Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/29/12
Northern Illinois Rod Carey will be on the sideline for the first time as a head coach. Florida States D.J. Eliot will be on the sideline for the first time as a defensive coordinator. And the Seminoles also welcome Sal Sunseri, a defensive assistant who has been on Florida States staff just two weeks. Bowl games by nature feature shake-ups, as coaches take jobs elsewhere. But its unusual that it occurs for both teams in a BCS bowl game and it could be a significant storyline when Florida State (11-2) and Northern Illinois (12-1) face off in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night. For Carey, its been a whirlwind month. The Huskies won the MAC championship on the last day of November, a Friday. Coach Dave Doeren accepted the job at NC State the next day, and Carey was immediately asked to take over. I dont sleep much now, Carey said. You can tell my voice is going because of it, so it is what it is. Carey began the season as the offensive line coach. But then offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar took leave from the team as he fights cancer, and Carey stepped in and also filled his role, too. Every opportunity Rod has had to step up and make a difference in our program, he has done it, NIU athletic director Jeff Compher said. Whether developing a young, untested offensive line or stepping in as the offensive coordinator and play-caller in the second game of the season, he has responded with poise and professionalism. Florida State has also been adjusting responsibilities, especially on the defensive side of the ball, in the days after the Seminoles win in the ACC championship game on Dec. 1. Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has become the head coach at Kentucky, and while he offered to return and help Florida State in the Orange Bowl, he found the job in Lexington took up the majority of his time. Defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot will step in and be Florida States defensive coordinator for the bowl game essentially giving him a one-game warm-up for a position that he will soon hold when he follows Stoops to Lexington and becomes the Wildcats defensive coordinator. Eliot has never been a defensive coordinator, but he is an assistant whom Fisher and Stoops trust. When Florida State was preparing for Georgia Techs triple-option offense, Stoops leaned on Eliot to create a game plan for the Yellow Jackets because Eliot has more experience facing that type of offense. And it worked. Florida State held Georgia Tech 140 rushing yards below its season average in the 21-15 Seminoles win. Fisher says that Florida States practices have been the same and that the defensive players have responded to Eliot well. Hes real detailed, Fisher said. With every guy he goes through their assignment on every single spot. Hell make sure you have it down. Everyone out on the field is going to know their assignment. Lately, Eliot has been burning the candle at both ends, recruiting student-athletes for Kentucky while also preparing Florida States players in practice and developing a game plan for Northern Illinois. I think I broke a record on airline miles, Eliot said. It's been very busy. You know what I mean? It's been very busy. I've had a lot of responsibilities on both ends, and there hasn't been much downtime at all. I've still got a task at hand, so I'm still in that mode. You know, it's been exciting, but it's also been challenging to manage two jobs. Managing two jobs in two states is one thing. But its hard to tell who is juggling more: Eliot or Carey. The NIU coach is retaining three jobs offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and head coach heading into the bowl game. Hed rather pile the responsibilities on his shoulders than have others around him change because of his promotion. I'm going to call this game, Carey said. We're trying to make it the least amount of change for this team as possible. That was the biggest thing going in, keeping the staff for this game. I'm coaching the O-line, being the OC (offensive coordinator). I guess I'll be on the sideline and doing some head coaching things, too. If the change is me, that's better than having 105 players changing. Still, the changes are sure to have an impact on Tuesdays game. How the players react to those changes will go a long way in deciding the winner of the Orange Bowl.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Report: Giants will be ‘aggressive’ in trying to sign Jason Pierre-Paul

Report: Porzingis avoided ligament damage in ankle

Brooks Koepka meltdown includes whiff, stomping head off driver

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker