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By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:47 am on Friday, August 20, 2010
Lindsey Wilhite of the Daily Herald was out at practice Thursday afternoon for the Huskies final scrimmage of the season. He gives a recap of camp, hit the highlights of the scrimmage and broke down the quarterback competition in this story in today's paper. The paper also ran this piece from the Associated Press along with Wilhite's story which discussed the strengths of NIU in 2010.
By Donna Turner | Posted at 4:35 pm on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Huskie Happenings would like to take a moment to recognize a time-honored tradition here at NIU and that is the annual "Move In Day" on the DeKalb campus. While to those of us in Athletics, summer officially ends when the football team hits the practice field for the first time in August, for the rest of campus on Thursday is the day as thousands of students return to DeKalb after a summer away.
Northern Illinois truly mobilizes for Move In Day with hundreds of volunteers emptying cars loaded with new computers and bedspreads and television and delivering the items to the student's room. There are often familiar faces among the volunteers, including President John Peters, who makes the rounds greeting students, and NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. According to Compher, the key to volunteering on Move-In Day is simple, arrive early so you get the best golf cart! He and many other athletic department staffers will be stationed throughout campus tomorrow. If you are coming to campus tomorrow and are not a student moving in, be warned, traffic patterns and parking could be a challenge. It might be wise to either call ahead to make sure your destination is accessible or postpone your trip until Friday.
If you are a returning or new student, we are glad to have you back, as are the local businesses! DeKalb gets pretty quiet without the 24,000 of you roaming around. Hope you are ready for some great Huskie Happenings (and I don't mean just the blog) in 2010!
KILL IMPACTING LIVES OFF THE FIELD
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:07 am on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
While NIU head coach Jerry Kill is establishing himself here at Northern Illinois since arriving in DeKalb in December of 2007, he maintains a relationship with the people of Southern Illinois through the Coach Kill Cancer Fund. The ABC affiliate, WSIL in Carterville, Ill. posted this story on its Web site this morning on the impact Kill and his cancer fund have had on the community. Be sure to catch the video as well.
Huskie fan Scott P. sent us a link to this clip of an ESPN Fantasy Football commercial featuring (sort of) former NIU tailback Michael Turner. Just a reminder, if you have a Huskie Happening we welcome you to send it to us by clicking here!
PREVIEWS, PREVIEWS AND MORE PREVIEWS
By Donna Turner | Posted at 5:33 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010
Both Rivals.com and CBS Sports.com posted their 2010 Mid-American Conference Football Previews in the last few days and the Huskies once again are highly-regarded by both popular internet sites.
While CBS Sports.com's MAC Preview focused the attention and story on Temple, their favorite to win both the East Division and the overall MAC title, the website did pick Northern Illinois to win the West and face Temple in the MAC Championship game. Surprisingly, given that NIU has had the No. 1 total defense in the MAC in each of the last two years and has 11 players who started at least six games returning on that unit, CBS Sports.com tabs Kent State as the top defense in the MAC and the league's "Sleeper" team. Chad Spann is the only Huskie to make their All-MAC team.
Rivals.com did a different sort of preview on the league which was not quite as Temple-focused. While senior writer Tom Dienhart also chose Temple's Bernard Pierce and Adrian Robinson as the league's preseason offensive and defensive players of the year, he tabbed NIU transfer Cameron Bell as the league's "Breakout Offensive Star."
Dienhart gave the Northern Illinois coaches their due, tabbing them as the MAC's "Best Coaching Staff" with this explanation: "Jerry Kill may be the top coach in the league; he has rebuilt the Huskies into a strong program in just two seasons in DeKalb. He has good coordinators in Tracy Claeys (defense) and Matt Limegrover (offense). And it was a coup to woo Jim Zebrowski from Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater as quarterback coach."
According to Rivals, Northern Illinois will play in five of the league's "Ten Best Games," including the Game of the Year, Temple at NIU on Oct. 9. Fans, I don't care if it is an 11 a.m. game, we need Huskie Stadium packed early and loud for this one. Get your tickets now!
On the Preseason All-Conference Team, NIU has two first teamers in Spann and cornerback Chris Smith and two second teamers, offensive tackle Trevor Olson and linebacker Alex Kube.
In the Unit Rankings, Rivals.com rates the Huskies' offensive backfield as the best in the MAC, while the defensive line and linebackers are both third and the defensive backs fourth. Again, we'll see about that at the end of the season.
In the Expert Predictions, two of the five "experts" picked NIU to win the league. The other three picked, you guessed it, Temple.
THE TICKETS ARE IN THE MAIL!
By Donna Turner | Posted at 5:31 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010
If you missed Huskie Football Family Fun Day on Saturday, you missed a great (if rather warm) time at Huskie Stadium as a larger crowd than ever before gathered on the Huskie Stadium field to watch the 2010 NIU football team go through a two-plus hour scrimmage. It is hard to tell who was more tired at the end of the day, though, the players or the kids who spent the scrimmage in the Huskie Bounce House!
If you did not make it out to Huskie Stadium on Saturday to pick up your 2010 season tickets, those tickets were mailed out this morning. Please note that away game tickets will be sent out later this week or early next week and were not included in the season ticket packet. Still waiting to purchase your tickets? Why? Call Eric Schultz and his crew at the Convocation Center Ticket Office at 815-752-6800 or click on the Tickets link at the top of the page!
BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:54 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010
Jackie Smith, assistant men's basketball coach Will Smith's mother, is back in the NBA. While she won't be making the cut in Lionel Hollins' rotation, she will be at every home game, contributing in her own right. For the second-consecutive season, Jackie Smith was named a member of the "Grizzly Grannies," a dance team that performs at Grizzlies' home games, at the FedEx Forum. For a behind the scenes look at the audition process, CLICK HERE. Also, check out the YouTube video above -- Will Smith was at this game last season, checking out his mom and her teammates in action.
SILAS MENTIONED ON NBADRAFT.NET
Eastern Michigan decided to put four defenders on Silas last winter.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:34 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010
Xavier Silas, who has trained in multiple states this summer, received more mentioning per the ADIDAS Nations Camp last weekend on NBADraft.net. Silas was listed among the NCAA players that are expected to factor into next summer's various professional summer leagues, including Portsmouth and the conventional NBA Summer League.
ON THE FAST TRACK TO 1,000 FOLLOWERS!
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:26 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010
Thanks to Huskie Nation for "friending" us on Facebook and "following" us on Twitter. We collected our 800th follower on Twitter over the weekend, and have nearly 2,200 friends on Facebook.
MORE BASEBALL SUMMER SUCCESS
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:34 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010
As the "Boys of Summer" are nearing back-on-campus status, a few are ending their summers nicely. Texas Tomcats third baseman Troy White was named to the All-Texas Collegiate League Team as he hit .323 with 42 hits, 21 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 42 games. Similarly, DeKalb County Liners lefty reliever Tom Zelasko was selected to the First Team All-Star roster of the Prospect League after he posted a 0.93 ERA with six saves in 21 games while compiling 20 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Additionally, White's Tomcat teammate Zach Oates led Texas to its first-ever playoff win last week. The tall right-hander took the mound against the Victoria Generals and came through with a five-hit, one-run performance over six innings while striking out seven.
Congrats to NIU women's basketball 1000-point club member Sonya Crider, who was recently named head coach at Lewis and Clark Community College. She was on two Huskie NCAA Tournament teams and scored a total of 1,201 points from 1981-85. You can read more about Crider's new job in this story by Laura Griffith of The Telegraph.
It won't be all hugs and kisses during today's scrimmage.
As you can read here, the men's soccer team reported to camp yesterday. They dealt with mostly administrative things, and didn't actually hit the field until this morning. Later today, the guys will awaken their competitive spirits with the annual intrasquad Cardinal and Black Scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. You can read up on the 2010 edition of the NIU men's soccer team in this story by Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News.
HAVE A HAPPENING?
By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:07 am on Monday, August 16, 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!