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Dec. 14, 2009


By Joe Summins | Posted at 1:56 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2009

While the Huskie wrestling team heads North to Fargo, N.D. to compete at North Dakota State Sunday, Dec. 13, a former Huskie wrestler will be competing at the 2009 Grappling World Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dec. 12-13. Tom LeCuyer, a 2001 National qualifier for the Huskies, is looked at a key member of USA Wrestling and is featured in this story on


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 12:00 pm on Thursday, December 10, 2009

Junior volleyball libero Maddie Hughes, who was featured in the Courier News on Tuesday, garnered another mention in the Chicagoland news cycle today, when she was recognized in the Chicago Daily Herald.  Hughes was a member of Dave Oberhelman's list of "college achievers" in and around the Windy City.  


It was all smiles and hand shakes at yesterday's International Bowl press conference.

Except for NIU offensive lineman Jason Onyebuagu who was all business.

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:05 am on Thursday, December 10, 2009

Several officials of the Northern Illinois University athletic department spent the day in Toronto yesterday for a site visit and press conference. The Toronto Star was on hand covering the event and spoke with NIU head coach Jerry Kill and offensive lineman Jason Onyebuagu and "weighed in" with this story recapping how the Huskies learned of their invitation to the International Bowl. Shi Davidi filed this report for the Winnipeg Free Press.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 2:40 pm on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Men's soccer coach Eric Luzzi claimed his 2009 schedule was tough... maybe the toughest in the country. Not that anyone needed proof, but now his statements are simply undeniable. The Huskies played two of the four teams in the College Cup, the 'Final Four' of men's college soccer. Those teams, No. 1 Akron and fifth-seeded North Carolina meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CST) for the chance to play in the National Championship. You can see the kind of competition the Huskies play when they face each other live on ESPNU.

The Huskies came away with a 1-1 tie AT North Carolina, and took consensus No. 1 Akron (who still hasn't lost a match or been tied) to double-overtime in the MAC Tournament. NIU is the only took to get out of regulation against the zips.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 2:40 pm on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hear from NIU head football coach Jerry Kill tonight on 670-AM The Score in the greater Chicago area. It's NIU Live tonight at 10 p.m. Coach Kill discusses how he heard about his team's invitation to the International Bowl (Tickets), and what he thinks of the Huskies' opponent, USF. The show will re-air in DeKalb on 1360-AM WLBK tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.


Xavier Silas will hopefully be cheering even more when he returns to the Huskie lineup.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:49 am on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Now available, only on, four versions of downloadable men's basketball desktop wallpaper.  Three versions include the complete 2009-10 schedule so fans can stay on top of the goings-on during the season, and the fourth displays the "Chicago Moves West" theme for the 2009-10 campaign.  NIU has eight players on its current roster that hail from the Chicagoland region.  We'll be adding more versions of the wallpaper to the Men's Basketball Desktop Wallpaper site in the coming days.    


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:35 am on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Both the Northern Illinois men's and women's basketball teams will practice today after a three-day break to focus on final exams.  The men's squad has been idle since Dec. 2, and will travel to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota, its third Big Ten Conference foe next Tuesday (Dec. 15) on the Big Ten Network.

Minnesota disposed of Morgan State, 94-64, last night. Read the recap in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and check out the box score via

On Sunday, the Huskie women will face host Nebraska, who is off to a sizzling 8-0 start. The Cornhuskers will host in-state rival Creighton tonight beginning at 7:05 p.m.     


The future of NIU basketball: Guard Tony Nixon and power forward Nate Rucker.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 6:59 pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

As revealed on on National Signing Day in November, Memphis native Nate Rucker signed with Northern Illinois, and will be the cornerstone of the Huskies' frontcourt almost immediately, especially with the Huskies' scheduled losses of seniors Najul Ervin and Ante Dzepina.

Rucker, who chose NIU over nearly every Division I school in the state of Tennessee, was referenced in Joel Van Meter's recap of the "Penny Hardaway Classic" on Monday.  Van Meter tabbed Rucker as the "Surprise Player" in the AAU Tournament, and praised Rucker for his "ruggedness and nastiness" on the floor.

Wrote Van Meter: "There is no question Northern Illinois and Ricardo Patton beat everyone to the punch for this PF (Power Forward)."

Recruiting continues to be the lifeblood of this program, and if freshman Tony Nixon's early-season numbers are an indication, NIU's ongoing basketball recruiting vision is in great hands.  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:22 pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Head coach Jerry Kill, offensive linemen Jason Onyebuagu and several Northern Illinois University officials will be making a site visit to Toronto tomorrow in preperation for the Huskies trip to Canada for the International Bowl January 2, 2010. Kill and Onyebuagu will take part in the Meet the Coaches luncheon at 1 p.m. where the two will field questions from the local media. After the luncheon, NIU officials will be conducting a site visit schecking out the team hotel, stadium, locker rooms and other facilities.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:55 pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Northern Illinois University's athletic department would like to extend its warmest congratulations to wide receiver's coach P.J. Fleck and his wife Tracie as the two welcomed their first child into the world early Monday morning. Carter John was born December 7, 2009 at 4 a.m. weighing in at seven pounds nine ounces. Mother and son are doing well. No word yet on C.J.'s 40-yard dash time.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:26 am on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Northern Illinois junior libero Maddie Hughes' Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year award is still generating buzz around the college volleyball landscape.  

Hughes is featured in Tuesday's Courier News, along with Ohio sophomore Katie Post, a native of Streamwood, Ill.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:52 am on Monday, December 7, 2009

Not to be lost in the shuffle, it is still basketball season in Huskie-ville.  The teams will be focusing on solely academics for the next few days, however. Both the men's and women's hoopsters will be idle from practice until Wednesday to assure themselves of performing well on final exams.  

Coach Patton and Coach Owens were both at the adidas outlet store in Aurora on Saturday to sign autographs. Something tells me there were a lot of shoppers -- hopefully a good percentage of them will be attending some games at the Convocation Center going forward! 


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:38 am on Monday, December 7, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the South Florida Bulls, an athletic team out of the Big East Conference that has gone to five-straight bowls in just five seasons of BCS membership.  If you want to familiarize yourself with USF, you can check out their roster, 2009 schedule and initial preview story, all through

One thing I can guarantee you about St. Petersburg, Fla., is that it isn't snowing right now.  I can also guarantee you that there was some nice local coverage in south Florida after the bowl announcement.  Check out the stories on both (Tampa Bay online) and in the St. Petersburg Times (  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:23 am on Monday, December 7, 2009

The Northern Illinois University football team accomplished something no other Huskie squad had done before--and it didn't even have to take the field. For the first time in major college football history, the Huskies will be going to back-to-back bowl games as NIU accepted a bid to the International Bowl in Toronto, Canada last night. The Huskies will face South Florida January 2, 2010

Tickets are on sale now and Northern Illinois will offer one free ticket to the first 500 NIU students who request them. To obtain their free ticket (one per student), students should come to the Convocation Center Ticket Office or call the office at 815-752-6800. Proper identification will be required before FREE student tickets are distributed.

The good news spread quickly. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle filed this story last night. Rick Armstrong of the Beacon News offered his assessment of the Huskies Bowl berth, while Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star posted this story last night. The Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell posted his story on the Huskies' bowl bid this morning, as did Lindsey Wilhite of the Daily Herald as he talks a bit about South Florida in his story.


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 Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:55 am on Monday, December 7, 2009

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