According to Tom Dienhart, a writer for rivals.com, current Hoosier OC Matt Canada will be taking the same position at NIU. The current coach Jerry Kill took a job as the new head coach of the Gophers. Matt Canada spent six years at Northern Illinois University, where he served as the running backs coach (1998-2000), quarterbacks coach (2001-02) and offensive coordinator (2003). The Huskies enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2003, finishing among the top 30 in the nation in both major weekly polls. NIU climbed as high as No. 12 in the AP rankings and No. 10 in the Bowl Championship Series Poll with wins over Alabama, Maryland and Iowa State.