|FROM THE ROAD
Coach Kill took time to visit with the Big Ten broadcast crew for Saturday's game with Purdue including Larra Overton, Criag Coshun and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 8:23 pm on Friday, September 18, 2009
Greetings from West Lafayette. The Huskies left DeKalb just after 10:30 a.m.and arrived at the team hotel just before 3 p.m. local time. After settling into their rooms, the Huskies went downstairs to the parking lot for a bit of walk thru before boading the bus and heading to Ross-Ade Stadium.
IT'S A FOOTBALL FRIDAY!
Saturday's game may be the NIU seniors' last chance to play a Big Ten Conference foe.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:12 am on Friday, September 18, 2009
Just over 24 hours away from kick-off in West Lafayette. In fact, the team will be officially departed before I finish this post at 10:30 a.m. We've got preview galore, and hope we don't forget anyone. Here goes nothing.
Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, who will be making the trip to Ross-Aide Stadium, provides this advance, which focuses on the Huskies' second chance at a "statement" victory this season.
John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle wrote this feature on NIU's wide receiving duo of Perez Ashford and Martel Moore. One interesting tidbit: Moore's high school coach, Bryan Dausin, played for NIU head coach Jerry Kill.
NIU junior running back Ricky Crider has been slowed by injuries early this season, but is back to 100 percent, and looking forward to contributing against the Boilermakers. Crider, a native of Evansville, Ind., caught up with Randy Beard of the Evansville and Courier Press, earlier this week.
Deep breath. Finally, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette tracked down Pat Schiller, Me'co Brown and Jerry Kill for this preview story. Stay tuned to ESPNChicago.com and the Indianapolis Star for game-day stories, as well.
MEN'S BASKETBALL TO HOLD TWO CLINICS SATURDAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:55 am on Friday, September 18, 2009
Northern Illinois men's basketball assistant coaches Sundance Wicks and Todd Townsend will hold two clinics in or near the Windy City Saturday. Wicks will team with Loyola-Chicago head coach Jim Whitesell and various area high school coaches in the "Give Yourself a Chance" Clinic at Byron High School (696 N. Colfax St.) in Byron, Ill. Townsend will be participating in a coaching clinic at Oakton C.C. (1600 E. Golf Road) in Des Plaines, also to be held Saturday.
ATTACK OF THE MAC
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:51 am on Friday, September 18, 2009
Check out this rundown on the success of Mid-American Conference football teams vs. Big Ten Conference foes by Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. In the history of the MAC prior to 2000, Toledo was the ONLY MAC school to have hosted a Big Ten team. Since the new millenium, however, 12 of the 13 MAC institutions have hosted a home/neutral game with the Big Ten.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GOLF OPEN FALL SEASON SATURDAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:47 am on Friday, September 18, 2009
The men's and women's golf teams will open their respective 2009 fall seasons this weekend. The men's squad, in the first tournament under the leadership of first-year head coach Tom Porten, will play in the Michigan State Invitational in Kingsley, Mich., Saturday-Sunday, while the women's squad will head to Muncie, Ind., for the Ball State Invitational.
BUSY FRIDAY ON TAP FOR NIU ATHLETICS
Lindsey Curnock will have two chances to break the MAC shutout record this weekend.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:35 am on Friday, September 18, 2009
Fall has officially arrived, especially as evidenced by our composite schedule on the front page of NIUHuskies.com. Both NIU soccer teams, plus the cross country squad, and men's and women's tennis teams are in action Friday. In a classic business man's special, the Huskie women's soccer team will host Oakland at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex beginning at 4 p.m. If you can't make it out to the game, you can follow the action here via Gametracker.
NIU ON THE AIRWAVES
By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:09 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009Northern Illinois athletics will be all over the airwaves this weekend. The blitz begins tonight when NIU Live airs at 5:30 p.m. on 1360 AM WLBK and at 10 p.m. on WSCR 670-AM "The Score." NIU head football coach Jerry Kill and Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher discuss the win over Western Illinois and the great game-day atmosphere at Huskie Stadium, and preview the upcoming contest with Purdue.
This afternoon, "Inside Huskie Sports" airs on Comcast SportsNet at 3:30 p.m. Host Brad Hoey is joined by Kill and running back Chad Spann and safety Mike Sobol. The three recap Saturday's win over Western Illinois and preview the upcoming game with the Boilermakers. IHS will re-air at 10:30 a.m. on MyNetwork TV Rockford, providing a perfect lead in to Saturday morning's telecast of NIU's game with Purdue at 11 a.m. on the Big Ten Network. Craig Coshun and former Boilermaker Rod Woodson will be the commentators with Larra Overton covering the sidelines.
If you don't have the Big Ten Network or can't be around a T.V., you can follow all the action live with Bill Baker, Mark Lindo and Casey Kahler on the Northern Illinois ISP Sports Network. The pregame show begins at 10:30 am and will air of WSCR, WLBK and WTJK in Janesville, Wis.
SCOUT NIGHT 2009
By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:22 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009There's still time to register for Scout Day 2009 at Huskie Stadium. This year's event will take place when the Huskies play host to Idaho Saturday, September 26th with kick off is slated for 2:30 p.m. The package includes a ticket to the game, an overnight camp out, watching a movie on Brigham Field on the JumboTron and a hot breakfast Sunday morning. For more information contact Cliff Bottgliero at 815-753-1292. The deadline to register is Friday.
MORE LOVE FOR THE MAC
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:53 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009
While it doesn't directly affect the Huskies, this article on Ohio.com includes some nice comments by Indiana head coach Bill Lynch on the competition in the Mid-American Conference. His Hoosiers will take on Akron this week, and edged Western Michigan last Saturday. Here's a teaser quote, it's worth a read on your lunch break.
"The MAC has always been a great conference. But you look at the games over the last 10 years, and and I am not sure you can call them upsets anymore. The MAC teams go into Big Ten stadiums and win."
NIU ATHLETICS EXPANDS SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:41 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009
We've been "tweeting" (help us reach our 400th follower) for just over two months now, which has been a very successful way to reach Huskie fans and media outlets. Beginning this week, NIU Athletics is announcing another "social media" partnership with eMobileIT, a Dekalb-based supercharged marketing service that will provide text updates to Huskie fans. By simply texting "Huskies" to 87415, fans can receive regular score updates for NIU in-season sporting events FREE OF CHARGE. Test out the service this Saturday against Purdue if you can't make it to West Lafayette!
Also, fans can follow Huskie athletics on Facebook, at the following address: Facebook.com/NIUHuskies. As always, if you have other suggestions for ways for our department to reach our fan base, e-mail us here.
KEYS TO SUCCESS SATURDAY
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:35 am on Thursday, September 17, 2009One of the keys to the Huskies' game with Purdue (11 a.m. CST, Big Ten Network) will be finding a way to stop Boilermakers' running back Ralph Bolden, the nation's leading rusher. John Sahly breaks down what the Huskies need to do in order to be successful Saturday in this story found in today's Daily Chronicle.
SAD DAY FOR NCAA, MYLES BRAND PASSES AWAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 5:02 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Northern Illinois Athletics Department's thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Myles Brand, the president of the NCAA, who passed away Wednesday due to complications of pancreatic cancer. Brand, who attended the Final Four in Detroit last March, was 67.
GAME NOTES ARE IN!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 3:05 am on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Northern Illinois' game notes for Saturday's non-conference contest at Purdue are available, only on NIUHuskies.com. It will mark the first-ever game between the Boilermakers and Huskies, but NIU's second non-conference foe from the Big Ten this season.
FORMER NIU MBB ASSISTANT NAMED HEAD COACH OF VERMONT FROST HEAVES
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 3:01 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Vermont Frost Heaves of the Premier Basketball League (PSL) today introduced former Northern Illinois assistant men's basketball coach Jeff Strohm as head coach. He replaces Will Voigt, who after three seasons and two championships left to take over the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA's Development League, or D-League.
LINDSEY HICKS NAMED NEW COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:15 pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Lindsey Hicks, a former compliance assistant at Texas and graduate assistant in the compliance office at Central Florida, has been named the new compliance coordinator at Northern Illinois. Hicks comes to NIU from the University of Texas where she served as a compliance assistant for one year. Prior to her term with the Longhorns, Hicks was a two-year compliance G.A. at UCF, where she earned her master's degree in Business Administration. Prior to attending UCF, Hicks was a four-year varsity soccer student-athlete at the University of Florida. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Florida in 2006.
"Lindsey is a conscientous, detail-oriented person, who excelled as a student-athlete at Florida and understands the importance of NCAA rules compliance," said Senior Associate Athletics Director/Administration Christian Spears. "I am confident she will serve our coaches, staff and the university community with enthusiasm as we maintain our commitment to institutional integrity and compliance will all NCAA rules and regulations."
MAC MBB MEDIA CENTER NOW LIVE
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:35 am on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The 2009-10 Mid-American Conference men's basketball media center, complete with each team's roster, schedule and preseason prospectus is now live, and available here courtesy of mac-sports.com.
BACK HOME IN INDIANA
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:12 am on Wednesday, September 16, 2009Indiana native Chandler Harnish returns to his home state this weekend when the Huskies take on the Purdue Boilermakers at 11 a.m. CST on the Big Ten Network. Harnish, who was recruited by Purdue, is expecting between 300 and 400 family and friends at the game. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle writes about what the game means for Harnish in this story in today's paper.
SCALING THINGS BACK
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:05 am on Wednesday, September 16, 2009Sometimes less is more. In the case of the Huskie offensive game plan, scaling things back a bit provides better results. NIU head coach Jerry Kill talks about the offense's execution against Western Illinois in this story by Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News.
IT'S GAME DAY!
Don't be surprised to see some Huskie student-athletes taking in the action tonight!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:25 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Home sweet home. After a seven-match road swing, the Northern Illinois volleyball team returns home TONIGHT at 7 p.m. to face Milwaukee at Victor E. Court. Come out and support the Huskies in what should be another great home-court advantage!
BRYANT EXPECTED BACK SATURDAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:54 am on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Northern Illinois safety David Bryant is expected to make his 2009 season debut Saturday when the Huskies travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue. NIU head coach Jerry Kill made the announcement on Monday's teleconference.
FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL AND MORE FOOTBALL
Me'co Brown did a lot of running away from defenders Saturday night.
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:00 am on Monday, September 14, 2009
If you're following this blog, you're seeing that it's taken me an hour to get our Monday morning posts finished. That's a good thing though -- there is a lot going on around NIU Athletics, and we were fortunate enough to have some great coverage last weekend.
First things first. Check out our NIUHuskies.com recap, which also brings you final stats, postgame quotes and a photo gallery. Secondly, check out our local coverage from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle. As Kevin Chroust writes, the Huskie "youngsters" showed up early in Saturday's 41-7 win over Western Illinois. John Sahly provided this angle of Jason Schepler finally getting his chance, when he hauled in a four-yard touchdown catch. Sahly also gave this sidebar, about how the Leathernecks provided a unique challenge to the Huskies.
Now moving toward the Windy City (I told you we had some great coverage!) ... Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune covered his first game at Huskie Stadium, and had this write-up on the win. Finally, Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News wrote about the Huskies' 1-2 punch in the running game, and how it made the difference Saturday.
Chris Dertz of the Northern Star had this take on the environment in Huskie Stadium. Let's hope Huskie fans can continue to make Brigham Field the "snakepit" of the Mid-American Conference!
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO, LARRY?!?
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:53 am on Monday, September 14, 2009
He doesn't use Twitter or Facebook, and if you drop him an e-mail, it might take you awhile to get a response from him. Larry English, NIU's highest professional draft pick in school history, is keeping a low profile, and is slated to make his National Football League debut tonight for the San Diego Chargers on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Read this feature on Larry by Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News.
WOMEN'S TENNIS COMPETES IN NIU INVITE
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:50 am on Monday, September 14, 2009
The NIU women's tennis team got its fall season started by hosting the NIU Invitational in Aurora, Ill., over the weekend. As has been the case with Ryun Ferrell's squad in recent years, some talented freshmen occupy this roster. The Huskies will have a nice mix of veterans and underclassmen this spring.
VOLLEYBALL SALVAGES ONE IN KENTUCKY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:47 am on Monday, September 14, 2009
The NIU volleyball team got off to a tough start with back-to-back losses in the Lady Topper Volleyball Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky., last weekend, but defeated Tennessee State in Saturday's finale. NIU will look to win its third-consecutive home match Tuesday, when the Huskies host Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to NIUHuskies.com for a preview story later today.
WOMEN'S SOCCER SPLITS NON-CONFERENCE WEEKEND SET
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:37 am on Monday, September 14, 2009
The Northern Illinois women's soccer team wrapped up its season-opening road swing with a 1-0 win at SIU-Edwardsville Friday, in a night where Lindsey Curnock tied the Mid-American Conference shutout record with her 27th blanking of her career. NIU fell in its home opener, 2-0, Sunday evening. The Huskies will host Oakland Friday beginning at 4 p.m.
MEN'S SOCCER GOES 1-1 AT HOME TOURNAMENT
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:21 am on Monday, September 14, 2009
The Huskie men's soccer team posted a 1-1 record at the Northern Illinois adidas Invitational over the weekend, coming up short against Tulsa, before defeating Oakland 1-0 Sunday at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex. Said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi following the victory over the Golden Grizzlies: "You are going to be hard-pressed to find a prettier goal than De La Cerda's. We got good movement, a great pass from Juan and a well-timed run to get back behind the line from Luis."
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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:31 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:31 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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