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Feb. 1, 2010

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By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:25 am on Thursday, January 28, 2010

In case you weren't able to get out to the Convocation Center for last night's men's basketball game with Ohio, you missed some quality halftime entertainment. The Jesse White Tumblers thrilled the crowd with their dazzling moves. Here's a sampling of what you missed.




By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:46 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The NIU women's basketball team will also be in action tonight, facing host Miami (Ohio) at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.  Make sure to follow the game, and see if Marke Freeman can keep her torrid scoring stretch going.  Speaking of Marke, she was featured in the latest edition of's "On the Wire" Tuesday.  Check it out!


Nixon's size and sharpshooting have forced teams to guard the perimeter when he is on the floor.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:20 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Northern Illinois men's basketball team will look to continue its impressive run in the early stages of the Mid-American Conference season TONIGHT, when the Huskies host MAC-East foe Ohio at the Convocation Center beginning at 7 p.m.

One significant sidebar: NIU freshman Tony Nixon, and Ohio newcomer D.J. Cooper, will go head-to-head for the first time at the college level.  The tandem were teammates at Seton Academy as seniors, leading the school to the 2009 Class 2A state championship.  Nixon is a sharp-shooter that has helped NIU from the perimeter while stretching the defense, and Cooper is making a push for the MAC Freshman of the Year award, leading the Bobcats in both scoring and assists.

John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and caught up with Nixon Tuesday, to discuss the friendly rivalry and friendship between he and Cooper.     


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:39 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In addition to the acrobatic feats fans have come accustomed to seeing from the men's basketball team this season, those in attendance at tonight's at the NIU-Ohio men's basketball game will get the opportunity to see the Jesse White Tumblers perform at halftime.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:30 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NIU defensive end Jake Coffman is ending his collegiate career on a high note. Coffman, who will not return for his senior season, will be honored by the Touchdown Club of Columbus as the 2009 Male Athlete of the Year at the organization's annual awards banquet on Sturday, Feb. 6, 2010 in Columbus Ohio. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle caught up with Jake yesterday and filed this story.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 5:22 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cram the Convo is this Saturday! Be sure to make your way to the Convocation Center and catch the men's hoops team take on Buffalo at 12 p.m. and the women's squad take on Kent State at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the upper bowl are $2 and $1 for groups of 25 or more. A ticket for the women's game gets you into the men's game and vice versa. Fans with a ticket for a reserved seat for the men's game, is good for a general admission seat to the women's game. Fans with a reserved seat for the women's game can sit in the general admission section for the men's contest.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:51 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Everyone knows the NIU connection on the Indianapolis Colts in right tackle Ryan Diem. Did you know there's a Huskie tie-in on the NFC Champion New Orleans Saints? Former Huskie defensive coordinator Mike Mallory is an assistant special teams coach for the Saints. He coached at NIU under Joe Novak from 1996-99.


Townsend, a proud-new father, brings Final Four experience to Ricardo Patton's staff.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:20 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

When NIU head coach Ricardo Patton made important changes to his staff during the offseason, he coveted the type of assistant coaching hire that would help the current and prospective players understand the "little things" it takes to be a winner and a champion.  Patton has often spoken about first-year Assistant Coach Todd Townsend's ability to talk to the Huskie players about his unique experience of being a starter on a Final Four team -- he did that in 2003, along with current Miami Heat All-Star Dwayne Wade, and current Indiana Pacers guard Travis Diener, at Marquette. 

Townsend, who started all 33 games at small forward during that magical run in 2003, Ricardo Patton made important changes to his staff during the offseason, he coveted the type of assistant coaching hire that would help the players understand the ">was featured on Monday afternoon.  Enjoy getting to know Townsend, the newest member to NIU's coaching staff and a lead recruiter for Patton, a little better.   


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:39 am on Monday, January 25, 2010

Northern Illinois University was saddened by the loss of one of NIU Hall of Famer Tom Wittum who passed away Saturday at the age of 60. The NIU family would like to extend its deepest sympathies to his wife Cheryl, son Matt and daughter Krissy. Check back to later today for a full story on his career and impact on NIU Athletics.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:29 am on Monday, January 25, 2010

Every Tuesday during the basketball season, members of the NIU marketing staff will be distributing free basketball tickets to NIU students at DuSable and Barsema Halls from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Students presenting their NIU One Card will receive a free ticket for the upcoming week of men's and women's basketball home games.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:29 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010

Congratulations to former Huskie and current Indianapolis Colt Ryan Diem as he and and Colts are making their second trip to the Super Bowl in search of their second NFL championship. The Colts handed the Jets a 30-17 defeat in yesterday's AFC Championship, as the Colt offense scored 24 unanswered points.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:29 am on Monday, January 25, 2010

Have a Huskie Happening we missed? Let us know by e-mailing us here! We only have so many sets of eyes, but the Huskie Nation sees all!


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 5:17 pm on Friday, January 22, 2010

In conjunction with the Northern Illinois athletic department's ongoing partnership with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office and the "Life Goes On" initiative, the internationally-known "Jesse White Tumblers" will perform at halftime of next Wednesday's (Jan. 27) men's basketball game versus Ohio.      

Last April, the NIU Athletic Department joined Jesse White's "team" and agreed to promote the state's tissue and organ donation registry through the Huskies' athletics events throughout the 2009-10 athletic year.    

NIU has designated the Ohio contest as the Life Goes On game. The tumbling team will perform at halftime, and fans attending the game will be able to register for the state's tissue and organ donation program at the Convocation Center, in sections 107 and 117.  Associate V.P./Director of Athletics Jeff Compher will present Jesse White with a game ball prior to the 7 p.m. tip-off.    

The Jesse White Tumblers have been thrilling audiences since 1959. Their acrobatic performances can frequently be seen during halftime shows for the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and Major League Baseball games. The team entertains at business and sporting events year-round, including colleges and universities nation-wide.

They have appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The Jenny Jones Show, Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club, CBS' How'd They Do That, as well as several performances on Nippon Television in Tokyo.

Illinoisans can be added to the donor registry, or obtain more information on the program, by visiting or calling the Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106. In addition, registration is available at any state driver's license facility.

Event Calendar
Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Nov 25 vs Indiana University Northwest
Women's Basketball
Friday, Nov 27 vs Kansas
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Nov 28 at Idaho
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Nov 28 vs Cal State Fullerton/SMU
Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Dec 2 vs Chicago State
Women's Basketball
Thursday, Dec 3 at Milwaukee
Thursday, Dec 3 vs Central Michigan
Friday, Dec 4 vs MAC Championship Game
Men's Basketball
Friday, Dec 4 at Missouri
Women's Track
Friday, Dec 4 vs Notre Dame Meet


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