April 8, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois Head Football Coach Rod Carey has accepted an invitation from the Chicago Cubs to throw out the first pitch and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch of the Cubs' April 17 game with the Texas Rangers.
First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet on its Plus channel. Carey will spend a few minutes in the booth with announcers Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies prior to making his singing debut.
"I am super-excited to go down to Wrigley Field, who wouldn't be?" Carey said. "It's an awesome place, steeped in tradition. Chicago is our backyard, it's the home of so many of our students and alumni and fans. Whenever we have the chance to be there, it's a huge opportunity. I know what an honor and a privilege it is to be invited to sing the seventh-inning stretch; we look forward to continuing the great relationship between NIU and the Cubs."
Carey and the Northern Illinois Huskies are coming off a historic 2012 season that culminated in the school's second straight Mid-American Conference Championship and a trip to the Discover Orange Bowl, the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl appearance by a Mid-American Conference team.
Carey, who was named head coach on the day NIU received the BCS bowl bid, and the 2013 Huskies are currently in the midst of spring football practices. Northern Illinois returns 14 starters (8 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialist) in 2013, led by dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel HS), a 2012 second-team All-American who accounted for nearly 5,000 yards of total offense while setting NCAA records for rushing by a quarterback with 12 100-yard rushing games. Leading tackler Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala./Davidson HS) and the Huskies' entire offensive line are among the 55 returning letterwinners for 2013.
Season tickets for Northern Illinois' 2013 home schedule are on sale now. The new Huskieland Plan, which includes a ticket to all five home games (sections A and G) and $50 in Doggie Dollars good for parking and/or concessions, is just $50. All remaining season ticket locations for the 2013 Huskie Stadium home slate are just $100 while NIU Alumni Association members, senior citizens (62+), youth (3-13), NIU Varsity Club (former letterwinners) members and faculty and staff can see every game for just $88. Season tickets are available by calling NIU Athletics at 815-753-1923, or go online to www.NIUHuskies.com/tickets
for complete information and order forms.
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