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<a href='http://www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2004/03/18/sports/sports01.txt' target='_blank'>http://www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/20...ts/sports01.txt</a>
03-18-2004 11:33 AM
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Although it looks like NIU is not going to "seize the moment" for the Football program, perhaps making Joe Novak the AD could at least help some. Why not?
03-18-2004 11:53 AM
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awesome and the feelings felt by alot of us
03-18-2004 11:55 AM
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Excellent commentary.

Lets hope Peters/Board read this commentary.
03-18-2004 01:30 PM
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The article is right on the money about everything.
03-18-2004 01:36 PM
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So who were the guys on this board who talked to this writer? Hmmm.

This is a good piece but thoroughly depressing all the same. While many on this board think a new AD is going to provide a miraculous cure to all that ails Huskie athletics, I continue to beg to differ. A new AD, almost by default, will forge better relations with alumni and fans versus Cary Groth. But having that convert to a lot more money pouring into the program is an all together different thing. This commentary also reinforces the point that I have said all along, mainly that there are those in the "ivory tower" (i.e., administration) who don't see as a priority Huskie athletics or the football program. And make no mistake, those in the "ivory tower" have plenty of political clout and influence over things, no matter what President Peters might feel on the subject.

A number of things are aligned well for the continued success and growth of our football program. But just as important, as summed up well in this commentary, an awful lot of things stand in the way of progress too. My biggest concern at this stage is what will be the effect if we go, say, 7-4 or 6-5 this season (as I predict). Will interest in NIU football vaporize? My second major concern is what happens when Joe Novak is out of the equation. Not too many fine football coaches exist on the planet who are capable and willing to invest their soul for very little return like Joe has. Thank goodness he is 60 years old and deemed to over the hill for others to come a calling for his services. Despite never winning a MAC title or securing a bowl bid (not yet), a shrine should be built for this man and placed in front of Huskie Stadium upon his retirement. NOBODY in the history of NIU has ever done more positive for our football program.
03-18-2004 02:09 PM
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One of the best articles concerning NIU I have read. This article hits the head on the nail. Either ****** or get off the pot. I agree, we either forge ahead or resign to second class status.

For those of you who don't believe change occurs I say this, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future."

This particularly applies to alum85 and those that agree with his viewpoints. We need to get rid of these types and bring on people with vision. Every jouney starts with the first step and I am an alum willing to listen to and support a plan that brings NIU to the next step.... I hope there are others out there who feel the same. The power of a University lies not only with the students but mostly with the Alumni!

GO NIU! GO BIG TIME!
03-18-2004 02:20 PM
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[quote="COHUSKIE"] One of the best articles concerning NIU I have read.
03-18-2004 02:46 PM
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This is the most important hire that NIU has made since Peters was hired. This person must be someone with the drive and the personality to seize the moment and leverage our success. It must be someone who can relate to the alum in the Chicagoland area and create the excitement needed to get fans back to the campus and donations up.
03-18-2004 05:05 PM
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Alum,

If we don't want to compete with Miami of Ohio and Toledo, then we ought to drop football altogether. I'm sick and tired of hearing about "reality". Either we define a strategy to move forward, or we don't. It's a huge waste of time and money to sit on the fence. Now is the time for the powers that be to decide which fork in the road we're going to take.
03-18-2004 07:07 PM
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NIUBro Wrote:This is the most important hire that NIU has made since Peters was hired. This person must be someone with the drive and the personality to seize the moment and leverage our success. It must be someone who can relate to the alum in the Chicagoland area and create the excitement needed to get fans back to the campus and donations up.
"It must be someone who can relate to the alum in the Chicagoland area and create the excitement needed to get fans back to the campus and donations up. "

We won't need that we will have the AVC to do that! :rolleyes: 03-lol
03-19-2004 12:22 PM
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visions , goals, strategies and fresh blood are all good.

rallying cries like "why not us?" are good.

Who can argue against change for a better future?

Since many of us are knowledgeable, gifted and motivated, let the "plan" begin here.

What are are resources/advantages/ strenghts/weaknesses/ and priorities for NIU?

How do we go about changing the equation? Where do we begin?
What can we learn from others?

Which schools serve as the other model to follow as large public universities offering football and hoops plus other sports rather than re inventing the wheel? Which other schools have gone from the obscurity to succeeding consistenly at the higher levels in the past forty years in collegiate athletics in multisports? Does the Gonzaga model fit NIU for hoops ? Does the Boise State rush to football success fit NIU ?

How did THEY do it? Can we learn something from those who may have tried but came up short ?(Wasn't EMU the talk of the ncaa bball tourney about a decade ago? What happened?)

How DID Va Tech get from A to B?
How are we like and different than Va Tech?

What is the "vision" anyways? Spell out the steps to get there - wherever that may be....BCS?.....joining larger conference .....seating for 40,000+......or just simply winning the MAC every few years in hoops and/ or football in the next 20 years? When did Marshall last win a bball title? How long ago was it that WMU last one a bball title? Why can't Kent figure it out for football but excel at hoops and several other sports?

my vision is rather blurred at the moment. Put on your nite goggles and tell us what you see.
03-19-2004 01:19 PM
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Great Post, great questions. There are answers for all your questions, Although I don't have them all. I think I do for The Big question of where do you begin? I think you begin by correcting the error that occured when the A.D. didn't support the football coach on the use of the Evans fieldhouse. If it's still possible, this conversion to an indoor practice facility would not only give the team something it really needs, but it would be a symbol of the committment of support that the program so badly needs. Doing this, and doing it now would allow for the seize the moment mentality that would carry thru on the enthusiasm that the 2003 season created. I think about $ 1.4 million could get it done. It sure would change the perception of how the program stands.
03-19-2004 06:00 PM
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What we need is a name change. Does anyone think Auburn would be in the SEC now if they had kept their original name, East Alabama?

It can be good however to be a generic, indistinguishable directional. Several people said they thought they saw that my school made the NCAA. Too bad it was Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois. 03-banghead
03-20-2004 03:41 PM
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niu79 Wrote:Alum,

If we don't want to compete with Miami of Ohio and Toledo, then we ought to drop football altogether. I'm sick and tired of hearing about "reality". Either we define a strategy to move forward, or we don't. It's a huge waste of time and money to sit on the fence. Now is the time for the powers that be to decide which fork in the road we're going to take.
I agree. 85Alum may ultimately be right about the unlikelihood of NIU's alumni base ever ponying up the money we need to continue to compete with the UT's and Miami's of the world, but if that turns out to be the case, we'll have our answer-we're not cut out for div-1 football.
However, we're in a position now where the success of our program in the last few years makes it absolutely imperative that we at least try to generate the necessary revenue to keep the program competitive with the other upper echelon programs in the MAC.

This hire is critically important. I hope we get the right person (hopefully someone who takes an instant dislike to Judson and who happens to have fantastic connections in the basketball coaching world. :D ).
03-20-2004 04:34 PM
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