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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
Friday, Feb 12 vs Illinois State
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 12 vs Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Central Michigan
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Temple
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Alaska-Anchorage
Women's Track
Friday, Feb 12 vs Iowa State Classic
Women's Track
Friday, Feb 12 vs Fred Wilt Invite
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Akron
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Central Michigan
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 13 at Milwaukee
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Iowa State Classic
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Fred Wilt Invite
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Feb 14 vs Cleveland State
Wrestling
Sunday, Feb 14 at Buffalo
Women's Gymnastics
Sunday, Feb 14 vs Western Michigan
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Feb 16 vs Bowling Green
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 17 vs Ball State
Men's Basketball
Friday, Feb 19 at Ball State
Baseball
Friday, Feb 19 vs Boston College
Softball
Friday, Feb 19 vs Florida A&M
Softball
Friday, Feb 19 at Florida Atlantic
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 19 vs Butler
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 19 vs Seattle Pacific
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 19 vs Ball State
Wrestling
Friday, Feb 19 at Old Dominion
Men's Golf
Friday, Feb 19 at All-American Classic
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 20 at Eastern Michigan
Baseball
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Boston College
Baseball
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Boston College
Softball
Saturday, Feb 20 vs UConn
Softball
Saturday, Feb 20 at Florida Atlantic
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 20 vs SIU Edwardsville
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 20 at Chicago State
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Western Illinois
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Orange and Blue Open
Men's Golf
Saturday, Feb 20 at All-American Classic
Baseball
Sunday, Feb 21 vs Boston College
Softball
Sunday, Feb 21 vs Florida A&M
Men's Golf
Sunday, Feb 21 at All-American Classic
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