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THE COUNTDOWN TO WISCONSIN IS ON
For those of you ready to countdown the seconds until the 2009 kick-off season begins, you can now set your watches. Northern Illinois' season-opener Sept. 5 at Wisconsin is set for 6 p.m. (CST) and will be televised by The Big Ten Network. This will be the second straight season-opener for the Huskies on The Big Ten Network. Last year, NIU opened the year on TBN against Minnesota.
IN HONOR OF A LEGEND
Troy White will be honored as part of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Northern Illinois baseball freshman Troy White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) will participate in Jackie Robinson Day today at Wrigley Field as Major League Baseball celebrates the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color barrier.
White will be honored in a special pregame ceremony as he is a part of the Jackie Robinson Foundation that was founded 36 years ago in honor of Robinson's legacy. The foundation was created to provide college scholarships and graduate school grants to academically gifted minority students. The foundation has a 97 percent graduation rate in comparison to the current 40.7 national graduation percentage of African-American students.
With the Huskies (12-21, 4-7 Mid-American Conference) playing Chicago State (3-31 Independent) today at 3:35 p.m. CT at Ralph McKinzie Field, White figures to be back in DeKalb around the start of the game or within the first couple innings as the Chicago Cubs game versus the Colorado Rockies starts at 1:20 p.m. Follow the Huskie game live on GameTracker.
MAKING HIS MARK IN THE MIDDLE
Pat Schiller is one of several Huskies looking to step up in 2009.
10 practices down, five to go for the NIU football team. In this piece, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly features Pat Schiller, who has lined up consistently as the starting middle linebacker in a role that will drastically change from the 2008 season.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
He dazzled you by bouncing off tackles and bursting for touchdowns as a true freshman, his favorite movie is the Lion King, and no one can beat him at Street Fighter. Just who's this mystery man? Find out with the latest NIUHuskies.com Q&A.
FUTURE HUSKiE AT JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Northern Illinois football signee Jordan Lynch (out of Mount Carmel High in Chicago) will be participating on the USA Football American Junior National Team this summer. For details on the squad, check out this from Graham Watson on ESPN.
CHAT WITH SAHLY LIVE TODAY!
Today's live chat with NIU beat reporter John Sahly will take place at 2 p.m. in conjunction with his "Huskie Wire" blog. Don't forget, the scheduled chat with head football coach Jerry Kill is TOMORROW (Thursday) at 4 p.m. Keep those questions coming!
ON THE MOUND, Jerry Kill
Be sure to stop by today's baseball game at Ralph McKinzie Field as the Huskies host Chicago State at 3:30 p.m. The Northern Illinois football team will be tailgating before the game, and head football coach Jerry Kill will throw out the first pitch. The Huskies are 6-1 in the friendly confines of the Ralph, and here are two more reasons to come to the game today: 57 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation. Admission is always free for Huskie baseball, so play a little late-afternoon hooky (everyone is doing it) and get to the game. We'll see you there!.
GOLDEN BLOG WITH COACH GATES
I say we get back to calling him Dennis "The Sheriff" Gates.
The Cal Golden Blog has this Q&A with Dennis Gates. A Golden Bear guard from 1999-2002, NIU Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach Gates was a member of Cal's 1999 National Invitation Tournament championship squad and played key roles on the Bears' NCAA Tournament teams in 2001 and '02. In 114 career games, he had 34 starts and finished with an average of 3.8 points per game, as well as 100 steals and 148 assists.
AROUND THEY GO, WHERE THEY STOP...
...the middle of the ninth. The Huskie baseball team went around and around the bags yesterday, totaling 14 runs on 15 hits to beat Illinois State. Troy White paced with team with five RBI, while center fielder Pat Minogue ended the game with four. Three Huskies crossed the plate three times, each, and NIU had two five-run innings. So, yeah, there was a lot of hitting. There was also some great pitching early in the game, as Jake Hermsen went five innings allowing just one earned run. Check out the complete recap and the final stats from the game.