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Feb. 8, 2010

MAC BASEBALL PREVIEW

By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:16 pm on Friday, February 5, 2010

With baseball season right around the corner (NIU opener is Feb. 19 at Arizona State!), catch up on the MAC before the first pitch of 2010 by checking out College Baseball Today's preview of the conference.

SUPER SATURDAY FOR PAIR OF FORMER HUSKIES

By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:50 pm on Friday, February 5, 2010

Tomorrow is a big day for a pair of former Huskie football players. Former defensive end Jake Coffman will be honored as the 2009 Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus at its annual awards banquet on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.

Meanwhile, down in El Paso, Texas, former Huskie center Eddie Adamski will be playing in one final game as he takes the field for Team Nation in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge at the Sun Bowl tomorrow afternoon. The game will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports beginning at 1 p.m. CST.


HASF KICK-OFF SATURDAY

By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:33 pm on Friday, February 5, 2010

Want to be directly involved in supporting Huskie athletic programs, but don't know where to start? The Huskie Athletic Support Fund will be holding its annual third annual HASF Kick-Off tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Victor E. Court at the Convocation Center. The event, which is open to the public, will feature NIU Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher as well as several NIU coaches and student-athletes discussing how HASF members directly impact the Northern Illinois University athletic department. Whether you're a longtime HASF member or someone wanting to get involved in NIU Athletics, it's a great event!


HUSKIES IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:03 am on Friday, February 5, 2010

Six NIU sports programs will be in action this weekend, starting with women's tennis today.  The Huskies will face Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. at 4:00 p.m. (CT) this afternoon.  The wrestling squad is also competing today, as NIU will take on Eastern Michigan in MAC competition in Ypsilanti, Mich. at 6:00 p.m (Preview).

Saturday is full of action with five Huskie teams scheduled to compete.  The wrestling team will be in Dubuque, Iowa for the Duhawk Open all day.  When the clock strikes 1:00 p.m., women's basketball will tip-off against Akron on the road in Ohio (Audio), men's tennis will face Drake in Des Moines, Iowa, and women's tennis will match-up with Green Bay in Wisconsin.  Then the only home event of the weekend will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Convocation Center, where the men's basketball team will battle Miami (Ohio) in MAC play (Preview | Watch | Gametracker). 

Sunday's lineup will start with the wrestling team again, as the Huskies go up against MAC foe Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Mich. at 1:00 p.m.  Men's tennis will compete against Iowa at 1:30 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa.  The gymnastics squad will then cap the weekend when they take on Texas Woman's University at 2:00 p.m. in Denton, Texas.

Go Huskies!


DREAM COME TRUE

By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:38 am on Friday, February 5, 2010

Wouldn't it be great to play against the athletes that you grew up watching and admiring?  For former Huskie men's soccer midfielder Luis De La Cerda, his dream has come true.  De La Cerda returned home to Guadalajara, Mexico to join CF Reboceros de la Pieda, a team playing out of La Piedad, Mexico, where he will play alongside one of his childhood idols, Juan Pabla "Pato" Alfaro.  Click here to read more about De La Cerda's dream come true.


NEW HUSKIES! PART II

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:37 am on Thursday, February 4, 2010

Head football coach Jerry Kill inked 26 players from 10 states in the Huskies' 2010 recruiting class in yesterday's signing day.  To start, read our release to find out who the new Huskies are.  Here's the complete list of recruits and bios in PDF format.  Press conference quotes from Kill.  Roster of recruits with clickable highlight video links.  Signing Day Blog from yesterday's live coverage.  To see the press conference video and recruit highlights, also go to Huskie All-Access.

Coverage from the Daily Chronicle's Huskie Wire: Capsules of NIU football signees.  Compher signs with NIU football.  Signing Day podcastSpeed Kill'sHarnish's knee 'a concern.'  Signing Day Notes: Illini on his mind.    

Coverage from the Northern Star: Coach Kill's recruiting plans. 

Coverage from the Chicago Tribune: Northern Illinois fills need for speed.

Coverage from the Daily Herald: Despite losses, NIU pleased with recruiting class.

Coverage from the Beacon-News: Huskies place emphasis on speed.

Coverage from the Kane County Chronicle: Boenzi, Santacaterina join N. Illinois.


NEW HUSKIES! PART I

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:02 am on Thursday, February 4, 2010

The signing day madness is over!  And there's plenty of new Huskies to read about.  Let's start with the men's soccer signees.  In head coach Eric Luzzi's first recruiting class, he netted seven student-athletes.  To find out more info on each recruit, click here.


IT'S MILLER TIME!

By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:52 am on Thursday, February 4, 2010

The May 12th NIU baseball game against Milwaukee was scheduled to be played at the Panthers' Henry Aaron Field, but it was announced on Tuesday that the game will now be played at the Milwaukee Brewers' home Miller Park.  The game will follow the noon Brewers-Atlanta Braves game that day, and is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., or 30 minutes after the Brewers game.  


HUSKIES FALL TO AKRON, 90-76

By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:32 am on Thursday, February 4, 2010

The men's basketball team had four players reach double figures for the second time in 2010, but it was not enough to hold off Akron on the road at James A. Rhodes Arena.  The 90-76 decision improved the Zips to 16-7, 6-3 in MAC play, while the Huskies dropped to 8-13, 4-5 in MAC competition, as junior guard Xavier Silas led NIU with 15 points.  Click here for the full recap.


MEN'S HOOPS LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK TONIGHT

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 1:14 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Northern Illinois men's basketball team has been on the road since Sunday, and will look to end the swing on a high note tonight, when the Huskies take on host Akron.  Courtesy of Ohio.com and the Akron Beacon Journal, here's a preview of the cross-divisional contest.  


WOMEN'S HOOPS VS BOWLING GREEN TONIGHT

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:22 am on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Huskie women's basketball team will take on Bowling Green tonight on the road at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio at 6 p.m. (CST).  The Huskies (8-12, 2-6 MAC) and Falcons (17-5, 7-1 MAC) are both looking to rebound from losses in their last games.  For a preview and coverage options, click here.


2010 SIGNING DAY -- TOMORROW!

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:07 am on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

National Signing Day is tomorrow!  And our coverage begins with a blog at 7 a.m. (CST).  For everything you need to know about the newest Huskies, be sure to stop by Signing Day Central.

MEN'S TEAM FALLS, PICKS UP BRACKETBUSTER

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:02 am on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The NIU men's hoops squad took a tough loss last night at Kent State, 76-46, as junior guard Darion "Jake" Anderson led the way with 12 points for the Huskies.  Click here for the full recap.  After the game, the Huskies found out that they would be facing Eastern Illinois in their 2010 ESPNU Bracketbuster game.  The Huskies and Panthers will play on Saturday, February 20 at 6 p.m. (CST) in Charleston, Ill.


2010 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE

By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:59 am on Monday, February 1, 2010

Season tickets for the 2010 Huskie football season are now available! Packages start as low as $74. Call 815-752-6800 or log onto www.NIUHuskies.com today. The home opener is scheduled for Sept. 11 when the Huskies welcome the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota to Huskie Stadium. MAC East foes Buffalo and Temple will be coming to DeKalb in 2010 as well as MAC West rivals Central Michigan and Toledo. The Huskies kick off 2010 on Sept. 2 when NIU travles to Ames, Iowa to face the Cyclones of Iowa State. Trips to Illinois (Sept. 18) and Minnesota (Sept. 25) round out NIU's non-conference slate for 2010.


ANOTHER NIU-SUPER BOWL CONNECTION

By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:39 am on Monday, February 1, 2010

In a case of "Six Degrees of Seperation," there is yet another Huskie connection down in Miami at Super Bowl XLIV. One of NIU head football coach Jerry Kill's former players when he was at Saginaw Valley State, Paul Spicer is a defensive end for the NFC Champion New Orleans Saints. Spicer played for Kill from 1996-97 after playing his first two years at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. He may be going up against former Huskie and current right tackle Ryan Diem.

GYMNASTS STAY PERFECT AT HOME

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:27 am on Monday, February 1, 2010

The NIU gymnastics squad (3-1, 2-1 MAC) improved to 3-0 at home this season after a 192.125 to 191.500 conference win over Ball State (3-4, 0-2 MAC) Sunday afternoon.  Junior Holly Reichard led the way by staking claim to three event titles.  For a full recap, click here.

13 FIRST-PLACE FINISHES = HUSKIE VICTORY

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:22 am on Monday, February 1, 2010

The NIU women's track and field team went crazy over the weekend with 13 first-place finishes at the Carthage College Tadd Metzger Invitational to easily claim the event title.  The Huskies' 244 points topped Carthage College (148) and Saint Xavier (56).  For a full recap, click here.


SIGNING DAY 2010!

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:17 am on Monday, February 1, 2010

Wednesday, February 3 will mark a crazy 24 hours, as it is National Signing Day!  New Huskies will be announced nearly all day long as we get the National Letters of Intent via fax.  For the best coverage of the future of NIU, tune in to NIUHuskies.com.  Click here for details on our "Signing Day" coverage. 


MEN'S HOOPS IN ACTION TONIGHT AT KENT STATE

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:00 am on Monday, February 1, 2010

The NIU men's basketball team (8-11, 4-3 MAC) hits the road tonight to face Kent State (14-7, 5-2 MAC) with the Huskies looking to gather their third road win in conference play.  The game at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center will tip off at 6 p.m. (CST).  For a preview and ways to catch coverage of the contest, click here.


HAVE A HAPPENING?

By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:54 am on Monday, February 1, 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!


Event Calendar
Baseball
Friday, Apr 18 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 18 at Central Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 18 at Central Michigan
Women's Tennis
Friday, Apr 18 vs Toledo
Women's Track
Friday, Apr 18 at Mt. SAC Relays
Men's Tennis
Friday, Apr 18 vs Buffalo
Football
Saturday, Apr 19 vs NIU Spring Game
Baseball
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Saturday, Apr 19 at Eastern Michigan
Women's Track
Saturday, Apr 19 at Blue Demon Invitational
Women's Track
Saturday, Apr 19 at Beach Invitational
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Boilermaker Invitational
Baseball
Sunday, Apr 20 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Sunday, Apr 20 at Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Sunday, Apr 20 vs Boilermaker Invitational
Women's Track
Tuesday, Apr 22 vs Penn Relays
Baseball
Wednesday, Apr 23 vs Milwaukee
Softball
Wednesday, Apr 23 at Loyola
Softball
Wednesday, Apr 23 at Loyola
Women's Track
Wednesday, Apr 23 vs Penn Relays
Women's Track
Thursday, Apr 24 at Penn Relays
Baseball
Friday, Apr 25 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championships
Men's Tennis
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championships
Baseball
Saturday, Apr 26 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championships
Women's Golf
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championships