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Aug. 16, 2010



By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 11:00 pm on Friday, August 13, 2010

Just wrapped up a great day out at the 2010 NIU Women's Basketball Fore Hoops Golf Outing. In addition to a boatload of community supporters who played in the scramble (and ate a delicious post-round dinner), NIU President John Peters, NIU V.P.-A.D. Jeff Compher, and Huskie head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton were all in attendance. Add to that Huskie players, NIU women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett and her father, legendary men's hoops coach Dick Bennett, and it was quite a day! Check out the video highlights above.



By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:21 pm on Friday, August 13, 2010

With the start of the 2010 campaign right around the corner (Aug. 27), the Huskie volleyball squad was featured in the The Beacon-News as Rick Armstrong wrote about the young, talented, and local roster.

In other volleyball news, the Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll was released today.  Voted on by the league's coaches, the Huskies were picked to finish third in the West Division.  Central Michigan was chosen to top the West Division, while Ohio was selected to win the East Division.  The Chippewas were also selected to be the regular season champions, but the Bobcats were favored to win the MAC Tournament. 


By Megan Wallace | Posted at 11:45 am on Friday, August 13, 2010

As part of preseason training the Northern Illinois women's soccer team hosted a Red-White Scrimmage, Thursday. Members of the team squared off against each other, battling one another on the field, but ultimately the red team walked away with a 1-0 victory. The video above captures Cori Frankenberg's game-winning goal

Make sure to keep up with the Huskies this weekend as the host Milwaukee in exhibition match-up, Sunday at 5 p.m. at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.



By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:40 am on Friday, August 13, 2010

A pair of former Huskie teammates will square off against each other tomorrow night in San Diego when Garrett Wolfe's Bears face off against Larry English and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The game, which airs at 8 p.m. CT on Fox, will be the first time the two have been on the field at Qualcomm together since the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl. This will be Wolfe's second trip back to San Diego and the second time facing a former Huskie. He and then-Charger Michael Turner met in 2007.



By Joe Summins | Posted at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 12, 2010

The MAC Daily is running a series featuring media relations directors from across the Mid-American Conference. This week, it's NIU's own Donna Turner. From working with Heisman Trophy winners and national championship teams to operating a media relations office from the road after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Turner has had an amazing career. She shares some of those memories, as well as her experiences here at NIU in today's article. When she writes her book, you'll have to pick it up. It will be a must read for any sports fan.


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By Donna Turner | Posted at 4:30 pm on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Don't forget, NIU Football Family Fun Day is this Saturday, August 14 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Huskie Stadium.   Pick up your 2010 season tickets, HASF Benefits Package or Pup Club Membership Packet at the West Side ticket windows, and let the kids play on the bounce house or get a temporary tattoo from Victor E. Huskie and the NIU cheerleaders while you watch the 2010 Huskies scrimmage.  It's going to be warm out there so be sure to bring some water and plenty of sunscreen! The scrimmage begins at 9:50 a.m. and following practice, Huskie players will be available on the field for autographs.  NIU Football Family Fun Day is FREE so make plans now to be on campus Saturday morning. 

For those of you who can't make it out on Saturday, look for your season tickets in the mail late next week. Any season tickets not picked up Saturday will be mailed out Monday or Tuesday. 


By Joe Summins | Posted at 8:55 am on Thursday, August 12, 2010

In its upcoming college football preview, Sports Illustrated picked the Huskies to win the MAC West and face off against Temple in the 2010 MAC Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. SI is the fourth publication to pick the Huskies to win their division.  Sports Illustrated predicted the Huskies would finish the 2010 regular season with a 9-3 record.



By Brett McWethy | Posted at 3:31 pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

According to data released by the NCAA, Northern Illinois head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton has one of the most improved Academic Progress Rates (APR) for Division I head coaches over the past three years.  The APR keeps track of a coaches' track record on graduating players and making sure they stay in good academic standing with their respective universities.

According to this list compiled on, Patton's APR ranks 17th in the country, and he and his staff boasted a 115-point increase since 2007-08, Patton's first year at the helm.  Patton is the only Mid-American Conference head coach to garner mentioning in the article, and to be included on the list of 25 coaches.


By Megan Wallace | Posted at 2:55 pm on Wednesday, August 11

NIU women's soccer reported to preseason camp Tuesday, marking the start of the Huskies' 2010 season. As the Huskies open their preseason training they will have just five days of preseason training before competing against Milwaukee in an exhibition matchup on Aug. 15.

As the Huskies prepare for their upcoming season, excitement is also rising around the Mid-American Conference competition. Robert Ziegler, of, highlights veteran Huskies senior captain Mo Smunt and junior forward Kelsey Passaglia in this piece about the buzz surrounding the MAC competition this season. 



Tracy Wilson had 93 tackles in his first full season as a starter.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:45 am on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Northern Illinois football team practiced in full pads for the first time Tuesday afternoon, and there was a considerable amount of intensity and physicality swirling around Huskie Stadium.  In the exclusive "Huskies by Position" series on, we examined the defensive backfield.  Jeremy Werner from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle was also in attendance, and touched on what head coach Jerry Kill dubs "the juice" of the defense.

In case you missed it, Monday's installment of "Huskies by Position," we focused on the wide receivers.  Stay tuned today for a preview of the defensive line.  Also, sign up to be a Huskies All-Access subscriber, and you can view preseason football camp position previews, complete with footage of practice drills, and comments from players and coaches.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:34 am on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Former Northern Illinois basketball letterwinner Ryan Paradise has officially delved into the coaching world.  Paradise, who had been serving as the freshmen boys' basketball coach at Marmion Academy (the alma mater of Larry English), has been named the varsity coach.  He replaces Rashan Burno, who accepted an assistant coaching post at Towson University.  


By Zach Peters | Posted at 1:10 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Senior-to-be Jeff Dick kept his successful summer going by placing third at the Texas Golf Association's North Amateur Championship in Carrollton, Texas at The Honors Golf Club of Dallas.  To know more about Sherman, Texas, native's day, check out the recap, and also his scorecard.



By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:26 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Former Huskie hurler Trevor Feeney (2005-08) was recently highlighted in The Herald-News as one of several professional baseball players from the Joliet area.  The righty is pitching for the Detroit Tigers' Class A Midwest League West Michigan WhiteCaps.  This season, he is 8-11 with a 3.34 ERA with 165 hits given up in 148.3 innings.  He also has 106 strikeouts and just 16 walks.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:03 am on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The quarterback position is receiving a lot of attention in the early part of training camp. The Daily Chronicle had a feature on DeMarcus Grady over the weekend and posted this story on Chandler Harnish in today's paper. NIU head coach Jerry Kill knows the situation will play itself out over the course of the next two weeks.


Silas was the first Huskie to average at least 20 ppg since Leon Rodgers in the 2001-02 campaign.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 4:28 pm on Monday, August 9, 2010

Northern Illinois senior-to-be Xavier Silas has never been a stranger to refining and improving his craft during the offseason.  This summer has been no different for the MAC's returning leading scorer.  After touring China with the "Reach USA" national team in May, Silas has been training in his hometown of Austin, Texas (with his father, former Spur and Cavalier James Silas) and also in Dallas with former NBA head coach Bob Hill.

Last weekend, Silas competed in the ADIDAS Nations Camp (scroll down near the bottom to read more) in Chicago. Now, he is back in San Francisco, wrapping up his summer training with Frank Matrisciano, where Silas spent much of last summer.   


By Zach Peters | Posted at 3:29 pm on Monday, August 9, 2010

Back in November, when the 2010 NIU baseball recruiting class was announced, none of the high schoolers had played their senior seasons yet.  With their final campaigns now under their belts, the awards and achievements have been documented and compiled.  To see what head coach Ed Mathey's largest-ever recruiting class (11 committments!) has in store for the 2011 season, click here.


By Megan Wallace | Posted at 1:27 pm on Monday, August 9, 2010

Congratulations to the Northern Illinois cheerleading team who took first place at 2010 College Nationals Showoff, hosted by Lewis University, earlier this month.  Over 300 people were in attendance at the three-day cheerleading camp, which took place on July 30- August 1. Showcasing their crowd involvement and on-the-field cheering the Huskies placed first at the competition. Congratulations to our Huskie cheerleaders!


Harnish returns for his junior season, and will be in an open competition to be the starting QB.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:39 am on Monday, August 9, 2010

Pete Conrad, a staff writer for the Journal News in Hamilton, Ohio, was in attendance at MAC football media day in Detroit, and in his latest notebook entry, focused on the league's quarterbacks.  While NIU head coach Jerry Kill recognizes that plenty of the QB depth in the MAC from 2009 is gone to graduation, he also states that a solid quarterback will be key to capturing a MAC Championship this season.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:41 am on Monday, August 9, 2010

There were feature stories on a couple members of the NIU offense over the weekend in the Daily Chronicle. Jeremy Werner posted this story on Scott Wedige after Friday's practice, while Saturday, he wrote a piece on the development of DeMarcus Grady for Saturday's edition.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:27 am on Monday, August 9, 2010 posted preseason All-MAC Teams and top players heading into the 2010 season over the weekend. Running back Chad Spann and left tackle Trevor Olson were named first team All-MAC Offense, while defensive end Jake Coffman was the lone representative from the Mid-American Confernece's No. 1 defense the last two years on the first team All-MAC Defensive unit. Line mate Joe Pawlak garnered second team All-MAC honors on offense, while safety Tracy Wilson, of the aformentioned No. 1 defense in the MAC the last two seasons, earned second team honors. Spann, Coffman and Wilson were named to the preseason top 30 list at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 27 respectively. also posted its 2010 MAC preview. The Web site picks the Huskies to play Temple in the MAC Championship game in Detroit Dec. 3. It also mentions Spann as one of the top running backs in the league. It also predicts NIU to finish the regular season with a 9-3 mark.



By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:05 am on Monday, August 9, 2010

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