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Sept. 14, 2009

Huskie Happenings


By Zach Peters| Posted at 2:17 pm on Friday, September 11, 2009

Huskie fans, the home opener is almost here!  For those who can't make it to the football opener against Western Illinois at Huskie Stadium on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT, here's how to follow the live action:

TV - Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN GamePlan, and Huskie All-Access (live video).

RADIO - WSCR 670 AM Chicago (will join in progress), WLBK 1360 AM DeKalb, and WTJK 1380 AM Janesville, Wis.

LIVE STATS - GameTracker on


By Zach Peters| Posted at 2:07 pm on Friday, September 11, 2009

Former Huskie and current Dallas Cowboy Doug Free is ready for his third NFL season to begin, but he stands in the same place on the depth chart as he did in his rookie year --- stuck behind all-pro left tackle Flozell Adams.  However, that hasn't stopped Free from working hard and being ready for action at any moment.  Find out more about Free's NFL progress by reading Steve Clark's article in the Herald Times from Tuesday.


The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Houghtaling!

Come on, I know you just sang it, "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer weiner!"

Just for good measure, we got Billy Idol's approval of this marriage.

By Zach Peters| Posted at 10:52 am on Friday, September 11, 2009

Congratulations to Russell Houghtaling and Erin Jordan as the two Huskies will be joined in marriage tonight!  Russell, who is an assistant director in the NIU Media Relations Dept., met Erin, who is a coordinator in NIU's Student-Athlete Academic Services Dept., while the two were both working at Western Illinois.  Russell then got the job here at NIU, Erin followed shortly after, and the rest will be history very soon!


By Zach Peters| Posted at 9:54 am on Friday, September 11, 2009

As a kid, NIU sophomore Emily Rogers thought tennis looked like a fun game to play, but now she has made it her craft.  Find out more on how she developed into a dominant player by reading Jimmy Johnson's article that ran in the Northern Star yesterday.


By Joe Summins| Posted at 9:20 am on Friday, September 11, 2009

Huskie student-athletes will be out in the DeKalb-Sycamore Community in the comming weeks. It starts this Sunday, September 13th when several Huskies will be out at the DeKalb Kite Fest from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the North 40, near Anderson Hall and the Barsema School of Business on the NIU campus.

NIU student-athletes will be in the parking lot of Molly's, located at the corner of Annie Glidden and Lincoln Hwy, Saturday, September 19th from 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. working with the DeKalb County chapter of RAMP, a non-profit, non-residential Center for Independent Living that emulates the Independent Living Philosophy with a mission that promotes an accessible society that allows and expects full participation by people with disabilities. Participants in the Wheel-A-Thon can choose a wheelchair and have the opportunity to decorate it, practice and socilaize with the other participants. The wheelers and walkers take off and complete a two-mile course. For more information on the event and to make a pledge visit the DeKalb County Wheel-A-Thon website.

The Huskies will close out a busy month of community servide events at Brooks Elementary School for the Brooks Elementary Fun Fest Friday, September 25th from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Huskie student-athletes will help run games, hand out prizes and visit with students.


Larry English was probably not laughing after picking up a $14,508.67 tab.

By Zach Peters| Posted at 12:18 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2009

The San Diego Chargers have a fun tradition.  Unfortunately for former Huskie and 2009 NFL first round draft pick Larry English, the tradition is fun for everybody but one person.  That person happened to be English as he had to take the team out to dinner and pay for the bill that ended up being $14,508.67.  Now that's a meal!


By Brett McWethy| Posted at 10:09 am on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary at a game?  Want to propose to that special someone? Commemorate the special occasion with a personal message during NIU sporting events at Huskies Stadium or the Convocation Center. All proceeds from this program benefit NIU Athletics.

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By Zach Peters| Posted at 9:42 am on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Huskie fans, make sure to catch new episodes of "NIU Live" and "Inside Huskie Sports" this week!  The latest installment of "NIU Live" will air today at 5:30 p.m. CT on WLBK 1360 in DeKalb and at 10 p.m. on WSCR The Score 670 AM in Chicago.  The newest version of "Inside Huskie Sports" will air today at 2 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and will also air on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on My NetworkTV in Rockford.

Also, please note that the time has changed for next Monday's taping of "Inside Huskie Sports" at Fatty's in DeKalb.  Instead of the normal 5:30 p.m. start, the show will begin taping at 5:00 p.m. now.  See you there! 


By Zach Peters| Posted at 9:31 am on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote an article yesterday about how much money Mid-American Conference schools have spent over the last five years to improve their football operations.  According to the article, only four schools in the conference have spent more money than the Huskies.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:13 am on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hard to believe its already Sept. 10 and that we are just over two months away from the men's basketball season opener (Nov. 13) at Northwestern.  On Thursday, two announcements were made: the addition of walk-on guard Antone Christian, and Michael Fakuade's jersey number change, from #55 to #0.  


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:42 am on Wednesday, September 9, 2009

NIU head coach Jerry Kill has a plan for life after football.  It's simple, and all it involves is a shelter, rod, tackle box, bread, peanut butter, and jelly.  John Sahly's article in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle yesterday explains Kill's plan A.F. (After Football), while also providing a brief punting evaluation from the Wisconsin game and quick scouting report on Western Illinois quarterback Matt Barr.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:27 am on Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Jerry Kill was pleased with the physical effort in NIU's loss to Wisconsin last weekend, but here in John Sahly's article in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle yesterday, Kill talks about how the Huskies need to sharpen up mentally before their home opener this weekend against Western Illinois.

HAPPY 100th

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 11:58 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A very Happy 100th Birthday to Francis Stroup, the author of the Huskie Fight Song lyrics. Francis will be honored at this weekend's football game against Western Illinois. To celebrate, here's the NIU Fight Song, just for you!

Download the MP3

Huskies, come on you Huskies
and make a score or two

Huskies, you're Northern Huskies
the team to pull us through

Forward, together forward
there's victory in view

Come on you Huskies, Fight on you
Huskies and win for N.I.U.



The Huskies were this close to getting away from Madison with a win.

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:31 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The countdown clock went all zeroes Saturday, as the NIU football team kicked off the season. As most of you know, the Huskies came up just short of upsetting Wisconsin in Camp Randall, a place very few teams find wins. To help you digest the game, here's the box score, some game notes and a photo gallery. For their efforts, kicker Mike Salerno and linebacker Cory Hanson earned MAC Player of the Week honors.

As this article from the Badger Herald, Wisconsin's student newspaper, explains, the Badgers were happy to escape with a win.

From the Huskie perspective, the Daily Chronicle had this game wrap, along with a story on Pat Schiller, success in the red zone, and a feature on Bryan Beckner.

And exhale. Let's all catch our breath. Four days until Western Illinois comes to town for the home opener.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:48 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Entering the weekend, some polls saw the North Carolina men's soccer team as the best in the nation. Others just saw them second best. Neither lofty ranking intimidated the Huskies, who tied the Tar Heels 1-1, Friday in Chapel Hill. The feat is even more impressive when you consider UNC beat its other two opponents on the week by a combined score of 9-0. Here's the DeKalb Daily Chronicle/Huskie Wire's version of the event.

I talked to new head coach Eric Luzzi after the match, who said the tie was good, but would be spoiled if his team didn't respond with a good result against UNC-Greensboro later in the weekend. The Huskies responded, trouncing the Spartans 4-1 for Luzzi's first win as Huskie head coach.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:31 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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