NIU’s football team is looking for a bounce-back season after the Huskies suffered their first losing season last year since 2008.
The Huskies’ string of six straight appearances in the MAC championship game was also snapped, so was their string of eight straight bowl games.
The Huskies win total has been dwindling each year from 12 wins in 2013 to 11 in 2014, then 8 in 2015 and five last year. Some NIU fans are concerned that the entire football program is in decline based on those numbers. So what does head coach Rod Carey have to say to those fans?
“I know they can be and fans should be (concerned),” said Carey. “I love fans to have opinions and I want them to because that means they care right? You know we have a great program here and you know what great programs go through issues that have down years and teams come up and down. Sustained success is hard, but I think we have the foundation to do that and get right back where we want to be to a level going forward.”
Many preseason college football publications and .coms say Carey is on the ‘hotseat’ this year. How is Carey at blocking out that speculation?
“I love it when someone says, ‘I can’t’. I think everyone in life likes that. If I tell you, ‘You can’t’ that kind of gives you a little motivation, and really it’s not about me personally. It’s about this team and about this program that we’ve built and had success with.”
The Huskies began practicing this week. Their season opener will be Friday, September 1st at home against Boston College.