Northern Illinois QB Drew Hare finally has the keys to the Huskies' car.
The junior signal caller enters the 2015 season in DeKalb as expectations in the MAC remain high.
“Being the starter, it’s a whole different feeling then last year’s camp when I was battling with two other guys,” Hare told NIUHuskies.com. “It’s a little easier in that sense, getting better at my own skills.”
After leading the Huskies to a win over Northwestern early last season, Hare took command of the offense and ended the year with 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns. Most importantly, however, he protected the football, only throwing two interceptions.
“It’s always nice when you have a quarterback coming back and you don’t have a quarterback battle,” said NIU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bob Cole. “You’re pretty much way ahead from day one. That’s pretty much been the case through camp right now."
The matchup everyone in DeKalb has circled on their calendar is their September 19th showdown against the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. While it'll be a daunting task heading into Columbus, Hare wants his teammates focused on the opening matchup against UNLV on September 5th.
“Everybody’s thought about it; I’ll say that,” Hare said at Huskies' media day. “But like coach said, we have had an open conversation about it, got it out there, let it get done. Since then, I really do feel like we’ve been focused on just week one right now.”
One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.
Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.
While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.
“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."
Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.
“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.
"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.
“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”
Loyola is rewarding Porter Moser for his basketball team's success this season.
Loyola and Moser have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is through the 2025-26 season.
"We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time," Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. "He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.
"We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here."
That's a well-deserved extension for a head coach who led the Ramblers to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.
As the 11th seed, Loyola exceeded all expectations, shocking the world with a Final Four appearance. The Ramblers took down No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State before losing to No. 3 Michigan, who would go on to lose to No. 1 Villanova in the championship game.
Loyola finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a MVC Championship.
In seven seasons, Moser has a 121-111 record with the Ramblers, though three of his last four have been winning seasons.