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$3 million donation given for new indoor athletic facility

By Brian Belford | September 17, 2011

During halftime of Saturday's game against Wisconsin, NIU athletic director Jeff Compher announced that NIU athletics had received $3 million to be put towards building an indoor football practice facility. The money was donated by former NIU Law graduate...

NIU, Wisconsin set to clash at Soldier Field

By Brian Belford | September 15, 2011

After a heartbreaking 45-42 loss last weekend on the road at Kansas, the NIU Huskies will be the home team this week as they prepare to battle Wisconsin on Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago.The big story heading into the game will be how NIU head coach...

Coaches corner: Eddie Faulkner

By Brian Belford | September 14, 2011

Eddie Faulkner knows a thing thing or two about the Wisconsin football program. Faulkner, who played running back for Wisconsin for four years from 1996 to 2000, is looking forward to coaching against his alma matter this Saturday. The former Badger running...

Soldier Field playing surface raises questions

By Brian Belford | September 14, 2011

NIU football may have a second opponent to face at the Soldier Field Showdown Saturday: the turf.The field, which uses natural grass, has been criticized by professional players and coaches who say the field is ill-kept, so much so that the playing surface...

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Some Huskies have home advantage in Kansas away game

By Brian Belford | September 8, 2011

They're not in Kansas anymore. When the Huskies play the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence on Saturday night, it will be a reunion of sorts for many NIU players and coaches. It will be interesting to see how head coach Dave Doeren reacts once he hits the field....

Breakdown: Kansas’ defense

By Brian Belford | September 7, 2011

Defensive Line The prevailing line on the defensive front was that it lacked team speed, which Kansas head coach Turner Gill promised to remedy in 2011. The biggest move towards more speed starts with starting junior defensive end Toben Opurum. Opurum,...

Can’t we all just get along?

By Brian Belford | September 7, 2011

Laboring on the practice field and cracking helmets against the same teammates each day is what skyrockets rivalry among some of the most competitive people on the planet: football players.Instead of letting familiarity breed contempt, the NIU football...

Colts put Spann on injured reserve for two weeks

By Brian Belford | September 6, 2011

Former NIU running back Chad Spann, who was signed by the Indianapolis Colts during the offseason, has been placed on the team's injured reserve list for two weeks.Spann said he sustained a sprained hamstring during the first quarter of the Colts' last...

Harnish named MAC West Player of the Week

By Brian Belford | September 5, 2011

NIU starting quarterback Chandler Harnish was named the MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the league office after his performance against Army on Saturday night, according to a press release.Harnish completed 12 of 19 passes for...

Huskies look hungry after season opener

By Brian Belford | September 5, 2011

Amidst a muddy mess of fans, students and over-zealous cops, NIU football played like the very rain that drenched Brigham Field Saturday, pouring the points on the Black Knights of Army in a 49 to 26 victory.Despite being soaked to the bone and dealing...

Who’s side are you on?

By Brian Belford | August 31, 2011

The NIU ROTC cadets had to have seen this coming for some time now.As the Army football team rolls into town Saturday, one would think the cadets on campus might be conflicted over who to root for.Will they root for the team that represents the United...

NIU football breakdown: offensive line

By Brian Belford | August 25, 2011

Saying that the offensive line for the NIU football team should be a strength is an understatement. The Huskies return all of their starters from a year ago and are coming off a season in which they only surrendered 13 sacks, good enough for 14th in the...