2013 Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois makes ‘Every dog has its day’ t-shirt for Kirk Herbstreit [Photo]
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The Northern Illinois Huskies became the first Mid-American Conference program to ever earn an invite to a BCS game when they beat Kent State, and a series of teams ahead of them in the rankings lost allowing the Huskies to move to No. 15.
The NCAA made a rule stating that any mid-major school ranked at No. 16 or better, while also ranking ahead of the conference champion from an automatically qualifying school (in NIU’s case, the Huskies are ranked higher than the champions of both the Big East and Big Ten) would then be guaranteed a BCS bowl berth.
However, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit was not at all happy with the way the rule played itself out, preferring to see a team such as Oklahoma or LSU receive an at-large bid over the Huskies.
The analyst made his disgust for Northern Illinois’ inclusion in the elite postseason game of the Orange Bowl known on national television, embarrassing a hard-working group of student-athletes who only went 11-1 and won a second-consecutive MAC Championship.
Well, now the folks over in Dekalb are fighting back, letting Herbstreit know exactly what he can do with his criticisms.
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