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Diesel Fuel 6.3.09


Huskie Academia

-For the eighth straight semester, the cumulative GPA for student athletes was over 3.0.  I was thoroughly impressed by this statement:

The Northern Illinois football team earned its second-highest cumulative grade point average in school history with a 2.893 mark.

It just goes to show you that even in the off-season, our staff is making sure the players are getting everything done academically that they need to.  Senior backup QB Ryan Morris is the only football player on the list with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA after 4 years.  How does he not have his degree already?  Northern Illinois student athletes have the highest graduation rate in the state at 93%.

Football Recruiting

-Sunday's one-day camp at St. Rita High School was a success with 225 potential recruits participating in the event.

-NIU offeree OG Andy Gallik adds a recent offer from Boston College ($)

-Fresh off track season, Geneva Defensive Tackle prospect Frank "The Tank" Boenzi plans to attend a one-day NIU camp this Friday.  Despite being an excellent shot putter, Frank's priority is football:

"My goal is to get a scholarship for football," Boenzi said. "We'll see what happens with track."

Huskie Soccer

-Assistant men's soccer coach Kylie Stannard will be heading to Michigan State after 4 years in Dekalb.

-The 2009 women's soccer schedule was announced on Monday.  Highlights include a match at Head Coach Carrie Baker's Alma matter Wisconsin and a 7-game stretch of home contests.

On Campus

A new capital construction plan puts aside $8 million for a Cole Hall renovation.

"It’s very important for us to get that building back on line," said Melanie Magara, NIU’s assistant vice president for public affairs. "People are scattered in makeshift classrooms all over the place. ... Frankly, some of the relocations were not ideal, and that caused people to have to rearrange their schedules."

We've heard this story before.

Around the MAC

-Nick Gerogosian of VanDelaySports equates MAC Football by the Numbers

-Adam Nettina of In the Bleachers discusses the unusually high number of new coaches in the MAC this year.

Around CFB

U of I and Missouri will be ending their annual football series after the 2010 season.  Will there be an opening there for NIU to play either one of those teams in the future because of this?  Hopefully.