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Huskie Happenings, 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.

PROFOOTBALLWEEKLY DEBATES ENGLISH has a notable article on Larry English's future in the National Football League, calling him "possibly the most debated player of the 2009 draft class." I think most teams that have faced him (including Minnesota and Tennessee) wouldn't argue against his professional prospects. The article, written by Seth Gruen, points out both the positive and negative assessments scouts have given English so far, and is worth a read for any NIU football fan.


If you're looking for a way to enjoy the bits of sunshine we're getting today, head out to the NIU Tennis Courts northwest of Huskie Stadium to catch the Huskie women's tennis team take on Western Illinois at 3 p.m. The match was originally scheduled for February, but was postponed due to bad (no, not inclement, bad) weather. The Huskies are 3-3 at home this season, so come out and help support them get to 4-3!


Use the Force, Steve... is featuring an article on head men's soccer coach Steve Simmons, and his process of making Northern Illinois a nationally competitive program year-in and year-out. The Huskies have been just that, appearing in a national ranking in each of the last five seasons, and winning the 2006 MAC regular season and tournament championships. This spring, the Huskies have shown the competitive edge that's essential to a championship-level team, going 3-0 with wins over Milwaukee, Western Illinois, and Eastern Illinois. NIU continues its spring season April 10, when it hosts Jefferson College at 3:30 p.m. and Bradley at 4:50 p.m. at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.


Tranchitella and the linebacking corps are "the least" of Coach Kill's worries, according to Chris Dertz.

Chris Dertz of the Northern Star talked to Coach Kill and several linebackers about the 2009 group, complimenting the linebackers' depth. For the record, here's what the Huskies have coming back at that position (guys that played last year only):

Returning Linebackers (2008 stats)
Alex Kube (13 GP, 59 tackles)
Josh Allen (13 GP, 56 tackles)
Cory Hanson (9 GP, 37 tackles)
Pat Schiller (13 GP, 24 tackles)
John Tranchitella (11 GP, 15 tackles)
Spencer Williamson (10 GP, 5 tackles)
Zach Larsen (5 GP, 4 tackles)
Phil Brown (9 GP, 2 tackles)
David Pratt (12 GP, 1 tackle)


Check out John Sahly's practice recap, which includes a story on the status of the offensive line and a look-in on the defensive line. Also, catch the video interview with D.J. Pirkle.


Softball travels to Chicago today to face UIC in a doubleheader. Get warmed up for the game with this feature on Andrea Colosimo in the Northern Star, and the game preview from Game one starts at 4 p.m., and you can follow along with GameTracker for first game and the game two.


We'd like to welcome Christian Spears, Northern Illinois' new Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration and Academic/Enrollment Services, to the Huskie Family. Christian starts his work today, which includes oversight of the NCAA Compliance unit, and coordination with NIU's Student-Athlete Academic Support Services. You can read more about Spears' history and his new role at NIU here.

Event Calendar

Men's Soccer
Friday, Aug 28 vs Green Bay
Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug 28 at Creighton
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Aug 28 vs SDSU vs. Pacific
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Aug 28 vs South Dakota State
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 29 vs SDSU vs. Iowa
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 29 vs Iowa vs. Pacific
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 29 vs Pacific
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 30 at Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Volleyball
Sunday, Aug 30 vs Iowa
Men's Soccer
Friday, Sept 4 at Furman
Women's Cross Country
Friday, Sept 4 vs Illini Opener
Saturday, Sept 5 vs UNLV
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Sept 6 vs College of Charleston
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Sept 6 vs Milwaukee
Women's Golf
Sunday, Sept 6 at Redbird Invitational
Women's Golf
Monday, Sept 7 at Redbird Invitational
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