Friday football miscellany
It seems unnatural to me to talk about any football other than the NFL at this time of year, but there have been a few tidbits of EMU-related football news this week.
– Former EMU defensive back Chris Roberson (lettered 2001-2004) was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns.
– Former EMU head coach Jeff Genyk (2004-2008) has been hired as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of California.
– Former EMU quarterback Charlie Batch heads the list of seven EMU letterwinners who will be inducted into the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame. The full list of inductees is: Batch; Denise Allen (women’s basketball); Jerry Cerulla (men’s track); Angela Johnson (women’s track); Sharon McNie (women’s gymnastics); Gary Patton (football); Gary Strickland (athletic trainer). The induction ceremony will be at 10 am on February 27, and the inductees will be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game that afternoon (2 pm against Northern Illinois).
Update (4:15 PM) – Somehow I missed seeing that T.J. Lang, who started a few games in the Green Bay Packers o-line this season, nominated his high school coach, Albert Fracassa, of Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, for NFL High School Football Coach of the Year, and Fracassa has been named as one of the five finalists. In his nomination, Lang wrote that “Coach Fracassa was an inspiration to me and every player he’s ever coached. He taught me humility and the importance of teamwork.” Fracassa was also named NFL High School Football Coach of the Year in 1997.