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A SCARY DAY, A HAPPY ENDING

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Spr12 - DButler practice web (4-4).jpgOne year ago today, the NIU football team, Northern Illinois community and all of Huskie Nation awoke to the news that NIU linebacker Devon Butler had been shot and was in surgery in at OSF St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford.  It was an anxious time.  

After a long recovery that required him to sit out the 2011 season, Butler is back and through the first five practices of spring football, has regained his starting middle linebacker's job.  ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson caught up with Butler, NIU head coach Dave Doeren and former linebacker coach Tom Matukewicz for this update.

Also in the news today, HuskieWire's Anthony Zilis takes a look at the running backs position and Yahoo! Sports has an early look at the 2012 Huskies.


"THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD"

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Huskie Wire's Anthony Zilis recently caught up with NIU Volleyball Head Coach Ray Gooden and his wife Stephanie to discuss the wild ride their careers have taken them on lately.  Click here to read.

HUSKIEWIRE FEATURES NIU WOMEN'S HOOPS

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With all the football buzz, it would be easy to miss this article John Sahly filed on the NIU women's basketball team's start under first-year head coach Kathi Bennett. Here's an appetizer to entice you for the full meal:

Defensively, Bennett said from the day she was hired that NIU's identity would be on defense. So far, it's been a process. The Huskies started Sunday in the middle of the pack in scoring defense in the conference.

"I almost feel like, to be honest with you, the winning hurt us," Bennett said. "And the UIC loss helped us. From that loss, I felt it turn a little bit. The best game was the Northern Iowa game (a 71-64 road win), by far. I thought the UIC game, you always want to learn from a loss, and that humbled us a little bit."

The Huskies are 5-4, and continue non-conference play at Northwestern, Wednesday.

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW?

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Jeremy Werner writes in Huskie Wire that Saturday's football game at Huskie Stadium between NIU and Temple could be a MAC Championship preview. Here's a snippet:

While coaches have cautiously consented that Saturday will be a battle between two of the stronger MAC teams, the NIU players spoke more liberally about the significance of a Week 6 matchup that many predict will reoccur Dec. 3 in the MAC Championship game in Detroit.

Werner's mid-season assessment agrees with what many pundits espoused in the preseason - that NIU and Temple are the best in the MAC. Interested? Tickets.
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