Jordan Lynch is 24-3 as the NIU Huskies’ starting quarterback in two seasons, including a 12-1 mark in 2013. He has one game remaining as he will lead NIU into the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State on December 26, 2013.
But first, it's off to New York City for the bright lights and big stage of the Heisman trophy presentation. Yes, Jordan Lynch has brought Mid-Major Northern Illinois to the national media stage twice. The first time was last year when he quarterbacked the Huskies to a MAC Championship and a BCS Bowl appearance. Where they were utterly destroyed by Florida State in the Orange Bowl. FSU should win over NIU by a healthy margin again on Saturday night, as Seminoles QB Jameis Winston will slaughter everyone. Jordan Lynch is the first Huskie player to be selected as a finalist for the trophy, but he won't win. He might not even finish second either...
Chicago is the most insane sports city in the world. And it’s a crazy football town. NFL only though. This is a Bears town first and foremost. Even the Bulls and Cubs take a backseat to them. However, in college football, it's not as passionate. Who is the college football team of Chicago?
Well, you can answer that question with three different answers and they’d all be right. You could say
a.) Notre Dame maybe, sort of.
c.) a combination of four teams.
Obviously, geography has a lot to do with it. There just isn’t a team here within the city limits; you have to drive to reach all of the four candidates. So let’s examine the strengths and weaknesses for each of the four options who you could consider to be Chicago’s college football team.
I ranked them by mileage and driving time from City Front Plaza on Michigan Avenue.
That’s where all the big media corporations in this city are headquartered, so we’ll use that as “point A.”...
Pro Football Weekly may have folded, but Hub Arkush is still going strong. You can hear him on 670 The Score, and he’s going to be doing some work now for the Chicago Sun-Times. By the way, I still never bought that excuse about the NFL lockout being the cause of PFW’s demise. The lockout cost us the Hall of Fame preseason exhibition, OTAs and mini-camp. It terminated one preseason game of one season; and no real games. I don’t have the books, so I can’t say, but really that makes no sense. I don’t get it.
-Speaking of the Sun-Times, their most polarizing alum, and everyone’s favorite villain, Jay Mariotti is back. An open letter from Jay himself reads:
I’m excited to launch a multimedia production that I believe will be the next digital prototype for sports commentators and columnists. Welcome to The Mariotti Show, a cross-platform Web presentation (mariottishow.com) featuring live streaming of my daily radio program — Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m. ET — wrapped around my long-form columns, quick-cycle takes, breaking stories, videos, audience interaction and other 24/7 content from someone who has done it all and seen it all in sports media.
Humble, reserved and grounded as always, Jay! #YouStayClassy
-Haha. The picture leading this post is exactly how I feel when I look at Urban Meyer. It includes Northwestern University Director of Digital and Social Communications Doug Meffley. He’s also the voice of the Chicago Bandits. It was taken while the Ohio StateBuckeyes Coach was at the podium during Big Ten Media Days a couple weeks ago at the Hilton Towers. Meffley was moderating Q&A...
Northern Illinois University has launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for their quarterback Jordan Lynch at JordanLynchfor6.com, with a Twitter account (@Lynchfor6), Facebook page (Jordan Lynch for 6), a web series (“Lunch with Lynch”) and more.
The Huskies, coming off an Orange Bowl appearance, the first ever BCS bid for the MAC, are utilizing social media, new media, and of course, good old print, television and radio too. In 2013, that’s mandatory for even getting noticed. You need the power of both local and national media, in all it’s forms.
And it helps to provide some interesting swag too.
Of course, it isn’t only about winning the trophy. It’s a marketing device for the school; and the league. And it increases the player’s NFL Draft stock. Yes, I know that previous sentence sounds exactly like that famous scene in the 1993 classic college football movie “The Program.” When the school told ESU Timberwolves quarterback Joe Kane:
“I think both you and the school are best served with a straight-forward Heisman campaign. As long as you can back it up on the field. And we don’t doubt that, because Kane is Able.”
“It helps to get our name out there to the nation,” Jordan Lynch said NIU Huskies Chicago Media Day.
“It’s good for Northern Illinois and the Mid-American Conference.”...
Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker introduced the new Athletic Director Sean Frazier today on the 80th floor of the AON Center in the MAC Club.
Sean Frazier left the Wisconsin Athletics department, where he was Deputy A.D. to lead the NIU Huskies in DeKalb. Frazier believes he and Northern Illinois are a perfect match.
"The fit, for me, was perfect," Sean Frazier said. "When I look at Northern Illinois University and Huskie Athletics, I see a community that reflects who I am as an administrator. Entering the process, I saw a lot of similarities between what is needed to take that next step at NIU, and what I have been able to bring to some of the jobs I've held previously. At Wisconsin I gained the day-to-day, Division I experience, while my decision-making skills were honed there and as athletic director at three different institutions.
"I believe I can bring exactly what is needed to help take the program to the next level. There is excellence here and we need to capture it, capitalize on it and keep the momentum building...
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