HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey got some sleep on Wednesday, his third full day on the job of leading the Huskies.
On a plane. For an hour.
"Felt awesome, by the way," Carey said. "Awesome."
Right now, awesome would seem a most appropriate word to describe what Carey and Northern Illinois are going through. BCS mania has struck the small city of DeKalb, Ill., and it'll likely keep ramping up over the next four weeks until the Huskies (12-1) meet Florida State (11-2) in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 1.
Carey -- unsure when his next good night's sleep will come and unbothered by that -- will make his debut as the Huskies' coach in that game, the first Bowl Championship Series appearance for the newly crowned champions of the Mid-American Conference. He spent Wednesday in South Florida, seated on the opposite end of a poolside dais from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher at a hotel resort, a huge glass bowl of oranges propped between them.
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