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Nov. 16, 2009


By Megan Wallace | Posted at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009

Over 200 student-athletes came out to the Miles for Myles run/walk this past Saturday in order to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The three-mile run/walk was held in honor of NCAA president Myles Brand, who died on Sept. 16 from pancreatic cancer. NIU joined together with universities across the nation to raise funds and awareness as a tribute to Myles Brand

Catch a glimpse of the Miles for Myles run/walk with this PHOTO GALLERY


By Joe Summins | Posted at 1:44 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009

The success of the Northern Illinois University football team has garnered some national attention of late. Graham Watson of ESPN posted this feature on the worldwide leader's site. It talks about the rise of the Huskie football team and their chances of challenging for a MAC title.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 1:06 pm on Friday, November 13, 2009


Jeff Goodman of caught up with Northern Illinois head coach Ricardo Patton Thursday, and Goodman gave the Huskies some nice coverage in his updated blog (you'll have to scroll down a few entries), heading into tonight's season opener at Northwestern.  I'm sitting at shootaround at Welsh-Ryan Arena right now, and energy is high!  Rumor is there will be a very nice contingent of NIU student fans in attendance tonight!


By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:25 am on Friday, November 13, 2009

The Northern Illinois University men's and women's basketball teams tip off their 2009-10 seasons against in-state  foes tonight when the men travel to Evanston to face Northwestern (7 p.m., 670 AM WSCR), while the women play host to Bradley, also at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the women's game live on the Internet via Huskies All-Access. Huskies All-Access is just $6.95 a month and gives fans the opportunity to catch exciting Huskie sporting events from your computer. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle has a preview of tonight's men's basketball contest in today's paper.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:15 am on Friday, November 13, 2009

Missed last night's game? We've got you covered with recaps, recaps and more recaps of all the action from NIU's 26-20 victory over Ball State Thursday night. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune talks about how the Huskies improved their bowl chances with the win in his story in today's paper, while the Daily Chronicle's John Sahly talks about the return of Chandler Harnish in his recap of the game. Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News gives props to the defense in his account of the Huskie victory. The Daily Herald also had a story about the game in their paper today.


By Brad Taylor | Posted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Drinking caffeinated, high-sugar drinks makes most people bounce off the walls. However, for men's basketball assistant coach Sundance Wicks, it has the complete opposite effect, writes John Shaly in the Daily Chronicle. When scouting the opposing team before games, the energetic Wicks downs 20 ounces of cold Mountain Dew in order to calm down and focus on finding an advantage for the Huskies.


By Brad Taylor | Posted at 12:15 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2009

To get himself physically ready for a game, senior Najul Ervin completely shuts down and takes a two-hour nap. John Sahly from the Daily Chronicle reports on Ervin's pregame ritual and writes that the 6-foot-5 forward sleeps fully dressed on the couch inside the Huskies' locker room before each game.


By Brad Taylor | Posted at 11:40 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009

As the Huskies get ready to travel to Evanston Friday to take on Northwestern, the Daily Chronicle's James Nokes takes a look at the detailed pregame travel routine used by NIU men's basketball head coach Ricardo Patton to prepare his squad for competition. With predictable structure and a stoic approach, the Huskies limit distractions and focus solely on the game.


By Brad Taylor | Posted at 11:20 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009

As part of his pregame ritual, junior center Sean Kowal takes fifteen minutes to do what most players accomplish in less an one. As the Daily Chronicle's John Sahly writes, Kowal takes extra time before each game to make sure his size 18 shoes and calf-high socks fit perfectly. Without it, Kowal just doesn't feel right.


By Brad Taylor | Posted at 9:58 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009

To start our the review of the Daily Chronicle's basketball preview edition, we bring you Xavier Silas' "itch" to finally play in another regular season game.  As John Sahly alludes to in this story, Silas shouldn't be intimidated when walking into Welsh-Ryan Arena Friday night, based on his experiences in the Big 12 Conference. 


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:43 am on Thursday, November 12, 2009

NIU running back Chad Spann has had an incredible year for the Huskies this season. His journey to NIU is almost as remarkable as the year he's having. Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News caught up with NIU's leading rusher and chronicled his path to Northern Illinois in this feature story.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:02 pm on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For the next few weeks, through December 17th to be specific, "NIU Live" will be heard on WSCR 670 AM The Score Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. It can still be heard on 1360 AM WLBK at its regularly scheduled time, Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. However, this week it will be pre-empted by the Huskies' contest with Ball State. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Central.


By Donna Turner | Posted at 10:19 am on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A special "shout out" today to all veterans as we honor your service to our country on Veteran's Day 2009. Northern Illinois Athletics is especially proud of the two veterans on our 2009 football team - junior defensive end Jake Coffman from German Valley, Ill. and junior punter Josh Wilber, a transfer from Phoenix, Ariz.   Both served in the United States Marine Corps.  Coffman did two tours in the Middle East where he worked as an engineer and rose to the rank of corporal.  Wilber was stationed in California during his two years in the Marines.  

In addition, Northern Illinois is proud to "salute" four veterans currently working for Huskie Athletics.  NIU women's cross country and track and field coach Mark McConeghy, head women's tennis coach Ryun Ferrell, director of ticket sales Cliff Bottigliero and "Voice of the Huskies" Bill Baker all served the United States of America as a member of the military.

To all veterans across the country, a huge Huskie THANK YOU on this special day.  We appreciate all that you have done and are doing to help keep us all safe and give us the freedom to do what we do.



By Donna Turner | Posted at 10:15 am on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

As we hope all of you know by now, the Huskies' final home football game of the season is tomorrow at Huskie Stadium.  NIU takes on the defending MAC West champion Ball State Cardinals in a 5 pm kickoff.  The game will be televised by ESPNU but we need YOU at the game.  Northern Illinois is bowl eligible at 6-3, but needs to win Thursday to help improve its bowl résumé.

Thursday night's game is the annual "Black Out" game at Huskie Stadium and all fans are encouraged to wear their Huskie black.  Free black t-shirts will be distributed prior to the game and we're expecting a great night, weather-wise.  In addition, the National Guard is supplying black Thunderstix for the game, and Coach Kill and the team expects to hear those Thunderstix!

Prior to the game, Northern Illinois will honor 17 seniors whose commitment and dedication to NIU has helped the Huskies to three postseason appearances since 2005.  It's faculty and staff night, with special presentations to Northern Illinois employees from several areas of the university.  All faculty and staff have received a special invitation to the game along with free admission for them and their families.

In honor of Veteran's Day, Thursday also is Military Appreciation Night.  At halftime, four new recruits will take their oath to officially begin their military service with the Army National Guard.  The National Guard is also constructing a fan fun area in FanFest on the West Grass.  There will be a rock-climbing wall, obstacle course and other activities for kids.

 At halftime, approximately 200 students will be invited onto the field to help form the tunnel for the Huskies as they return to the field.  And after the third quarter, one lucky fan, randomly selected from the crowd, will have a chance to win $1,000 from Allstate by kicking a 25-yard field goal.  

So come to the game, get there early if you can, but one way or another, just get there.  It's the last home game of the season and the Huskies NEED YOU.   See you at the Game!


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:20 am on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For anyone that didn't get a chance to take in the Northern Illinois women's basketball team's exhibition game versus Lewis University last night, we've got you covered.  CLICK HERE for stats, a recap and postgame comments by head coach Carol Owens, who was glad her team was able to be in a "game atmosphere."  Let's hope both NIU basketball teams can carry over the success of the exhibition season into regular season play! 


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:12 am on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune is on the basketball trail, and in today's edition, he had this preview of the NIU men's basketball team, which opens the season Friday at Northwestern.  Speaking of the Trib, Teddy Greenstein caught up with head coach Ricardo Patton yesterday in advance for Friday's contest; and Xavier Silas is slated to have his second "Players Only" blog entry run soon ... keep your eyes open!


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:09 am on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The early signing period starts today, and we've got some new Huskies on the horizon!  Stay tuned to for complete coverage!


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:46 am on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

As a Detroit Pistons fan, I miss those days.  As most NIU basketball fans know, current Denver Nuggets star Chauncey Billups played for Huskie head coach Ricardo Patton at Colorado before embarking on his star-studded NBA career.  The Nuggets will play the Chicago Bulls at the United Center tonight, and Chauncey made a surprise trip to DeKalb yesterday to take in part of NIU's practice and visit with both the players and coaches.  What a great advantage for the NIU players to be able to "pick the brain" of one of the best players in the professional ranks once a year!


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:41 am on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Also from the Northern Star, Ben Gross had a chance to sit down with defensive end Brandon Bice about a variety of topics, including his "thirst" for a Mid-American Conference championship, and his final home game at Huskie Stadium, set for Thursday night.    


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:36 am on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This just in: offensive linemen can eat.  Seamus Brennan of the Northern Star provided this examination of the success of NIU's offensive line, as well as their regular diets.  2,000 calories in one day??

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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:04 am on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's 11-10-09 and tonight at 7 p.m. you get to see 5 players become 1 team. The 2009-10 NIU Huskie women's basketball team takes to the court for the first time TONIGHT in an exhibition against Lewis. To celebrate the beginning of the season, the Rockford Register Star had this story previewing the year, and the Northern Star also had a look at the season ahead.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:59 am on Monday, November 9, 2009

Northern Illinois University Athletics weekly 30-minute highlight show, "Inside Huskie Sports," taped Monday nights at Fatty's Pub and Grille is taking the week off this week. It will return to its normal schedule next Monday.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:45 am on Monday, November 9, 2009

No, AC/DC is not coming to Huskie Stadium this week, but the Thursday night game with Ball State has been designated as the second-annual "Black Out" game. All fans attending the Huskies' final home game of 2009 is strongly encouraged wear their black to the game.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 10:30 am on Monday, November 9, 2009

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