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    Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

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    As if Northern Illinois didn't need any added motivation for its match-up against Florida State Tuesday night in Miami, the Huskies got a little more. And it comes from an unlikely place: a rant from an Orange Bowl representative towards an NIU staffer.

    “You guys [NIU] don't even deserve to be here,” the Orange Bowl rep said to the NIU staffer. “We didn't even want you here.”


    According to a source, the exchange took place the other night in a hospitality suite. The Orange Bowl rep had compared NIU to Duke. The NIU rep responded by pointing out that the Huskies, who are riding a 12-game winning streak, have been to bowl games in five consecutive seasons. The conversation escalated from there, the source says.


    The 12-1 Huskies' presence in the Orange Bowl has been a sore subject for many from the moment when the BCS Bowl pairings were announced in early December. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit even called it “a joke” that the Huskies were invited to play in the Orange Bowl. One NIU player responded by heaving an orange at the TV after hearing Herbstreit's comments.


    Florida State, which earlier this season did lose to an unranked N.C. State team, is a 14-point favorite.
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    Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Quote Originally Posted by WMack4Bama View Post
    Duh,

    America

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Elitists - disgusting.

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Go Huskies!
    Ask me about my vow of silence.

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Maybe I'm just getting cynical, but could this be a manufactured controversy designed to stir up interest in the game?

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Wow that is sad.

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    The fact is they don't deserve to be there.

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Go Huskies!

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Quote Originally Posted by CullmanTide View Post
    The fact is they don't deserve to be there.
    They deserve to be there as much as Alabama deserves to be in the BCSCG. They followed the exact same set of rules.

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    21-1 in last 22 games ain't too shabby. go NIU

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GTide View Post
    They deserve to be there as much as Alabama deserves to be in the BCSCG. They followed the exact same set of rules.
    The rules are ridiculous and they don't deserve to be there.

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GTide View Post
    They deserve to be there as much as Alabama deserves to be in the BCSCG. They followed the exact same set of rules.
    FIFY
    Raj: Excuse me, I can't be drinking, I'm about to make an important scientific discovery here!
    Howard:What? Galileo did his best work while drinking wine!
    Raj: How do you know that?
    Howard: He was Italian, it's a reasonable assumption.
    Raj: Dude, can you even open your mouth without saying a cultural stereotype?
    Howard: I'm sorry Galileo drank diet sprite!

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    Re: Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GTide View Post
    Elitists - disgusting.
    The Orange Bowl wants to make money and NIU being in the game is going to make that almost impossible. I agree that NIU followed the rules that were set up, but it is easy to see how the Orange Bowl is disapointed that they were the bowl that got stuck with them.

    The rules are changing anyway, but the Big East should have been the entity that was penalized for this, not the Orange Bowl.
    Last edited by JeffAtlanta; January 1st, 2013 at 03:09 PM.

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