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Compher, Peters support Doeren extension

By Jimmy Johnson | April 10, 2012

The decision to give NIU football coach Dave Doeren a contract extension was discussed before the Huskies won the 2011 MAC Championship and Bowl, said NIU athletic director Jeff Compher. Compher said the decision was also based on the fact...

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...

Northern Star File Photo- Kevin Fanta

MAC Championship on tap for wrestling

By Mike Romor | February 29, 2012

Heading into the MAC Championships in Athens, Ohio, NIU wrestling has a lot to prove. NIU (8-9, 0-5 MAC) was the only MAC school to finish with a winless conference record, but head coach Ryan Ludwig hopes his grapplers have put the regular season behind...

Huskie football senior class is ‘winningest’ in NIU history

By Brian Belford | January 16, 2012

Mobile, Ala.| Chandler Harnish walked into the Bowl game press conference barefoot. NIU's record breaking quarterback's feet had carried him to victory for one last time, and he was finally able to kick off his shoes. Harnish and the rest...

Huskies’ focus will determine bowl game fate

By Brian Belford & Eli Gehn | January 8, 2012

Eli Gehn: Alright, Brian, the lastgame for NIU football this season is finally upon us. The Huskieshad a huge comeback victory over Ohio in the MAC Championship lastmonth. It was an exciting year, wouldn't you agree?Brian Belford: I would say it hasbeen...

How would you grade NIU this year?

By Northern Star columnists | December 4, 2011

  Aaron Brooks An upgrade to the residence halls is something that NIU really needed, and it is good to see progress in that area. In other areas, however, the administration's priorities seem misplaced. Giving a facelift to the aging Holmes Student...

Improvements to Huskie defense evident during MAC Championship

By Tony Osborne | December 4, 2011

If there has been one facet of NIU football's game that has drastically improved over the span of the season, it has been the defense. This was never more evident than in the Marathon MAC Championship Game in Detroit Friday evening. "Our defense played...

Referee flop, bad omen doesn’t affect Huskies in big game

By Brian Belford | December 4, 2011

In cavernous Ford Field, the words echoed like thunder across the arena: "Northern Iowa wins the toss".The referee caught himself before the "wa" in Iowa tumbled out of his mouth completely, but the damage had been done.The bad omen was compounded as...

Courtesy Photo | NIU football concludes its Thursday practice at
Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. for Fridays MAC Championship

Football seeks MAC crown

By Brian Belford | December 2, 2011

The last time NIU won the MAC football championship, Ronald Reagan was president, the Cold War was raging and McDonald’s McNugget was introduced. So when NIU (9-3, 7-1 MAC) takes the field against the Ohio Bobcats (9-3, 8-2 MAC) in Detroit Friday, it...

Meghan Connell, Northern Star file photo-Mary Kurisch dives for
a ball in a game earlier this season. Sunday, for the second
straight year. the Huskies fell in the MAC Championship game,
losing 3-2 to Central Michigan.

NIU volleyball falls to Central Michigan in MAC Championship

By Mike Romor | November 20, 2011

Sunday's MAC Championship match proved to NIU volleyball that history can repeat itself. In a nail-biting championship match, Central Michigan upset the top-seeded Huskies in five grueling sets, 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 23-25 and 15-11. NIU (27-6, 14-2 MAC)...

Men’s soccer wins MAC championship

By Brian Thomas | November 13, 2011

After missing the MAC tournament last season, NIU men's soccer was back with just one thing on its mind: a MAC championship. That's exactly what the Huskies (14-5-0, 4-2-0 MAC) accomplished after a pair of 1-0 shutout victories at Akron over Buffalo Friday...

Men’s tennis hopes to serve up some competition this season

By Jasmine Willett | September 7, 2011

NIU men's tennis is getting into the swing of things for its 2011-2012 season. "Right now we are doing preseason chains by just getting up at six in the morning for conditioning workouts," said Patrick Fisher, Huskies men's tennis coach. This fall, the...