By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:44 am on Friday, July 30, 2010
Two days after the Huskies held media day in Chicago, NIU is representing in Detroit today as the MAC hosts it's media day. As has seemingly every other preseason prediction, the Huskies were again selected to win the MAC West and face Temple in the championship game, this time by the league's coaches and media. A complete release will be on NIUHuskies.com later this morning.
Huskie fans, you can follow along the happenings of media day in Detroit by reading NIUHuskies.com's 2010 MAC Media Day Blog. You can also catch interviews and the Football Kickoff Luncheon live on MAC-Sports.com.
TWO GREAT EVENTS CAP OFF SUMMER
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 12:31 am on Thursday, July 29, 2010
Over 250 Huskie fans took part in a pair of NIU events over the past week -- the long-standing Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic Golf Tournament, held at Seven Bridges Golf Course, and the second annual Football 101 Women's Clinic, hosted by Jerry Kill and members of the Northern Illinois football team. Thanks to all the Huskies who came out and helped make each event a success! For those of you that missed this year's events, hope to see you next year! Below are highlights from the 2010 Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic and Footabll 101 2010.
More than 150 Huskie fans and golfers attended and/or participated in the 15th Annual Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic on Friday, July 23 at Seven Bridges Golf Course. Current Huskie football players and former coaches John Gibbons, Bill Mallory, Joe Novak, Pat Culpepper enjoyed golf and dinner. Head Coach Jerry Kill greeted every foursome on the course and spoke at the post-round dinner, where he introduced a contingent of his 2010 players and fired up the crowd for the upcoming season. Congratulations to Vince Scott, Kyler Scott, Chris Nendick and Grant Dungan who took first place in the team competition. In addition, Morgan Murphy earned the Longest Drive Award, Phil Horvath II made the Longest Putt and NIU Hall of Famer Mike Terna was closest to the pin. Terna also dropped in a hole-in-one on the 15th hole. Check out photos from Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic here.
On Tuesday, July 27, Kill and the NIU players served as hosts and instructors at the Second Annual Football 101 Women's Clinic at the Yordon Center and Huskie Stadium. The players taught the clinic partipants about their positions, demonstrating pass routes, offensive line stance and quarterback reads, as well as blocking and tackling techniques. The evening started with a cocktail hour before the group split into offensive and defensive meeting rooms. Following their classroom sessions, the ladies toured the Huskie locker room, got a "pre-game" speech from Kill, thenreplicated game-day by touching the Huskie dog statue before running out on to the field. Vicky Coffman, mother of NIU's own Jake, carried the American flag. Once on the field, clinic participants lined up in positions on offense and defense. Former Huskie softball coach Mary Bell stepped under center at quarterback. After competing for the longest pass and punt, the ladies and players gathered for a "team photo" to close out the event.
CHI-TOWN MEDIA DAY WRAP-UP
Connor Flahive was one-of seven Huskie players in attendance at Ditka's.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:01 am on Thursday, July 29, 2010
For those who haven't indulged yet, we wanted to give Huskie fans a complete recap of the coverage NIU received at Wednesday's Chicago media day event at Ditka's Restaurant. We'll keep searching for video, but if you saw the CBS and NBC newscasts last night, you saw some great snippets. Hey Coach Kill -- it's "twitter," not "tweeter!"
For the writers, we have the following, in no particular order: As Jeremy Werner of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and HuskieWire.com writes, the quarterback race is open heading into camp. Coach Kill talked a lot about depth in his press conference, and that was one of the positions he touched on.
We also had the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and 670 the Score (among others) in attendance, so keep your eyes peeled!
HUSKIE FOOTBALL MEETS THE CHICAGO MEDIA
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 5:11 pm on Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Today marked the first installment of media day for the NIU football team, and we had a great turnout at Ditka's in the Windy City. We'll have full coverage of the event coming up shortly on NIUHuskies.com, but for now, check out a Photo Gallery and video below of the event!
BOLIN RECOGNIZED AS TOP EUROPEAN COLLEGE PROSPECT
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:01 am on Tuesday, July 27, 2010
A reminder for all you female football fanatics (or men who want to get that special lady in your life up on the game), Coach Kill's Football 101 is tomorrow night. The program, which runs from 5-8 p.m., is informative, interactive and more importantly fun. Participants can enjoy drinks and appetizers while interacting with NIU players and coaches before a film study with Coach Kill. Attendees will then split into small groups where Huskie players will breakdown the different positions and tour the football locker room. The evening culminates with on-the-field training demonstrations. Details on sign-up right here!
Coach Kill will become DJ Kill Wednesday morning. The leader of Huskie football is sitting in as guest DJ on B95 DeKalb (technically it's at 94.9) from 8-9 a.m. He'll be talking between songs about the upcoming season, so be sure to tune in to hear it straight from the top.
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:47 am on Monday, July 26, 2010
Over the weekend, sophomore-to-be Kurtis Luedtke tamed the field at the Naperville City Championship by winning a four-man playoff to claim the victory. Entering the tournament as an amateur, the Aurora, Ill., native notched a birdie on the first playoff hole to take care of business rather quickly at Springbrook Golf Club, a par-72 championship golf course that plays at a length of 3,486 yards with a slope of 130 and course rating of 73.0.
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:14 am on Monday, July 26, 2010
As the Mid-American Conference continues its inside look at the league's student-athletes, Sean Progar is up next. Click here to get to know Mr. Progar a little better than you thought you knew him. I bet you didn't know that as a kid he wanted to grow up to be a professional baseball player.
HAVE A HAPPENING?
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:05 am on Monday, July 26, 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!