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Changes made to football game day parking

By Sana Polizzi, Sports Reporter | October 19, 2023

DeKALB — NIU is changing its game day parking for students, faculty members and fans.  Various stadium parking lots will be closed at midnight prior to games and will reopen one hour after the football game ends. "Students and faculty/staff...

Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman speaks onstage Tuesday at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Tillman spoke to NIU students about being an underdog and his journey to the NFL. (Lucas Didier | Northern Star)

Charles Tillman motivates with inspiring NFL stories

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | October 18, 2023

NIU students and citizens of the DeKalb area were greeted with a special visit from former Chicago Bears’ cornerback Charles Tillman. Tillman spoke at NIU’s Carl Sandburg auditorium Tuesday. The former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award winner...

Senior defensive tackle James Ester (1) celebrates a sack in the first quarter against EMU on Oct. 2, 2021. Ester has been named a semifinalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy. (Khavon Thomas | Northern Star)

Ester named semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 29, 2023

DeKALB – In recognition of his dedication on the field, in the classroom and in his community, senior defensive tackle James Ester has been named a semifinalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy, NIU announced on Wednesday. Annually, this award...

Napientek, Feuerbach promoted to Frazier’s executive team

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 15, 2023

DeKALB – As announced on Friday, Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Sean T. Frazier welcomed Dr. Randi Napientek and TJ Feuerbach as the newest members of his executive team. After joining the Huskies academic staff in 2017,...

Kent State senior forward Chris Payton (4) guarding NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) as Thorton looks for an opening to pass the ball. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Kaleb Thornton transferring to Akron

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton announced Monday on his Instagram that he has committed to the University of Akron. Thornton spent the last three years at NIU with career averages of 7.8 PPG (points per game), 2.8 RPG (rebounds per game),...

NIU senior guard Trendon Hankerson (right) and Buffalo senior forward Jeenathan Williams surge in an attempt to recover the ball during Thursdays home matchup against the University at Buffalo. The Huskies fell to the Bulls in back-to-back games, losing 79-68 Thursday and 70-60 Saturday.

MAC men’s basketball preseason poll projects Huskies in last place

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | October 26, 2022

The Mid-American Conference men’s basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday, has the Huskies projected to finish last by the end of the season.  Last season, the Huskies finished in tenth place in the MAC with a record of 9-21.14 of...

Barstool Sports launches their new platform, TwoYay.

Barstool Sports launches new website, TwoYay

By Tyler Murray, Sports Reporter | September 21, 2022

Barstool Sports officially launched their new platform, TwoYay. Partnering with Stripe, a payment company, the website is a community of advertisers, agents and content creators.  The NCAA changed their name, image and likeness policy in 2021, allowing...

This weekend in Huskie sports: Sept. 16-18

This weekend in Huskie sports: Sept. 16-18

By Northern Star Sports Staff | September 16, 2022

DeKALB — NIU Athletics is loaded with exciting competition and action all weekend long. Friday serves up the start of the action with volleyball in a home showdown against the University of Rhode Island. The national television action doesn’t stop...

Jim McKinzie was inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame three times.

NIU Athletics legend Jim McKinzie passes away

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | August 27, 2022

Northern Illinois University Athletics Hall of Famer Jim McKinzie passed away peacefully at age 90 in Sterling, Illinois on Aug. 8, 2022. McKinzie was inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame three times, once as an individual in 1992 and earlier...

Football head coach Thomas Hammock is among the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees.

NIU Athletics 2022 Hall of Fame class announced

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | July 13, 2022

DeKALB — NIU Athletics announced July 5 that it will be adding 13 inductees to its Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 Hall of Fame class. The size of the 2022 class was expanded due to the postponement of the 2021 induction as a result of the COVID-19...

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Women’s basketball adds Paulina Castro to coaching staff

By Northern Star Sports Staff | June 8, 2022

DeKALB — The clock on former guard Paulina Castro’s tenure with NIU’s women’s basketball program will continue to run as she returns as the team’s director of basketball operations. Women’s basketball head coach Lisa Carlsen announced Castro’s...

Junior quarterback Rocky  Lombardi winds up to throw a pass in NIUs 41-23 victory over Kent State in the MAC Championship Game on Dec. 4 in Detroit. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

NIU heading to Orlando to play in Cure Bowl

By Northern Star Staff | December 5, 2021

DeKALB — After capturing the Mid-American Conference championship, the Huskies will head to Orlando to face Coastal Carolina University in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 17. NIU won the MAC Championship Game in Detroit on Saturday, beating the Kent State...