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Fall 2013

Frazier’s Corner Huskie Fans: The first third of our fall season is in the books and it has been a successful one to say the least. Through generous support from our donors, we’ve been able to make some upgrades throughout our athletic department. Football fans will be treated to a fresh new look at concessions stands in and around Huskie Stadium this fall as food service stands have been renovated and upgraded throughout the venue. In addition, local favorites Lukulos and the Sunshine Scoop Shoppe restaurants will be serving some of their popular items at Huskie Stadium this year. Our new scoreboard, ribbon boards and audio system is in full operation at Huskie Stadium. The new Daktronics LED Video Display scoreboard is nearly twice as wide and slightly taller than the previous, 13-year-old scoreboard, and will provide sharper video display with better color and more detail for both graphics and video. The MidAmerican Conference has adopted new guidelines and is permitting league schools to show more replays than ever before. Two bright 100-foot wide ribbon boards on each side of Huskie Stadium will provide fans with interesting graphics, promotional messages and an additional source for in-game information. Featuring 20mm HD resolution and located on the fascia between the 35-yard lines, the ribbons boards give the stadium a new, modernized look. The audio capability of Huskie Stadium is markedly improved with Daktronics’ redesigned system providing enhanced sound quality and improved clarity for fans on both the east and west sides of the facility.

By the Numbers

22 Frazier has twenty-two years of experience at the

NCAA Division I, II and III Levels

11 Frazier is the eleventh athletic director in



5 Five NIU athletics

programs advanced to the finals of the

MAC 2012-13

championships in

15 of NIU’s 17 teams

950 in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rank, which is 20 points posted a annual

higher than the average

We’re also pleased to announce our first sellout crowd in over a decade for our nail biter against Eastern Illinois on September 21st. The attendance of 23,595 is the largest crowd on hand since 2003 when we hosted University of Maryland. It’s because of you that we’ve been able to create these changes and take a step closer to watching our huskies take home MAC Championships in each of our 16 sponsored sports.

Go Huskies!

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Huskies Everywhere This past summer, three of our student-athletes traveled internationally to compete in their respective sports. Aksil Bolin, a senior men’s basketball student-athlete traveled to Kazan, Russia to represent his home country of Norway in the World University Games. Norway went 4-4 in 8 games, Bolin averaged 19 minutes per contest, scoring 5.1 points and pulling down 3.1 rebounds per game. Southwest of Kazan, sophomore Alexis Gonzalez (Fresno, Calif./Bullard) and redshirt freshman Lauren Zielinski (Oak Forest, Ill./ Marist) competed in the Bring It Promotions’ 2013 European Global Volleyball Challenge in Pula, Croatia.Team BIP finished 6th overall in the tournament after a strong 2-0 start. Follow us on Social Media

Future Varsity Club Member Dusty Page

Men’s Soccer Each season we choose to highlight one student-athlete who has gone above and beyond in the classroom, in the community, and on the field as well. This season, we chose Dusty Page, a junior defender on the Men’s Soccer team. Page holds a cumulative GPA of 4.0, majoring in Business and has played every minute on the pitch for the Huskies this season. The Germantown, WI native was also selected by the NCAA to serve as the Mid-American Conference representative on the Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Each of the 31 conferences in Division I has one representative, Page will serve until July of 2015. Page 3 |Huskie Tracks | Fall 2013

Compliance Made Easy On behalf of everyone associated with Huskie Athletics, we would like to thank you for your support of our student-athletes participating in competition this season. With respect to our ongoing attempt to ensure compliance with NCAA rules and regulations, please keep in mind the following pertinent information. In the wake of the allegations about Johnny Manziel getting paid for signing autographs, the following regulations regarding autographs and selling athletic memorabilia are very important for all boosters to know:

Autographs and Memorabilia Student-athletes are not allowed to receive payment or remuneration of any kind in exchange for an autograph or for any item the student-athlete received for intercollegiate athletics participation (jerseys, shoes, championship rings, etc.), even if the items do not contain the name or image of the student athlete. So you can get an autograph from a student-athlete, but you may not give them any compensation for doing so. You also may not give compensation to a student-athlete for game-worn jerseys, pants, shoes, or other items received for participation in NIU Athletics. This was at the center of the case that resulted in a major institution being banned from a bowl game last year. The team’s star quarterback and a few other student-athletes received discounted tattoos in exchange for memorabilia and also sold their conference championship rings. Individuals are not permitted to sell photographs, autographed items, or other items containing the name or likeness of a student-athlete with remaining eligibility. So when you go online and buy a ball or picture signed by a Huskie student-athlete, that sale violates NCAA rules. The same goes for purchasing a shirt or other item with the name or likeness of a student-athlete. Thus, the sale of a “Lynch for 6” t-shirt would also be against NCAA rules. Violations of these rules may jeopardize the student-athlete’s eligibility to compete. Through ongoing education, we make a conscience effort to inform our student-athletes about the NCAA rules and regulations that govern their activities. Nevertheless, we ask you to join our efforts in protecting the eligibility and welfare of the heart and soul of Huskie Athletics: the student-athletes. We would like to thank you for continued interest in protecting our student-athletes and the integrity of the university. Please do not hesitate to contact the Huskie Athletic Office of Compliance if you have any questions that may arise in the future.

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New Faces in NIU Athletics Sean Frazier

Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics

On July 16th, 2013, Frazier was announced by President Doug Baker as the new Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics for NIU. Frazier brings vast experience as a Director of Athletics at three institutions and has spent the last six years in senior leadership roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving most recently as Deputy Director of Athletics. A former football student-athlete at the University of Alabama, Frazier has 22 years of overall experience as a director of athletics at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels. Frazier oversaw all fundraising and advancement activities at UW, including the annual fund, major gifts, suites and club seats, endowments, multimedia rights, ticket operations and alumni affairs. During his tenure at Wisconsin, he served as the administrator for three revenue-producing sports (football, men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey), prividing direct support to the football program that won three consecutive Big Ten Conference Championships. Frazier and his wife, Rosa, have three Children, daughters Marina (11) and Marcella (4) and son Maximo (9).

Ryan Sedevie

Associate Athletics Director for Collegiate Advancement and External Affairs

Sedevie comes to NIU from the University of Wisconsin, where he spent the last 18 years. At NIU, Sedevie will serve as a member of Frazier’s senior staff with responsibility for the marketing, sales and game experience of NIU Athletics events with an emphasis on increasing revenue and exposure. He will lead the creation, execution and evaluation of NIU’s marketing, awareness and sales campaigns and be responsible for initiatives designed to generate ticket sales and increase home attendance. Sedevie will also manage external operations associated with NIU Athletics fundraising and special events. His duties extend to overseeing the university licensing program and managing the premium seating and suite holder hospitality for football and basketball game day. Sedevie will be Huskie Athletics’ liaison to the NIU Convocation Center Box office and to NIU multimedia rightsholder, IMG College. Sedevie and his wife, Melissa, have a daughter Madelyn (8) and son Gavin (4)

Rod Carey

Head Coach, Football Rod Carey, who has spent the last two seasons on the coaching staff of the most successful teams ever at Northern Illinois University, was named the 22nd head football coach in school history on Dec. 2, 2012. The 41-year old Carey was promoted after serving as NIU’s offensive coordinator during most of the 2012 season. Moments after Carey was introduced to the Huskie team as the new head coach, NIU made history as the first Mid-American Conference team invited to play in a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl game. Coach Carey spent his first two seasons at NIU helping guide two of the most prolific offenses in school history as the Huskies won back-to-back MAC Championships and 11-or-more games each year.

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