It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
The word consistency gets thrown around quite a bit in football. On both offense and defense, the coaching staff stresses the importance of consistent play. Yet, for Northern Illinois' specialists, the term takes on a slightly different meaning. For them, consistency also means having three highly-experienced individuals handling three underappreciated jobs.
Kevin Kane returns for his fourth season on the Northern Illinois University coaching staff and is in his second season coaching the linebackers.
A standout linebacker at the University of Kansas, Kane coached the Huskies' tight ends and fullbacks in 2011 in his first season at NIU. He took over as linebackers coach in 2013 and added the special teams coordinator role in 2013. He has coached two All-MAC linebackers over the last two years and his unit returns 2013 first team All-MAC linebacker Jamaal Bass in 2014.
Kane came to NIU after working on the football staff at the University of Wisconsin from 2008-10 where he was a graduate assistant for the 2008 and 2009 seasons before serving as the Quality Control Assistant for the UW defense in 2010. He earned a master's degree in education from Wisconsin in 2010.
Prior to going to Wisconsin, the Kansas City, Mo. native was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater for two seasons; and in 2007 he was part of the KU coaching staff that led the Jayhawks to the 2008 Orange Bowl Championship. Kane earned a bachelor of general studies in communication studies from KU in 2006.
As a Kansas linebacker tutored by former Huskies' head coach Dave Doeren, Kane earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press following both his junior and senior seasons and was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. He won KU's Nolan Cromwell Award for Leadership following his junior year and served as a team captain as a senior. He also won a state championship as a high school junior at Rockhurst High School in Missouri.
He and his wife, Theresa, have two sons, Jack (2) and Colin (infant).