DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois gave football coach Joe Novak a three-year contract extension through 2007 on Thursday.
Novak, hired in 1995, has led Northern Illinois to four straight winning seasons for the first time since 1969. Last season's team finished 10-2 and was ranked in the Top 25 for most of the year after beating Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State.
Novak was the 2002 Mid-American Conference coach of the year.
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