Created: Sunday, October 6, 2013 11:54 p.m. CDT
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 1:59 p.m. CDT

Huskie ties run deep for Maday brothers

Tom and Kevin Maday stand with their sign and flag supporting Northern Illinois at ESPN's College GameDay set in Evanston on Saturday. The Maday brother, who are NIU graduates, also flew an NIU flag when GameDay visited Wrigley Field in 2010. (Ross Jacobson –

EVANSTON – Tom and Kevin Maday are diehard college football fanatics.

The pair of brothers, both graduates of Northern Illinois, can’t seem to get enough of it.

They’ve been to the past three Mid-American Conference Championship games to see the Huskies and travel to whatever NIU road game they can.

But with NIU playing at Kent State on Saturday and Ohio State visiting Northwestern in nearby Evanston, the Madays, who live in Chicago, decided to stay local. When ESPN announced that “College GameDay,” their morning college football preview show that travels to different university campuses each week during the fall, was coming to Evanston, the Madays were set on waking up early and going to the show.

“We’ve had tickets to the [Northwestern] game since August, so we knew we were going to this game,” Kevin said Saturday morning.

The Madays got to “GameDay” at 8 a.m., right around when the show started, and Tom held a sign that read “Corso Misses DeKalb,” a reference to former NIU coach and current ESPN analyst Lee Corso.

Kevin held an NIU Huskies flag that was often visible in the background of the set on TV.

It’s not the first time their NIU flag has made it on GameDay.

“We went to Northwestern-Illinois when it was at Wrigley [in 2010],” Tom said. “At that time I was living about 50 feet from where they had it.”

While the Maday brothers were up early for “GameDay” and planned to head over to Northwestern’s Ryan Field for the 7 p.m. kickoff later that night, they still planned to catch the NIU game on TV, confirming with the local Buffalo Wild Wings they’d be able to watch it.

And the pair of Huskie fans believe big things are in order for NIU this year.

“We’re [undefeated] right now, we have a long way to go,” Tom said. “We’ve already gone through a very tough task out of conference. If we keep that rolling, we will be Top 12 and we will be back in the BCS.”

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