DON MEYER TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:02 pm on Thursday, July 1, 2010
Don Meyer, the winningest coach in NCAA men's basketball history and the mentor of NIU assistant coach Sundance Wicks, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on August 12, it was announced today. Wicks played and coached under Meyer at Northern State before moving onto the Division I coaching ranks under current Huskie mentor Ricardo Patton. As an additional nugget, Kyle Schwan, who is pictured in the story and served as NIU's Video Coordinator last season, has accepted a similar position at Arizona State. Congrats to Kyle and coach Meyer!
NIU TO HOST NCAA MIDWEST REGIONALS
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 1:50 pm on Thursday, July 1, 2010
Mark you calendars for Nov. 12, 2011, when Northern Illinois will host the 2011 NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships. For the first time in school history, NIU was selected as host to the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The Huskies will host the championships at the NIU "North 40".
FOLEY FINISHES TOP FOUR IN WISCONSIN
By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:45 am on Thursday, July 1, 2010
Keeping pace with his future teammates, 2010 NIU men's golf signee Shawn Foley has also been hard at work this summer as he prepares to join the Huskie family on August 19th's "Move-in Day." Yesterday at Yahara Hills Golf Course in Madison Wis., Foley ended competition at the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship (ages 13-18) and the Pewaukee native finished in a four-way tie for fourth place. The lefty fired a two-under par 70 in the first round on Tuesday and ended with a 73 in yesterday's final round to finish one-under with a 143 stroke total for the tournament, just two shots away from second place.
PHIL STEELE'S MAC COMINGS AND GOINGS
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:58 am on Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Phil Steele, college football guru, has some interesting Mid-American Conference notables on his website and daily blog this morning. First, Steele ranks the MAC's top teams over the past decade (2000-09) based on conference win %, conference and division titles, bowl games and bowl wins. As you would expect, NIU has some considerable mentioning in that list. Also, Steele provides fans a chance to pick the winner of each MAC contest of the upcoming season. Check it out!
TWEET ALL DAY, TWEET ALL NIGHT
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 4:31 pm on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
If you aren't already following us on Twitter, or "Liking" us on Facebook, please do so as soon as possible. After all, we've redesigned our Twitter index page, and now have feeds set up through Facebook and NIUHuskies.com to keep Huskies fans fully "locked in" to the events surrounding NIU Athletics. Get in the game!
BALL & OATES = TEXAS COLLEGIATE LEAGUE NO-HITTER
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:59 pm on Monday, June 28, 2010
As mostly all of his Huskie teammates are doing, Zach Oates is playing in a wooden bat collegiate league this summer in order to improve and prepare for next season. If Friday's outing is any indication of what Oates' upcoming senior season will be like, Huskie fans are in for a fun ride.
Despite losing the game due to lack of support from his offense, Oates twirled the second no-hitter of the summer in the Texas Collegiate League. Taking the bump for the Texas Tomcats, Oates held the East Texas PumpJacks hitless in Game One of a seven-inning doubleheader. Three walks and a hit batsman were the only blemishes for Oates on the day and led to a pair of runs in the third inning. A walk, hit-by-pitch, and another walk loaded the bases with no outs and a pair of grounders scored the two third-inning runs. He then retired the final 12 batters of the game in order. The final line of the day for Oates: 6.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.
Job well done, Mr. Oates. We all know your Huskie teammates would never have let a no-hitter go to waste.
I'VE HEARD IT'S FUN TO STAY THERE
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 4:45 pm on Monday, June 28, 2010
NIU head coach track and field Connie Teaberry was at the YMCA, Friday, for 2010 Olympic Day. She talked to a group of young campers about the importance of fair play and sportsmanship. Check out the video highlights below:
RIGHT PLACE AT RIGHT TIME FOR CONROY
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 3:55 pm on Monday, June 28, 2010
New assistant women's basketball coach Joe Conroy wasn't going to leave his head coaching job at Woodstock North High School for just anything. But the right opportunity came along at the right time to bring the well-versed collegiate coach back to the Division I level. Charlie Ellerbrock explains in this article.
Jeff Dick STAYING SHARP DURING SUMMER
By Zach Peters | Posted at 3:19 pm on Monday, June 28, 2010
Following the best season of his three-year NIU career, Jeff Dick has been staying in top form over the summer as he hopes to have an even better senior season in 2010-11. Over the weekend in his home state of Texas, Dick finished in a tie for 20th at the prestigious Texas Amateur Championship.
In the 101st edition of the annual event held in Dallas at the Royal Oaks Country Club, the Sherman native finished two strokes over par in a field of 144 Texans. Dick started the event with a first-round 73, then posted a 70 in round two. In round three, he shot a 72 and bettered it in the final round by one stroke to finish with an overall stroke total of 286 at the par 71, 7,068-yard course.
Alex Kube IS READY FOR THE SEASON
By Zach Peters | Posted at 3:01 pm on Monday, June 28, 2010
As a 195-pound redshirt freshman in 2007, Alex Kube was playing the safety position, and thought of himself as a safety. One hundred eleven tackles and a first team Freshman All-America accolade later, then-first-year head coach Jerry Kill decided to shift Kube's tackling ability to the linebacker position for 2008, but he still thought of himself as a safety and carried the weight of a safety. Two years later, the Cary, Ill. native definitely considers himself a linebacker after bulking up to 234 pounds and feels better than ever, according to Barry Bottino's article in the Northwest Herald last Friday.
To see where Kube and the Huskies stand in Rivals.com's newly released preseason top 120 countdown, check out this link, where 10 of NIU's 12 opponents rank worse than the Huskies on Rivals' list.
JERNSTAD IMPRESSES IN NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE DEBUT
By Zach Peters | Posted at 1:01 pm on Monday, June 28, 2010
Last week, former NIU left-handed pitcher Matt Jernstad (2005-08) inked a deal to join the New York Yankees organization. A few days later, he made his debut for the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League and it could not have gone much better for the Oswego, Ill. native. On Thursday, the 24-year-old retired 13 straight batters in an 8-5 loss to the Aberdeen IronBirds. He entered the game in the fourth inning down 5-1 and kept it that way. In his 4.1 innings of work he piled up six strikeouts, allowing just one walk and no hits. Thirteen in a row?! Not too shabby. To read his quotes after the game, click here.
HUSKIES-OWLS PICKED FOR MAC TITLE GAME
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:25 am on Monday, June 28, 2010
The Bleacher Report contributor Jack Jones has selected the Huskies and Owls to win their respective divisions and play in the MAC Championship Game. We won't hold it against him that he picked Temple to win the game... at least not publicly.
Meanwhile, the college football blog Pre-Snap Read has its preseason rankings from 120-67 without NIU in sight. Who is in sight? Ten of Northern Illinois' 11 opponents - Eastern Michigan (119), Buffalo (108), Akron (105), Ball State (101), Illinois (94) Western Michigan (92), Minnesota (83), Central Michigan (82), Iowa State (88) and Toledo (72). If these fortune tellers are anywhere close to accurate, 2010 could be a season you don't want to miss.
HAVE A HAPPENING?
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:10 am on Monday, June 21, 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!