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MORE ON HOOPS CAMP AT PROVISO WEST
NIU's coaching staff will be hard at work this weekend at Proviso West.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:20 am on Friday, June 18, 2010
Roy and Harv Schmidt, two highly respected scouts in the Windy City, provided a piece on Illinois Prep Bulls-eye this morning, going into further detail about NIU's team camp at Proviso West, which tips off this morning. Along with some great high school teams from in and around Chicago, St. Paul Johnson, the Minnesota state champions, will also be in attendance.
NIU MEN'S HOOPS WILL VISIT TEMPLE ON DECEMBER 18
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 4:58 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2010
Temple, who was ranked No. 15 in the country when the Owls invaded the Convocation Center last season, will welcome the Northern Illinois men's basketball team to Philadelphia for the return game on December 18, it was announced today. Temple edged the Huskies last season (12/30/2010), 70-60.
Former NIU women's basketball player Kristen Brown stopped by the Convocation Center yesterday to film a commercial for Northern Illinois University. Now the Director of Sport Administration for the BIG EAST, Brown previously served in the same role for the Big Ten (note the slip at 0:15... whoops! All in good fun).
Huskie fans have the chance to chat with new Northern Illinois head women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett, this Tuesday, June 22, at noon! You can submit your questions now for the former national coach of the year and Big Ten champion anytime up to or during the chat.
NIU BASKETBALL TEAM CAMP TIPS OFF AT PROVISO WEST FRIDAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:33 am on Thursday, June 17, 2010
Northern Illinois head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton and his staff will host their annual team camp at a new location this weekend, when the event moves to Proviso West High School in Hillside. A competitive pool of 18 teams will take part in the festivities. Below is a list of participants, along with their pool/group.
Mount Carmel (2009 Defending Champ) Hononegah Hillcrest Lincoln Park New Trier Foreman Loyola Academy Hyde Park South Shore Rockford Auburn St. Paul Johnson (Minnesota) Conant Proviso West Hales Franciscan Al Raby Evanston St. Ignatius Curie
1. Evanston 2. Conant 3. Mt. Carmel 4. Loyola Academy 5. Rockford Auburn 6. Proviso West
1. Hillcrest 2. Foreman 3. New Trier 4. St. Paul Johnson (MN) 5. Al Raby 6. St. Ignatius
1. Hyde Park 2. Lincoln Park 3. Hales Fransican 4. Curie 5. Hononegah 6. South Shore
UNBEATEN SEASON ON THE HORIZON?
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:33 am on Thursday, June 17, 2010
Forgive us for the timing, folks, but this is what we do this time of year: project. As does Phil Steele, college football guru. In one of his latest blog entries, Steele describes his "power ratings" system, and projects the teams that have the best chances to have undefeated seasons. According to Steele's power ratings, NIU is one of 12 teams to put together an unblemished record. Notably, Oklahoma and TCU have the best chances to do so.
PATTON COMPLETES RECRUITING CLASS
Bolin, pictured at right, joins Nate Rucker (left), Kyree Jones, Cameron Madlock and Tim Toler.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 3:03 pm on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:46 am on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This year's induction class for the Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame was announced yesterday as four individuals and one team will join the famed company of the current 184 individuals and 15 teams in the Huskie Hall of Fame. The 29th induction class that will be enshrined in October is comprised of the historic 1978-79 men's gymnastics team, and Huskie legends Jay Graziano (baseball, 1974-75), T.J. Lux (men's basketball, 1995-2000), Tom O'Neill (special category, baseball, 1966-68) and Martha Unger (Grace) (women's gymnastics, 1987-91).
STEINBRECHER ON MAC EXPANSION
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:17 am on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
It's that "E" word again. Certainly, some noteworthy things have taken place this week, with Texas (and five other schools) staying put in the Big XII, which now has ten members. While things may be silent for awhile, it seems inevitable that expansion/realignment is still imminent going forward. Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, the Mid-American Conference commissioner, spoke with CM Life, Central Michigan's student newspaper, on Monday, about expansion, and how it may effect the MAC. Also, the Toledo Bladefeatured a piece about how conference expansion may trickle down to the MAC.
SPREADING HIS KNOWLEDGE
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:54 pm on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Northern Illinois football team has seen substantial gains in the areas of strength and speed since the arrival of NIU's Director of Sports Performance, Eric Klein. He wrote an article for the latest edition of American Football Monthly and in the piece, Klein documents an aspect of Northern Illinois' sports performance program, mass development.
SMUNT ON A MISSION
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 2:05 pm on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
NIU women's soccer player Mo Smunt had the unique opportunity to travel to Chile for a mission trip with her Charlotte Lady Eagles W-League team early this summer. The Huskie defender was able to teach soccer clinics to local youth, compete in a World Cup Stadium, and explore the local culture in her trip to Chile. Click here to read about Smunt's experience in South America.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:49 am on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Lindsey Wilhite of the Daily Herald got his Athlon college football magazine in the mail yesterday and gave the Cliffs Notes version in his blog yesterday. Fans looking for information on NIU and the 12 other schools in the MAC will be looking for the Big Ten edition of the magazine. The publication also ranks all 120 Football Subdivision schools in terms of how much would you want to be a coach of that school's program. We think Coach Kill would strongly disagree with where NIU was ranked.
DEAIN BECOMES AN ORIOLE
By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:24 am on Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Andy Deain's dream came true yesterday after he signed a contract to join the Baltimore Orioles organization. Following a great Huskie career, the fifth-year senior will continue his playing career at the next level, spending the rest of the season in Bluefield, W. Va. with Baltimore's Rookie affiliate Bluefield Orioles. For more info, click here to read the release on NIUHuskies.com.
Great news for the Huskie Family and we wish Andy the best of luck as he attempts to make it to "The Show!"
SCHOOL DAYS, SCHOOL DAYS
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:37 am on Monday, June 14, 2010
Summer classes at Northern Illinois begin today, and that marks the return of many student-athletes that had previously returned home at the conclusion of the spring term. Keep your eyes peeled for some new and familiar faces around DeKalb!
EXPANSION, EXPANSION AND MORE EXPANSION
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:48 am on Monday, June 14, 2010
We could talk about conference expansion 'till the cows come home, and thus far, all is quiet on the Mid-American Conference front. That being said, the shifting that has already occured, coupled with the hourly rumors that continue to surface, certainly effects the MAC. Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal had an informative piece on Ohio.com Friday, that includes comments from league commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. We also thought we'd provide Huskie fans with some "answers to the pressing questions" surrounding expansion, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.
Freshly minted Northern Illinois women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett will be featured on today's Huskie Wire Podcast with Daily Chronicle beat writer John Sahly. Find out what she's been up to since taking the Huskie WBB program over nearly one month ago. You can catch the interview right here at 2 p.m.
Congratulations to NIU women's basketball alum Kristen Brown, who was recently named Director of Sport Administration for the BIG EAST Conference. Brown lettered for the Huskies in 2000 and 2002. She played in 43 games averaging 8.1 minutes per game in two seasons for Northern Illinois.