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Carey: Common sense missing at Rutgers

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – By now, you’ve all seen the video of since-fired Rutgers men’s basketball coach verbally and physically abusing players.

Every coach needs some form of discipline, but there’s always a line that’s drawn. To Northern Illinois football coach Rod Carey, that line is pretty simple.

“Common sense. It’s that easy. It’s your job to discipline, to push, to nurture, all of the above,” Carey said after Wednesday’s practice. “Common sense guides all of it.”

For the record, Carey always seems like a mild-mannered coach at practice. During the year or so I’ve covered the Huskies, I never have seen anything that I’d consider to be going over the line when it comes to a coach treating players.

Other notes from Wednesday’s practice at Huskie Stadium:

• Sophomore middle linebacker Boomer Mays hasn’t practiced the past few days because of a minor ankle injury. Carey expects him back soon.

• The draft for the first annual Huskie bowl will take place April 11. Offensive line coach Joe Tripodi will coach the Cardinal squad, and linebackers coach Kevin Kane will coach the Black squad. Each team will have a “leader” who will draft their respective teams.

There also will be a news conference featuring Kane and Tripodi and that definitely will be something to look forward to.

• The Huskies have been practicing for a week this spring. Carey said there’s a lot his team needs to get better at, but added that he likes how the players are competing.

“Whenever you take 21/2 to three months off, whatever we did, there’s a lot of rust to knock off,” Carey said. “But I tell you what, I like the way we’re competing. The guys are juiced at practice, they’re excited to be out there. I like that.”

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