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How a former NIU lineman made America’s most beloved marketing slogan

By James Krause | November 28, 2019

DeKALB — Former football team captain John McNamara was inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984 without playing a down of football outside of NIU.McNamara, an offensive guard for the Huskies from 1927 to 1930, made far more of an impact...

Hall of Fame includes several NIU and MAC stars

By Marcel Carrasco | October 17, 2019

DeKALB — NIU’s 2019 Hall of Fame class is packed with Huskies who etched their mark in NIU athletics. Cleats, sneakers, playbooks and hurdles are mere trademarks in the careers of the history-making athletes who represented NIU. The 2019 class includes...

Huskies bounce back and earn first ever division one victory

By Matt Boecker | October 6, 2019

DeKALB — History has been written as the hockey team earned its first win at the Division 1 level.After losing 7-1 Friday night, the Huskies were able to exact some revenge, winning 3-1. This moves NIU to 1-3 on the season, and 1-1 in Midwest College...

Changes to Saturday’s football game tailgate

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 3, 2019

DeKALB — Game day will be getting a new look Saturday, since the grass around Huskie Stadium has flooded with water. This will prevent tailgating festivities from happening in The Yard, according to an NIU Athletics news release. All events will be...

Packers defense emerges and other top stories in week three of NFL

By Matt Boecker | September 23, 2019

DeKALB — This week the NFL was highlighted by a team continuing their dominance and an unexpected team emerging. The Baltimore Ravens get derailed by the ChiefsThrough two weeks, the Ravens averaged 542 total yards of offense and 41 points per game,...

Huff’s Hoops: Overseas teams could struggle in NBA

By Jarrett Huff | September 20, 2019

DeKALB — NBA basketball has become a global phenomenon, sprouting international fan bases since the United States Men’s Basketball Team took the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona by storm.The amount of talent coming from overseas to the league is...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Injuries headlined week two of NFL

By Matt Boecker | September 18, 2019

DeKALB — Injuries to two cornerstone players and defensive back drama defined this week in the NFL. Carolina Panthers struggles continue, losing nine of their previous 10 gamesIn the offseason, the Carolina Panthers tried converting dual-threat QB...

Top Dog: Q&A with Cross Countrys Head coach Adrian Myers

Top Dog: Q&A with Cross Country’s Head coach Adrian Myers

By Mike Knapp | September 4, 2019

DeKALB — In his fifth season as head coach of the cross country program, Adrian Myers will lead the Huskie program that has finished top four in back-to-back years.The Northern Star interviewed Myers on the upcoming season .The following are excerpts...

Offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness addresses the quarterbacks during practice Wednesday at Huskie Stadium.

Starting quarterback will remain unknown until Saturday’s season opener

By James Krause | August 29, 2019

Senior quarterback Ross Bowers rolls out of the pocket during practice Wednesday. “It was a blessing in disguise,” Bowers said. “The majority of people who transfer, I’d assume, leave with some type of bitterness or feeling that [they] missed an opportunity. It’s been so nice getting out here to put all those regrets and frustrations to rest and learn from them.”

Thomas Hammock (middle) poses for a photo with a few key members of the NIU football team.

The ‘Hammock Era’ Begins : Chicago Media Day

By James Krause | August 1, 2019

DeKALB  —NIU’s football team held its annual Chicago Media Day on Monday, just days before the start of the first season under new head coach Thomas Hammock.Hammock and several members of the team spoke to the media at Ditka’s Steakhouse in downtown...