Huskie Happenings - All You Need. All in One Place



Dec. 21, 2009

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By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:18 am on Friday, December 18, 2009

The NIU men's hoops squad is set to take on Illinois Chicago on the road tomorrow at 3 p.m. (CST) at UIC Pavilion.  For a preview of the contest, click here.  The game can be heard on the Northern Illinois ISP Sports Network here and you can follow the live stats here.  You can also watch free live video through the Horizon League Network.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:04 am on Friday, December 18, 2009

Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell released his bowl preview today, as he talked mainly about the Huskies getting back to full strength with time to let some injuries heal before taking the field for one final time this season.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:57 am on Friday, December 18, 2009, a sports simulation website, did a well-researched simulation of the International Bowl and the Huskies were the victors.  The site did 10,001 simulations of the game and found that the Huskies won 63.4% of the time by an average score of  22.5-16.9.  To see the projected box score, click here.  Wouldn't it be nice if this was really how the game turned out?!


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:46 am on Friday, December 18, 2009

The Huskie women's hoops team topped Loyola on the road last night with a 10-point overtime victory, 75-65, behind a monster game from junior Ebony Ellis, who scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, along with having three blocks.  Senior Kylie York also added 16 points, including four three-pointers to claim the top spot on the all-time NIU three-point list.  For the complete recap, click here, and check out the box score here.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Sporting News takes a look at the International Bowl in this preview. The game is set for January 2 at 11 a.m. (CST) on ESPN2 from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For details on how you can buy tickets and make the trip with the Huskies visit Bowl Central.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:57 am on Thursday, December 17, 2009

A guide for your trip to Toronto for the Huskies' International Bowl match-up against USF is in today's DeKalb Daily Chronicle. You can check it out online right here.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:50 am on Thursday, December 17, 2009


The NIU women's basketball team rambles into Chicago tonight to face Loyola. The game is the Huskies' last before Christmas, and they are looking to head into winter break on a high note. For the first time this season, the NIU women's team will be on TV. Fans can catch the game on Lakeshore Public Television (DIRECTV 56, available on various Comcast channels in Chicagoland). The Huskie faithful can also keep up with the game with live audio via Huskie All-Access, or by listening live on 1360-AM WLBK (DeKalb), the flagship station of the Northern Illinois-ISP Sports Network. For details on tonight's game, visit the NIU GameCenter.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:13 pm on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Be sure to tune into 670 AM WSCR tonight at 10 p.m. for a special edition of "NIU Live."  Host Andy Garcia is joined by NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher, International Bowl President Don Loding and NIU running back Chad Spann as the four discuss the Huskies' upcoming trip to Toronto, Canada for the 2010 International Bowl. In case you can't tune in tonight, the show will be reaired at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on 1360 WLBK in DeKalb. "NIU Live" will be off next week, but will return December 30.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:25 am on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Rockford Register Star's Jay Taft posted an article today discussing the idea of a non-BCS school winning the football BCS championship, and it sounds as if it's not too far-fetched of a thought.  With two non-BCS teams in No. 3 TCU and No. 6 Boise State facing each other in the BCS' Fiesta Bowl, John Junker (Fiesta Bowl President) does not buy into the thought that non-BCS teams are simply not ready for a chance at a national title.  Amongst the non-BCS contenders mentioned by Junker were Boise State, TCU, Utah, Southern Mississippi, Nevada, Fresno State Marshall, Central Michigan, and your Northern Illinois Huskies.

NIU Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Jeff Compher feels the same, saying, "There are a lot of schools out there that believe they can be the next Boise or TCU.  A couple from the MAC."

One thing is for certain though -- no matter what, you have to win every game to even entertain the thought of being a non-BCS national title contender, as NIU head coach Jerry Kill points out, saying, "That's kind of the first step, isn't it?  You can't really even talk about it if you're us unless you beat everybody on your regular schedule first."


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:02 am on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A blog entry yesterday on Yahoo! Sports opened up a vote for the best running back of the decade.  The nominees include Cedric Benson (Texas, 2001-04), Reggie Bush (USC, 2003-05), Larry Johnson (Penn State, 1999-02), Marshawn Lynch (California, 2004-06), Darren McFadden (Arkansas, 2005-07), Willis McGahee (Miami, 2000-02), Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma, 2004-06), Ray Rice (Rutgers, 2005-07), Steve Slaton (West Virginia, 2005-07), Darren Sproles (Kansas State, 2001-04), DeAngelo Williams (Memphis, 2002-05), and of course, Garrett Wolfe (NIU, 2003-06).

Check out the nominees if you would like, but we know your vote is going to go for Wolfe, right?!


By Donna Turner | Posted at 5:53 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tickets to the 2010 International Bowl have arrived in DeKalb and will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday morning, Dec. 16 at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center.  Fans can pick-up the tickets they have already ordered OR purchase tickets between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 16-18 and again next Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21-23.  After that date, tickets may be picked up in Toronto at the Huskies' team hotel (the Sheraton Centre) from December 30-January 1 between Noon and 5 p.m. (EST) and at the stadium on game day. 

All of NIU's tickets are $40 each and are located in the lower bowl of the Rogers Centre, an INDOOR venue with a retractable roof (we're pretty sure the roof will be closed!)

Tickets can be ordered online, go to the Buy Tickets link on the Bowl Central ( page at, or call the NIU Athletics Ticket Office (815-752-6800) or the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund Office (815-753-1923).  Buses are filling up but there are travel packages for students and fans still available at EXTREMELY REASONABLE PRICES that include two nights in the Huskies' team hotel.  NIU students, remember, your game ticket is FREE!

There is still time to make your plans to follow the Huskies to Toronto, ay?


By Donna Turner | Posted at 5:55 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Former Huskie tight end Brandon Beal (2005-08) is getting paid to play football.  The St. Louis native inked a contract with the Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA).  In this release, the Mariners say that Beal is projected as a potential defensive end, linebacker and receiver.

A 6-4, 250-pound four-year letterwinner for the Huskies, Beal caught eight passes while playing in 39 games, including seeing extensive time on special teams.  The Mariners earned their first post-season bid in 2009 and open their third season at 1st Mariner Arena in March of 2010.


By Donna Turner | Posted at 5:57 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday was a big day for several members of the Northern Illinois staff (especially Certification Committee chair Dr. Matt Streb and Senior Administrative Assistant Janaan Mickey) who have spent countless hours over the last year working on Northern Illinois' NCAA Certification effort. 

First, campus-wide committees worked to create a "Self Study" that was reviewed by the NCAA Committee on Certification.  Then, a peer review team visited campus back in September and provided feedback on the department and the report.  As is routine, they asked for clarification and more detailed plans on some sections of the report.  Those documents were compiled and submitted Tuesday.  

Now it's all over but the waiting.  The NCAA Certification Committee will meet in February and Northern Illinois will officially hear from them on NIU's certification status in early April.   Congratulations to all who contributed and THANKS for your hard work!


By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:01 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Former Huskie wrestler Tom LeCuyer defeated World Team Trials runner-up Dennis Prokopos in the finals of the 2009 U.S. Grappling World Team Trials, 1-0, at 145.5 lbs. LeCuyer was a World bronze medalist last year. Congratulations Tom!


By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:31 am on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Couldn't make it to Fargo, N.D. for the North Dakota State Duals? Don't worry, WDAY of Fargo, N.D. was there and has video highlights of the Huskies' victory over Minnesota State Moorhead.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:42 am on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Former NIU men's soccer player Luis De La Cerda got one step closer to achieving a lifelong dream of playing professional soccer when he tried out for Major League Soccer's Chivas USA over the weekend. NIU Head Men's Soccer Coach Eric Luzzi has called Luis of of the most skilled soccer players he's ever coached, and it looks like some professional clubs are starting to agree. Luis should hear back from the club within a couple of weeks on the results of the tryout.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:35 am on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Huskie men's basketball team takes on its third Big Ten opponent this season tonight. Fans can watch NIU battle Minnesota on the Big Ten Network this evening at 7 p.m. (CST). The Huskies are well-rested after 12 days off, and well-focused with finals week now concluded.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:15 am on Tuesday, December 15, 2009


On this day in 1891, Dr. James Naismith invented a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months in Springfield, Massachussetts. He called his game "Basket Ball," and today we honor the 118th birthday of the sport, without which, we wouldn't have the slam dunk (seen from NIU hooper Najul Ervin here, and in various other forms here, here, here, here, here and here).


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 2:55 pm on Monday, December 14, 2009

As you well know, travel packages are available to the International Bowl for both students and general fans through the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund. But just like a late night on the town, as some point, we have to cut you off. Space is limited and time is running out! Fans must sign up for one of the packages by December 18 (this Friday) at 5 p.m. by calling (815) 753-1923.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:47 am on Monday, December 14, 2009

The Huskie football team is getting ready for the International Bowl. John Sahly has this story, in which, Chandler Harnish says Jason Onyebuagu said Toronto was "nicer than San Diego." Boom, roasted. He also has this account of the Huskies beginning preparations for USF for the January 2 match-up.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:44 am on Monday, December 14, 2009

The women's basketball team made a trip out to Lincoln, Nebraska for a game Sunday (recap). It was my first trip to the Cornhusker State, so I thought I'd share some highlights.


I bought this t-shirt at a local goofy gift shop.


A gas station across the street from our hotel had this up, apparently referencing the Big 12 Football Championship, which Nebraska lost on a last-second field goal to Texas. The math doesn't quite work (the final score was 13-12, Texas), but whatever.

A few other things of note. Some friends of the NIU program and I went to the Nebraska men's game the night before our game. They beat Oregon State, who is coached by Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama's brother. We couldn't find any secret service members around him, but I guess that's the idea.

Also, Alex Saltzer, a team manager, and I met former Husker great and NBA veteran Eric Piatkowski, who is one the broadcast team for Nebraska. I'll try and post some pictures on the blog later today.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:25 am on Monday, December 14, 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!

Event Calendar
Sunday, May 29 vs MAC Tournament
Men's Golf
Sunday, May 29 vs NCAA Championship
Men's Golf
Monday, May 30 vs NCAA Championship
Men's Golf
Tuesday, May 31 vs NCAA Championship
Men's Golf
Wednesday, June 1 vs NCAA Championship
Women's Track
Wednesday, June 8 vs NCAA Outdoor Championships


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