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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.


TEAR IT UP

The turf replacement of Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium officially got under way today. Catch all the details of the project here, and watch the project in action with the video below.

HUSKIES TRY TO "BE THE MATCH"

Members of the Northern Illinois football team are going to try to "Be the Match" by joining the Marrow Registry, this Thursday. Huskies will be out in full force, taking 10 minutes out of their day to fill out a form, and get their cheeks swabbed with a q-tip. By doing this, those players will be helping thousands of patients waiting for donor matches for bone marrow transplants. But Huskies aren't the only ones that can help. You, too, can sign up for the marrow registry at Stevenson Tower or Barsema Hall, Thursday, April 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

ROCKFORD GIRLS GET HOPPY

Check out today's edition of the Rockford Register Star for a story by Jay Taft on a trio of Huskie track and field athletes that are really making the mark. Rockford-area natives Brittany Houghton, Jenner Sio and Deidra McIntosh are featured in the article, which you can check out here.

SIMON GETS CHANCE WITH SAINTS

If a giant fireball explosion can't take him down, maybe NFL defensive backs can't either.

As the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly writes, all Matt Simon wanted was a chance. On Monday, the former NIU wide receiver had his number called by the New Orleans Saints, and will participate in the tryout next weekend at the team's rookie minicamp. Also, this just in: Former NIU defensive back Bradley Pruitt received a call from the Detroit Lions Tuesday, and was invited to the Motor City for a tryout. Pruitt finished his career with 177 tackles, 98 solo, 12 tackles for loss and three interceptions while playing both safety and cornerback during his Huskie tenure.

COACHES CARAVANS

The Huskie Athletics 2009 Spring Coaches Caravans start May 14. This is the Huskie fan's opportunity to meet and greet with NIU head coaches, including football coach Jerry Kill, men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton, and women's basketball coach Carol Owens. All Huskie fans are invited to these FREE events. For more info, visit the Huskie Caravans page or call (815) 753-1923.

I'D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY

The Huskie men's tennis team earned a bevy of post-season awards from the Mid-American Conference, including Pawel Poziomski as Newcomer of the Year. Poziomski was also named second-team All-MAC. Joining him on the All-MAC squads were freshman Jurica Grubisic (first-team) and junior Javier Bernabe (second-team). NIU has had at least one player named to the MAC's first-team in each of the past three seasons. Read the entire story HERE.

Event Calendar
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
Women's Track
Thursday, Apr 24 at Hillsdale Gina Relays
Baseball
Friday, Apr 25 at Western Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 25 vs Kent State
Softball
Friday, Apr 25 vs Kent State
Women's Golf
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championship
Women's Track
Friday, Apr 25 at Penn Relays
Women's Track
Friday, Apr 25 at Hillsdale Gina Relays
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
Softball
Saturday, Apr 26 vs Buffalo
Women's Golf
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championships
Baseball
Sunday, Apr 27 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championships
Baseball
Tuesday, Apr 29 at UIC