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NIU Athletics addresses cancellation of fall sports

NIU Athletics addresses cancelation of fall sports

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

August 8, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier and Football Head Coach Thomas Hammock addressed the media Saturday in a Zoom conference call regarding the Mid-American Conference’s decision to cancel the fall sports season. Frazier and NIU President Lisa Freeman had been at the forefront p...

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

August 8, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference has canceled its 2020 college football season Saturday, joining a growing number of conferences making similar decisions. The MAC has become the first Football Bowl Subdivision to cancel its season according to Stadium's  Brett McMurphy. The season was canceled d...

I had the privilege of witnessing Michael Jordan

I had the privilege of witnessing Michael Jordan

Mike Knapp, Columnist

July 30, 2020

For five Sunday nights in April and May, much of the nation was captivated by the Michael Jordan-produced documentary “The Last Dance”. In case you missed it, the documentary focused on the Bulls’ 1997-98 season, the final year of the team’s run of six NBA titles in eight years. While chron...

Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak leads to first canceled MLB game

Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak leads to first canceled MLB game

Justin Kelley, Reporter

July 27, 2020

DeKALB — Just one week into the MLB season and the league has already canceled a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Ken Rosthenal, of the Athletic, announced that the Miami Marlins had nine new cases of coronavirus on Monday. Before the recent outbreak, the Marlins already had four team members t...

Football opener against University of Rhode Island cancelled

Huskie offense prepares for its next play Nov. 27 during a home game against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

July 23, 2020

DeKALB — Another one of the football team’s non-conference games has been cancelled, this time it being their season opener against the University of Rhode Island Rams, according to a Wednesday NIU Athletic Department news release. The Rams confirmed to NIU Wednesday the suspension of their season. Thi...

Mid-American Conference postpones start of fall athletic season

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

July 16, 2020

DeKALB — COVID-19’s effect on the Mid-American Conference’s fall sports season has grown with the announcement of several sports’ seasons being postponed, according to an article on the MAC’s website. The announcement affects field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and ...

NIU gymnastics cancels summer camp

NIU gymnastics cancels summer camp

Northern Star Staff

July 16, 2020

DeKalb — NIU gymnastics announced the cancelation of its annual summer camp Thursday afternoon. The team broke the news on its Instagram account, referencing the current COVID-19 pandemic as the cause for cancellation. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCtb8zUJzwF/?igshid=ejgyakgcndu5 "Due to the uncertain...

Former Huskie Noah McCarty headed overseas to play basketball in Spain

Senior forward Noah McCarty wait for play to resume March 6, during NIU's loss to Ball State University at the Convocation Center.

James Krause, Reporter

July 15, 2020

DeKALB — Former NIU men’s basketball player Noah McCarty will continue his career in Spain, signing a contract with Club Baloncesto Benicarló of the LEB Plata. McCarty’s signing was announced Tuesday by NIU Athletics, with McCarty commenting on his excitement for an opportunity overseas. "It...

Quick breakdown of MLB’s top 5 teams

Quick breakdown of MLB's top 5 teams

Kyle Mathas, Columnist

July 15, 2020

Major League Baseball has officially announced a plan to lace up the cleats and start play again.  Many players have reported to training camps since July 1, when the camps were opened, according to the MLB. The season will begin with some training camp games starting on July 18, and the season will...

Game against BYU moves to Huskie Stadium

NIU moves game against BYU at SeatGeek Stadium back to Huskie Stadium

James Krause, Reporter

July 8, 2020

DeKALB — The football team’s game on Oct. 24 against the Brigham Young University Cougars has been moved from SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview back to Huskie Stadium. The athletics department announced the decision Wednesday, saying the city of Bridgeview and NIU made the decision in response to COVID-...

The Headliners: Bubba Wallace, the Confederate Flag ban and NASCAR becoming more progressive

Nascar drivers Kyle Busch, left, and Corey LaJoie, right, join other drivers and crews as they push the car of Bubba Wallace to the front of the field prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. In an extraordinary act of solidarity with NASCAR’s only Black driver, dozens of drivers pushed the car belonging to Bubba Wallace to the front of the field before Monday’s race as FBI agents nearby tried to find out who left a noose in his garage stall over the weekend.

June 26, 2020

James and Jarrett return after a long hiatus thanks in part to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The two long-time NASCAR fans discuss one of the most important events in NASCAR's history that has come in the wake of George Floyd's death.  

Athletic department sees ups and downs of COVID-19 precautions with student athletes returning

Athletic department sees ups and downs of COVID-19 precautions with student athletes returning

James Krause, Reporter

June 25, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU Athletics department was able to have student athletes return to campus June 17 for voluntary football workouts, providing the department its first chance to test its COVID-19 prevention measures. Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance Zach Cahill said the operational cha...