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Football

-Yesterday, Coach Kill and the rest of the Huskies coaching staff held a one-day camp at St. Rita High School.  Walk-ups were encouraged and players were required to wear helmets and shoulder pads.  This is monumental, because it marks the first time that the Huskies have held a camp in another place than Dekalb.  Catholic league power St. Rita is in the heart of Chicago, an area where we should be recruiting the hardest.

-Sophomore TE Jason Schepler earned a scholarship for this upcoming season after walking on last year.  He played as a true freshman and made strides this spring putting him near the top of the depth chart.

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-Class of 2009 signee WR Anthony Johnson out of Warren HS in San Antonio cleared 7 feet in high jump this past week!!!  The Texas state high school track meet takes place this Friday and Saturday.

Football Recruiting

-Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming and Taylor Graham of the Sun-Times just released their list of the Top 30 Chicago area players in the class of 2010.  NIU has offered #8 QB Miles Osei, #10 LB Louis Trinca-Pasat, #14 RB Georgio Bowers & #17 OL Andy Gallik so far.  I like Lemming's rankings because he ranks prospects by purely evaluating them, not being biased by when players receive scholarship offers.

Basketball

-Men's basketball director of operations Scott Stevens has resigned after one year, leaving two open spots on the coaching staff for this upcoming season that need to be filled.

Misc

-The all-sports trophies were released for the MAC and NIU placed 10th in Men's sports and 11th in Women's.

-ESPN's Lee Corso suffered a mild stroke this past week, but will be back as an analyst for this upcoming season.  A little known fact is that Corso was the NIU head football coach in 1984 as the bumper between the Mallory & Pettibone eras, compiling a 4-6-1 record that year.

"This is just a small bump in the road, " Corso said in a statement issued by ESPN. "A 'not so fast, my friend' in my game of life. I look forward to making a full recovery and returning to ESPN for my 23rd season analyzing the greatest sport in the world — college football."

-Former NIU offensive coordinator John Bond (2004-06) goes in depth about starting up the football program at Georgia State.  GSU won't start playing football until the Fall of 2010 in the Football Championship Subdivision.

-The game-changing interception by Eric Berry of Tennessee against the Huskies is a nominee for Rocky Top Talk's Best Plays of 2008, but may not make the cut.  Keep in mind that we were playing with our backup QBs that game after Chandler Harnish was out with an ankle injury.

Scouting 2009 Opponents

-The Quad Countdown: #93 Akron, #94 Purdue & #101 Miami OH.  NIU has yet to make an appearance on this list.

Around College Football

-Phil Steele's new college football preview mag just came out and it's the only one you need to buy.  He's also running a new Daily Blog.

-University of Oregon was just one of 19 Athletic Departments to turn a profit last year, just barely.

-The SEC has banned the oversigning of recruits, limiting teams to just 28 signings for every class.

-The Heisman Pundit released their annual list of the Fastest Players in College Football

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