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Jakubicek plans to transfer out of NIU

By Jimmy Johnson | April 3, 2012

Without Claire Jakubicek, NIU women’s basketball managed to make it to the MAC Women’s Tournament quarterfinals. But now, the Huskies won’t have the chance to play again with the 2011 MAC Freshman of the Year next season. NIU spokeswoman Donna Turner...

Lynch, offensive line, Butler, Clark will have spotlight during spring practices

By Jimmy Johnson | March 27, 2012

Spring isn’t just the time of the year to enjoy weddings and bunnies: it’s football time. NIU football will officially begin its spring practices today. Fresh off their first MAC Championship in 28 years, coach Dave Doeren and the Huskies are back...

Ohio head coach John Groce directs his team during the first half of an NCAA tournament Midwest Regional college basketball game against North Carolina, Friday, March 23, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

U of I isn’t the destination it’s being made out to be

By Jimmy Johnson | March 26, 2012

You think the NIU men’s basketball program is a joke? Just take the 169.7-mile trip on I-39 South and I-74 East down to Champaign and you’ll discover the latest embarrassment of late in the Land of Lincoln: U of I. Pegged by many as a “top-25 job...

Roger that, Mr. Goodell

By Jimmy Johnson | March 21, 2012

The game of football cannot be altered. It features grown men using their bodies as human wrecking balls. Year after year, the players get stronger, faster and the overall pace of the game increases. Within the past month, the NFL took an ugly turn with...

The Rant: Lucas is balling out of his mind

By Jimmy Johnson | March 20, 2012

I thought I’d never say this, but, John Lucas III can play, folks. The Chicago Bulls’ teeny-tiny backup point guard has carved opposing defenses lately in place of the on-and-off injured Derrick Rose. When Bulls fans were introduced to Lucas this...

Bass still enrolled at NIU, on football team

Bass still enrolled at NIU, on football team

By Jimmy Johnson | March 20, 2012

Jamaal Bass is still enrolled at NIU and a member of the football team after being charged last week for an incident involving members of Toledo’s marching band, said NIU athletic director Jeff Compher in a press release. “As the legal proceedings...

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The Rant: Peyton Manning should have signed with the Niners

By Jimmy Johnson | March 19, 2012

Did Peyton Manning get too high in the Mile High City while visiting the Denver Broncos? After having several NFL team’s by the cajones throughout the NFL off-season, Manning finally made his decision Monday to join the Broncos, leaving the San Francisco...

Toldeo defeats women’s hoops 72-62

By Jimmy Johnson | March 8, 2012

While Toledo’s Andola Dortch earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors this season, it turned out to be her offense that keyed the Rockets’ 72-62 victory over NIU women’s basketball Thursday. Dortch, a Second Team-All MAC member, poured in...


Compher applauds Montgomery’s first year as coach

By Jimmy Johnson | March 6, 2012

Jeff Compher, NIU athletic director, said Mark Montgomery, NIU men’s basketball coach, has done a great job in his first year. While a winning-team hasn’t graced the hardwood floors of the Convocation Center since the 2005-06 season, Compher said...

Northern Star File Photo - Jordan Lynch

Faceoff: Spring outlook for NIU football

By Jimmy Johnson & Eli Gehn | March 6, 2012

Jimmy Johnson: March 28 will mark the start of NIU football spring practices. With Chandler Harnish, four out of the five starters departing from the offensive line, there are major questions surrounding the Huskies’ offense. On defense, Tyrone Clarke...

Northern Star File Photo - NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher takes the podium at the NIU Basketball Media Day last fall.

Compher discusses Toler, Wicinski scholarships

By Jimmy Johnson | March 5, 2012

Within three months, five NIU athletes have either asked for their release from the program or have been removed from their team. On Feb. 27, in an exclusive interview the Northern Star, Lauren Wicinski said she, Cheyenne Dawson, Jessica Lubic and Haley...

Northern Star File Photo NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish scrambles from Badger linebacker Ethan Armstrong.

Harnish shows skills at NFL Combine

By Jimmy Johnson | February 27, 2012

Standing on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium at the NFL Combine Sunday, Chandler Harnish quickly realized he wasn’t in DeKalb anymore. The former NIU quarterback wasn’t shoulder to shoulder with his teammates. Instead, he was running through various...