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Diesel Fuel 5.18.09


Welcome Huskie Fans!  It's been a week since I graduated from Northern Illinois and my head is spinning.  Here's what I've been up to:

A. Applying for jobs
B. Spending time with the people closest to me
C. Messing around on my brand new iPhone
D. Developing our brand on Twitter @RABAttack
E. Newly streamlining bookmarks with a tool called Delicious
F. Getting my Photoshop mojo back (like the new banner?)

There's been some news around SB Nation as well.  We're now an official partner with CBS Sports, as you can tell by the icon on the bottom right part of the page:

Official Partner of

CBS Sports

This means that selected stories on here will also appear on the NIU team page on CBS Sports.  This exciting advancement is shared by all the other College Sites on this network.

Enough about me, let's talk Huskies:

Women's Basketball

Hinkley-Big Rock standout Jenna Thorp has committed to play for the Huskies.  Here are the reasons for choosing NIU as she enters her Senior year:

"It's nice knowing that it's close to home for fan support," she said. "They have a good academic program and I want to do something with sports medicine. Everything was nice."

Men's Basketball

Associate Head Coach Dennis Gates has interviewed for a vacant assistant coaching job at Nevada.


John Sahly reviews how each unit performed throughout Spring Practice (Huskie Wire):

The new turf for Huskie Stadium has finally been laid down:

Football Recruiting

Lane Tech OLB Louis Trinca-Pasat has narrowed his college choices down to three schools ($): Iowa, Michigan State and Illinois.  He was offered by NIU.

The recruiting in Louisiana continues as Pearl River RB James Gillum has been offered by the Huskies.

NIU prospect (from Prospect) QB Miles Osei's dream school is Florida

Tom Lemming discusses some of the top Running Back prospects in Illinois

Former Wheaton North standout QB Kent Graham talks to Taylor Bell of the Sun-Times about how recruiting has changed since the 1980's.  His son Taylor Graham is one of the most touted quarterbacks in Illinois next year.


NIU takes 2 out of 3 from Western Michigan on the road, but finish a disappointing regular season on a loss as Jordin Hood claims his second MAC West POW Award:

"It was frustrating with the results we had this year," Mathey said. "We had a situation where we lost two guys at the top of our rotation to injuries and had to pitch some guys that might not have been quite ready for that much action in their first year, but they did a good job and made good progress. We also had freshman in the field and they did a really nice job. We have some seniors to replace, but if everybody learns from this year and improves we have a good chance next year."

Women's Track & Field

The new outdoor track finally opened last week as NIU hosted its first meet in 27 years.

The new track must proving its worth as the ladies set the NIU 4x100 record at the MAC Championships in Akron, OH.


Huskie QB Coach Pat Poore's wife Gwen has become the new AD at Elgin High School

NIU AD Jeff Compher is the best paid AD in the MAC, yet NIU is third from last budget-wise.

Around the MAC

The NY Times previews both No. 109 Kent State and No. 113 Eastern Michigan.

Part of BGSU's departure of head FB coach Gregg Brandon last Fall were because of low APR scores.

Former Michigan standout Tyrone Wheatley signs on as RBs coach at Eastern Michigan.

Things I probably only care about

Fanblogs compiled a list of all the College Football Coaches who Twitter.

Smart Football discusses Davis and Goliath strategies in Football.

Minnesota to sell alcohol in their stadium?

EDSBS clarifies the fact that Blogging isn't reporting.