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By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:33 am on Friday, July 23, 2010
Northern Illinois, in partnership with CBSSports.com College Network, is excited to announce the Northern Illinois Huskies Toolbar, the newest way for fans to follow the Huskies online. The Northern Illinois Huskies Toolbar is designed to keep fans up to date on the latest Northern Illinois Huskies news and scores.
The Toolbar is equipped with several features which will give fans a virtual front row seat to all of Northern Illinois athletics. The Messaging Component will serve as a direct line of communication between Northern Illinois Athletics and fans. This way, Northern Illinois can deliver breaking news, video highlights, and special offers directly to the fans' browsers - ensuring that fans are the first to receive the latest Northern Illinois news.
The Northern Illinois Toolbar's scoreboard component will allow Northern Illinois fans from all over the world to follow the games directly on their browser. The score will render directly on the toolbar, and will update automatically every minute so that Northern Illinois fans everywhere will never miss a play. Fans will also receive Points for searching and shopping with the Northern Illinois Huskies Toolbar.
Huskies fans will be able to follow Northern Illinois wherever they are - at work, abroad, and at school - and the Northern Illinois Huskies Toolbar will allow fans to Never Miss a Moment of the action.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:09 am on Friday, July 23, 2010
It's a familiar story to Garrett Wolfe. The Bears bring in a new running back and his name is the first to mentioned as the odd man out. There's a great feature in today's Chicago Tribune talking about Wolfe's determination to prove all the doubters wrong.
BIG YEAR FOR FREE
By Joe Summins | Posted at 8:58 am on Friday, July 23, 2010
Matt Mosley of ESPN.com posted his preview of the NFC East and talks about how this is an important season for current Dallas Cowboy and former Huskie Doug Free. The Dallas Cowboys have shown a lot of confidence in the fourth-year pro with the release of veteran left tackle Flozell Adams.
NIU VOLLEYBALL'S ACADEMIC SUCCESS KEEPS GROWING
By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:43 pm on Thursday, July 22, 2010
The NIU volleyball team continued it's trend of academic success with the addition of the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 school year, marking the second year in a row that the team has garnered the honor. As one of 94 recipients at the Division I level, the ladies led all NIU athletic programs with a team cumulative GPA of 3.34.
CONGRATS TO DAN SHELDON!
By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:46 am on Thursday, July 22, 2010
Congratulations to former Huskie football star Dan Sheldon, who will be inducted into the Burlington Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 9. The Elgin, Ill., native was a key component to the very successful NIU football teams from 2001-04 that won three MAC West championships and the 2004 Silicon Valley Classic bowl game in San Jose, Calif., over Troy (34-21).
As a Huskie lifer, I can still remember Sheldon's 48-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of the big win over #21 Alabama in 2003. Again, congrats, Mr. Sheldon. You helped bring great memories to many, many Huskie fans!
CATCH A FUTURE HUSKIE FRIDAY NIGHT
By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:20 am on Thursday, July 22, 2010
NIU baseball's Bo Andrews will be in action Friday night in the inaugural Northern Illinois Baseball Senior Classic at Road Ranger Stadium in Loves Park, Ill. As a standout right-handed pitcher/outfielder at Harlem High School in Roscoe, Ill., Andrews is one of 11 newcomers as part of head coach Ed Mathey's largest recruiting class in his nine years at NIU.
I ran into former NIU wide out and current NO Saints receiver Matt Simon yesterday at the Yordon Center. He's been back and forth between DeKalb and Minnesota visiting family and working out. I shot some quick video of a hand speed drill he was working on with Furqan Muhhamad (the little balls are racquet balls). I sent my pal men's soccer goalie Jordan Godsey in to give it a shot as well. After my directorial work, I tried it for a few rounds and it is every bit as hard as it looks.
REPORT FROM ADIDAS CAMP
The coaches pose, and Ferrell is being Ferrell.
Does this man really need a microphone??
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:27 am on Thursday, July 22, 2010
Russell Houghtaling and I got a chance to be guest "judges" at Ryun Ferrell/Patrick Fisher's ADIDAS Camp Thursday morning. Much like Ferrell's other camps, he divided the 30-plus campers into two teams. They were then required to come up with a team name, a team cheer, and finally, build a "sculpture" out of tennis balls and rackets. Some very creative stuff. The black team, which entitled themselves "Creatures from the Black Lagoon," ("coached" by women's tennis players Sara McLaughlin and Katie Friedlund) edged out its opponents, 2-1, with the sculpture of a large tennis racket and an "ADIDAS" logo being the tiebreaker.
There's been a "Who's Who" of guest speakers at this week's camp -- Monday, head coach Jerry Kill spoke to the group; on Tuesday, assistant men's basketball coach Sundance Wicks brought the energy level up, and on Wednesday, Associate V.P./Director of Athletics Jeff Compher spoke to the campers. Another great event!
MATHEY'S PROS GROW
By Zach Peters| Posted at 4:56 pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The list keeps getting longer. It's at 24. That's the number of former Huskies that played under Ed Mathey and have moved on to professional baseball. The nine-year head coach and NIU all-time wins leader recently received several updates from some of his former Huskies. Click here to see how they are doing!
The really neat news is that Huskie women's golfer Carissa Burdi conducted the interviews. That's a pretty good clip for the file. You can find the magazine around DeKalb, or check out its website to subscribe.
HUSKIES POISED FOR BREAKOUT YEAR
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:37 am on Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A few days after posting its season preview on the Huskies, Sporting News posted this story on its site about how 2010 could be a breakout year for NIU under head coach Jerry Kill. The article points out that while the Huskies are one of the favorites to win the MAC, the Huskies' schedule is a formidable one.
THE FOLEY'S --- FATHER VS. SON
By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:31 pm on Monday, July 19, 2010
They always say, "Like father, like son." For NIU men's golf freshman-to-be Shawn Foley, this is the case. Last year, the Waukesha, Wis., native and his dad, Dave, both participated in the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship. They had a great experience and updated each other on their progress because they weren't playing in the same group. This year, they are at it again, but there's a different feeling. The mushy moments are done. It's all business now. Father vs. son. Or maybe son vs. father. You think Shawn wants to head NIU after beating the old man!?! Check out this story by Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
PHIL STEELE PLACES HUSKIES IN GMAC BOWL
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:46 am on Monday, July 19, 2010
Phil Steele, the preseason college football guru, has his 2010 bowl projections set. Steele has the Huskies playing in their third-straight postseason contest, matching NIU up with Troy in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 6, 2011. Notably, Steele also has Mid-American Conference foes Western Michigan and Temple playing in the postseason.
IT'S BEEN AWHILE....
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:42 am on Monday, July 19, 2010
Since we've mentioned conference expansion on this blog. Some people are probably extremely happy about that. Most true sports fans are familiar with Bill Simmons of ESPN.com. While we won't bring you any of his recent narrative, we will turn to "Page 2" of ESPN.com for this interesting take on further conference expansion. Can you say the "Middle-Belt Consortium" five times fast?!?
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:30 am on Monday, July 19, 2010
In its continuing "Getting to Know" series, the Mid-American Conference featured NIU wide receiver Landon Cox yesterday. Further proof that it's a small world, you will never guess who was on the other team of Cox's first game with the South Holland Jets.
ANOTHER PUBLICATION HIGH ON HUSKIES
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:23 am on Monday, July 19, 2010
Add SportingNews as yet another publication that feels the Northern Illinois football program will be tops in the MAC West. The publication posted its season preview of NIU over the weekend and ranked the Huskies 49th in the nation and predicted NIU to finish first in the division.
CATCHING UP WITH SIMON
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:14 am on Monday, July 19, 2010
What would former NIU wide receiver and current New Orleans Saint Matt Simon be doing right now if he wasn't a member of the Saints? Robert Stewart of The Times-Picayune has that answer and more after sitting down with Simon for a quick Q&A with the second-year pro.
CHANGE OF PLANS
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:05 pm on Monday, July 19, 2010
NIU freshman Greg Barksdale was all set to continue his playing career with one of his high school teammates at Wyoming. After making a visit to Laramie, the Crete-Monee standout had a change of heart and opted to come to Northern Illinois. Alan Macey of the Daily Southtown chronicled Barksdale's decision process in this feature story.
HAVE A HAPPENING?
By Joe Summins | Posted at 8:57 am on Monday, July 19, 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!