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Aug. 3, 2009
SAHLY'S TAKE ON THE MAC PRESEASON POLL
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:39 pm on Friday, July 31, 2009
In this new blog, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly provides his take on the Mid-American Conference preseason poll, and interviews Chandler Harnish about his thoughts on playing Big 10 Conference foes Wisconsin and Purdue in the non-conference slate.
BILL BAKER, MARK LINDO WILL BROADCAST LIVE FROM MEDIA DAY!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:00 am on Friday, July 31, 2009
DeKalb area media is taking over MAC Football Media Day! NIU Hall-of-Famer to-be Bill Baker, along with color commentary partner Mark Lindo, will broadcast LIVE from Ford Field beginning at 5 p.m. today on WLBK-1360. The tandem will have interviews with coach Kill (25-30 minutes of Huskie football talk with the head cheese), two players, and hopefully Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher and new MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. Tune in to start your weekend!
TEAM USA RECORDS COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN OVER FRANCE
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:56 am on Friday, July 31, 2009
The USA U-19 World Championship Team, mentored by NIU head women's basketball coach Carol Owens, overcame an eight-point first-half deficit, and outlasted France, 88-75, early Friday morning in Bankok. The ladies are now 6-1 in the tournament -- keep on rolling!
WATCH KILL AND NIU PLAYERS AT 9:50 A.M.!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:50 am on Friday, July 31, 2009
Head football coach Jerry Kill, quarterback Chandler Harnish and safety David Bryant will be featured in the "MAC Football Preview" on mac-sports.com beginning at 9:50 a.m. CST. Click HERE for the live link from Ford Field. You must have Windows Media Player downloaded, and right now, they are about 15 minutes behind schedule.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF THE CONVO
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:21 am on Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thanks to our buddy John Sahly from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for this feature story on the NIU Convocation Center. John Gordon, the director of the facility, and Heather Priest (marketing coordinator) took some time out of their day on Tuesday to give Sahly, a videographer and photograher an in-depth tour of the arena. Did you know the Convo floor was used for the 2001 Women's Final Four? More to come -- the Chronicle staff also toured the Yordon Center and Huskie Stadium. Expect to see some exciting videos, photos, and of course, Sahly's reporting.
BLOGGIN' WITH WATSON
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:19 am on Thursday, July 30, 2009
Graham Watson of ESPN.com had this quick blog in preparation for MAC media day, and the opening of each teams' fall camp. Definitely worth a quick glance.
DAILY CHRONICLE MAC MEDIA DAY PRIMER
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:14 am on Thursday, July 30, 2009
John Sahly and Jon Styf are en route to Detroit for MAC football media day, and have their local coverage set. Click here for a rundown of what to expect from the Daily Chronicle in Friday and Saturday's newspaper, along with Sunday's online edition.
HOLLIS SIGNS WITH RAMS
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:05 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Former Northern Illinois football standout Hollis Thomas signed with the Saint Louis Rams Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Congrats Hollis!
CATCHING UP WITH FORMER HUSKIE PITCHER Nick Hall
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:04 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Former NIU hurler Nick Hall (2003-06) was featured in a Q & A in the Southtown Star yesterday. Hall, who started his professional baseball career in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, is currently pitching for the Windy City ThunderBolts.
TEAM USA ADVANCES TO MEDAL ROUND
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:32 am on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Team USA posted a 109-68 victory over Japan in second round play of the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship. The Americans turned in a 5-1 record in preliminary rounds and advance to the medal quarterfinals as a No. 2 seed and will face France July 31. Tip off is set for 3:15 a.m. CDT.
HOFFMAN GONE GLOBAL
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:50 am on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Huskie setter Kristin Hoffman spent some time in Europe as a member of the Youth National A2 volleyball team, which competed in the 2009 Global Challenge Tournament in Croatia. Jay Schwab of the Daily Chronicle has this story. Here's quick excerpt.
"It was like chills running through my spine at that point, just a completely crazy feeling knowing you're representing your country instead of a club team or your school or your college," Hoffman said. "Those three letters on the back of your jersey mean so much more."
COUNTIN' 'EM DOWN!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:56 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thanks to John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for this week's version of his Tuesday Countdown. In this edition, Sahly "chronicles" his 13 most interesting statistics in the MAC entering the 2009 season. NIU will play its 1,000th game against Idaho on Sept. 26 ... pretty impressive. Sorry John, no photo depicting you of "John Salley" today!
WATCH KILL, BRYANT AND HARNISH LIVE FRIDAY!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:50 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday's MAC Football Preview will be streamed live from Ford Field in Detroit, and fans can view the festivities on All-MACess on mac-sports.com. A summary and schedule of the event can be found by clicking here.
TEAM USA NOTCHES FOURTH-STRAIGHT WIN
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:59 am on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
UPDATE FROM THAILAND
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:52 am on Tuesday, July 28, 2009NIU and Team USA head coach Carol Owens sent in her most recent blog. In it she talks about what the team has been up to on and off the court and what lies ahead for the Americans.
LINDO MOVES BACK INTO COLLEGE COACHING RANKS
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:23 am on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
After a 17-year run as the head boy's basketball coach at Naperville North High School, Mark Lindo is going home. The football analyst for the Huskie Sports Radio Network will return to his alma mater, Aurora University, as a part-time men's basketball assistant coach this season. Read about his plans in this story written by Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News.
MEDIA GUIDES ARE IN!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 3:55 pm on Monday, July 27, 2009
Part of the coronation of a college football season is the arrival of the preseason media guide. The books just arrived from EBSCO Media (the printer) in Alabama, and look great! Anybody else ready for some football?!?
By Joe Summins | Posted at 1:53 pm on Monday, July 27, 2009Former Huskie and current Saints' wide receiver Matt Simon was at Huskie Stadium today getting a workout in before heading off to training camp. Ironically, NIU head football coach Jerry Kill was singing Simon's praises in an interview minutes earlier for all of Simon's community service work during his days as a Huskie.
TEAM USA ROLLING
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:55 am on Monday, July 27, 2009Carol Owens and Team USA posted a 100-83 victory over Mali Saturday and defeated Canada, 64-50, Monda. The Red, White and Blue are 3-1 in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The Americans look to knock of undefeated Russia Tuesday at 3:15 a.m. CST.
MEN'S BASKETBALL WILL PLAY UIC IN CHICAGO THIS SEASON
Patton continues his scheduling philosophy of playing in-state foes by starting a home-and-home series with UIC this season.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:14 am on Monday, July 27, 2009
After a two-year hiatus, Northern Illinois and UIC will renew their non-conference rivalry in men's basketball this season. While neither team has released its schedule, the game is tenatively scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, at the UIC Pavilion. The Flames, who have won each of the last two meetings versus NIU, will play a return game at the Convocation Center during the 2010-11 season. Stay tuned for the releases of both the NIU men's and women's non-conference schedules as soon as they are completed!
HUSKIE TO BE DEALT...?
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:02 am on Monday, July 27, 2009
Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News explores the possibility of former Huskie pitcher Matt German being traded as part of the Philadelphia Phillies' attempts to cash-in on MLB ace Roy Halladay in this article. German has been playing well, and movin' on up through the minors. If a deal were to get done, it would have to happen in the next four days, before MLB's trade deadline.
UPDATE FROM NOVAK
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:58 am on Monday, July 27, 2009
So much has happened since former Huskie football coach Joe Novak retired, it's crazy to think it was just over a-year-and-a-half ago. After 12 seasons as the Leader of the Pack, Joe spent the 2008 season in a whole different way, and you can read about it in this DeKalb Daily Chronicle story.