championships in odd-numbered years from 2013-2021 was quite a big item.  Mostly positive, reactions have been popping up all over the board.  Here's a snippet of what is being said:

Rockford Register Star -- "Our View: Football deal a good move for NIU, region"

McDonoughVoice.com -- "Point-Counterpoint: Where should football hold its title games?"

JournalStandard.com -- "NIU popular selection for state football"

Daily Chronicle -- "IHSA decision could help NIU's recruiting"