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NIU baseball coaches camaraderie goes back 20 years

NIU baseball coaches’ camaraderie goes back 20 years

By Jimmy Johnson | April 27, 2011

Behind every head coach, there's always a continuously working staff that isn't too far behind. For NIU skipper Ed Mathey, his assistant coaches provide him input that's vital in his team's preparation. "It's a very open forum," Mathey said. "I always...

5 Minutes With…Scott Wedige

By Jimmy Johnson | April 19, 2011

Scott Wedige is typically in the middle of everything. Being the starting center for the NIU football team, the Elkhorn, Wis. native finds himself as the lynch pin of the offensive line, barking out orders to his teammates in the trenches. After Tuesday’s...

Faceoff: What do you want to see in the spring game this Saturday?

By Andrew Singer | April 19, 2011

Andrew Singer: Through four weeks of spring practices, first-year head coach Dave Doeren has been working to put his imprint on the Huskies. The former Wisconsin defensive coordinator concedes the Huskies have a long way to go before they even begin to...

Alex Kube (37) impressed the Chicago Bears with his speed in a recent workout.

Kube works out for Bears, impresses with speed

By Jimmy Johnson | April 18, 2011

The physical sight of Alex Kube at NIU's Pro Day last month was quite the wonder. Nobody expected the former Huskie linebacker to go under a complete body renovation. "People could not believe the transformation he [went through]," said Kevin Barcal,...

The Rant: Rock the Madden vote

By Jimmy Johnson | April 18, 2011

It has come down to only two: either Michael Vick or Peyton Hillis will be on the cover of Madden NFL 12. That's right. Your vote will decide who gets their season cut short via injury. What? You haven't you heard of the Madden Curse? Brett Favre's ‘09...

The Rant: No bull in here

By Jimmy Johnson | April 17, 2011

Tyler Hansbrough's weak-attempt at the "Jordan Rule" on Derrick Rose didn't fly with Luol Deng. Bleedy-McShooty thought he could give Rose a bump in the lane and get away with it during the Saturday matinee between the Bulls and Pacers. Not until Deng...

Nielsen plans to patch up D-Line

By Jimmy Johnson | April 14, 2011

There's no favoritism from NIU football defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen. Regardless of who makes a play on the defense, regardless of the position of the player, he can't seem to hold back his emotion and rejoice for their success. "We'll get picks...

The Rant: The best around

By Jimmy Johnson | April 14, 2011

I won't throw down some wallops on the drum for Derrick Rose to be the NBA's MVP, since it's a forgone conclusion he's had the award wrapped up for months. But Rose shouldn't be the only Chicago Bull to take home some hardware for this season. In his...

The Rant: Heat pass on butterball big man Curry for good reason

By Jimmy Johnson | April 13, 2011

The Miami Heat told Eddy Curry what the former Chicago Bulls center couldn't say to all those cheeseburgers he's devoured: no. After seven workouts, Heat president Pat Riley passed on adding the butterball big man to the playoff roster. Seven workouts?...

McNutt brings lively attitude to Huskie secondary

By Jimmy Johnson | April 12, 2011

It seems only fitting that the NIU football team’s newfangled cornerbacks group has a lively position coach in Richard McNutt. The Ohio State alumnus inherits a renovated Huskie secondary, after the departures of starting corners Chris Smith, Kiaree...

Faceoff: Who should the Bulls face?

By Jimmy Johnson and Brian Thomas | April 11, 2011

Brian Thomas: The NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the Chicago Bulls have the No. 1 seed in the East locked up. Assuming that they make it through their first two matchups, taking care of the Indiana Pacers in the first round and then presumably...

NIU linebacker Devon Butler (9) walks off the field after the teams match up with Central Michigan this season.

Football returns to spring practice without Butler

By Jimmy Johnson | April 10, 2011

Rallying around each other has become second nature for the NIU football team. The Huskies have had to persevere through heaps of difficulty over the past five months, from letting the MAC Championship fall through their fingers to Miami (OH), to former...