Football: June 2012 Archives

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" -- "Point-Counterpoint: Where should football hold its title games?" -- "NIU popular selection for state football"

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


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The Orlando Sentinel is counting down the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams (minus the four new teams to FBS in 2012) and the Northern Illinois University ranked No. 64 on their countdown. The defending Mid-American Conference champion Huskies were the highest rated team from the MAC West Division and the second highest MAC team in the poll. The only other conference school that hasn't been ranked is the school NIU beat to win its first MAC title since 1983, Ohio.

When you get to the strengths portion of the review, there is a reference to a Jordan Ward that will lead the way for the secondary. No, NIU did not sign a new player. The Sentinel was referring to Jimmie Ward.


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Northern Illinois University fans that purchased tickets for Soldier Field Showdown III, your tickets are in the mail! Keep an eye out for them in the coming days. If Huskie fans also bought a parking pass for the game, it will be included with your tickets.


For those of that have yet to purchase tickets, there is still time. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at


Doeren-Dave-2011-006.jpgHuskie fans in attendance at tomorrow's White Sox game with the Seattle Mariners may hear a familiar voice over the public address system. Northern Illinois University head football coach Dave Doeren will on hand at U.S. Cellular Field tomorrow to give the call to Play Ball!  

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