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Frazier: Big NIU scheduling announcement coming

CHICAGO – Northern Illinois will have some major football scheduling announcements soon.

At NIU's annual Chicago Media Day on Monday, athletic director Sean Frazier said those announcements will include having BCS conference teams visit Huskie Stadium.

"We'll be rolling something out in the next couple weeks on specific home-and-home contests with major conferences. I'm excited about that," Frazier said. "There's some name-brand institutions that will be in DeKalb, and we'll go to their place, and we'll have a whole balanced approach to that.

"I know it's something I've talked to coach (Rod) Carey about, and it's something that's in my DNA. We don't mind going on the road, but we want them back in DeKalb."

The major conference team to visit Huskie Stadium was Kansas two years ago. Before the Jayhawks' arrival, the last BCS team to come to DeKalb was Iowa State in 2003.

Chessick paying dividends: Carey called college football recruiting "an arms race."

Carey said the Chessick Practice Center, which opened last year, has played a big part in the Huskies' recruiting success so far.

"Recruiting is an arms race, you've just got to call it what it is," Carey said. "Like Sean (Frazier) said earlier, you're either moving forward or moving back. That was a big step forward for us. It's made a big difference."

Good QB play a must: NIU's quarterback competition between Matt McIntosh, Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie has been no secret, and it will be the most important storyline to follow during preseason workouts in August.

All will have tough shoes to follow, with the kind of numbers Jordan Lynch and Chandler Harnish put up. In fact, Carey said that over the past five years, NIU has had some of the best quarterback play in the country.

Carey realizes that in this day of prolific offenses, teams need a good quarterback to succeed.

"I think you've got to have a good quarterback if you're going to compete. You call it like it is, and I think that's proven out over time. Yeah, can you go ahead and do different things that can help a quarterback? Yeah, and the more of those things you do, you get him more confidence," Carey said. "But it still comes down to in those moments. We all watch football, we all know, when it's third down, red zone coming up, whatever it is, that moment the quarterback's got to make the play."

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