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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
Men's Tennis
Thursday, Mar 5 at Marquette
Men's Basketball
Friday, Mar 6 at Ball State
Baseball
Friday, Mar 6 at Southern Illinois
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Mar 7 at Western Michigan
Baseball
Saturday, Mar 7 at Southern Illinois
Softball
Saturday, Mar 7 vs Florida A&M
Softball
Saturday, Mar 7 vs Sacred Heart
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Mar 7 at DePaul
Wrestling
Saturday, Mar 7 vs MAC Championships
Women's Gymnastics
Saturday, Mar 7 vs State of Illinois Classic
Baseball
Sunday, Mar 8 at Southern Illinois
Softball
Sunday, Mar 8 vs Southern Illinois
Wrestling
Sunday, Mar 8 vs MAC Championships
Men's Basketball
Monday, Mar 9 vs First Round
Women's Basketball
Monday, Mar 9 vs First Round
Baseball
Tuesday, Mar 10 at Murray State
Softball
Tuesday, Mar 10 vs Saint Peter's
Softball
Tuesday, Mar 10 vs Bucknell
Women's Tennis
Tuesday, Mar 10 at Bucknell
Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Second Round
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Second Round
Baseball
Wednesday, Mar 11 at Murray State
Softball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Jacksonville
Women's Tennis
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Bethune Cookman
Women's Tennis
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Hampton University
Men's Basketball
Thursday, Mar 12 vs Quarterfinals
Women's Basketball
Thursday, Mar 12 vs Quarterfinal
Men's Basketball
Friday, Mar 13 vs Semifinals
Women's Basketball
Friday, Mar 13 vs Semifinal
Baseball
Friday, Mar 13 at Purdue
Women's Golf
Friday, Mar 13 at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational
Women's Track
Friday, Mar 13 vs NCAA Indoor Championships
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Mar 14 vs Final
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Mar 14 vs Final
Women's Golf
Saturday, Mar 14 at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational
Women's Track
Saturday, Mar 14 vs NCAA Indoor Championships
Women's Golf
Sunday, Mar 15 at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational
Women's Gymnastics
Sunday, Mar 15 vs Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Sunday, Mar 15 at Talis Park Challenge
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