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Jan. 11, 2010
REMEMBERING BILLY HARRIS
By Joe Summins | Posted at 5:05 pm on Friday, January 8, 2010
Stories and remembrances of former NIU basketball legend Billy "The Kid" Harris are still coming in. ESPNChicago.com's Scoop Jackson offers his personal perspective of the Chicago basketball icon in this story.
B-BALL'S BRONZE STALK
Ball State and NIU compete for the Bronze Stalk Trophy in football.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:16 pm on Friday, January 8, 2010
It's an NIU-Ball State weekend as the men travel down to Muncie, Ind. to take on the Cardinals (1 p.m. CST), while the women play host to Ball State at the Convocation Center (3 p.m. CST). Fans can follow all the action of the men's game live on 670 AM WSCR & 1360 AM WLBK viathe Northern Illinois ISP Network. The game will also be televised on Rockford's mynetworkTV, Comcast cable channel 16. After the horn sounds at the end of the men's game, stay tuned to WLBK every exciting minute of the women's contest.
NIU's football team defeated the Cardinals 26-20 at Huskie Stadium when the two met Nov. 12, 2009 giving the Huskies the right to take home the Bronze Stalk.
NIU LIVE IS BACK!
By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:37 pm on Thursday, January 7, 2010
After a two-week hiatus, "NIU Live" is back on the air tonight. NIU head women's basketball coach Carol Owens and Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compherjoin host Andy Garcia as the three discuss all things Huskies. Compher gave a recap of NIU's week in Toronto, Canada for the 2010 International Bowl, while Owens talks about the Huskies' upcoming game with Ball State. You can catch "NIU Live" at 5:30 p.m. on NIU's flagship station 1360 AM WLBK and on 670 AM WSCR The Score at 10 p.m.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:50 am on Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It's never too early to start thinking football. When the Huskies travel down to Champaign next year to take on Illinois Sept. 18, 2010, a former NIU assistant will be clad in blue and orange. DeAndre Smith, who was Northern Illinois' running backs coach from 2001-04, was hired by Illinois as its running backs coach yesterday. During his tenure at NIU Smith worked with Huskie greats Thomas Hammock (1999-2002), Michael Turner (2000-03), A.J. Harris (2002-05) and Garrett Wolfe (2004-06).
The Huskies open the 2010 season in Ames, Iowa Sept. 4. Click here for complete details on the 2010 non-conference slate.
WEDNESDAY IS HUSKIE HOOPS DAY
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:44 am on Wednesday, January 6, 2010
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:55 pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Here's one last video from footage captured from the Huskies' trip to the 2010 International Bowl. I hope you enjoy it.
HOSTING HUSKIES? --- RICH WORKING ON IT
By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:10 am on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The home of Huskie golf could be hosting the 2012 or 2013 NCAA D-I men's golf national championships, as owner of Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course Jerry Rich is currently working on a proposal to bring another huge event to the Sugar Grove, Ill. fairways. This could potentially be big news for the Huskies!
BALL ABOVE ALL
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:07 am on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Junior guard Xavier Silas captured the attention of the Mid-American Conference this past week by grabbing the MAC West Player of the Week award after averaging 25 points, three rebounds, two assists, 1.5 steals and one block over two games, including a career-best 26-point performance against No. 18 Temple.
FULLBACK FULL OF HIMSELF? --- NOT REALLY
By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:57 am on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Redshirt junior fullback Connor Flahive wants the ball. Of course, he is only kidding, but he and fullback Kyle Skarb joke around the running backs about how they do not get to carry the ball. Throughout the course of his career, Flahive has still not carried the ball out of the backfield, and he hopes that changes. Dan Shalin of the Niles Herald-Spectator recently caught up with the local Notre Dame High School alum to discuss the topic, along with his career at NIU.
PUBLIC MEMORIAL SET FOR BILLY HARRIS
By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:45 am on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:25 pm on Monday, January 4, 2010
The Huskie women's hoops squad picked up its third straight victory Sunday by rallying from a 14-point deficit to defeat Chicago State 66-61 on the road. Click here for the recap, as Kylie York led NIU with 15 points and Mauvolyene Adams tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double.
MEN'S HOOPS TOPS NORTH DAKOTA
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:16 pm on Monday, January 4, 2010
The NIU men's basketball team followed up an impressive performance against No. 18 Temple with a decisive 66-45 win over North Dakota Saturday behind a strong defense effort at the Convocation Center. Check out our recap, as Xavier Silas led the Huskies with 24 points for his second straight game with 20 or more points.
NIU HALL OF FAMER BILLY "THE KID" HARRIS (1951-2010)
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:04 pm on Monday, January 4, 2010
It's a headline we all never want to read, but the Huskie family lost one of its hall of famers over the weekend, as Billy "The Kid" Harris passed away Sunday at the age of 58 after suffering a stroke Saturday. Harris was a Huskie basketball standout from 1969-73 and will be sorely missed, as he is the third all-time scorer at NIU with 1,331 points and played a huge role on some of the program's most successful teams in the early 1970s. He was inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and was a part of the 1971-72 team's induction in 1987. He was also known as a Chicago playground legend who dominated at Dunbar High School. Click here for the Chicago Tribune's release with more information.
INTERNATIONAL BOWL WRAP-UP
By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:31 am on Monday, January 4, 2010
While NIU players may be rooting for the Blackhawks to bring home the Stanley Cup this season, they are more focused on bringing some hardware of their own home from Toronto on Saturday.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:36 am on Friday, January 1, 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR Huskie nation! Here's to a 2010 calendar year just as exciting as it was in 2009 for Huskie Athletics. Since Christmas, there's been a plethora of NIU mentioning in the news. We thought we'd sum it for you in our Huskie Happenings Holiday Round-Up. Enjoy and GO HUSKIES!
This just in: The Huskies will be BOWLING against South Florida in less than 24 hours. The news surrounding the team in Toronto has been extensive and appreciated. Here's a sample of some great angles...
Let's start with the festivities prior to even departing for Toronto. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn made a stop over at practice at Northwester's indoor practice facility on Dec. 27. Check out this video of Quinn's speech to the team.
Huskie Wire and the DeKalb Daily Chronicle is in full effect in Toronto. Read here about how South Florida's speed is a concern for the Huskies heading into Saturday's game. Carlton Mitchell, USF's career leader in receptions and receiving yards, is one of many Bulls with exceptional speed.
Wide receiver Landon Cox is one of the main reasons the Huskies are bowling. He enjoyed a great performance down the stretch of the regular season. John Sahly provided this filing, focusing on how the Huskies hope that trend continues in the International Bowl and on into next season.
On December 20, Jon Styf provided a summarization of Panan Tense's importance to the Huskie offensive line. Tense made the transition from guard to tackle this season.
Don't forget to visit out Bowl Central page daily, which includes video, a link to the International Bowl Blog, Photo Galleries, and the Question of the Day!
SHIFTING FOCUS TO THE HARDWOOD
Ellis and Adams (pictured here) have been playing "mean" in the last two games.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:52 am on Friday, January 1, 2010
Onto hoops. The men's and women's teams have both been in action at home once since Christmas. The Huskie women outlasted Illinois-Chicago on Dec. 29. Jay Taft from the Rockford Register Starwas in attendance. It was an impressive win for the Huskies, their second-straight overall. If the Ellis-Adams frontcourt combination continues on their torrid pace of chasing double-doubles every game, things are looking good as Mid-American Conference play approaches.
The women visit Chicago State on Sunday (Jan. 3) in the non-conference finale.
He's BAAACCKKK! Silas has scored a combined 45 points in the past two games, and has his wind back.
The men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought game against No. 18/19 Temple in a great environment at the Convo on Dec. 30. Six of the Huskies' losses this season have come versus 2009 postseason opponents, including three that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Northwestern and Temple are both in the top-25, while Illinois and Minnesota are both receiving votes, and off to 1-0 starts in Big Ten play.
Not to mention, UNI is ranked #2 in the latest Mid-Major top-25 poll. Xavier Silas is averaging more than 22 points over his last two games, which is great news for the Huskies going forward. NIU will host North Dakota Saturday at 3 p.m., before traveling to Chicago State next Wednesday. MAC play opens Jan. 6 at Ball State, a trip to Muncie in the league opener for the second-straight season.
More great news for those following Huskie basketball. Ball State announced last week that the NIU-BSU match-up on January 9 will be aired on WTVO (Fox 39 in Rockford) in conjunction with the Ball State Sports Network. This will be the second NIU game televised on WTVO this season -- the network also aired the Huskies' home contest against Bradley on Dec. 2.
GRAPPLERS IN ACTION, MAC RE-UPS WITH ISP
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 12:02 pm on Friday, January 1, 2010
The NIU wrestling team was also in action on Dec. 30, turning in a solid effort at the 47th Annual Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern.
Finally, some news from the MAC office in Cleveland. League officials announced that the conference has signed a new deal with ISP (International Sports Properties) for marketing and sponsorship. The MAC became ISP's first major conference client in April 2006 - the extension now pushes that partnership through the year 2019. Of course, NIU Athletics also utilizes ISP's services.
Jan. 2 is a big day for Huskie athletics! After watching the bowl game, make your way out to the Convocation Center for the NIU men's basketball team's game against North Dakota. As always, you can e-mail us if you found something we missed.