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.
Bloguin's The Crystal Ball Run blog has been hard at work this week cranking out a series of posts this week previewing the upcoming 2013 Mid-American Conference football season. The Crystal Ball Run staff makes its conference championship picks, names its all-conference teams and ranks the strengths of schedules. There is an interesting post on the future relationship of the MAC and Big Ten and a podcast breaking down this year's season.
You can meet the league's new coaches, including NIU head coach Rod Carey and CBR breaks down the top 10 #MACtion games for 2013. The Huskies make three appearances on the list, including the top two.
NIU head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference yesterday at the McCareins Auditorium to preview the Huskies' upcoming game with Buffalo. Joining Doeren were running back Akeem Daniels, cornerback Marckie Hayes and linebacker Victor Jacques. Two topics that came up were Northern Illinois' impressive winning streak at Huskie Stadium, which the Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell discusses in his story in today's paper, while Steve Nitz writes about NIU's propensity for fourth-quarter comebacks in today's edition of the Daily Chronicle.
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.
On the eve of reporting day for the NIU men's soccer program, Travis Clark at Top Drawer Soccer
has a preview of the Mid-American Conference. The big news for the league this season is the addition West Virginia who, along with NIU and Akron, gives the league three teams that made the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Both the Mountaineers (Oct. 27) and the Zips (Oct. 13) come to DeKalb this season.
Just a few days returned from her trip to China for the China-USA Challenge Invitational Tournament
, NIU Volleyball senior middle blocker Mary Kurisch graced the cover page of WisconsinHigh.com as she shared her overseas experience in an interview with WisconsinHigh.com's Todd Mishler. Click here to check it out
. Click here to read her blogs from China
Since the news has broke
about college football's new four-team playoff format, there have been a surplus of reactions, especially involving NIU and the Mid-American Conference since NIU President Dr. John Peters was part of a committee of university presidents that approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.Here is an article
from The Plain Dealer
with information about how the change could affect the MAC and has reactions from MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and NIU President Dr. Peters.Here's
the Daily Chronicle's
John Sahly's viewpoint on how college football is making progress and how it relates to the MAC and other conferences throughout the country.
In preparation for the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the Mid-American Conference will honor the groundbreaking legislation for women's college athletics with a series of 15 interviews with former coaches, student-athletes and administrators.
The interviews will cover themes such as:
-The importance of this legislation and what this meant to
them personally and for women's athletics
-The growth of opportunity for women in athletics
-How the MAC integrated women's athletics into the
-Early challenges faced by women in collegiate athletics
-What does the future hold for women's collegiate
The 15 interviews and five features covering the main themes of Title IX will air in a 20-part video series on MAC-Sports.com from Tuesday, June 19 through Friday, July 14.
The Mid-American Conference Title IX Video Series
Tuesday, June 19 - Marcy Weston, Central Michigan, Executive
Associate Director of Athletics
Wednesday, June 20 - Tricia Cullop, Toledo, Head Women's
Thursday, June 21 - Laing Kennedy, Kent State, Emeritus
Director of Athletics
Friday, June 22 - Feature One: What Does This Mean To You
& Women's Athletics?
Monday, June 25 - Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green,
Tuesday, June 26 - Kelly Andrews, Toledo, Senior Associate
Wednesday, June 27 - Maria Fantanarosa, Miami, Head Women's
Thursday, June 28 - Feature Two: Examine the Growth of
Opportunity for Women in Athletics
Friday, June 29 - Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American
Monday, July 2 - Kathy Beauregard, Western Michigan, Director
Tuesday, July 3 - Brittany Tyree, Ohio, Track &
Wednesday, July 4 - Feature Three: Integration of Women's
Athletics in the MAC
Thursday, July 5 - Brad Bates, Miami, Director of
Friday, July 6 - Karen Fitzpatrick, MAC Hall of Fame, former
Ball State field hockey coach
Monday, July 9 - Feature Four: Challenges Faced by Women's
Tuesday, July 10 - Lindsey Wienckowski, Western Michigan,
Wednesday, July 11 - Sue Guevara, Central Michigan, Head
Women's Basketball Coach
Thursday, July 12 - Kaitlyn Vincek, Eastern Michigan,
Friday, July 13 - Feature Five: What Does The Future Hold
For Women's Athletics?
Friday, July 13 - Susan Lipnickey, Miami, Faculty Athletics
Though we haven't rolled up the tarp here in Illinois and boughten our peanuts and Cracker Jack, or even worn shorts since October for that matter, baseball season is right around the corner. In exactly nine days, the Huskies will open their season in SEC country to take on Tennessee in a three-game series with the Volunteers. So naturally, with the season around the corner, baseball publications have been releasing conference previews for the past couple weeks formulated from questionnaires from all 300 NCAA Division I baseball teams.
CollegeBaseballInsider.com released its Mid-American Conference baseball preview today and several Northern Illinois players made several of the "Best" lists, as polled by all 12 MAC coaches. Huskies Alex Jones and Troy White tied for the Best Defensive Infielder, and also shared the Best Infield Arm honor, while teammate Jeff Zimmerman was named amongst the "Best Pure Hitters" and one of the "Biggest Power Threats" in the Mid-American Conference.
Needless to say, 2011 is going to be an exciting on the diamond for NIU. Check back for more updates as they're released.
NIU women's basketball junior Shaakira Haywood was recently featured in the MAC's latest "Getting to Know" video series. Click here to watch
It was a big weekend for the NIU volleyball team, as the Huskies entered in second place in the MAC West Division and left the weekend in first after 3-0 wins at home over Toledo and Ball State. NIU is currently tied with Western Michigan for first place in the West and the No. 1 overall seed in the MAC Tournament. The Huskies and Broncos meet in Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday to break the tie.
Reactions from the successful weekend are right here:"Schepler's ace puts volleyball team in first in MAC"
-- by Ryan Wood, Daily Chronicle"Somebody grab a broom - NIU volleyball defeats Toledo"
-- by Abbe Barton, Northern Star
With a huge weekend ahead, the Huskies are on the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) map. In the AVCA's weekly blog, Saturday's 7 PM CT NIU-Ball State contest at Victor E. Court is mentioned as one of the key national match-ups of the week. Ball State stands just one game ahead of NIU for first place in the MAC West Division and the Huskies are looking to avenge a five-set loss in Muncie, Ind., on Sept. 30, which is also the last time that NIU dropped a match. Since then, the Huskies have reeled off nine straight wins and have stayed ahead of the Cardinals in the RPI rankings. NIU leads the MAC with a No. 20 ranking, while BSU stands 33rd. With their last two MAC home matches this weekend, the Huskies could grab a share of first place in the West and overall in the MAC with wins Friday against Toledo and Saturday over the Cardinals.
Today, the Mid-American Conference released its preseason women's basketball picks, as voted on by the league's coaches and select media. The Huskies were tabbed to finish fourth in the West Division, while Toledo was chosen to win the West and the MAC Tournament. Bowling Green was the choice to claim the East Division. For the complete picks and to see the Preseason All-MAC Teams, click here
If you missed yesterday's NIU Basketball Media Day or are looking for more coverage, we have you covered. Let's start with the transcript of the press conference -- click here
. After the press conference, the following articles were written from one-on-one interviews:
"New eras begin for NIU men's, women's basketball teams
," by Matt Trowbridge, Rockford Register Star
"Hoops media day notes
," by Huskie Wire
"Montgomery wants to build Huskies' identity on tough defense
," by Ryan Wood, Daily Chronicle
"Bennett set to begin second season
," by Matt Hopkinson, Northern Star
"Montgomery ready to open up first season
" by Brian Thomas, Northern Star
The Huskies were also featured on video by the following local TV stations:
Rockford's NBC affiliate
, Rockford's ABC affiliate
After going off for a career-best 39 kills Saturday at Toledo, the nation's kills leader Lauren Wicinski was featured by Rick Armstrong in the Beacon News
on Sunday. Click here
The Mid-American Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments will see a change for the 2011-12 season, the league announced today. Under a new format, both the men's and women's top two
seeds will receive byes to the Semifinals, with the third and fourth seeds receiving
byes to the Quarterfinals. Click here to see the full announcement.
Northern Illinois University center Scott Wedige was named to Andrea Adelson's Non-AQ Preseason Team
. Wedige is entering his second season as the starting center for the Huskies. He is on the Rimington Trophy Watch List and is a preseason all-MAC by five publications.
Lindsey Willhite has a great post
today in his blog on the Daily Herald's
website. He breaks down all three of the Football Subdivision Schools in Illinois and discusses Jeff Sagarin's preseason computer rankings, which are pretty favorable to the Huskies. In his post on NIU, Willhite talks about the strength of the Huskies - their offensive line.
The bowl game in which the Huskies turned in such a dominating performance
has changed its name. the Humanitarian Bowl
announced today that it will be called the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The nation's longest-running outdoor cold-weather bowl, played since 1997, will feature a top selection from the Western Athletic Conference and Mid-American Conference. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho and televised on ESPN. The Idaho Potato Commission signed a six-year naming rights deal to sponsor the Bowl, beginning immediately and running through the 2016 game.