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Oct. 19, 2009


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:34 am on Friday, October 16, 2009

The fall sports season isn't even half-way completed yet, but yes folks, it's officially BASKETBALL SEASON!  The Northern Illinois men's and women's hoops teams will begin preparing for their respective 2009-10 campaigns today, with each holding their first organized practice sessions.  Stay tuned to later today for season previews for both the men's and women's teams, in conjunction with the kick-off of the season.    


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:29 am on Friday, October 16, 2009

Another great story by our buddy John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and  As he reveals in this feature, Me'co Brown and Chad Spann aren't just the workhorses of the Huskie offense -- they are also pretty successful practical jokers, and tend to "keep things loose" in the locker room both in the Yordon Center and on the road.  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:09 am on Thursday, October 15, 2009

The U.S. Olympic Commitee will name Patrick Sandusky, former center and long snapper from the 1994 NIU football team, as its chief communications officer today. Sandusky is a veteran public relations professional who brings with him a wealth of experience and understanding in dealing with International Olympic Committee. Sandusky headed a team from the PR firm Hill & Knowlton that promoted London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympics and was the chief communications officer for the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid.

Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune breaks down the hire in his story in today's paper and belives Sandusky's hire is a step in the right direction for the USOC.



By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:24 am on Thursday, October 15, 2009

As John Sahly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and points out in Thursday's feature advance, history isn't on the side of the Huskies heading into Saturday's tilt at the Glass Bowl in Toledo.  As head coach Jerry Kill relays, however, history isn't what the Huskies are focused on in this MAC-West battle.  


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:16 am on Thursday, October 15, 2009

Graham Watson of posted her picks for the upcoming week, and slotted the Huskies to defeat host Toledo, 35-17, Saturday at the Glass Bowl.  Also in advance of the game, the Toledo media had some nice coverage.  The Independent Collegian provided this scouting report of NIU, while Jason Black had this examination of the health of Toledo's starting quarterback, Aaron Opelt.    


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:12 am on Thursday, October 15, 2009

Officials at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (formerly the Motor City Bowl) expect to know by the end of the week if the game will reach an agreement with the Big Ten or the Big East Conference to play a Mid-American Conference school, the Associated Press reports.  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 6:22 pm on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

People like to compare scores. Toledo lost the season opener at Purdue, 52-36, while two weeks later, Northern Illinois traveled down to West Lafayette and knocked off the Boilermakers 28-21. Before the bye week, the Huskies handed Western Michigan a 38-3 loss. Western Michigan then went to Toledo and beat the Rockets, 58-26 Saturday. So that means because NIU beat teams that Toledo lost to, the Huskies will beat Toledo right? Don't try telling that to NIU head coach Jerry Kill and the Huskies.

"I don't pay attention to the scores," Kill said. "Western Michigan is a pretty good team. When we played them, we got off to a quick start, things went our way and we got them out of their game plan. That's basically the same thing Western did to Toledo. I think our older kids understand that in the MAC you just don't know what's going to happen. You have to take them one week at a time."

NIU's quarterback Chandler Harnish agrees that the outcome of one game has absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of another, but recognizes it is hard for younger players to make the distinction.

"That's one thing that's difficult because we do have a young team and guys like to look at scores," Harnish said. "You can't do that. They're [Toledo] going to be mad at their loss last week. They're going to be ready to play and we expect it to be a great game."

Toledo leads the Mid-American Conference in total offense, averaging 470 yards, and is third in the league in scoring offense putting up 31.5 points a game. The Huskies enter Saturday's contest with the No. 4 defense in the MAC and the No. 2 scoring defense in the conference, holding their opponents to 343.8 yards and 18.6 points a game.

The Huskies have had their struggles at Toledo as the Rockets have won 17 of the 19 meetings in the Glass Bowl. The last NIU victory at Toledo, a 35-17 triumph, came in 2005. Just as Kill and the Huskies don't compare scores, they put even less stock in past performances.

"I haven't played at Toledo," Kill said. "I talked to coach Novak a bit, and heard it's a tough place to play. The bigger deal you make out of all those things, it becomes a big deal. I just don't make a big deal about it. We have to line up and go play. You have to give Toledo credit. They've been pretty good over the years and they've beaten a lot of people at home. They have a good football team."

"Toledo has been good in the past, and they've had our number," Harnish said. "I feel that this is a new team, new players. We're young. We don't look at that kind of stuff. We just go out there and play. Coach Kill doesn't allow us to look back at history like that."


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:42 am on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday NIU head coach Jerry Kill held his weekly press conference and had it covered. Kill was joined by quarterback Chandler Harnish, wide receiver Nathan Palmer and safety Tracy Wilson. A transcript of the presser is online now, while the video is available through Huskies All-Access.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:26 am on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's no secret that NIU has had a tough time winning at Toledo. Head coach Jerry Kill and the Huskies aren't concerned about the past, they're focused on the future as John Sahly writes in his story in the Daily Chronicle today.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 8:19 pm on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

As part of a nationwide initiative, the Northern Illinois athletics department will be participating in the "Dig Pink" campaign at the Huskie volleyball match on October 24.  Read about the festivities right here.  


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:37 am on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Volleyball has provided NIU senior outside hitter Meagan Schoenrock a lifetime of memories and has been a constant in her life for a very long time.  However, even though she is still in the midst of her final season as a Huskie, the Sylvania, Ohio native knows that she can only play volleyball for so long as she talked about life after volleyball with the Northern Star's Jackie Thyfault yesterday.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:55 am on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This is a key week for several teams in the MAC West including Northern Illinois as John Sahly points out in his MAC Notebook today. While the Huskies take on Toledo (6 p.m. CST) Saturday, Central Michigan and Western Michigan collide in Kalamazoo. Both Toledo and Western already have a divisional loss. Sahly also talks about Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt, who is expected to play Saturday after injuring his shoulder Saturday against Western Michigan.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:39 am on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish spent an hour fielding questions from fans, friends and family members during a live chat yesterday afternoon on Harnish talked about everything from the Huskies win over Western Michigan to the upcoming game with Toledo, his game and some of his teammates that have stepped up their game this season. In case you missed it, here's the chat in it's entirety.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:25 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

The Black Team beat and tied the Red Team this weekend in the third and fourth games of NIU baseball's annual Red/Black Series to put the series in a winner-takes-all situation for Game Five --- almost --- as Red now leads the series over Black 2-1-1.

Red Team junior starting pitcher Zach Oates struck out four of the six batters he faced on Saturday.  The 1-0 lead Oates left with vanished when Black Team junior outfielder Cory Krupp smashed a bases-clearing triple in the top of the third.  Freshman Ben Etcheverry responded with a two-run double of his own in Red's half of the fourth.  The teams traded runs until sophomore Brandon House put away the 12-10 Black win with his sixth inning two-run single and seventh inning two-run homer.

After Saturday's high-scoring affair, both teams manufactured three runs apiece in Sunday's tie game.  Senior Jordin Hood singled in a run in the top of the first to give Red a quick 1-0 lead.  Junior Tom Kotis and Krupp hit back-to-back doubles for Black in the third to tie the game,1-1.  Hood and sophomore Jake Hermsen came around to score for Red in the top of the fourth to establish a 3-1 lead.  Junior Kevin Smith drove in sophomore Troy White in the bottom of that frame to cut into the Red lead, and Krupp's game-tying sac-fly in the bottom of the seventh ended the game in a rare tie due to both teams running out of pitching arms.

For a little commentary on the series and a sneak peak of the upcoming season, be sure to read Jimmy Johnson's article in the Northern Star today. 

The final contest of the five-game series is set for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (CDT) at Ralph McKinzie Field.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:42 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

This year for Halloween, Northern Illinois fans won't have to go door-to-door for their favorite candies.  Instead, they can "trick-or-treat" at the Convocation Center with some of their favorite student-athletes at the "Huskie Halloween Bash."  


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 10:32 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

There's no changing the NIU football team's loss to Idaho a few weeks back. But a retrospective with some new facts may be in order. Some called the loss "forgettable," a "buzzkill," and "drastically wrong," but considering Idaho is now 5-1, one game away from bowl-eligibility, and receiving votes in the AP Top-25, the result doesn't look so bad.

Idaho's 2-0 conference record has it sitting pretty in first place in the WAC (above 1-0 Boise State). The Vandals' remaining schedule sees six teams with sub-.500 records. Excluding the No. 5 Broncos, Idaho's opponents holds a 9-16 combined record.

This of course is not to say the Vandals are going to win five more games, or that they'll even win one more game. But going into that Idaho-NIU match-up, I couldn't find five people that thought Idaho would get five wins this season. So... go Vandals?

(P.S. the combined record of the opponents in NIU's two losses is now 10-2, 5-1 for Idaho and 5-1 for Wisconsin)


By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:24 pm on Friday, October 9, 2009

Did you ever want to know how it feels to throw a 30-yard touchdown pass with a linebacker in your face? Or what it's like to elude the blitz and run for 25 yards? Maybe you just want to know how today's student-athletes balance class work and practice. Here's a perfect chance to get those questions and so many more answered. NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish will be conducting a live chat today at 4 p.m. You can send in your questions now if you won't be able to join the live chat.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:29 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

It seems like a long time since the Huskies last played a football game, when NIU posted a 38-3 win over Western Michigan on homecoming.  The Broncos visited Toledo Saturday, whom the Huskies will face this Saturday at the Glass Bowl.  The Toledo Blade offered this description of the game, which WMU won, 58-26.  


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:33 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

The Northern Illinois volleyball team moved into a tie for second-place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with two huge five-set wins over the weekend, defeating both Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan at Victor E. Court.  The Huskies are currently tied with CMU and Ball State, and trail unbeaten Western Michigan by three matches in the MAC-West.  


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:45 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

The Northern Illinois men's soccer team sent its seniors off in style Sunday afternoon, posting a 1-0 win over Buffalo at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex.  Next up for the Huskies: a date with host, and No. 1 Akron, next Saturday.  


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:24 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

Our buddy John Sahly from and the DeKalb Daily Chronicle caught up with safety Tracy Wilson last week, and provided this Q&A.  One of the leaders of the Huskies' defensive unit, Wilson commented on the chemistry that is being developed.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:32 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tickets are now on sale for the 2009 NIU Hall of Fame Banquet that is on Friday, October 30 at the Duke Ellington Ballroom located in NIU's Holmes Student Center.  For more info on the historic event and to order tickets, click here.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:58 am on Monday, October 12, 2009

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Event Calendar
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 10 vs Miami (Oh)
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 12 vs Illinois State
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 12 vs Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Central Michigan
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Temple
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Alaska-Anchorage
Women's Track
Friday, Feb 12 vs Iowa State Classic
Women's Track
Friday, Feb 12 vs Fred Wilt Invite
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Akron
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Central Michigan
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 13 at Milwaukee
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Iowa State Classic
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Fred Wilt Invite
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Feb 14 vs Cleveland State
Sunday, Feb 14 at Buffalo
Women's Gymnastics
Sunday, Feb 14 vs Western Michigan
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Feb 16 vs Bowling Green
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 17 vs Ball State
Men's Basketball
Friday, Feb 19 at Ball State
Friday, Feb 19 vs Boston College
Friday, Feb 19 vs Florida A&M
Friday, Feb 19 at Florida Atlantic
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 19 vs Butler
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 19 vs Seattle Pacific
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 19 vs Ball State
Friday, Feb 19 at Old Dominion
Men's Golf
Friday, Feb 19 at All-American Classic
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 20 at Eastern Michigan
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Boston College
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Boston College
Saturday, Feb 20 vs UConn
Saturday, Feb 20 at Florida Atlantic
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 20 vs SIU Edwardsville
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 20 at Chicago State
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Western Illinois
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 20 vs Orange and Blue Open
Men's Golf
Saturday, Feb 20 at All-American Classic


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