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Seniors with Bowl Trophy.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team closed out a record-setting season with a 38-20 victory over Arkansas State in the 2012 Bowl. Of course the most complete coverage, including post-game notes, photo gallery and high light video can only be found on Below are various stories from around the Chicagoland area and nationally.

Chicago Tribune, NIU beats Arkansas State in Bowl

Sun-Times, Chandler Harnish, Huskies win Bowl

Daily Herald, 'Storybook ending' for Harnish, NIU

Daily Chronicle, Going out a winner, NIU rips Ark. St. for ninth-straight win, Instant analysis: NIU 38, ASU 20

If you want to relive the Huskies entire bowl trip from touching down in Mobile, to the celebration at the team hotel following the game, you can find it all at Bowl Central. Complete with blog posts, photo galleries and videos, Bowl Central has you, and the Huskies, covered.


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.

NIU Baseball Highlights on WREX TV

Missed some of the last weekend's action as NIU baseball grabbed first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with a 2-1 series win over Toledo?  Don't worry, Jude Wilbers, from WREX Channel 13 in Rockford, was there to get highlights of Game One.  For video of the exciting 4-3 walk-off Huskie win, click here.
Recently, Northern Illinois volleyball's Kristin Hoffman went on a community service tour with Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF).  During her week-long trip, the junior took's Flip Cam with her to give Huskie fans a glimpse of her trek and the people she reached out to.

Most students like to get away and go wild on spring break.  But not Hoffman, who has been one of NIU's most community service-dedicated student-athletes.  For her spring break, Hoffman wanted to be involved with STLF because the organization's mission reflects her own personal values.  Founded in 2003, STLF's mission is to reveal leadership through service, relationships, and action.  Whether the setter is on or off the court, Hoffman displays those characterstics in community service trips, leading the NIU volleyball Relay For Life team and on the court as the captain of the offense.  The video below shows Hoffman in action, displaying such wonderful characteristics.


Peters-John-2008-002.jpgThe Fiesta Bowl is under scrutiny by the Bowl Championship Series amid the firing of John Junker, the president and CEO of the Arizona bowl game.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Fiesta Bowl will be asked to justify its inclusion in the BCS after organizers for the Arizona game fired president and CEO John Junker for "an apparent scheme" to reimburse employees for political contributions and "an apparent conspiracy" to cover it up.

The Fiesta Bowl released a scathing internal report Tuesday.

The reimbursements, listed as at least $46,539, are an apparent violation of state campaign finance laws and the charter that allows the Fiesta Bowl its nonprofit status. The Arizona attorney general's office is conducting a probe of the matter.

The BCS reacted swiftly, saying it would undertake an investigation of its own to "consider whether the Fiesta Bowl should remain a BCS bowl game or other appropriate sanctions."

Northern Illinois University President Dr. John Peters, who serves on the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, is a part of a seven-member BCS task force to decide if the Fiesta Bowl will remain a BCS bowl game.

Video Proof of Fun at 6,000 Feet

If the picture below did not please you enough, don't worry.  Click here to go to the Bowl Central page and check out the awesome video of the Huskies tubing in Boise.  If only there was video of NIU Associate V.P./Director of Athletics Jeff Compher on the tubes.  There's a rumor spreading around the department that Mr. Compher and his senior staff tubed down the mountain together.  We are currently looking for video/photo evidence.  Stay tuned for possible updates on this situation and be sure to check back to Huskie Happenings and the Bowl Central page for more updates and videos over the next few days.

Silas' Record 40 Points Lead NIU Past UIC

Didn't get enough coverage of the big win for NIU men's basketball last night?  Check out two other recaps describing Xavier Silas', the nation's leading scorer, NIU Convocation Center record performance.  Here's a recap from the Daily-ChronicleHere's the Northern Star's take

Photos of the Huskies in Boise

Courtesy of NIU Media Services' Scott Walstrom, the Rockford Register Star put together a photo gallery of the Huskies in Boise, Idaho, at the Humanitarian Bowl.  Click here to take a look at what the team has been doing before they hit the field on final time this season on Saturday.

Huskie Fight Song Lyricist to be Honored Tonight

On December, 1, 2010, Francis Stroup passed away at the age of 101.  A former member of the Northern Illinois University faculty, Stroup is the man who wrote the lyrics to the Huskie fight song in 1961.  Stroup and his late wife, Marjorie, arrived at NIU in 1959 as he was hired as a physical education professor.  The following year, he took over the head coaching position of the new men's swimming team.  He then retired from the university in 1974.  Tonight at the NIU-UIC basketball game, Stroup will be honored prior to tip-off with a moment of silence.  The famous lyrics that were once voted as one of the top-25 college fight songs by an ESPN national poll in 2000:

Huskies, come on you Huskies
and make a score or two

Huskies, you're Northern Huskies
the team to pull us through

Forward, together forward
there's victory in view

Come on you Huskies, Fight on you
Huskies and win for N.I.U.

Huskies Help Hope Haven


Today, with help from three NIU softball players, the Huskies donated Christmas gifts to Hope Haven, a local shelter.  Check out the video to see the Huskies helping the community.  Every year, the NIU Athletic Department comes together to spread holiday cheer and donate Christmas gifts to those who are less fortunate around the DeKalb-Sycamore community.

Huskie Bowl Swag

Interested to know what type of gifts will be handed out by many of the bowls around the country?  You need to look no further.  The Huskies and Bulldogs will each receive quite a nice package of goodies, which includes a Sony gift suite, New Era skull cap, waterproof breathable parka, winter gloves, hand warmers, Ogio fugitive backpack and Big Game souvenir football.  Click here to see what other bowls are handing out.
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