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Alumnus Mike Korcek (left) speaks with Phil Kadner in 2009.

Alumnus reflects on NIU Athletics

By Chris Loggins | October 19, 2015

Mike Korcek, NIU alumnus and retired sports information director, has been around to see it all — or at least five decades worth of historic moments in NIU Athletics.Korcek worked as a Sports Editor for the Northern Star before getting his career started...

Costly Facility Master Plan will reward university in long term

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 4, 2014

Athletic Director Sean Frazier’s Facility Master Plan may one day be seen as one of the catalysts in helping NIU make the jump to a bigger conference.Frazier’s Facility Master Plan, unveiled Thursday with a price tag of an estimated $138 million,...

Freshman linebacker Jamaal Payton (33) takes down the Eagles ball carrier Saturday against Eastern Michigan.

Football’s fall in BCS rankings not all bad

By Frank Gogola | November 5, 2013

Although it may sound strange, NIU fans should not be that upset the Huskies (9-0, 5-0 MAC) fell to No. 18 (.3169) in the latest BCS standings.In Week Three of the BCS standings, the Huskies came in at No. 20 (.2770) in the Harris Poll, No. 20 (.2639)...

#1 Story of the Year (Part 2): NIU invades the BCS

By Matt Hopkinson | May 1, 2013

On Jan. 1 the football team engaged in possibly the single largest event in school history: the Orange Bowl. There may have been other events that put NIU in the public eye, but perhaps not in the most positive manner. As much as NIU is an institution...

NIU’s 2013 football schedule is disappointing

By Matt Hopkinson | March 5, 2013

The football program is coming off its most successful run in school history, repeating as MAC champions and earning the first BCS game in MAC history but the 2013 season schedule seems less than desirable, especially considering what happened over winter...

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By Cody Laplante | January 14, 2013

Often I write columns about world issues, politics or something else that you might hear about on CNN. While these issues are important, they are very big. What I mean by this is that unless you are a U.S. senator or a CEO of a large corporation, there...

NIU students recall Oange Bowl trip

By KEVIN STEIGER | January 13, 2013

About 1,300 Huskie fans filled into fan buses and headed down to the Orange Bowl to see the Huskies make history on New Year’s Day, according to NIU Today. Soon after it was announced that the Huskies would compete in the Orange Bowl, a travel package...

Dave Doeren, former NIU football head coach, poses with the MAC Championship trophy and members of his team at the MAC Championship in Detroit in 2012. After securing the trophy for the second year in a row, NIU was chosen to play in the BCS’s Orange Bowl.

NIU will play in Discover Orange Bowl

By Brian Earle | December 2, 2012

There had been speculation in recent weeks that NIU football may venture to where no other team in NIU or MAC history had ever been before: a BCS Bowl game. Senior defensive end Sean Progar and other players heard the rumors but never dreamed of having...

A graphic illustration of NIUs six possible bowl destinations.

No. 25 Huskie football awaits bowl fate

By Kyle Nabors | December 1, 2010

The Huskies' bowl destination has become a lot murkier with their ascension into the BCS Top 25. The national spotlight, coupled with several conferences, including the Big Ten and Pac-10, unable to fill their bowl tie-in requirements, has NIU's landing...

Boise State fans Gretchen and Dan Simpson, from Tucson, Ariz., cheer during an NCAA college football game against New Mexico State, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, in Las Cruces, N.M. (AP Photo/Victor Calzada)

RANT: Boise State likely to be left out by BCS again

By Chris Dertz | October 4, 2010

It must be extremely displeasing to be a Boise State fan. After beating Stanford, Oregon jumped the Broncos to move to No. 3 in the nation. Even if Boise goes undefeated and Oregon loses, the message here is clear: No mid-major football program will ever...

Hancock discusses state of the BCS

By Andrew Singer | August 19, 2010

Reporters bicker with Bill Hancock regularly. Then again, disagreements tend to follow the man in charge of one of the most controversial organizations in college sports. The executive director of college football's Bowl Championship Series was on hand...