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Huskies to play Kansas Jayhawks in 2011 and 2012

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NIU has landed a home and home series with the Kansas Jayhawks for 2011 and 2012.

The series will open at Kansas on Sept. 10, 2011 and the Jayhawks will hit Huskie Stadium on Sept. 22, 2012.

"Getting a home-and-home series with a BCS conference opponent has been a priority since I came to NIU a year ago," said NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher in a press release. "We know what it means to our fan base to have Kansas come to DeKalb, and this series is something that has been in the works for several months."

The last time these two teams met was 1983, when NIU defeated Kansas, in Lawrence, 37-34. Six of head coach Jerry Kill's staff has either played on or coached in Kansas.

"First of all, the credit goes to Jeff Compher for getting this done," Kill said in the release.  "Bringing a team like Kansas to DeKalb for a home-and-home series is huge for our program and great for our fans. For me and the guys on our staff, not only do we get to play them here at Huskie Stadium, but when we go to Kansas, we get to go ‘home’ where we were born and raised, where many of us coached before and have a lot of friends and family, so that is a neat aspect of this deal."

The last time NIU hosted an automatic BCS qualifier was in 2003, when it hosted Maryland and Iowa State. The Huskies finished that season 10-2.