MAC may subsidize NIU trip to Miami

The Mid-American Conference will consider guaranteeing that Northern Illinois will not lose when the Huskies play Florida State in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Not on the field, but in the wallet.

MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher told ESPN on Monday that he will present to the presidents of the conference a proposal to subsidize NIU's trip to Miami for the Jan. 1 bowl game.

"Northern Illinois will not be left on the hook like other programs have been," Steinbrecher said. "We've always discussed what we would do when we came to this point and it was clear that the opinion was we'd subsidize the school going so that this could be a conference celebration."

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