By Donna Turner on November 14, 2013 6:09 PM
NIU showed a national audience on ESPN2 and a press box full of media from not only Chicago but the entire nation that the Huskies' 10-0 record and especially quarterback Jordan Lynch, is for real. The Huskies defeated a Ball State team that came in 9-1 on the year with an ACC win over Virginia under its belt, and a potent passing attack. See what the national media, as well as Tribune columnist David Haugh, had to say about NIU and Lynch in these stories:
By Matt Scheerer on August 19, 2013 5:09 PM
Photo by @NWLBaseball (Northwoods Baseball League Twitter)
It started with a Mid-American Conference West Division Championship last spring. Now, members of the Northern Illinois baseball team have found success on their summer baseball teams in the Northwoods League.
Relief pitchers Anthony Andres and Ben Neumann both played their collegiate summer baseball in the Northwoods League and in the state of Wisconsin as Andres played for the Eau Claire Express and Neumann with his hometown Madison Mallards.
Andres, who finished his the 2013 campaign at NIU with a 3.86 earned run average in 30.1 innings of relief for the Huskies. The senior to be made his Northwoods League debut on June 28 at Wisconsin Rapids and surrendered a home run in his first pitch, followed by three more runs and five hits in 0.2 innings of work. Andres would follow with 26-straight scoreless innings of baseball for the Express. To read more on Andres' impressive run, click here.
Neumann, a junior from Verona, Wis., was one of the Mallards most-consistent pitchers in 2013 as he made 20 appearances in relief with 36.2 innings of work. He finished the year with a 1.96 ERA, a 3-2 record, 27 strikeouts and 10 walks. While statistically Neumann's season was a success, his team followed that same path of success as it won its first Northwoods League World Series since 2004 as it defeated the Dulth Huskies 2-0 in the best of three series. To read more about the Madison Mallards win, click here.
Both players return to Northern Illinois for its 2014 campaign, set to begin mid-February.
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 Jeremy Reid on April 15, 2013 1:51 PM
Dr. Julie Rochester will be the featured speaker for the Northern Illinois Athletic Training Education Program's 8th Annual Roger Kalisiak Alumni Lecture held on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., in the McCaerins Auditorium in the Yordon Center. Dr. Rochester's speech is entitled "Athletic Training" Affirming Our Identity as Heathcare Providers."
Dr. Rochester is a tenured Professor of Athletic Training at Northern Michigan University, where she has been the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program since 1998.
Northern Illinois will also serve as the host of this year's Illinois Athletic Trainer's Student Congress. The congress is scheduled to meet on Sunday, April 21, at noon in the Yordon Center.
By Matt Scheerer on July 16, 2012 6:54 PM
As you may recall, former Huskie Jake Hermsen became the first NIU baseball player drafted by a Major League Baseball club since 2008 on June 6th. Since then, Hermsen has made five appearances and starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie League affiliate, Ogden Raptors.
The New London, Wis., native currently owns an 0-2 record and has pitched 24.1 innings this season. However, his record on the mound is not what's turning heads thus far into his Minor League Baseball career.
Hermsen was drafted in the 28th round by the Dodgers (866th overall) this season, becoming the first Huskie drafted since Bobby Stevens (Baltimore Oriorles, 16th round) and Trevor Feeney (Detroit Tigers, 31st round) were drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft.
Which leads to a perfect segway into the second half of this Huskies Happening.
After being released by the Baltimore High-A club Fredrick Keys, he was signed by the Lynchburg Hillcats in the same league (Carolina) and has made 14 appearances this season for the team. At the plate he is batting .167 with a home run and five RBI, however, he is batting a combined .246 with his four combined teams during the 2012 season. In his 12 games in the outfield, he has eight putouts and three assists in 12 chances (1 error, .917 fielding percentage).
By Zach Peters on June 28, 2012 4:05 PM
Being last has it's perks. Sometimes. For former NIU super-star quarterback Chandler Harnish, who was named "Mr. Irrelevant" for being the last pick of April's NFL Draft, he is about to enjoy the perks of being "last" for maybe the first time ever in his life. Next week marks the beginning of the 37th annual Irrelevant Week, which involves a litany of charitable events for Harnish in Newport Beach, Calif. To see what one of the newest members of the Indianapolis Colts will be doing next week, click here.
Even though the moniker of "last" led him to this wonderful opportunity, it's interesting to know that he will be the "first" Mr. Irrelevant to enjoy his Irrelevant Week during the Fourth of July. Looks like he will be having a great time in Orange County!
By Zach Peters on June 28, 2012 3:51 PM
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.
By Zach Peters on June 28, 2012 3:43 PM
Long-time NIU women's golf head coach Pam Tyska announced her retirement earlier this year after serving post for an incredible 26 years. As the farewells and congratulatory notes keep surfacing, here's one from Education School Chronicles. Coach Tyska will be missed!
By Zach Peters on June 19, 2012 5:55 PM
NIU women's golf Hall of Famer Nicole Jeray is still swinging the sticks at a highly-competitive level at the age of 41, and is shaping up to be a fan-favorite at this weekend's Symetra Tour event in Decatur. Why is she a fan favorite? Here's why.
By Zach Peters on June 19, 2012 5:46 PM
Last week, some members of the NIU Football Team crashed Kaneland Youth Football's weeklong clinic for around 140 pre-teen boys and helped them learn the fundamentals of the game. Click here to see some reactions from some of the kids and learn more about what went on at the camp.
By Zach Peters on June 19, 2012 5:11 PM
Last week's news of NIU securing the bid over Illinois State and Southern Illinois to host the IHSA football championships in odd-numbered years from 2013-2021 was quite a big item. Mostly positive, reactions have been popping up all over the board. Here's a snippet of what is being said:
By Michael Benson on June 19, 2012 12:41 PM
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
conference -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
Basketball Coach 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,
Women's Tennis Tuesday, June 26 - Kelly Andrews, Toledo, Senior Associate
Athletic Director Wednesday, June 27 - Maria Fantanarosa, Miami, Head Women's
Basketball Coach Thursday, June 28 - Feature Two: Examine the Growth of
Opportunity for Women in Athletics Friday, June 29 - Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American
Conference, Commissioner Monday, July 2 - Kathy Beauregard, Western Michigan, Director
of Athletics Tuesday, July 3 - Brittany Tyree, Ohio, Track &
Field Wednesday, July 4 - Feature Three: Integration of Women's
Athletics in the MAC Thursday, July 5 - Brad Bates, Miami, Director of
Athletics 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
Athletics Tuesday, July 10 - Lindsey Wienckowski, Western Michigan,
Gymnastics Wednesday, July 11 - Sue Guevara, Central Michigan, Head
Women's Basketball Coach Thursday, July 12 - Kaitlyn Vincek, Eastern Michigan,
Volleyball Friday, July 13 - Feature Five: What Does The Future Hold
For Women's Athletics? Friday, July 13 - Susan Lipnickey, Miami, Faculty Athletics
By Michael Benson on June 18, 2012 1:25 PM
With summer workouts beginning for most teams, Northern Illinois Athletics would like to welcome the newest student-athletes to campus. The newest Huskies have a chance to acclimate themselves with the campus and DeKalb community, while taking part in classes and getting to know their new teammates before competition starts.
By Matt Scheerer on May 7, 2012 12:17 PM
Junior to be Amy Carr will be making a trek across the Atlantic this summer, and not just to go home. No, the native of Hemel Hempstead, England will be making a trip to Cape Town, South Africa this summer to teach and coach the fundamentals of soccer and other sports like rugby and cricket to children ages 7-to-16 for four weeks this summer. Daily Chonicle sports writer Steve Nitz interviewed Carr last Thursday and the story appeared in this morning's edition.