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MONTGOMERY READY FOR YEAR TWO

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Monty.jpgWith just four days until the Huskies host Aurora University in an exhibition contest, Ross Jacobson of the Daily Chronicle writes about the increased comfort level for Mark Montgomery and the Huskies heading into the season. As Jacobson notes, expect the Huskies to play with a higher tempo and more pressure defense in year two.

MONTGOMERY MEETS THE GREEKS

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The past two Monday nights, NIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery has spent time visiting the fraternities and sororities at NIU. Last Monday night, Montgomery stopped by the fraternities on campus, bringing Taco Bell to each of the houses. Last night, Montgomery made the rounds to the sororities at NIU, handing out boxes of chocolate in a Pre-Valentine's Day gesture from the Huskies.

"Everyone at the fraternities and sororities was very friendly and it was a good chance to meet and interact with members of the student body," Montgomery said. "We had a great response from the fraternities last week and saw a number of those guys come out and support our team last Wednesday, hopefully we see them come back this week and we see them joined by the sororities we visited last night."

EMBRACING THE CHALLENGE

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Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com caught up with NIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery this week. Montgomery tells Brennan about reaching his goal of becoming a Division I head coach and the built-in advantages he sees at Northern Illinois.
  

MISSED MEDIA DAY? DON'T WORRY, WE HAVE YOU COVERED

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Convo Hoops Logo.jpegIf 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:

WREX, Rockford's NBC affiliate

WTVO, Rockford's ABC affiliate

MONTGOMERY BRINGS WINNING PHILOSOPHY TO NIU

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Sports Illustrated web front_small.jpgNIU men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State and, as Steve Hendershot explains in an article for Sports Illustrated, Montgomery brought much of that winning Spartan formula to NIU. But the NIU way isn't completely the same as the MSU way, read more to find out where Montgomery believes he and Izzo differ. 

EARLY MORNING ON THE HARDWOOD

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first workout.jpgAs of today, Sept. 15, NCAA rules allow college basketball teams to begin full team workouts for up to two hours per week. NIU head coach Mark Montgomery wasted little time in getting the Huskies on the floor, putting his squad through a workout at 6:15 a.m. this morning. The first official day of practice might be 29 days away, and the regular season opener at Purdue 57 days away, but the Huskies are already hard at work preparing for the season.

MORE VISITORS AT PRACTICE

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The size of the crowd at football practice today increased as a number of students, and their families, participating in move-in day at NIU stopped by to get a glimpse of the 2011 Huskie football team. The Huskies also had another visitor whose face is more familiar around the NIU Convocation Center than on the turf at Huskie Stadium as men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery stopped by. Montgomery and NIU football coach Dave Doeren chatted for a few minutes during practice, no doubt comparing notes about their transitions as first-year head coaches at NIU.

MONTGOMERY DESTINED TO BE A COACH

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While the beginning of football around the country grabs most of the headlines this time of year, Scott Held of the Southgate (Mich.) News Herald caught up with new NIU basketball head coach Mark Montgomery. A four-year starter at Aquinas High School in Southgate, coaches could see from an early age that Montgomery had the demeanor of a coach on the floor, as Montgomery's high school coach Ernie Price told the News Herald.


FOLLOW COACH MONTGOMERY ON TWITTER

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NIU Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Montgomery has joined the Twitter universe. You can find Coach Montgomery at twitter.com/NIUCoachMonty to keep up with all of the tweets of the new Huskie head coach. Coach Monty has been on Twitter for less than 24 hours but check out his thoughts about the NBA Playoffs.


MONTGOMERY CHANGING THE CULTURE

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Early morning workouts and a "boot camp approach." Those things are just a part of the makeover going on with the NIU men's basketball program as chronicled by Steve Megargee of Rivals.com. It hasn't been unusual to see new head coach Mark Montgomery join in the squad while lifting weights or jump into a basketball drill, things that are all a part of bringing a new attitude to Huskie Hoops.


HUSKIE CARAVAN IN ROCKFORD TODAY!

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NIU fans in the Rockford area!  The Huskie Spring Coaches' Caravans are at the Rockford Country Club in Rockford today participating in the Rockford Executive Club's annual golf outing. NIU head football coach Dave Doeren, who is playing at the event, will be speaking at the dinner after golf. New NIU head men's basketball coach Mark Montgomery will be speaking at the event as well. Many of the local TV stations are going to be out there interviewing the two new Huskie head coaches. Be sure to check your local sports broadcasts tonight.

MEN'S BASKETBALL IN THE NEWS

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The most recent signee for the NIU men's basketball program, Andre Henley, was recently named as the third-best in-state recruit likely to make an immediate impact by ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers. Powers talked about the skill set that Henley will bring to NIU that isn't seen often in the MAC. Elsewhere, Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle checked in with head coach Mark Montgomery on the progress that has been made since his hiring in late March.