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Coach Rod Carey at the Sept. 6 game against Northwestern University.

NIU football’s Rod Carey set to get $70,000 in bonuses for MAC Championship win, bowl appearance and more

By Frank Gogola | December 10, 2014

Football head coach Rod Carey is in line to receive bonuses in the sum of $70,000 for the Huskies’ performance on and off the field.Carey is scheduled to make a base salary of $400,000 for the period beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and will get bonuses worth...

#4 Story of the Year: Doeren leaves NIU

By Matt Hopkinson | April 28, 2013

Perhaps overshadowed by NIU’s appearance in the Orange Bowl is the man who led the football team, leaving right before the game was announced. Former head coach Dave Doeren spent just a little under two years at NIU, going 23-4 and nearly undefeated...

Athletics needs to continue Compher’s legacy as new director is hired

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 19, 2013

As local leaders bow out, NIU Athletics has the opportunity to make changes. Follow the Northern Star’s three-part editorial series over the next few days as the Editorial Board examines the university, city and athletics department. The Editorial Board...


Compher to move to East Carolina University

By Jacob Onak | March 6, 2013

NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher will leave NIU for East Carolina University. Compher, who will be leaving NIU for the same position at East Carolina, has been at NIU for five years and hired 12 of NIU’s 16 coaches, including head basketball coach...

Roy Manning named NIU running backs coach

Roy Manning named NIU running backs coach

By Brian Earle | January 16, 2013

With the departure of former football coach Dave Doeren and some of his staff to North Carolina State, there are a number of coaching vacancies that need to be filled. New football coach Rod Carey filled one of those spots Wednesday, when Roy Manning...

Northern Illinois University new head football coach Rod Carey answers questions at a press conference in the Yordon Center on Dec. 2.

Huskies need to be aggressive

By Matt Hopkinson | December 30, 2012

While former NIU head coach Dave Doeren has been gone for nearly a month, there are still many things to take away from his style of coaching. One of the biggest factors that contributed to NIU’s success and to putting a stamp on Doeren as a coach was...


NIU players face pressure

By Matt Hopkinson | December 28, 2012

Life at a so-called mid-major is tough. You’re often overlooked, under-appreciated, and get ditched by your head coach before a bowl game. NIU has experienced all of the above the last few years, losing two coaches in a row before its bowl game appearances,...

Daniels an offensive powerhouse, takes pressure off Lynch in MAC title game

By Matt Hopkinson | December 4, 2012

It’s been a bittersweet weekend respite for NIU football fans. The Huskies captured their second straight MAC Championship title on Friday night with their overtime victory over Kent State. Junior quarterback Jordan Lynch broke Denard Robinson’s national...

Dave Doeren, former NIU football head coach, poses with the MAC Championship trophy and members of his team at the MAC Championship in Detroit in 2012. After securing the trophy for the second year in a row, NIU was chosen to play in the BCS’s Orange Bowl.

Doeren hired at North Carolina State

By Matt Hopkinson | December 3, 2012

Dave Doeren’s salary more than quadrupled after buying out his contract, which he did only eight months after receiving an extension in April. By making the decision to leave NIU and become the head coach of North Carolina State, he leaves behind a...

Northern Illinois University new head football coach Rod Carey answers questions at a press conference in the Yordon Center on Dec. 2.

Carey steps up as new football head coach

By Matt Hopkinson | December 2, 2012

NIU football was coachless for all of a day. After the announcement of former head coach Dave Doeren leaving for North Carolina State on Saturday, NIU administration named the former offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, Rod Carey, the new head...

Rod Carey named head coach of NIU football

Rod Carey named head coach of NIU football

By Northern Star Staff | December 2, 2012

Rod Carey, NIU football's offensive line coach, has been named the new head coach. More information will be available during an NIU news conference at 8 p.m. The news conference will be livestreamed at Saturday, it was announced that Dave...

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Dave Doeren will leave NIU football for N.C. State

By Brian Thomas | December 1, 2012

Last night, the Huskies won their second consecutive MAC Championship after defeating Kent State in a thrilling, double overtime game, 44-37. Now, coach Dave Doeren has been named the head football coach of the North Carolina State Wolfpack, confirmed...