By Michael Cunningham
FLOWERY BRANCH–Here is what Falcons players and Northern Illinois alums Michael Turner and Pat Schiller had to say about ESPN college football analyst Kirk Hebstreit’s harsh criticism of their alma mater’s Orange Bowl bid:
NIU officials sent the T-shirts to Turner and Schiller. The back of the shirts read, “’cause Every Dog has its day!” in reference to NIU’s Husky mascot. NIU, the MAC champion, plays ACC champ Florida State on Jan. 1 in the Orange Bowl.
During a Sunday telecast in which the BCS pairings were announced, Herbstreit said Northern Illinois’ Orange Bowl bid is “a sad state for college football and where we are with the current system. . . . They don’t deserve to be in the BCS this year. Are you kidding me?”
His comments about NIU start at about 3:20 of the video below.