By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:20 pm on Friday, December 4, 2009
Northern Illinois University defensive end Jake Coffman is a candidate for the third annual Rudy Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film "Rudy" and made Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger a household name.
Three Rudy Award finalists will be chosen by the Selection Committee, as well as through fan voting. Be sure to show your support for Jake by voting today! The winner will be honored January 11, 2010 at the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention.
Coincidentally, two of Daniel Reuttiger's nephews, Dan and Andrew, wrestle for the Huskie wrestling team.
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:31 am on Friday, December 4, 2009
The Huskie women's hoops team has a big road game tonight! The ladies will take on intrastate rival Illinois State at 7 p.m. Read the preview and follow the game with GameTracker or through radio on Huskie All-Access.
DOG EAT CAT
By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:05 am on Friday, December 4, 2009
Assistant men's basketball coach Sundance Wicks and former NIU student-athletes taught kids about the importance of reading at "Homeroom with the Huskies." Over 800 students from local elementary schools were there for the clinic, then watched the NIU women's basketball team take on Northern Iowa, Dec. 2, 2009. Here's a very breif snippet.
2010 SPRING MEN'S GOLF SCHEDULE IS OUT!
By Zach Peters | Posted at 2:25 pm on Thursday, December 3, 2009
The 2010 NIU men's golf spring schedule is now out! The Huskies will participate in six events, mainly located throughout the Midwest with a trip to North Carolina, plus the Mid-American Conference Championship that starts on April 28 in Nashport, Ohio. For the complete schedule, click here, and for a PDF of the schedule, click here.
SHOWCASE MEET TONIGHT!
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:30 am on Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Northern Illinois University wrestling team's annual Showcase Meet is set for tonight at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. NIU will face in-state rival Northwestern this year. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle visited with NIU head coach Dave Grant and Tristen DeShazer to preview tonight's event.
NIU NIGHT ON WSCR
By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:15 pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Be sure to stay tuned to 670 AM WSCR The Score tonight after the men's basketball game with Bradley to catch "NIU Live" immediately following game. NIU vice president/director of athletics Jeff Compher and head football coach Jerry Kill join host Andy Garcia to recap Friday's game at Central Michigan and talk potential bowl destinations for NIU.
By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:05 am on Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Mid-American Conference released its 2009 All-MAC Football Team today. While the full release will be posted on niuhuskies.com later this afternoon, we wanted to pass along the names of the Northern Illinois University representatives on the list. Eight Huskies, five offense, two defense and a specialist were named to one of the three teams.
I couldn't find a picture of one pointing east. Sorry.
While it's all speculation until Dec. 12 (when Army-Navy play the final game of the regular season), a pair of stories on Bowling Green heading out west to the Humanitarian Bowl. That increases the probability of NIU landing at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit), the International Bowl (Toronto), or the Eagle Bank Bowl (Washington D.C.). Those stories can be found here from the Daily Chronicle, and here from the Idaho Statesman.
A triple-dip of Huskie Athletics is coming in the next two days. Wednesday features two home Huskie basketball games. The day starts with the women's team hosting "Homeroom with the Huskies" at noon. More than 800 elementary school students will be coming to the Convocation Center for some educational programming with Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Sundance Wicks and former NIU student-athletes on the importance of reading and staying in school. After that, the kids will come to the game between NIU and Northern Iowa.
To cap off the night, the NIU men's hoops squad will host in-state rival Bradley at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast by WQRF-TV (Channel 39 [FOX] Rockford) as part of an agreement between NIU Athletics, ISP, and the station.WTVO (Rockford) Sports Director Scott Leber will handle the play-by-play duties, and Mark Lindo, the color commentator voice for football broadcasts on the Northern Illinois ISP Sports Network, will serve as the color analyst.
Then Thursday, it's the biggest event to hit the mat all year, the 2009 Showcase Meet. The Huskie wrestling team will host Northwestern in the arena of the Convocation Center. The Showcase Meet annually features a nationally recognized opponent, and competitors square off on a raised platform with special lighting and video. The event is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets for all three events are available at the door, or in advance by calling (815) 752-6800.
Just a personal note I'd like to share. We've officially made it into December with no snowfall in DeKalb. I heard a rumor it sleeted a little when I was out of town one day last week, but I'm not counting that. Woohoo!
By Donna Turner | Posted at 7:01 pm on Monday, November 30, 2009
If you are a donor to the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund and your phone rings tonight, it just may be a Northern Illinois student-athlete on the line. Don't worry, they are not ASKING you for anything, they are just calling to say "Thanks." Over the next two nights, the HASF will be holding its annual "Thank-a-Thon." It's a chance for actual NIU student-athletes, the ones who most benefit on a daily basis from the donations you give to the HASF, to interact directly with the Huskie supporters. So don't hang up when the caller says "Hi, this is Landon Cox of the Huskie Football team," or "Hello, I am Kylie York from NIU women's basketball." In this week after Thanksgiving, it's simply the Huskies' way of giving Thanks for the many supporters who enable them to compete in the Cardinal and Black.
Former Huskie standout Eddie Davis (1991-94) played in the weekend's Canadian Football League championship game, the Grey Cup. Heading into the big game, SLAM! Sports had this feature on Davis. Though his team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, lost the game, the 36-year-old is is among the active career leaders in the CFL with 34 interceptions to go with nearly 1,000 tackles.
...the Huskie' bowl chances look pretty good, despite suffering a loss Friday to Central Michigan. NIU finishes the regular season at 7-5, one win better than 2008. Check out Bowl Buzz for details on the games NIU could end up in. John Sahly also has this in today's Daily Chronicle on the bowl outlook for the Huskies.
...the Huskies don't have to play Dan LeFevour anymore. NIU put up a valiant fight, but Central Michigan, a team that beat Michigan State and is unbeaten in the MAC, came away with a 45-31 win Friday in Mount Pleasant. Recaps here from NIUHuskies.com, the Daily Chronicle, another from the DC, and the Associated Press in the Chicago Sun-Times.