Team preview: Northern Illinois

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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The desire still drives Joe Novak.

Nine years ago, he arrived at DeKalb with the goal of bringing a MAC championship to Northern Illinois.

The Huskies are still waiting for their first championship, but in eight seasons they have made major strides toward realizing Novak's dream.

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