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July 27, 2009

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COMCAST TO FEATURE BRIGHAM-NOVAK TONIGHT

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:55 pm on Friday, July 24, 2009

Make sure to tune into "SportsNite" tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. The crew was out at the Brigham-Novak Classic this afternoon, and will have a full report on the telecast ... interviewees included Jerry Kill, Joe Novak, P.J. Fleck and Bill Mallory.  


ONE OF THE BEST

By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:32 am on Friday, July 24, 2009

NIU men's golf head coach John Cleary was recognized by his instructor peers and Golf Digest as the ninth-best golf instructor in the state of Illinois recently in an article that ranked the top 50 teachers in the country and the top teachers by state.


BRIGHAM/NOVAK IN PROGRESS

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:20 am on Friday, July 24, 2009

No live scoring from this golf tournament, but good to point out that the Brigham/Novak tournament is underway. We'll be back with a full report from the event, which I'm sad to say I had to miss, Monday. Did you go? Let us know how your experience was - houghtaling@niu.edu .


TEAM USA FALLS TO SPAIN

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 1:15 pm on Thursday, July 23, 2009

Carol Owens and Team USA opened play in the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships in Bangkok with a 90-86 setback to Spain. The Americans will take on China tomorrow at 7:45 a.m.


WATCH FOR "FOOTBALL 101" ON WTVO TONIGHT!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 23, 2009

Coach Kill's "Football 101" event, a football clinic for women, was a huge success Wednesday night.  More than 100 participants were in attendance, honing their skills on the football field as the gridiron season quickly approaches.   WTVO, Channel 17 in Rockford, will have a recap of the event on tonight's 6 p.m. news. You can also check out the Huskie Happenings video above.


OWENS OFF IN BLOG-ISS-PHERE

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:55 am on Thursday, July 23, 2009

Check out Carol Owens' latest blog from Bangkok!  "C.O." touches on how to adjust to jet lag, how she judged her team's performance in an exhibition win against France, and the Americans' game plan against Spain as competition gets underway!


HART'S HEART-WARMING STORY

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:24 am on Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thanks to James Nokes from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for this great story on former Huskie men's basketball player Mike Hart.  Hart will be undergoing open-heart surgery Monday after doctors discovered a tiny hole in the interior of his heart.  An inspirational read ... the NIU Athletic Department wishes Mike and his family well on Monday!


THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Prospect League All-Stars

By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:16 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Huskie trio of Jordin Hood (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich), Dave Reynolds (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and Tom Zelasko (Lansing, Ill./Mt. Carmel) helped the West All-Stars come out on top 7-4 in ten innings at the first annual Prospect League All-Star Game in Springfield, Ill. last Wednesday at Robin Roberts Stadium.

Despite going 0-for-3 at the plate, Hood, who was representing the Quincy Gems, was flawless in his five fielding chances with four assists.  Both Zelasko and Reynolds represented the Dupage Dragons.  Zelasko threw a perfect sixth inning with one strikeout to hold a 3-3 tie for the West.  Reynolds entered the game as a sub and was 0-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored that helped the West earn the victory in the league's initial mid-summer classic.


OWENS Q&A

By Joe Summins | Posted at 1:48 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

With just under 24 hours before Carol Owens leads Team USA against Spain in the opening game of the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship in Bangkok, Thaihland, Owens shared her thoughts on the team's chances in the tournament in this Q&A.

CHARLES IN CHARGE

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By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:45 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NIU lefty Chuck Lukanen (Lombard, Ill./North Iowa Area C.C.) participated in last night's Northwoods League All-Star Game as a representative of the Green Bay Bullfrogs and earned a hold in his seventh inning relief appearance in which he preserved a 4-0 lead for the South All-Stars by recording two outs.  Lukanen and the South All-Stars went on to win 4-2 at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.


MORE ON THE HUSKIES AND JAYHAWKS

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:05 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle had THIS follow-up on the Huskies' 2012 home date against Kansas.  Some good commentary from Associate V.P./Director of Athletics Jeff Compher included.  Enjoy!  


FOOTBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:04 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Football camp schedule is up on NIUHuskies.com. You can check it out right here. Some brief notables: season ticket pick-up and Fan Day is August 15, there are only four two-a-days this fall, and there are practices slated day and night, to fit anyone's busy schedule.


KANSAS CONNECTION

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:59 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The BIG news of yesterday was, of course, the Huskies making a home-and-home deal to play Kansas in 2011 and 2012. The Jayhawks will be the first team from a BCS auto-qualifier to visit Huskie Stadium since 2003, when NIU beat both Maryland and Iowa State at home.


SPRINTING HOME FROM SENEGAL

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:31 pm on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Huskie trackster Kaylee Walters is wrapping up her two-month stay in Senegal. In her final blog from abroad, she reflects on a whirlwind seven weeks, and counts what she will and won't miss about the African nation.


2009 NIU FOOTBALL MEDIA GUIDE ONLINE

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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:26 pm on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Here's a nice little present today for all you Huskie fans getting jacked up for football season: The 2009 Northern Illinois Football Media Guide. I'll let it do the talking.


BUSY WEEK

By Donna Turner | Posted at 9:43 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

For the middle - OK, the end - of summer (at least by college athletics' standards), it's a busy week for the Northern Illinois Athletic Department.  Here's a brief reminder of this week's upcoming events, as Huskie fans get ready for football season!

Football 101 Women's Clinic
Wednesday, July 22 - 5-8 p.m.
Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center/Huskie Stadium

Eighty ladies have already signed up to attend this first of its kind NIU event, as Huskie Head Coach Jerry Kill and his staff take the attendees through the ABCs of football with a breakdown of the positions, in-depth discussion of offense, defense and special teams.  The "campers" will also take to the field for position drills, and receive a Football 101 play book, t-shirt and group photo. 

Brigham-Novak Golf Tournament
Friday, July 24 - 7:45-4 p.m.
Seven Bridges Golf Course, Woodbridge, Ill.

A full field, including former head coaches Joe Novak, Bill Mallory and Pat Culpepper, will be on hand for this popular annual event, which has moved to a new course for 2009.  The golfers will tee off at 8:45 a.m. with the post-round lunch, football program update from Jerry Kill, and awards scheduled for 2 p.m.

NIU Day at the adidas Outlet Store
Saturday, July 25 - Noon-2 p.m.
Premium Outlets Mall (Farnsworth Rd. and Route 88), Aurora, Ill.

Meet NIU Head Coach Jerry Kill between 1 and 2 p.m. and stock up on your adidas gear for the football season at the adidas Outlet Store this Saturday.  Pick up your free 2009 football poster and schedule cards, see the Northern Illinois cheerleaders and Victor E. Huskie and purchase a special edition Northern Illinois football t-shirt.

For more information on any of these events, see the related releases on niuhuskies.com or call the HASF and NIU Marketing Office at 815-753-1923.  


SAHLY'S CRYSTAL BALL SAYS

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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:19 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

John Sahly, the NIU beat writer for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, has peered into his crystal ball to look into the football future of the Mid-American Conference. He sees... many things... among them the Huskies finishing third. THIRD!? Let's just say we'll remember this, John, when you want to sit in the press box this November.


HALL OF FAME CLASS ANNOUNCED

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:02 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In case you missed the big announcement yesterday, the 2009 Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Class was announced. Here's the list (in good-ol'-fashioned alphabetical order): Bill Baker (Huskie Radio Network, 1980-Present), Johan Bergseth (men's soccer, 1982-85), Cary Groth (tennis-baskeball-head coach-athletics director, 1974-78 and 1981-2004), Cathy Holmes (Galloway) (volleyball, 1985-88), and Wes Luedeking (football-basketball-track-baseball, 1953-57). That's some list! You can read the details on each of the inductees here, and join them for the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, Friday, Oct. 30. For info on attending, call (815) 753-1923 or contact Matt Mattmiller at mattmiller@niu.edu.


HUSKIES TOP TAR HEELS, WILDCATS ...

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 5:01 pm on Monday, July 20, 2009

In the last decade of college football that is ... As a lead-in to its preseason coverage, CBSSports.com ranks each NCAA Division I-A program over the next few weeks based on its performance during the "Golden Decade."  NIU came in No. 71, ahead of MAC schools Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan and Central Michigan, and notable non-conference foes such as North Carolina and Kentucky.  Check it out!


FRENCH TOAST

By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:57 am on Monday, July 20, 2009

Carol Owens and Team USA shook off their jet lag with an exhibition game against France in Bangkok, Thailand Monday. The Americans posted an 86-46 victory over the French with every member of the U19 World Championship Team scoring, five in double digits.


CHATTIN' WITH CHANDLER

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:58 am on Monday, July 20, 2009

NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish was featured on the Mid-American Conference's 2009 Football Summer Preview: Getting to Know... series Saturday. In this great Q&A, he discusses his goals on the field and off, his plans for the future and his personal interests.


GETAWAY DAY

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:38 am on Monday, July 20, 2009

In case you missed it, Carol Owens updated her blog before departing for Thailand for the 2009 FIBA World Championships July 23-Aug. 2. Team USA turned in one of it best practices of training camp Friday and Owens is anxious to get the games going.

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