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Aug. 31, 2009

Huskie Happenings


By Megan Wallace | Posted at 2:40 pm on Friday, August 28, 2009

The Northern Illinois women's volleyball team opened it 2009 season with a 25-13, 26-24, 25-18 win over Western Illinois. In the noon match-up the Huskies had three players record more than ten kills against the Leathernecks, leading NIU to a 3-0 win.

As a team the Huskies recorded 46 kills in the match, with sophomore Allison McGlaughlin leading the charge with 13. Teammates Meagan Schoenrock and Cassie Yates recorded 11 and ten kills, respectively, each remaining errorless through the match.

Be sure to make your way to Victor E. Court tonight to cheer on the Huskies as they take on UIC at 7 p.m.!


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:24 am on Friday, August 28, 2009

Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain has this MAC preview out, in which he picks Akron from the East and Western Michigan from the MAC West to play in the conference championship game. As for the Huskies? Fourth in the West. C'mon Elton, Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Spice Girls version).


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:24 am on Friday, August 28, 2009

Big time day over at Victor E. Court, where there are five volleyball matches schedule. The Huskies will play in two of them, facing Western Illinois at noon, and playing Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. NIU will also play a pair of matches Saturday, against Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m., and UIC at 7 p.m. Be sure to make your way out, and cheer on the Huskies!!


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:46 am on Friday, August 28, 2009

If you joined us yesterday for Huskie Happenings, you saw the start of my countdown of the top-7 reasons I'm excited for Huskie football to start. Let's continue...

Number Six: Food.

Working in athletics is awesome! But it can also be kind of a bummer when you see everyone else tailgating before the game. I ate my first tailgate food in three-and-a-half years during the spring at the Tailgate Showdown. Here's a reminder:



This year I get to take one game off (for my wedding), and I will be once again enjoying one of the best parts of college football: the Eats.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 11:11 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

The countdown clock on is in single digits. Nine days, six hours, and some change. Awesome. I'm so excited, I'm going to start another countdown. "Seven reasons why I'm excited about Huskie Football." Why seven? Because I'm taking weekends off while I still can.

Without further ado...

Number Seven: Revenge.

And I mean revenge in the most sportsmanlike way. Five of the Huskies' seven losses last year were by one score or less. Four of those were by four points or less. This year, I'll be looking forward to avenging a 29-26 loss to Western Michigan, a 33-30 double-overtime loss to Central Michigan, and taking out the frustration of losing 31-27 to Minnesota on fellow Big Ten members Wisconsin and Purdue. Oh, and heading to another bowl game to redeem to 17-10 score of the Independence Bowl. We were this close to having a diamond of a year, and I think we're ready to turn some of the L's into W's.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 10:13 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some encouraging words from Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune in his 2009 NIU Football preview. It's a good quick look at the 2009 squad.

But Fred, while I hate to be nit-picky, are we really "on a revival plan"? We have been to the postseason four times in the last five years (Silicon Valley Bowl, MAC Championship, Poinsettia Bowl, Independence Bowl), and went 10-2 prior to that. Here are my top-five things that need "a revival plan."

5. Original American Gladiators (back when it was a sport, not a TV show. No Hulk Hogan allowed.)

4. Bounty Hunters (both real, and imaginary)

3. Chumbawamba

2. Mustaches, glasses, and short shorts in sports



By Donna Turner | Posted at 10:10 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Northern Illinois' weekly radio show, "NIU Live," will debut tonight at 5:30 p.m. on WLBK-AM 1360, the flagship station for Huskie Athletics.  Huskie Football Head Coach Jerry Kill joins hosts Andy Garcia and NIU Associate Vice-President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher as they discuss the conclusion of preseason camp and the upcoming season.

The show, which will be heard on all Northern Illinois ISP Sports Network stations this year, will air each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WLBK through October, and will also be heard on WSCR "The Score" AM 670 in Chicago and, in the future, on WTJK ESPN 1380 in the Beloit/Rockford area. However, due to a scheduling issue, the show will not air on WSCR "The Score" AM 670 in Chicago this week. mFuture air dates and times for NIU Live on all three stations will be announced soon. Come back to for the upcoming schedule.    


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 10:07 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Being an iPhone user myself, I'm very "app"y about this next Huskie Happening.

Coming this fall, Huskie fans will be able to get an NIU Huskies application (or "app" for you digital natives out there) for their iPhones. The app will have many of the features of and Huskie All-Access, all on the go!


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:46 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

He's watching you. has a standout story on Huskie safety David Bryant, the man coach Kill has said is the most likely NIU player to get drafted in 2010. It's pretty amazing to think Bryant has only been a safety for a year, and that he'll get better from here. I think opposing offenses might take a detour around the middle of the field in 2009.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:46 am on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Daily Chronicle's John Sahly had a chance to chat with newly appointed Mid-American Conference commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher yesterday during his visit on campus in DeKalb.  Click here to read about Dr. Steinbrecher's plans for the MAC.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:39 am on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

With the craze of social mediums, like Facebook and Twitter, the recruiting process has changed to find new ways to communicate with prospective student-athletes.  Find out what the Huskie football staff is doing to keep up with the times in John Sahly's article in the Daily Chronicle.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:26 am on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

NIU sophomore starting middle linebacker Pat Schiller (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) came to DeKalb two years ago as a highly energized and physical talent without much knowledge of the playbook.  Now things have changed and his hard work is paying off.  Read about his journey in John Sahly's recent article in the Daily Chronicle


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:52 am on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's a Huskie Gameday! After a long summer, every gameday still feels like a birthday to me! Today, men's soccer is the present. The Huskies play DePaul out at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Match starts at 5 p.m. and is FREE FREE FREE. So come get your "football" fix.



By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:03 am on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The NIU volleyball team begins its season this weekend with the annual NIU Comfort Inn & Suites of Rochelle Invitational, and everyone is invited to watch some exciting volleyball action.  The Huskies will have four matches in two days with a noon contest against Western Illinois and a 7 p.m. match with Southern Illinois on Friday, and a 2 p.m. matchup versus Stephen F. Austin and a 7 p.m. contest against Illinois Chicago on Saturday.


By Donna Turner | Posted at 9:02 am on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Northern Illinois welcomed all of its 2009-10 student-athletes to campus on Sunday, August 23 at the Annual Student-Athlete Convention at the Holmes Student Center.  The Convention is annually held the day before fall classes start and gives NIU student-athletes across all teams a chance to come together, renew acquaintances with friends they had not seen all summer, or meet for the first time.  

Deputy Athletics Director Robert Collins led the program, which included a group photo opportunity, a welcome address by NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher and a guest speaker.  The student-athletes also received a T-shirt, the 2009-10 student-athlete handbook and a wristband that doubles as a USB drive.  

Compher referred to the "RED" message on the front of the black T-shirt as the initials stand for the Huskies' Core Values:  Represent NIU with Pride; Expect Success and Demand Integrity.  The back of the shirt references the Huskies' mission statement:  Developing Champions, in the Classroom, in Competition, in Life.   

Following the two-hour program, the students made their way to the large tent at the front of the Yordon Center, where they joined NIU coaches and their families as well as athletics staff, for a delicious lunch.  Due to their opportunity to work inside the ropes at the Solheim Cup, the Northern Illinois men's and women's golf teams were excused from Sunday's gathering.  

For Compher and the staff, the Student-Athlete Convention truly signifies the beginning of the 2009-10 seasons in all sports.


By Donna Turner | Posted at 9:02 am on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

On Tuesday, Northern Illinois will welcome Mid-American Conference Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher to DeKalb for the first time since he became the league's leader back in May.  Steinbrecher will be on campus to meet with Huskie coaches and athletic staff, tour the facilities and spend time with NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher.   

Steinbrecher will also take some time to do interviews with the local media, and will have a report on the Commissioner's comments and visit Tuesday afternoon.


By Donna Turner | Posted at 9:02 am on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mark your calendars now to be on hand next Monday, August 31, at Fatty's Pub & Grille (Lincoln Highway) in DeKalb for the very first taping of "Inside Huskie Sports" this year.   The taping will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include appearances by head coach Jerry Kill and senior safety David Bryant (tentative).  They will join host Brad Hoey.  "IHS" is scheduled to tape EVERY Monday at Fatty's at 5:30 p.m. through October 26th. Due to the Huskies' weeknight games in November, the schedule for later in the season will be announced at a later date.
Meanwhile, the first "NIU Live" radio show of the season, with co-hosts Andy Garcia and Jeff Compher, will air THIS WEEK on all three Huskie ISP Radio Network stations - WSCR AM 670 The Score in Chicago, WLBK AM 1360 in DeKalb and ESPN 1380 AM in Beloit, Wisc. (heard in the Rockford area).  Hear the show on the Score at 10 p.m. Thursday night.  WLBK and ESPN 1380 will air the show on the same day with those exact times to be announced. 


By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:41 am on Monday, August 24, 2009

Birthday wishes go out to Huskie football's top dog Jerry Kill and one of his defensive backs, Patrick George.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:31 am on Monday, August 24, 2009

Here are some video highlights from the Huskies' final football practice of camp Saturday morning at Huskie Stadium.



By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:45 am on Monday, August 24, 2009

It's the first day of school! No matter what age, I was always excited for the first day of school. For Northern Illinois students, including our beloved Huskie student-athletes, today is that day. For some teams it means the end of preseason camp (no more two-a-days, or in the case of men's soccer, three-a-days), and the start of the schedule they'll have for the next 16 weeks. To honor the event, here's Associated Content's list of 100 "Back to School" songs. I'm a big fan of how the list ends with 12 ABBA songs. How about this has almost 10 MILLION hits?!


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:40 am on Monday, August 24, 2009

A new web-site dedicated to Huskie Athletics launched over the weekend., a presentation of the Daily Chronicle, is a sleek looking place to get Huskie news.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:29 am on Monday, August 24, 2009

I'm not the logic police or anything, but is there something weird about having a MAC football preview? Weird or not, they do, and here it is. Like most of the polls, these basketball experts have picked the Huskie football team to finish third in the MAC West, behind Central Michigan and Western Michigan.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:29 am on Monday, August 24, 2009

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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:27 am on Monday, August 24, 2009

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