There were a lot of disappointed NIU football fans following this season. Some wanted to see head coach Rod Carey go. That won’t happen.
Carey and his staff have received a public vote of confidence from Director of Athletics Sean Frazier. In his periodic ‘Frazier’s Corner’ segment on the NIU website released Monday Fazier was complimentary of the job Carey did this season.
Frazier says he was encouraged to see the Huskies come together to win four of their final five games. He likes the fact that they held together through adversity.
“The story that this year’s Huskie Football team wrote is one of unrealized expectations, yes, but also one of perseverance and resiliency,” writes Frazier. “It is a story of a team that battled injuries to key personnel throughout the season, but we will not use injuries as excuses. We need to find a way to overcome and win, just like other successful, tradition-based programs.”
“In the end, I was encouraged to see the team come together to win four of its last five games. I saw a senior class that would not let their young teammates, many of whom were called on to play key roles due to injuries, get down on themselves or give up.”
Frazier also points out there were five new coaches on the staff this season including new offensive and defensive coordinators who were adjusting to the program.
“Overall, the team, the coaches and the staff “never flinched” and I’m extremely proud of the way they stuck together and continued to represent NIU throughout the year,” says Carey.
Frazier also points out the Huskies had several close losses including a pair of triple overtime defeats against the 40th strongest schedule in the nation and the second strongest in the MAC.
Fraizer summed up his report by writing, “In short, I’m confident going forward we’re going to do what we need to do to get after it on offense, defense and special teams. This year was a blip, we understand that. The bottom line is we will put a quality NIU Football product out there. The Huskies are a winning team, a bowl-worthy team and a championship-level team. We will continue to get that done. I’m proud of our tradition of winning here.”
NIU posted a 5-7 record, 5-3 in the MAC. The Huskies’ strings of six straight appearances in the MAC Championship game and eight straight bowl trips were snapped.