Sorry for the long delay in-between these things. It's hard to judge how often I should provide NIU links because the news is so infrequent. One day there's no news and the next day my NIU News Feed (located on the left sidebar) is cranking out stories. I'll try to do a weekly thing and see how it goes...
Spring is in full swing as the Northern Illinois football team gets ready to go for a 7:00 AM practice tomorrow. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle will be there and will be providing unprecedented coverage of the Huskies this spring. I will likely attend the practice as well (if my alarm goes off).
Stretching starts at 7:20 and it's open to the public, just like last year. The schedule for all the spring practices is located on the right sidebar of this page.
There's already some injury news affecting a few of our backup players:
Linebacker and Sycamore native Kevin Sabock will be out for spring practice following offseason knee surgery. Running back Ricky Crider, offensive lineman Joe Pawlak and safety and Kaneland graduate Boone Thorgesen will be limited for the first few practices as all of them are nursing a pulled hamstring.
I hope that hamstring trend doesn't continue, because that injury can linger for a long time and can spread like wildfire. But it's a wonderment to see that half of our team isn't still suffering from severe injuries from the season before.
- Recruiting season is underway as NIU has already made offers to 7 prospects for the class of 2010. Northern's football team put on Junior days these past few weekends where they got to meet some players up close. You can see who we offered by checking out the 2010 Recruiting Big Board, which will be located in the left sidebar under Special Pages.
- Tom Lemming blogs for the Sun-Times about why high school Football in Florida is just so much better than in Illinois.
- Former NIU Kicker Chris Nendick is playing for the Chicago Slaughter of the CIFL Arena League.
- Northern Illinois will net $330,000 from the Independence Bowl, according to NIU's Donna Turner.
- Former NIU SID Mike Korcek takes a look at the first (and best?) player ever drafted out of NIU, Larry Brink.
- Football Season Tickets have been lowered to $90 this year.
- Recent Football signee WR Anthony Johnson also high jumps for his track team. He's looking to jump 7 feet, which is an absolutely ridiculous feat (no pun intended) if he manages to break that barrier.
- Both Holly Reichard (All-Around) and Jennifer Naughton (Balance Beam) will be advancing to the NCAA regionals. Reichard was also named MAC Gymnast of the year.
- Tristen DeShazer and Bryan Deutsch both found themselves just a couple matches away from being All-Americans at the NCAA Championships. The good thing about this is that both players are Sophomores and have 2 more chances at becoming an All-American and possibly advancing to the championship.
- OF Jordin Hood won MAC West POY honors going 5 for 10 with 3 2B, a 3B, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB and 3 HBP, helping NIU win the series against Buffalo at home.
- In the case of where opening day starter LHP Brandon Copp disappeared to, he is reportedly out 5 weeks with some sort of arm problem. Get well soon Brandon!
C Matt Behren is finally healthy this season and has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List
- Ricardo Patton has been recruiting a duo of players from Sheridan Junior College, which is located in Wyoming. The name of one of the players that we reportedly offered is Moustapha Diarra.
- Southwest Tennessee Coach Verties Sails says that 6'8" F DeAngelo Riley's commitment to NIU isn't yet set in stone for signing day April 15th.
- On the women's side of things in the first round of the NCAA Tourney, MAC West winners Ball State beat the Tennessee Vols in what is described as one of the biggest upsets in WBB history.
- The MAC has a new commissioner in Jon Steinbrecher, formally of the Ohio Valley Conference. High expectations are set for a man replacing the oft-criticized former MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst.
- And finally, NIUHuskies.com will be launching some sort of quasi-blog called "Huskie Happenings" tomorrow. Should be interesting to see what that turns out to be.