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April 26, 2010


By Joe Summins | Posted at 5:35 pm on Friday, April 23, 2010

Year in and year out, the Northern Illinois University football team plays some of the top competition. If you were watching the NFL Draft carefully last night, you'll know that the Huskies faced four first-round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft over the last two years. Two players from NIU's 2009 schedule, South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati were picked last night. Pierre-Paul went No. 15 to the New York Giants while Iupati went two picks later to the 49ers. Tennessee, a 2008 opponent of the Huskies had the No. 5 overall and No. 26 overall picks last night in safety Eric Berry and defensive tackle Dan Williams. South Florida safety Nate Allen was selected by the Eagles in the second round.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 5:05 pm on Friday, April 23, 2010

In the lastest episode of Mike vs. NIU, Mike Buda challenges the NIU softball team. Buda seeks out the advice of sophomore pitcher Morgan Bittner in an effort to hone his pitching skills. While Buda claims another victory, Bittner is the one who steals the show!


By Megan Wallace | Posted at 3:10 pm on Friday, April 23, 2010

Cora Caulfield took time to break down the Northern Illinois University women's track and field training regime in the video below. Enjoy!



By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:10 pm on Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Northern Illinois football team received its International Bowl rings after Thursday's practice and was there to get the Huskies' reaction.  




By Brett McWethy | Posted at 1:29 pm on Thursday, April 22, 2010

Former Northern Illinois football standout Garrett Wolfe returned to his hometown of Chicago last Friday, to have his jersey retired from La Follette Park Middle School.  Wolfe, who already has his high school jersey retired, was interviewed about the pride he has in his hometown.     


By Megan Wallace | Posted at 11:15 am on Thursday, April 22, 2010

NIU Associate Athletics Director and Director of NIU's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program Monique Bernoudy, along with other coaches, administrators and sports professionals, was selected to serve as a facilitator for the inaugural NCAA Career in Sports Forum. 

As a facilitator Monique Bernoudy will attend a two-day training in April that offers personalized feedback on an individual's leadership style, teaches the skills of active and engaging facilitation and acquaints individuals with the Forum curriculum. She will team sessions that cover communication, managing culture, networking and branding, and real-world transition, as well as mentor participants while serving as an advisor to the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Unit.


The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is a four-day event through which 400 NCAA student-athletes will explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on collegiate athletics. Participants will examine the key functions of being a coach or administrator within sports

The inaugural Forum is open to selected student-athletes who want to coach in the sports of: basketball, bowling, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. The Forum will take place May 11-14 at the Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Huskie women's golf team took off today for the MAC Championships. Video from yesterday's practice up above.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 6:23 pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The game time has been set for the Huskies' Sept. 25 date with Minnesota. Northern Illinois will face the Gophers at 7:30 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network. The Huskies open the 2010 season at Iowa State Sept 2, with the home opener slated for Sept. 11 vs. North Dakota. Click here for tickets.



By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:01 pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Former NIU head football coach Joe Novak stopped by practice Tuesday to take in the Huskies' 13th practice of the spring. He commented on some ofthe current Huskies he recruited and some of the Huskies of the past.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:32 am on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Running back Cameron Bell, a transfer from Iowa State, is out to help the Huskies' running game this season, and would like to do so as a physical presence.  Bell is weighing in at 242 pounds as spring ball wraps up, and as John Sahly writes, he could be a special addition to NIU's offense this season.  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:40 pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Northern Illinois University football team opened it fifth and final practice of the spring with an hour and a half workout at sun-splashed Huskie Stadium Tuesday morning.

From run offense and defense to situational work, the Huskies spent much of the 18-period practice working 11-on-11 drills. While Tuesday's workout may have been one of the shortest practices of the spring, the learning didn't stop when the whistle blew. NIU head coach Jerry Kill had his trio of special guests, Joe Novak, Denny Marcin and Chuck Preifer (see Donna Turner's post below for more on their visit) address the team after practice.

As all NIU fans know, coach Kill is passionate about special teams. After speaking to the team Preifer, a special teams coach in the NFL, spent 10 minutes working with the NIU field goal unit and talking special team with the Huskie coaching staff. Coach Kill was there, on one knee, taking it all in.



Scott Bolzan, pictured fourth from the right, was a captain on the 1983 Cal Bowl championship team.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:20 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On ABC News' "Nightline" Monday, the network featured former Northern Illinois football player Scott Bolzan (1980-83), a captain on the 1983 California Bowl championship team, who suffers from severe retgrograde amnesia.  After slipping, falling down and hitting his head on a bathroom floor about one year ago, Bolzan lost his entire memory, including revelations of his family.  During the heartwarming report, Bolzan re-lives his days as an NIU football player, and also his stint in the NFL.

Watch the two-part series HERE.       


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Former NIU head coach Joe Novak was back with the Huskies this week at the invitation of Jerry Kill and staff.

By Donna Turner | Posted at 11:40 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Northern Illinois football coaching staff welcomed three special guests to the Yordon Center Monday as former Huskie head coach Joe Novak, along with two of his neighbors and friends in Southport, N.C., Chuck Preifer and Denny Marcin, arrived to visit with the Huskie coaches, watch film, watch practice and most importantly, talk football.

A college and professional coach for 29 years before his retirement in 2007, Preifer served as special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, and also coached defenses at Georgia Tech and North Carolina.   His Chargers' special teams ranked among the league's best from 1992-1996 and his Detroit Lions units led the NFL in scoring touchdowns for four straight seasons.

Marcin is a fellow Ohio native and, like Novak, a Miami (Ohio) grad.  Like Priefer, he coached at Miami (Ohio) and in the pro ranks, as a defensive line coach for the Giants and Jets.  Collegiately, he was defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator at Illinois and worked at North Carolina.

The three have kept in touch over the years and have all retired to Southport. They arrived in DeKalb Sunday and were at the Yordon Center bright and early Monday.  They spent the day meeting with the Huskie coaches, watching film of the team, and talking football with the staff.

They attended Tuesday morning's practice where NIU Assistant Media Relations Director Joe Summins caught up with the trio.  He'll have video of their visit up on Happenings later today.  

It was great to see Coach Novak, one of the finest people I've ever had a chance to work with, back at the Yordon Center.  He looks great, has lost weight and is thoroughly enjoying retirement.   In addition to traveling around the country to visit former assistants and watch multiple college and professional games during the season, he and his wife, Carole have had a chance to travel, visiting France with a tour group last spring and getting set to take a 19-day trip to Italy next month.

It's evident that his heart is still with the Huskies as he greeted current players, many of whom he recruited to NIU, and Northern Illinois coaches from all sports in the hallways.  Joe Novak, definitely a Northern Illinois treasure.


By Donna Turner | Posted at 11:40 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The "veteran" of the Huskie football coaching staff, defensive line coach Jeff Phelps, has taken on the role of Northern Illinois recruiting coordinator, according to NIU Head Coach Jerry Kill.  Phelps is in his fifth season at NIU.  

The Ball State grad and Chicago (University Park) native quietly stepped into the role vacated by P.J. Fleck to finalize details of the signing of the 2010 recruiting class and now has jumped in with both feet.  He is coordinating and organizing the Huskie recruiting efforts, which are always ongoing.  Starting next week, assistant coaches will be back on the road for the May evaluation period.    


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:40 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A few college football rule changes were announced by the NCAA last week, and here's a summary of how head coach Jerry Kill feels about each of them. 


Ed Mathey and Lindsay Chouinard both have their teams in the hunt for a MAC Tourney berth.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:19 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Northern Illinois baseball and softball teams will be in action TONIGHT in non-conference mid-week contests.  The Huskie baseball squad will host Illinois-Chicago at Elfstrom Stadium (home of the Kane County Cougars) beginning at 6:05 p.m.; while the NIU softball team will take on host Wisconsin in a doubleheader.  First pitch from Madison is set for 3 p.m.  For those making the trip to Elfstrom Stadium, here are directions to the facility.   


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 4:11 pm on Monday, April 19, 2010

Men's soccer remains undefeated in its spring season after beating Marquette 1-0 in Milwaukee (In fact , it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land.") Check the above vid off the game's lone goal, a beautiful header from Brad Horton off the service of Engebreth Faerden. Huskies wrap the spring season next week with a four-team tournament for the Governor's Cup.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 4:11 pm on Monday, April 19, 2010

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