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June 21, 2010

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.      


IN PICTURES

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:56 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2010

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 CHATS RETURNS!

BennettChat

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 10:05 am on Thursday, June 17, 2010

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

POOL #1

1. Evanston
2. Conant
3. Mt. Carmel
4. Loyola Academy
5. Rockford Auburn
6. Proviso West

POOL #2

1. Hillcrest
2. Foreman
3. New Trier
4. St. Paul Johnson (MN)
5. Al Raby
6. St. Ignatius

POOL #3

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

Northern Illinois head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton bolstered the size and depth of his backcourt Wednesday, after announcing the addition of Norwegian native Aksel Bolin, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound shooting guard, to the 2010-11 recruiting class.  Patton also inked three players on the first day of the late signing period, and brought in Nate Rucker last November.        


MAKING THE GRADE

By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:10 pm on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

With 10 straight semesters of a cumulative GPA above 3.0 and five straight years of surpassing the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR), Northern Illinois University is no stranger to academic success. The Huskie football team's current APR of 975 is tied with Ohio State and Vanderbilt for 10th best among all 120 FBS teams. NIU is the highest ranked MAC school in the country, surpassing Miami (970).


NEWEST HUSKIE HALL OF FAMERS ANNOUNCED

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 Blade featured 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.


PREVIEW TIME

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.  


BENNETT ON HUSKIE WIRE PODCAST TODAY

Bennett

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:46 am on Monday, June 14, 2010

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.


HUSKIE ALUM MOVING UP

brown

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:46 am on Monday, June 14, 2010

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.


HAVE A HAPPENING?

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:18 am on Monday, June 14, 2010

Have a Huskie Happening we missed? Let us know by e-mailing us here! We only have so many sets of eyes, but the Huskie Nation sees all!

Event Calendar
Men's Soccer
Friday, Sept 5 at Cal Poly
Women's Soccer
Friday, Sept 5 vs Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 5 vs Tennessee
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 5 vs Omaha
Men's Golf
Friday, Sept 5 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Football
Saturday, Sept 6 at Northwestern
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 6 at Iowa State
Men's Golf
Saturday, Sept 6 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Sept 7 at Santa Clara
Men's Golf
Sunday, Sept 7 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Women's Volleyball
Tuesday, Sept 9 at Northern Iowa

 

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