Northern Illinois Huskies In a surprise coaching hire, Northern Illinois University has gone with unknown and untested Coach Parrothead as the new head of their football program. While Northern Illinois hasn't been known as a powerhouse program, the move still comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Athletic Director Jeff Compher stressed that he was looking for a candidate who had proven himself as a head coach. Coach Parrothead held a short press conference expressing his excitement at being selected and vowed to make NIU a contender in the MAC. "The tools are here. We just need to work on the fundamentals and learn to work as a team." Practices are now underway and are closed to the public. Captains will be selected and announced at this weekend's booster club banquet. Starters for week one will be "kept under wraps for week one," according to Parrothead. "We're looking forward to an exciting season of Husky football, and will be doing all we can to prepare for our game at Wisconsin."