CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, C'MON
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 2:55 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010
NIU's own Victor E. Huskie made a special appearance at the Kane County Cougars game last night, helping Cougar's mascot, Ozzie, celebrate his birthday. The night was full of celebration as Victor E. Huskie participated in Ozzie's Birthday Bash, the Cougars walked away with a 6-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Elfstrom Stadium.
NEWS FROM THE NFL
By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:19 am on Friday, August 6, 2010
Current Charger and former Huskie Larry English is off to a great start in camp. English is looking to build on his rookie year and just get better with each practice. He may be lining up against a former NIU teammate this season as former Huskie wideout Britt Davis signed with the Denver Broncos.
MEN'S SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL PREVIEWS
By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:05 am on Friday, August 6, 2010
Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star was at DeKalb Media Day yesterday and filed this story highlighting NIU Athletics' academic success, and wrote a preview on the upcoming men's soccer and women's volleyball seasons.
TOP 25 POLL RELEASED
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:57 am on Friday, August 6, 2010
USA TODAY released its 2010 preseason poll today and Northern Illinois garnered a point. NIU was joined by fellow MAC teams Temple, which received two points, and Central Michigan, which, like the Huskies, received a point. The USA TODAY Board of Coaches comprised of 59 head coaches at Division I-A institutions and are all members of the American Football Coaches Association. Of those 59 coaches, six hail from the Mid-American Conference.
2010 FOOTBLL SEASON OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:17 am on Friday, August 6, 2010
The Northern Illinois University football team hit the practice field for the first time in 2010 Thursday afternoon. Picked to win the MAC West, the Huskies look to earn that honor on the field writes Rick Armstrong of the Beacon News. Jeremy Werner of the Daily Chronicle identifies some of the position battles in his practice report.
Doug Free IMPRESSING AT COWBOYS CAMP
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:43 am on Thursday, August 5, 2010
"Doug is a really good player." That's a quote from none other than NFL All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who former Huskie standout Doug Free (2003-06) is currently practicing against at the Dallas Cowboys' preseason camp.
Free is in line to take over at offensive left tackle for five-time Pro Bowler Flozell Adams, who was not retained by Dallas for the 2010-11 season. In 10 one-on-one passing drill matchups during camp, Free holds an 8-2 advantage over Ware. Click here to read more about the Manitowoc, Wis., native in Gerry Fraley's article in The Dallas Morning News.
This isn't the first time Free has handled Ware with success. Remember that Silicon Valley Classic bowl game win NIU had over Troy, 34-21, back in 2004 on December 30th? Yeah, Ware didn't have any sacks that game, which helped allow the Huskie offense to score 34 unanswered en route to victory.
FORE HOOPS A FAMILY AFFAIR
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:44 pm on Tuesday, August 3, 2010
In addition to a whole new women's basketball coaching staff, a special guest will be at this year's Fore Hoops Golf Outing, Friday, August 13. Dick Bennett, coaching icon and father of new Huskie women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett, will spend some time on the links and with Huskie fans. The elder Bennett totaled over 300 career wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances on the men's side before retiring from coaching in 2006. You can get more details on the outing here or by calling Cecelia Bolles at (815) 753-0586.
By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:25 pm on Monday, August 2, 2010
On Friday, we left you dangling with the fact that incoming men's golf freshman Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North H.S.) was doing well in the finals of the Wisconsin Junior Masters Match Play Tournament. Well, he did what we were all hoping he would do: HE WON! Click here to read about how it all went down and click here to read about how well he has been doing this summer as he prepares to be a Huskie.
RECAPPING 2010 MAC MEDIA DAY
By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:40 pm on Monday, August 2, 2010
There were several stories that came out 2010 MAC Media Day in Detroit. First and foremost was the announcement of the preseason media poll which have Northern Illinois and Temple as winners of the MAC West and MAC East respectively. Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer filed his MAC notebook from Detroit. USA Today was also on hand and broke down Temple and NIU heading into the 2010 season and also talked about the BCS and a potential playoff with Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS. Lindsey Wilhite of the Daily Herald turned in this outstanding piece in which he broke down, in detail, the 2010 Huskies.
NO ONE BETTER LAY A FINGER ON MY BUTTERFINGER
Chad Spann hopes to be running away from other Big Ten defenders early this season.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:02 am on Monday, August 2, 2010
One thing that will get running backs an extended amount of time on the bench watching is fumbilitis, which isn't actually a word, but we're going with it anyway. When NIU workhorse Chad Spann was a walk-on freshman, fumbling the ball was an issue. Now, after recording a 1,000-yard season as a junior, "butterfingers" are not his main worry. But as he states on HuskieWire.com, steady improvement is the key to capping his career off in style.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS "FRIENDS"...
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:57 am on Monday, August 2, 2010
When Chad Spann was a high school running back, he ran around defenders. Now, in coach Kill's power offense, he's often asked to run through them. Jeremy Werner, who's been plenty busy since taking over the NIU beat at the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, examines which running backs Spann "mirrored" when attempting to change the way he approached running the ball.
YEAR THREE IS THE CHARM
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:46 am on Monday, August 2, 2010
In many coaching circles, they term year three "movement year." For NIU head coach Jerry Kill, in his past coaching jobs, the third season of his tenure could be better characterized as "impact year." In previous stops at Saginaw Valley State, Emporia State and Southern Illinois, Kill boasts a combined 17-5 record in his third season. Jeremy Werner of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle/HuskieWire.com explores this trend in a story posted on Sunday.
SIMON HOPING TO HANG ON WITH SAINTS
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:19 am on Monday, August 2, 2010
Former Huskie standout and all-around good guy Matt Simon (2004, 06-08) is trying to stay with the Saints and elevate his role. Last season, he was on New Orleans' practice squad, but this year his eyes are set on the active roster. Recently, Roy Lang III of the Shreveport Times caught up with Simon and talked about his progress.
Joe Etcheverry EARNS ALL-LEAGUE NOD
By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:43 am on Monday, August 2, 2010
After making the California Collegiate League mid-summer classic as a member of the San Luis Obispo Rattlers, Joe Etcheverry ended his senior offseason campaign by garnering third team all-league recognition. The first baseman posted a .253 batting average (38-for-150) with 10 doubles, one triple, and 25 runs batted in. The Bakersfield, Calif., native also had an eight-game hitting streak, nine multi-hit games, and four multi-RBI contests in the wooden bat league.
HAVE A HAPPENING?
By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:26 am on Monday, August 2, 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!