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Daniel Crawford, redshirt senior tight end, muscles away an opponent Aug. 31 2019 after a catch against Illinois State University during NIUs 24-10 victory at Huskie Stadium.

Crawford has emerged as a top athlete but not without trials and tribulations

By James Krause | November 1, 2019

DeKALB — Daniel Crawford’s style of playing high school basketball earned him a nickname that could just as easily apply to his style of playing football.“In basketball, they nicknamed me ‘Chevy’ because I was physical but also smooth,” Crawford,...

Family and former players remember father-figure Coach Mallory

By Maddie Barrett | October 21, 2019

DeKALB — Saturday was the second time the Huskies competed against the Miami University – Ohio RedHawks for the Mallory Cup, in honor of the late Bill Mallory.NIU lost a tough road game to the RedHawks in a 27-24 match Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.Mallory...

Huskies have a shot at returning to DeKalb with Mallory Cup and second MAC win

By Maddie Barrett | October 15, 2019

DeKALB — After the football team lost the Mallory Cup last season in its inaugural game, the Huskies hope to win the trophy Saturday against the Miami University – Ohio RedHawks. The Mallory Cup honors the late Bill Mallory, who led NIU to its first...

Thomas Hammock (middle) poses for a photo with a few key members of the NIU football team.

The ‘Hammock Era’ Begins : Chicago Media Day

By James Krause | August 1, 2019

DeKALB  —NIU’s football team held its annual Chicago Media Day on Monday, just days before the start of the first season under new head coach Thomas Hammock.Hammock and several members of the team spoke to the media at Ditka’s Steakhouse in downtown...

Reporters should remain unbiased

By James Krause | March 18, 2019

Beat reporters do their jobs without bias, even if those beat reporters are students at the school they cover or professionals at the local newspaper.Just as much as college sports are a competition on the court, it is a rat race for schools to make their...

NIU hires Thomas Hammock as new football coach

By James Krause | January 18, 2019

NIU announced Friday the hiring of former Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Thomas Hammock to be the 23rd head coach in program history. The 37-year-old graduated from NIU in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing.Hammock’s hiring is following...

Huskies drop Boca Bowl to Blazers

By James Krause | December 20, 2018

The football team couldn’t keep up with the passing game of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers, losing the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl by a final score of 37-13.A weekend celebration of their season and their graduating players ended with the...

Huskies to play in Boca Raton Bowl

By James Krause | December 17, 2018

The NIU football team will try to close their season with a win in the Boca Raton Bowl against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers Tuesday.The Huskies will be riding the high of a comeback 30-29 victory Nov. 30 in Detroit against the Buffalo...

Huskies win 2018 MAC title game against University of Buffalo

Huskies win 2018 MAC title game against University of Buffalo

By James Krause | November 30, 2018

Huskies comeback to claim conference titleDETROIT- A 19-point comeback in the second half helped the NIU football team top the University of Buffalo Bulls 30-29 to win the 2018 Mid-American Conference title game.After falling behind 29-10 with one minute...

Sophomore quarterback Marcus Childers looks to throw downfield against Miami.

Football plays for MAC Championship

By Jayce Eustice | November 28, 2018

The Mid-American Conference Championship is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Detroit, Michigan and the Huskies will represent the MAC West for the seventh time in the last nine years. NIU will take on the University of Buffalo after the Bulls defeated Bowling...

Huskie defense leads them towards MAC title game

By James Krause | November 25, 2018

Football Head Coach Rod Carey said he doesn’t always trust the numbers, but at the Huskies’ Chicago Media Day July 18, he said defense in 2017 changed his attitude.“I think sometimes the numbers lie, and you can manipulate them,” Carey said. “In...