JANUARY 21, 2015, Wednesday. I forgot to mention that when we checked into the Super 8, the desk clerk had graduated from Northern Illinois and had attended during the first three years of Joe Novak's football coaching. he said he remembers how bad the Huskies were as they completed 1-11, 0-12 and 2-10 consecutive seasons. That was a combined 3-33 records.
These were times that really tried Huskie fans, but it was the cleansing of bad football and the beginning of many great years after that. The next two years the team hovered around the .500 mark and then took off with that great 10-2 season in 2003 when Northern defeated Iowa State, Maryland and Alabama. The last two were also ranked in the Top Twenty at the time.
The patience shown by athletic director Carrie Groh sure paid off as, the years since have been a lot of fun.
Joe Novak stayed on as coach. Before, as soon as anything got going and Northern had success, it was time to find a new coach. Sadly, however, there was one stretch with Jerry Kill going to Minnesota and Dave Doeren going to North Carolina State, but at least Coach Carey seems to be here for a long time.