Northern Illinois Head Coach Dave Doeren and Huskie Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher are in Lake Forest, Illinois today for the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony. The annual event features a "who's who" of football on the professional, collegiate and high school level in the Chicago area.
Doeren will introduce the keynote speaker, his former boss and on Sept. 17, 2011, coaching foe, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema. Among the honorees are former Chicago Bear Richard Dent, who will be recognized for his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and long-time Big Ten Conference referee Bill LeMonnier. Bears' General Manager Jerry Angelo and Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald are also expected to be in attendance, and the chapter will present $18,000 in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The NFF gathering also provides a chance for Doeren to meet and interact with more of the Chicago media as the event will draw coverage from across the city.
By now, all Huskie fans know the story of former NIU running back Chad Spann. Marc Telander summed up Spann's career in this piece
on TexasvstheNation.com, telling the former walk-on's story to an audience in a different part of the country. Spann, who played in the game for Texas (even though he's from Indiana), started for the Lone Star State in the game Feb. 5, 2011 in the Alamodome.
Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com posted quick previews
of each Mid-American Conference team's spring drills in his post today.
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager and Northern Illinois grad Ned Colletti was featured on ESPN.com Los Angeles a couple days ago to discuss the upcoming season
for the Dodgers. The Cubs face welcome Los Angeles to Wrigley Field for a three-game homestand April 22-24.
ESPN.com blogger Adam Rittenberg highlighted the 2011 MAC-Big Ten match ups
in his blog post today. Rittenberg, with the help of Andrea Adelson, broke down a handful of the 11 contests between the two conferences this season. The Northern Illinois-Wisconsin game Sept. 17 was one of the games the two discussed.
The Northern Illinois-Wisconsin game intrigues me, and the Badgers would
be foolish to look past the Huskies. For starters, Northern Illinois is
now coached by former Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, who
knows Wisconsin's players and the staff quite well. Although NIU loses
standout running back Chad Spann, star quarterback Chandler Harnish is
Adelson writes of NIU: "I know they have pulled the upset against
the Big Ten in the last several years, but they haven't played anybody
as good as Wisconsin in the last three [this team rarely gets blown out,
though, so that is one thing to keep in mind]."
As many NIU fans know, the Huskies DID play a team as good as Wisconsin, facing the Badgers two years ago in Madison, falling 28-20. Not sure if Adelson meant this Wisconsin team is better than the '09 edition, that's for Wisconsin fans to debate. However, playing the Badgers at Camp Randall is a formidable task for any squad, MAC or Big Ten.
Adelson is taking Miami (OH), her pick to win the MAC next year, to defeat Minnesota the same day. Former NIU head coach Jerry Kill has a very good memory and I think he's going to want a little payback for the loss to the RedHawks in the 2010 MAC Championship game, even if he's with a different team.
It's never too early to talk football. ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel took a look at the non-conference schedule of teams in the Mid-American Conference in his blog post
today. His colleague, Andrea Adelson, posted this piece today
listing all the MAC's non-conference schedules.
In looking at the schedules, Army is the most common MAC opponent in 2011, playing four MAC schools, including a Sept. 3 date at Huskie Stadium with Northern Illinois. Cincinnati, Michigan, Ohio State and UConn are next playing two MAC schools next year. Another game of note, former NIU head coach Jerry Kill will get another crack at Miami (OH) when the RedHawks travel to Minnesota to face the Gophers Sept. 17, the same day as NIU's game with Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle
caught up with one of Dave Doeren's signees, running back Jamal Womble yesterday and filed this story
on one of the newest Huskies. Wood chronicles what brought Womble, a highly recruited athlete out of high school, to Northern Illinois.
As many of you know, yesterday was National Letter of Intent Day. The day when all the talented high school seniors and junior college players from around the country make their commitments to the college of their choice. This year's class was NIU head coach Dave Doeren's first. Doeren and his staff signed 22 yesterday
Lindsey Willhite of the Daily Herald
broke down the roster player by player in his blog
and posted his evaluation of Doeren's signing class in this story
in today's paper. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune
highlighted the importance of the signing of Devonte' Majors
in his story in today's paper.
The Rockford Register Star's
Jay Taft recapped Doeren's first two months here at NIU from getting to DeKalb, hiring his staff and NIU's recruiting class in today's paper
. Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon News
points out the even though there's a limited number of Illinois signees, that it won't be a trend in the future in his recruiting wrap up piece
Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle
recapped the class and gave a quick take on each signee in this story
, then John Sahly offered offered his opinion on Doeren's first class in his story today
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch filed this piece
on NIU's four St. Louis-area signees in today's paper. While this story
by Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com on Jamal Womble had been posted on Monday, we wanted to save it for after signing day.
Rivals.com gave the Doeren and his staff a favorable review of their recruiting class ranking Northern Illinois's 2011 class second
in the Mid-American Conference behind Toledo.
The topic of conversation the last 24 hours has been the weather. We here at NIU Athletics Media Relations want to assure our fans that even a snow storm will not slow down our coverage of National Signing Day. NIUHuskies.com will be your source for all the latest Huskie signees. There will be a live blog, video highlights of each signee and a roster of Dave Doeren's first signing class on the Signing Day Central page.
Be sure to catch the live press conference at 3 p.m. CST through Huskie All-Access
. Memberships start at $6.95 a month.
NIU head coach Dave Doeren has completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Richard McNutt
announced yesterday. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune
had this write up
on McNutt's hire on the Trib's website last night.
Northern Illinois University head coach Dave Doeren has spent little time on campus since his arrival Jan. 3. Except for five or six days, Doeren has been on the road recruiting. ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers caught up with the Huskies' head coach in between recruiting trips to file this story
He is another take on Dave Doeren. This one comes via CollegeFootballNews.com
Head Coach: Dave Doeren
Former Coach: Jerry Kill
Last Seen: Coordinating the Wisconsin defense
Reason to like the hire: One of the bright, young
coaches of the Big Ten, Doeren was the leader of a Badger D that was
stout throughout his tenure. In a short period of time, he's earned the
respect of his players and fellow coaches with a no-nonsense,
disciplined approach. He has boundless energy for the game and his kids,
and a level of intensity that'll resonate from the locker room to the
Reason to question the hire: While everyone tends to
gravitate toward a youthful coach, Doeren won't celebrate his 40th
birthday until this December. That makes him one of the greenest head
men in America. And while he has experience, he's yet to be the man in
charge. Doeren inherits a deep and talented Northern Illinois squad, so
he'll be expected to hit the ground running.
Paul Meyerberg of presnapread.com, who has been breaking down all the head coaching hires in college football, posted his review of the Dave Doeren hire in his blog
today. Meyerberg is not only impressed by the Doeren hire, but with Northern Illinois' ability to attract a coach of Doeren's caliber. He also likes the coaching staff he's been able to assemble.
There were five head coaching changes in the Mid-American Conference this offseason. Of course, the one all Huskie fans know about is the hiring of Dave Doeren here at NIU. Doeren is one of three Big Ten assistant coaches to be hired by a MAC school.
Kent State stayed in state when it tabbed Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell as its head coach, while Miami (OH) hired one of their own naming Miami (OHO) grad and Michigan State assistant Don Treadwell to lead the RedHawk program. Pete Lembo was hired by Ball State and Temple added former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio as their head coach. Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com breaks down all the hires in the league in her blog post
For you night owls out there, be sure to catch "NIU" Live on 670 AM WSCR "The Score" tonight at Midnight. Host Andy Garcia is joined by new Huskie head football coach Dave Doeren and Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. Doeren, who has been on a media whirlwind this week, talks about assembling his staff and the upcoming recruiting season.
Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren was down in Chicago yesterday for a meet and greet with the Chicago media. Doeren, offensive coordinator Matt Canada, defensive coordinator Jay Niemann and linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz were at Ditka's Restaurant for a few hours mingling with reports from the Chicago Tribune
, Daily Herald
and Daily Chronicle
, as well as anchors Dan Roan of WGN Sports and Megan Mawicke of CBS 2 sports. Comcast SportsNet was also on hand to sit down with the new Huskie head man.
WGN, CBS and CSN ran their video reports yesterday and last night. Fred Mitchell filed this story
, along with a companion video interview with coach Doeren on the Trib's website. Lacy Banks of the Sun-Times got Doeren's thoughts on his new team in his story
in the paper today. Ryan Wood of the Chronicle made the trek to the city yesterday for his second sit down with NIU's new head coach. His article
focused on Northern Illinois' recruiting efforts in Chicago. Be on the look out for an article from Lindsey Willhite of the Daily Herald. He also made the trip to Chicago for the event.
Following the press gathering at Ditka's Doeren made an appearance on Comcast SportsNet's Chicago Tribune Live with host Dve Kaplan, who also serves as the play-by-play commentator on Huskie football games broadcast on CSN Chicago. Fred Mitchell, a regular on CTL, was also on the panel show.
Northern Illinois University head football coach Dave Doeren will be making the rounds in Chicago today meeting with members of the media. His first stop of the day will be a meet and greet session at Ditka's. He will then head over to Comcast SportsNet for an appearance on Chicago Tribune Live hosted by Dave Kaplan. You can catch coach Doeren on Chicago Tribune Live at 5:30 p.m.
ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson did a quick round up of all the new hires
at Non-AQ schools, three of which were from the Mid-American Conference, including Northern Illinois. Kent State and Ball State are the other two MAC schools that have made additions to their staff.
New Daily Chronicle
beat writer Ryan Wood sat down with NIU head football coach Dave Doeren last week to catch up with the new Huskie head man on his first official week here in DeKalb. As you would expect, recruiting was a major topic of discussion in the story