All Northern Illinois fans are invited to hear new head coach Dave Doeren discuss the Huskies’ 2011 football signing class at a pregame reception Wednesday, Feb. 2, that will be held prior to the NIU-Bowling Green men’s basketball game at the Convocation Center.
Feb. 2 is the first day 2011 recruits can sign National Letters of Intent.
Doeren will talk about his first signing class as NIU head coach and take questions from fans in the South Lobby of the Convocation Center beginning at 6:15 p.m.
A video featuring highlights of the 2011 signees will be shown, written bios detailing the signees’ accomplishments will be distributed and free coffee, hot chocolate and popcorn will be served.
NIU fans also should note that the 2010 Northern Illinois football team will be honored at halftime of the NIU-Akron men’s basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 26, for their uDrove Humanitarian Bowl victory.
The basketball game tips off begins at the special time of 6:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center and will be televised live by SportsTime Ohio and be available on ESPN3.com. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will show the game locally on a delayed basis beginning at 8 p.m.
Tailback Chad Spann and defensive end Jake Coffman, as well as quarterback Chandler Harnish, will be recognized publicly for awards they earned during the 2010 season, including Spann’s Vern Smith Leadership Award (MAC MVP), Coffman’s spot on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award “First Team” and Harnish’s uDrove Humanitarian Bowl MVP Trophy. Seniors Spann and Coffman completed their Northern Illinois playing careers in Boise, while Harnish will return to lead the 2011 Huskies.
Also on Wednesday, NIU students are invited to “Wear Red, Get Fed” as the Red Riot, NIU Athletics’ student support organization, will provide free pizza for any Huskie student attending the game who wears red.
On Feb. 2, doors to the Convocation Center will open at 6 p.m. and a basketball ticket will be required for admission to the football Signing Day event.
In addition to hearing from and having a chance to meet and ask questions of the Huskies’ new head football coach, at 6:40 p.m., a member of the NIU men’s basketball coaching staff will provide the pre-game Scouting Report on the upcoming NIU-Bowling Green basketball game. This “insider’s look” into the evening’s match-up is usually provided at the Huskie Athletic Support Fund’s Sixth Man Grille.
For the Bowling Green game only, the pre-game portion of the Sixth Man Grille will move to the South Lobby. The Sixth Man Grille will be open in its usual location for qualified HASF members at halftime.
Tickets for the Huskies’ men’s basketball game are $10 for a reserved, lower bowl seat and $8 general admission (upper bowl). Youth (eighth-grade and younger) and senior citizen (62 and older) general admission tickets are just $6, while Northern Illinois students can attend any NIU men’s or women’s basketball game for free. A Family Four Pack (four general admission tickets) is just $18.
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