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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...

Former redshirt quarterback Jordan Lynch prepares for a throw during an Oct. 19 game against the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Huskies would go on to win by a margin of 21 points.

Football’s journey to top program in Illinois

By Chris Loggins | August 24, 2015

Storied football programs will forever hold their places in history, and NIU is no different.From the days of the undefeated 1963 team, to the 1983 hall of fame team who got NIU its first bowl win as a major college, the Huskies have always managed to...

Quarterback Jordan Lynch scans and prepares to launch the ball downfield during Saturdays game against Central Michigan.

Lynch headed to Canadian league

By Frank Gogola | January 15, 2015

After calling himself a NIU Huskie and a Chicago Bear — albeit briefly — quarterback Jordan Lynch can now call himself an Edmonton Eskimo.Lynch signed a three-year contract with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League on Wednesday. He...

Lynch takes third in Heisman voting

Lynch takes third in Heisman voting

By Steve Shonder | December 14, 2013

Jordan Lynch finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting Dec. 14 with 558 votes, including 40 first place votes. Lynch was the first NIU player to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy.Lynch is tied for the highest finish by a non-BCS player since 2007....

Quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) outflanks the Toledo defense and runs the ball downfield during Wednesday nights game. NIU won, 35-17.

Lynch determined to take victory away from Heisman in New York

By Steve Shonder | December 10, 2013

Quarterback Jordan Lynch’s nomination for the Heisman puts a cap on one of the best seasons  any college football player has had.He’s the MAC’s first Heisman finalist since Chad Pennington of Marshall University in 1999 and just the third overall....

Lynch deserves Heisman invite despite MAC loss

By Mike Romor | December 9, 2013

Despite putting together an extremely humanlike and untimely performance in NIU’s MAC Championship loss, Jordan Lynch still deserved his invitation to New York for the Heisman Ceremony, where he will sit beside some of the other top players in college...

Lynch headed to New York as Heisman finalist

By Jacob Onak | December 9, 2013

Jordan Lynch is officially headed to New York for the Heisman ceremony.The redshirt senior quarterback joins Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron, Tre Mason and Andre Williams as a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Award, which is given to the most...

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 to fight for three-peat in MAC Champ game Friday

By Brian Earle | December 5, 2013

Football is heading back to Detroit for the fourth consecutive season, this time with a chance for a three-peat when it takes on Bowling Green for the MAC Championship 7 p.m. Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.The Falcons’ (9-3, 7-1 MAC) defensive unit...

Heisman within Lynch’s grasp

Heisman within Lynch’s grasp

By Mike Romor | December 1, 2013

Whether they want to admit it or not, Heisman voters have been forced to call a spade a spade as Jordan Lynch has become a legitimate contender in an undetermined Heisman race.Lynch has been the best player in college football this season while remaining...

Lynch goes out with record-setting performance

By Frank Gogola | November 26, 2013

Redshirt senior quarterback Jordan Lynch left the field at Huskie Stadium for the final time Nov. 26 to a standing ovation and well-deserved chants of “Heisman.”Playing in front of the Huskie faithful for the last time, Lynch went out in style with...

Huskies dogfight for victory over Ball State

By Brian Earle | November 14, 2013

In a game that may have decided the MAC West Champion, football bested Ball State, 48-27, in a dogfight until the end Wednesday night at Huskie Stadium.With the win, the Huskies took sole possession of first place in the MAC West and increased their winning...

 Junior quarterback, Jordan Lynch (#6) runs the football against Kent State on January 1 at the 2013 MAC championship.

‘Lynch for 6’ looking to gain attention

By Brian Earle | June 25, 2013

The big question surrounding the football team last season was if quarterback Jordan Lynch could fill the shoes of former quarterback Chandler Harnish. Lynch answered that question quickly and in a big way by giving one of the best statistical performances...