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Sycamore mayor pledges allegiance to NIU, despite Utah degree

Sycamore mayor pledges allegiance to NIU, despite Utah degree

SYCAMORE – Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang might have graduated from the University of Utah with his bachelor of arts degree in 1972, but he said his decades of living in Sycamore has shifted his allegiance to the Northern Illinois University Huskies for this weekend’s home football game.

Lang said he transferred to the University of Utah after attending community college and was at the university for about a year, whereas he’s been living in Sycamore and been near NIU football for the past 40 years.

“It’s pretty easy to have your fan base where you live,” Lang said.

Lang’s comment comes ahead of the Huskies’ home football game at
6:30 p.m. Saturday, where the Utes will visit Huskie Stadium, 1245 Stadium Drive in DeKalb.

The meeting will be the second time the Huskies will have faced a Pacific-12 Conference football team.

The last time was when the Huskies played against Oregon State University in 1996. The Huskies lost to the Beavers, 67-28.

Lang, a dentist by trade, said he and his wife, Karen, met when they were both in dental school at Northwestern University, and they share a friend who also attended University of Utah and dental school at Northwestern University.

Karen Lang said their friend from dental school and his wife will be coming from Utah this the weekend. She said the two friends also will accompany them to the game Saturday.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of joking back and forth between us and them,” Curt Lang said. “It’s just the fun of it all.”

“We can cheer at every touchdown,” Karen Lang said with a laugh.

Curt Lang said he admits to missing the news when NIU first announced the match in 2014. But when he eventually learned about it when his Utah friends reminded him, he said, and he was looking forward to the game.

Curt Lang said he and Karen also know a lot of NIU staff and coaches and community members and said he appreciates the welcoming nature of the university. And, he said with a laugh, the only people he still knows from Utah are the friends coming in to visit.

“We would have to be Huskie fans, for sure,” Curt Lang said.

The line going into the game has Utah favored by 101/2 points.

Curt Lang said that’s not affecting his hope for the game’s outcome.

“We hope the Huskies are victorious, regardless of the line,” he said.


WHAT: Northern Illinois University Huskies vs. University of Utah Utes

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Huskie Stadium,
1245 Stadium Drive in DeKalb


ONLINE: For complete coverage, visit after the game or follow it live

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