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Free-falling like Alice in Wonderland.  Sean Kowal leaves the men's basketball team.  The 6'11" senior-to-be made it pretty cut-and-clear that he didn't want to attend the school or be part of the squad anymore:

"I will not be attending NIU in the fall. I have decided not to return there," Kowal said. "I've decided not to say anything until after the appeal hearing [today] up on campus."

The weirdest thing about the situation is that Sean actually originally came with Patton to NIU from Colorado originally.  Patton is surprised that he is leaving at this point.  Just another stake in the coffin... while Kowal wasn't the most dominating force on the court as more of a 6th man, he still scored 10.5 ppg and led the team with 6.4 rpg last year.

I got away with this plenty of times, but I'm not 6'0" 285 lbs:

According to a report from DeKalb Police, Pirkle was spotted around 1 a.m. near the DeKalb County Credit Union, which is at 305 E. Locust St., where an officer saw a man "urinating in full view of the public" on the west side of City Parking Lot 4. The police report says that Pirkle provided his ID, said he really had to go and "claimed he was being discreet."

The officer then "pointed out to him he was standing 10 feet from the nearest vehicle in full view of anyone driving by." Parking Lot 4 is on Third Street between Locust and Oak streets.

But seriously though, If this is the extend of this Huskie team's rap sheet for the whole summer color me impressed.  Everything off-the-field has been squeaky clean during Jerry Kill's tenure here as head coach and I'm proud that he instills strong values on this team.

Just when I thought this blog was becoming a little too optimistic:

"Personally, I feel we could really make some history this year and bring back some tradition to NIU and get some fans rocking," Wilson said.

"I remember (two weeks ago strength coach Eric) Klein told us how we're ranked ahead of everyone we're going to play and we're picked as one of the few teams to maybe go undefeated. I didn't know any of that," said defensive end Sean Progar. "That just motivated me just for that day, just to finish that workout."

The Marshall Thundering Herd are the MAC team of the decade.  The rest of the rankings: 2. Toledo 3. Central Michigan 4. Bowling Green 5. Miami 6. Northern Illinois.  Even though NIU has only 1 bowl win over the entire decade, they still place first out of all the current teams in the conference winning 64.9% of their games.

The Director's Cup rankings are out, and it's not good for NIU:

The lowest-ranked school that plays FBS football was a tie at 236th between Ball State, Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois, UAB and Utah State.

Former Huskie greats Bill Minnihan and Ollie Krahenbuhl pass away... Vegas likes NIU to win the MAC... former Huskie great Hollis Thomas jumps to the UFL to avoid an 8-game suspension... get to know LB Alex Kube and his time growing up in Germany... and finally ranks Jerry Kill as the #10 best mid-major coach in the country.

Around the MAC

Ball State TE Madaris Grant got DENIED his 6th year of eligibility...  Bull Run has Western Michigan at #9 in their countdown... CFN previews the Akron Zips... Hammer and Rails previews Toledo... Dr. Saturday assesses Toledo as well and the Temple Owls... Rock M Nation previews Miami OH's offense and defense, as does CFN.

Around the Big 10/11/12 and beyond

CFN previews the Fighting Illini... Football outsiders counts down the Top 100 college football teams of the last 100 years... College football spendings and profits... college football coaches can be "mad dickish" sometimes (AMSTUTZ)... evaluating the mechanics of Adam Weber and Big 10 schools shell out a lot of $$$ to improve their stadiums.