By Donna Turner on June 11, 2014 2:09 PM
With the World Cup getting underway on Thursday in Brazil, it seemed like a good time for #NIUSocialSummer to take a look at Huskie Athletics' international connections to this year's World Cup competitors.
Using the 2013-14 NIU rosters, EIGHT of the 31 World Cup countries outside of the U.S. are represented by 15 student-athletes from nine different Huskie programs.
The World Cup countries represented by Huskies (number of student-athletes in parens): France (4), England (3), Spain (2), Mexico (2), Croatia (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Germany (1), Columbia (1).
The Huskie programs with the most World Cup-affiliated students: Women's Tennis (4), Men's Tennis (3), Men's Golf (2), Men's Soccer (2), Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (1), Women's Golf (1), Women's Soccer (1), Men's Basketball (1).
And the complete list: MBB - Marin Maric (Croatia) MGolf - Raphael Denais & Pierrick Fillon (France) MSoccer - Richard Hall & Albert Levett (England) MTennis - Simon Formont (France), Carlos Manzanas (Spain), Jovan Zeljkovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) WXC/TR - Juliane Totzke (Germany) WGolf - Lena Gautier (France) WSoccer - Amy Carr (England) WTennis - Cristina Alvarez (Spain), Arantza de la Torre & Ilse Pacheco (Mexico), Maria Rozo (Colombia)
Of course, this is only a partial list of NIU's international connections as student-athletes from Israel, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Zimbabwe and Jamaica will not be seeing their country's team compete in Brazil.
By Joe Summins on August 2, 2013 4:10 PM
Another week, another media day for the Northern Illinois University football team. The Huskies were in Chicago yesterday to discuss the upcoming 2013 season. NIU President Dr. Doug Baker, Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Sean Frazier, Head Football Coach Rod Carey and several players were at Ditka's Restaurant meeting with the Chicago media.
Jordan Lynch in particular had a busy day, which started with a 6:10 a.m. departure from DeKalb for an appearance on the WGN Morning News at 8:15 a.m. The car then headed to Ditka's for the Huskies' 11:45 luncheon and press conference. After two hours at Da' Coach's hangout, Lynch made his way to Harpo Studios to shoot a segment for campusinsiders.com before concluding his marathon day at Comcast SportsNet to be on SportsTalk Live and shoot a piece for Comcast SportsNet's AT&T U-Verse Lounge.
You can read all about the Huskies' day in Chi-town and watch Jordan's clips below.
By Joe Summins on July 24, 2013 10:54 AM
The Mid-American Conference held its annual MAC Media Day yesterday at Ford Field in Detroit. Below is a collection of stories on the Northern Illinois Huskies from various media outlets that attended the event.
The 2013-14 college football bowl schedule has been set. The Mid-American Conference has primary agreements with three bowl games; Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, played in Boise, Idaho, kicks off at 4:30 p.m. CT on Dec. 21 and is one of four bowl games to be played that day. It will feature teams from the MAC and Mountain West. The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, held in Detroit's Ford Field, will be played Dec. 26 and kickoff at 5 p.m. CT. The game features a MAC school facing off against a team from the Big Ten. The penultimate bowl game of the season, the GoDaddy Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala. and featuring a MAC-Sun Belt match up will take place Jan 5. at 7 p.m. CT.
The Bowl Championship Series bowl games will be played Jan. 1, 2, 3 and 6. The Rose and Fiesta Bowls will be played on New Year's Day and kickoff at 4 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. The Sugar Bowl will be played Jan. 2, while the Huskies' 2012 bowl destination, the Orange Bowl, will take place Jan. 3. The National Championship game will be played Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.
Northern Illinois has made five straight bowl appearances (2008 Independence Bowl, 2010 International Bowl, 2010 Humanitarian Bowl, 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl and 2013 Orange Bowl) and are looking to make it six in 2013. The Huskies return 14 starters (8 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialist) in 2013, led by dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel), a 2012 second-team All-American who accounted for nearly 5,000 yards of total offense while setting NCAA records for rushing by a quarterback with 12 100-yard rushing games. Leading tackler Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala./Davidson) and NIU's entire offensive line are among the 55 returning letter winners for 2013.
By Michael Benson on April 23, 2013 11:30 AM
Everybody inside the NIU Athletic Department will be dressing a little less formal Wednesday, April 24, as they take part in "Denim Day." The initiative is hosted by the Victim Advocacy Services of the Women's Resource Center and Sexual Assault Awareness Month to honor victims and survivors of sexual assault.
Began in 1999 in Los Angeles, Denim Day has spread throughout the country as a way to fight back against sexual violence in the Untied States and across the world. The day also helps fight misconceptions about sexual assault.
By Joe Summins on March 19, 2013 9:48 AM
With spring football right around the corner, check out this preview on the Huskies' upcoming 2013 spring drills by Yahoo! Sports blogger Frank Schwab. He identifies the defensive front seven and the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball as wild cards heading into spring. He also talks about Jordan Lynch's chances of winning the Heisman in 2013.
By Jeremy Reid on September 27, 2012 9:16 AM
Members of both the Northern Illinois men's and women's golf teams will play a role in the 39th Ryder Cup Matches this weekend at Medinah Country Club. Griffin Bauman, Bryce Emory, Kurtis Luedtke, Paul Hammerschmidt and Greg Pohlmann of the men's team, along with Allie Parthie from the women's team, will work inside the ropes at one of golf's grandest events. The six Huskies will be walking scorers throughout the matches.
By Joe Summins on September 24, 2012 10:08 AM
The Northern Illinois University football team posted its biggest win this young season with a 30-23 over Kansas at Huskie Stadium Saturday. The Huskies trailed 23-13 at the start of the fourth quarter, then rattled off 17 unanswered points to claim the victory. As always, NIUHuskies.com is your source for the most complete coverage of the game. It was a packed press box at Huskie Stadium, and you can read what all the scribes had to say about the game below. Enjoy!
By Michael Benson on September 4, 2012 9:49 AM
Football: The Huskies pushed Iowa to the brink Saturday in Chicago, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as the Hawkeyes scored late to claim an 18-17 victory. NIU led for the majority of the game and held a 17-9 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, Iowa's Damon Bullock scored the decisive points on a 23-yard run with 2:15 left in the game. The Huskie defense, though, was a huge bright spot in the game, collecting six sacks of James Vandenberg and limited the Hawkeyes to 268 total yards.
Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois lost in excruciating fashion Friday night when they fell to Green Bay in double overtime, 2-1. The Huskies' lone goal of the game came in the 69th minute when James Stevenson found Gael Rivera for a quick shot that tied the match at 1-1. Yet, the Phoenix won the match with a winner in the 102nd minute.
Cross Country:Northern Illinois proved how big of a difference one year could make Saturday, as they claimed the team title at the UIC Opener. Senior Courtney Oldenburg earned her first career win on the day to lead the Huskies to a first-through-fourth finish on the Horse Lake Trail, as Ali Olson, Leah Raffety and Jamie Burr sealed the win for the Huskies.
By Joe Summins on August 30, 2012 10:10 AM
NIU head coach Dave Doeren, who played his college ball at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years is very familiar with Iowa football. Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald writes how much respect Doeren has for Iowa and their coach Kirk Ferentz in his preview story in today's paper.
By Joe Summins on August 30, 2012 9:43 AM
To get you better prepared for Saturday's game versus Iowa and the upcoming season, the Daily Chronicle posted its 2012 NIU Football Preview today. Inside, you'll find stories on Jordan Lynch, Mathew Sims, the NIU defense and the Huskies by position.
By Joe Summins on August 29, 2012 12:17 PM
There are several stories to check out previewing Northern Illinois' upcoming game with Iowa at Chicago's Soldier Field. Doeren, who played at Drake University in Iowa and coached in the Big Ten for five years, is very familiar with the Hawkeyes writes Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune and Steve Nitz of the Daily Chronicle. Chad Thornburg of the Daily Herald breaks down the Huskies' 2012 schedule in his story today.
By Joe Summins on August 27, 2012 9:34 AM
In case you missed Sunday's Chicago Tribune sports section, Fred Mitchell filed this story on starting quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch takes over the reins of the Northern Illinois offense as the Huskies look to defend their 2011 MAC title.
By Joe Summins on August 23, 2012 10:47 AM
The Daily Herald posted this preview story of the 2012 Northern Illinois football season in today's paper. Mike McGraw discusses the strength of the Huskies, and how the offense will have a different look with Jordan Lynch at the helm.