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Try telling NIU it doesn't belong

Originally Published: December 3, 2012
By By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

DEKALB, Ill. -- There are eight items on Northern Illinois' 2012 team goals board in the McCareins meeting room.

Among them: go undefeated at home; a team GPA of 2.75 or higher; no off-the-field distractions; win the MAC West division title; and, of course, beat archrival Toledo.

Busting the BCS is nowhere to be found, but it's not a foreign concept, either.

"We wanted to be the first team from the MAC to go to a BCS bowl game," athletic director Jeff Compher ...

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