Former Northern Illinois football coach Joe Novak, has made his presence felt lately on the sidelines of Dix Stadium.
The recently retired coach, who has become good friends with Kent State coach Doug Martin, has been here all week with a watchful eye over Martin's program. Novak will not be joining him on the sidelines any time soon, but is here to offer advice and insight into how to run a MAC football program. Martin called Novak one of the most humble men he has ever met.
"When he retired I called him and begged him to come and watch practice," Martin said. "Because I wanted to get a set of experienced eyes that had been in this league to watch our team and really assess our talent level. Our coaches. The way we practice; really kind of an overview as a head football coach of what he thought."
According to Martin, Novak has been impressed with the overall talent level at Kent State and the depth at quarterback. Novak also like the pace and tempo at which Kent State practices