DeKALB – Rod Carey is officially out as Northern Illinois head football coach, as confirmed by press releases issued by NIU and Temple late Friday morning.
Carey met with the team Friday morning to inform them of his decision, a source familiar with the team confirmed with the Daily Chronicle.
"I am really excited to lead the Temple University Football program and look forward to continuing its proud Temple TUFF tradition," said Carey in the Temple press release. "I am extremely grateful to President Englert and Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft for the opportunity to take over one of the top programs in the American Athletic Conference. This program is on the rise, coming off a record-setting class, and I look forward to raising the bar for success even higher."
Temple will have a press conference Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Central Time introducing Carey as coach. According to a Temple Strategic Communications employees for football, the press conference will be available on Facebook Live and may be available online afterward.
According to the release issued by NIU, Athletic Director Sean Frazier doesn't intend to have any updates on the coaching search during the process. Per the release:
"NIU’s national search for the Huskies’ next head coach is already underway with the assistance of an executive search firm, according to Frazier, who said he will not have any further update on the search until its conclusion.
Carey is 52-30 (.643 winning percentage) as the head coach of the Huskies. He won two Mid-American Conference championships, made the MAC title game four times and posted a bowl record of 0-6. He coached the fourth-most games in program history (82) and his 52 wins rank fourth in program history.
“Rod has been a part of the Huskie program – as an assistant coach from 2010-12 and as head coach for the past six seasons - during the most successful era in NIU’s FBS history,” Northern Illinois Athletic Director Sean Frazier said in the press release. “He has worked tirelessly to elevate NIU Football and Northern Illinois University, while making an impact on hundreds of student-athletes. Under Rod’s leadership, the Huskies have been successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. I want to thank Rod, [his wife] Tonya, [daughter] Kennedi and [son] Charlie for their dedication to NIU, and wish them nothing but the best going forward.”
Messages left to both the NIU athletics department and Carey went unreturned. On Wednesday, the athletic department said it doesn’t “comment on other team’s searches.”