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May 26, 2009

Huskie Happenings


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!


2008-09 SPRING WRAP - DAY FIVE



The school's highest draft pick in any sport and a bowl bid highlight Jerry Kill's first season as head coach of Northern Illinois University's football program. The Huskies got off to a slow start, dropping two close games to Minnesota and Western Michigan to open the season, but then went on to win five of their next six games, including a 38-7 victory over Toledo in NIU's Homecoming game. After finishing the regular season 6-6, the Huskies had to wait and see if they would get an invitation to a bowl game.

The invitation came from Shreveport, La. with an opportunity to take on Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl Dec. 28, 2008. The Huskies fell to the Bulldogs, 17-10, in a hard fought defensive struggle at Independence Stadium to finish the season 6-7 and 5-3 in the MAC.

Four months later, defensive end Larry English, the 2007 & 2008 Vern Smith Award winner and 2008 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and three-time First-Team All-MAC honoree, was selected 16th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Northern Illinois' success wasn't just limited to the field. Five Huskies were selected to the Mid-American Conference's Academic All-MAC Team. Offensive tackle Jon Brost, quarterback Chandler Harnish, nose guard Mike Krause and wide receiver Matt Simon comprised NIU's Academic All-MAC players, while linebacker Pat Schiller made the Academic All-MAC honorable mention list. Brost became the first Huskie to be named to the Academic All-MAC team in three straight seasons.

Q&A ARCHIVE ONLINE

Love getting to know NIU student-athletes? Click to the new Q&A Archive at NIUHuskies.com to catch up on all the "Getting to know..." features you might have missed, like these tidbits:

NIUHuskies.com: What is your favorite activity outside of sports?
Me'co Brown (Football): I love watching highlight tapes of the NFL players who inspire me on the football field. I'm constantly watching players who I admire, such as Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Devin Hester and Steve Smith.

NIUHuskies.com:
Who's your hero?
Bryan Deutsch (Wrestling): My hero has always been Sir Edmund Hillary. He was the first one to climb Mt. Everest. When he died this year, under his name, for his occupation, it said "Adventurer." That's the coolest thing.

NIUHuskies.com: How did you get started in track and field?
Shoshanna Brown: My step mom used to do track in high school in Jamaica. She was like "You should go out for the track team" and I was like "No, I hate running." So, one day I just showed up for practice and never left.

NIUHuskies.com: Most embarrassing sports moment?
Tim Kay (Men's Golf): Freshman year at Ball State I hit two straight balls into the water in front of Coach and a bunch of people waiting to tee off.

ESPNU ADDED TO COMCAST, DIRECTV TIER ONE

ESPN, along with DIRECTV and Comcast, announced that ESPNU will now be available on those services tier one packages. ESPNU will be now available to more than 46 million viewers (about 1/6 of the people in America). For DIRECTV subscribers (like myself, incidentally) ESPNU HD will launch by the end of the first quarter of 2010.

This is great news for Huskie fans, with three games for the 2009 season (Eastern Michigan, Ball State, and Central Michigan) that could end up on ESPNU. This also means that football fans from across the country will get to know NIU even better!
Event Calendar
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Feb 9 at Kent State
Women's Golf
Tuesday, Feb 9 at MAC Match Play
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 10 vs Miami (Oh)
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
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