U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:33 am on Friday, October 2, 2009In just a few short hours, the International Olympic Commitee will be making its announcement as to which city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Chicago is in the running and is competing against Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid. While NIU will not be hosting any events, it has been listed as a potential training site for teams. We wish Chicago the best of luck!
VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:25 am on Friday, October 2, 2009Graham Couch, the Western Michigan beat writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, offers his take on this weekend's games in his preview story. Couch feels the offenses will be a major factor in the form of Me'co Brown's legs and the arm of Western Michigan quarterback Tim Hiller.
WELCOMING THE CHALLENGE
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:46 am on Friday, October 2, 2009
A very timely feature advance by Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune on NIU kicker Mike Salerno. Salerno, who will also be featured in Saturday's edition of Huskie Illustrated, the official game program for NIU football, is expecting to have a chance to be a "difference-maker" in Saturday's game. As he told Fred, he's welcoming that challenge.
HILLER, WMU PRESENTS GREAT CHALLENGE SATURDAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:42 am on Friday, October 2, 2009
In advance of Saturday's homecoming showdown with Western Michigan, Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News had this examination of Bronco quarterback Tim Hiller. NIU head coach Jerry Kill had some complimentary remarks about both Hiller and WMU mentor Bill Cubit.
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 11:05 am on Thursday, October 1, 2009Huskie talk will be all over the air waves tonight. Tune in to The Score (670 AM Chicago) tonight at 10 p.m. for NIU Live with Associate V.P./Athletics Director Jeff Compher and Head Football Coach Jerry Kill. You can also catch the program at 5:30 p.m. on WLBk (1360 AM DeKalb). You can also catch Inside Huskie Sports, featuring Coach Kill, along with Head Men's Soccer Coach Eric Luzzi and midfielder/forward Luis De La Cerda today at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:15 am on Thursday, October 1, 2009
Through the first four games of the 2009 campaign, one player that has emerged as a key member of the Huskie offense has been wide receiver Landon Cox. The junior from Calumet City, Ill. is having a breakout season and enters Saturday's game with Western Michigan (2:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, Northern Illinois/ISP Network) after posting the best game of his career.
VOLLEYBALL RESUMES HOME SCHEDULE TONIGHT!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:20 am on Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Northern Illinois volleyball team will host MAC-West foe Western Michigan at Victor E. Court tonight, and will be looking to pick up its first league win of the young season. Come check out the Huskies at 7 p.m.! NIU will also host Miami (Ohio) following Saturday's football game, as part of the Homecoming festivities.
GOING ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHANDLER
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:13 am on Thursday, October 1, 2009
Our buddy from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle/HuskieWire.com John Sahly caught up with Northern Illinois signal caller Chandler Harnish Tuesday afternoon, and provided this Q&A. One interesting notable: Harnish is a huge fan of and pays close attention to Central Michigan quarterback Dan LaFeavour, Florida signal caller Tim Tebow and Jevan Snead from Ole Miss.
RUNNING GAME KEY TO SATURDAY'S GAME
By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday's Mid-American Conference opener between Northern Illinois (2-2, 0-0) and Western Michigan (2-2, 1-0) is a key early season game for both teams if they want to realize their goal of winning the MAC Championship this season. The Huskies were picked to finish third in the MAC West, behind the Broncos, who were selected to finish second in the division by the MAC coaches.
SPREADING LOVE FOR THE COMMUNITY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:35 am on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
As recognized by the Midweek in this story, the NIU Athletics Department will open up its soccer facility for the cross-town soccer rivalry between DeKalb and Sycamore High School. The Barbs and Spartans have never gone head-to-head at NIU, but will do so for the first time Oct. 5 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
IT'S A PREVIEW WEDNESDAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:25 am on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We've completed our previewing, and now, only on NIUHuskies.com, you can read up on keys to the game against Western Michigan, homecoming traditions and much more, in the weekly football release. Head coach Jerry Kill also addressed the media Tuesday, and we have his comments. There's a chill in the air, and it's time for October football in the Mid-American Conference!
KILL PRESS CONFERENCE
By Joe Summins | Posted at 5:55 pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
In case you missed it, (and if you're not a member of the media, you probably didn't even know about it) NIU head football coach Jerry Kill conducted his weekly press briefing. It was a very entertaining half hour in which Kill covered everything from last week's game with Purdue, the challenge facing the Huskies this weekend when they welcome Western Michigan to Huskie Stadium for this year's Homecoming game. He also introduced a new term to the coaching vernacular--cockroached.
Don't fret. You can watch the press conference in its entireity on Huskies All-Access. To find Huskies All-Access, log on to www.niuhuskies.com and click on the For Fans tab at the top of the page, then click Huskies All-Access.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Campus Activities Board, NIU Athletics and the NIU Convocation Center will be hosting the first annual Huskie Homecoming Bonfire Friday beginning at 5 p.m. The festivities will kick off with a tailgate in Lot C3 of the Convocation Center -- the first 1,000 people to attend will receive free hot dogs and soda! The actual bonfire will be lit at approximately at 6:45 p.m., when the Huskie Marching Band, Silverettes and Cheerleaders will be called upon to "pump up the crowd." There will be ensuing speeches from Associate V.P./Director of Athletics Jeff Compher, NIU volleyball coach Ray Gooden and head football coach Jerry Kill. Come out Friday and show your Huskie Pride!
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:33 am on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
NIU head football coach Jerry Kill never misses an opportunity to teach his players. At practice, during the game, after the game, off the field, Kill is constantly educating the Huskies to make not only make them better players, but better people. He talked about how Saturday's loss is the perfect instrument in which to teach his players during the weekly MAC Coaches' Teleconference. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle was on the call and posted this story.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:28 pm on Monday, September 28, 2009
Keep an eye out in your mailboxes! Basketball season ticket renewal forms have been mailed out. The men's team tips off the 2009-10 season with an exhibition game with Aurora University Nov. 1, 2009 at the Convocation Center, while the women play host Lewis Unversity Nov. 10. To order season or single game tickets click here or call 815-752-6800.
DINNER AND A SHOW
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:15 pm on Monday, September 28, 2009
Be sure to head over to Fatty's Pub and Grille (1312 W. Lincoln Hwy) later today for the live taping of "Inside Huskie Sports" at 5:30 p.m. Join host Brad Hoey as he sits down with NIU head football coach Jerry Kill to disect last week's game with Idaho and preview this weekend's Homecoming game with Western Michigan. Huskie men's soccer coach Eric Luzzi will also be there to discuss NIU winning the Oregon State Zaher/Hensor Memorial.
WOLFE IN BEARS' CLOTHING
By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:01 am on Monday, September 28, 2009
Want to hear how Garrett Wolfe's life as a running back in the NFL has been going straight from Garrett? Here's you chance. The Huskies' all-time leading rusher will join Fox Chicago's Corey McPherrin tonight for "Monday Night Live" at Joe's Bar, 940 Weed St. in Downtown Chicago. The show is open to the public free of charge and begins at 6:30 p.m. Wolfe will break down the Bears' 25-19 victory over Seattle and his life as a Bear.
FILLING THE GAPS
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:49 am on Monday, September 28, 2009
The defensive line was an area of great interest during summer camp this year. How would the Huskies account for the loss of first round draft pick Larry English, two other members of last year's front four to graduation? A couple guys have stepped up and filled the void left by those departed players as Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News points out in this story.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:49 am on Monday, September 28, 2009
History was made at Huskie Stadium over the weekend. Not only was it Northern Illinois' 1,000th football game, but Sarah Thomas became the first female line judge to work a football game at NIU. A camera crew from NBC Nightly News was there to document Thomas' every move and will air during tonight's broadcast. and will re-air on Saturday's Today Show. John Sahly caught up with Thomas beofre the game and filed this story.
HAVE A HAPPENING?
By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 11:58 am on Monday, September 28, 2009
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!