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NIUHuskies.com, the official online home for Northern Illinois Athletics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog, "Huskie Happenings." The section includes links to a daily newsstand, online chats, feature stories and interviews, game-day and multimedia information, promotions, calendars and much more. We hope this will become your first and last stop everyday for all the information you crave about Huskie Athletics.

The "Huskie Happenings" addition will be more interactive with visitors of NIUHuskies.com. For that to work, this must be a a two-way street, or even one of those really confusing five-way stoplights. That means we need to hear from you. I know you're out there, Mr. or Ms. Fan Who Wants to Be Heard. So step up, and e-mail us at houghtaling@niu.edu.


BASEBALL, SOFTBALL ON FOR TODAY!

Pretty soon, Lindsay Chouinard's undefeated team won't need to wear earwarmers. OK, maybe not that soon!

Both the NIU baseball AND softball teams will be in action today in non-conference tilts. Ed Mathey's squad will host Milwaukee (formerly known as UW-Milwaukee) at Ralph McKinzie Field beginning at 3:05 p.m., while the softball team will look to record its fifth-consecutive victory when the Huskies travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on host Notre Dame. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Both games can be followed through Gametracker on NIUHuskies.com. Speaking of softball, in case you didn't see, the Huskies SWEPT the MAC-West Player and Pitcher of the Week honors Monday. Read our recap by clicking here, and check out the Daily Chronicle John Sahly's report here.


TICKET CONTEST COMING TO A CLOSE

Friday is the last day to submit your entry for the 2009 Football Ticket Design Contest. NIU athletics is encouraging all kids from grades K-8 to participate in the "Show Your Huskie Spirit" Ticket Design Contest. Three winners will have their design printed on thousands of Huskie football tickets. For more info, and to submit your entry, click here!


LININ' IT UP

NIU head football coach Jerry Kill and his staff signed seven defensive linemen on National Signing Day after losing the two-time MAC MVP in Larry English, plus starters Craig Rusch and Alex Krutsch to graduation. As the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly writes in this story., the Huskies will spend spring practice, which continued into its second week on Tuesday at Huskie Stadium, plus two-a-day camp in the fall to try and meet two objectives on the defensive line.


VIDEO: MORE FROM SPRING FOOTBALL!

John Sahly continued his video interview series following Tuesday's spring practice at Huskie Stadium. This time, Sahly caught up with fullback Kyle Skarb. Click HERE for the entire interview!

Event Calendar

Football
Thursday, Aug 28 vs Presbyterian
Men's Soccer
Friday, Aug 29 vs Hofstra
Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug 29 at Hawai'i
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Aug 29 vs Presbyterian
Women's Cross Country
Friday, Aug 29 vs NIU Night Race
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 30 vs Colorado
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 30 vs Northwestern
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 31 vs Quinnipiac
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 31 vs Seattle University
Men's Soccer
Friday, Sept 5 at Cal Poly
Women's Soccer
Friday, Sept 5 vs Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 5 vs Tennessee
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 5 vs Omaha
Men's Golf
Friday, Sept 5 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Football
Saturday, Sept 6 at Northwestern
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 6 at Iowa State
Men's Golf
Saturday, Sept 6 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Sept 7 at Santa Clara
Men's Golf
Sunday, Sept 7 vs Northern Intercollegiate
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