The NIU football team has been trending downward under head coach Rod Carey. That has several media outlets and college football publications declaring that he’s one of the coaches on the hot-seat going into the upcoming season.
In his first season 2013 the Huskies won 12 games. In 2014 they won 11. In 2015 they won eight and last season they won five. That was the Huskies’ first losing season since 2008.
Carey is also winless in four bowl games.
Eyewitness News asked NIU Director of Athletics Sean Frazier Tuesday if Carey is on the hot-seat. Frazier wouldn’t answer that question directly, but he did indicated that the program needs to rise back up.
“At this point and time every year is critical,” says Frazier. “Our coaches and our student athletes know that 5-7 is not where we want to be. We go to bowl games. We compete for national titles. That’s what I was brought in to make sure we maintain. The same way it was at Alabama and Wisconsin. We will continue to do that.”
Carey and the Huskies will face a challenging non-conference schedule this fall with games against Nebraska, Boston College and San Diego State.