Northern Illinois has gone 57-13 since 2009, but hardly anyone has been around to see the Huskies’ success.
A Chicago Tribune article reported that despite an enrollment of 21,000 and free tickets for any student who wishes to attend, only about 5,000 attend come to each home game, or 23.8 percent.
The Dekalb, Ill. university is trying to do something about it.
Starting this season, any student who attends all six home games, and remains to the end each time, will be eligible to win free tuition next spring.
The Tribune quoted assistant athletic director Morris White, who said NIU is dealing with an issue even the almighty NFL isn’t immune to in this day and age — technology.
“[Students] have the ability to watch a game from their phone in the comfort of their own home, and there’s the big-screen televisions, and the high-def screens,” he said.
White is hoping his idea scores with the students.
“I thought that free tuition would be a huge incentive for students to just spend three hours out of their day rooting on the team,” he said.
It wasn’t made clear exactly how the winner will be chosen, but this doesn’t sound like too bad of a plan. All the students have to do is show up, watch some good football and hope they are lucky enough to hear their name called.
It’s not like they go to school at Kansas.
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