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Northern Illinois AD Expresses Interest In Football Game At Wrigley Field

Northern Illinois will play Wisconsin at Soldier Field this season
Northern Illinois Univ. AD Jeff Compher Wednesday said that he "would be interested in the Huskies playing a football game at Wrigley Field," according to Scott Powers of ESPN CHICAGO. NIU is "scheduled to play at Soldier Field against Wisconsin this season and Iowa in 2012, but Compher would like to look at the possibility of Wrigley Field after that." Compher, however, "believes safety issues need to be addressed for football games to be played at Wrigley Field." Last year's Illinois-Northwestern game "was played only in one direction because of concerns of the outfield wall being so close to the end zone." Powers noted Compher "would also like to continue to play games at Soldier Field" (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 7/27).

WINDY CITY BOWL? Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald Tuesday said the "only thing missing" in college football is a "bowl game in Chicago." Fitzgerald: "I have no insider information, but this is the home base of the Big Ten, and the city loves college football. ... I think the Chicagoland market would embrace it" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/27).
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