The Orange Bowl Doesn’t Even Want Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl

As if Northern Illinois didn't need any added motivation for its match-up against Florida Stateon Tuesday night in Miami, the Huskies got a little more. And it comes from an unlikely place: a rant from an Orange Bowl representative to an NIU staffer.

“You guys [NIU] don't even deserve to be here,” the Orange Bowl rep said to the NIU staffer. “We didn't even want you here.”

According to a source, the exchange took place the other night in a hospitality suite. The Orange Bowl rep had compared NIU to Duke, the source said, and the NIU rep responded by pointing out that the Huskies, who are riding a 12-game winning streak, have been to bowl games in five consecutive seasons. The conversation escalated from there, the source said.

Kirk Herbstreit vehemently agrees.

The Huskies take the field against the Seminoles in a matter of moments. The Orange Bowl rep will likely be fired. Not sure which fate is worse.

[H/T: CBS Sports]