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Tuesday Tidbits

November 30, 2010

With the end of the football season, we’ve hit a bit of a gap in college athletics. It seems that the only things going on at EMU right now are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s aquatics (aka swimming and diving), and wrestling, and there doesn’t seem to have been any aquatics or wrestling news in the past week. So today, we have just a few tidbits for you.

This should come as no surprise to anyone, because administrators — both AD Derrick Gragg and President Susan Martin — have continually voiced support for him, but Gragg made it official on Friday: Ron English will be back for another year. Gragg had this to say:

Absolutely, he’ll be back…We’re looking forward to bringing in recruits and our first full offseason in the indoor practice facility. …Ron is one of the most resilient peopleI know.

It sounds to me like there was never even a discussion about dumping English after year 2, which is probably as it should be. Turning around EMU football is a mammoth undertaking, and there’s no reason to think that even a Nick Saban or an Urban Meyer could do it in just two years.

The EMU women’s basketball team trounced Cornell Friday evening, jumping out to an early 11-0 lead and never looking back, en route to a 66-41 victory. The Eagles were led by junior forward Paige Redditt with 16 points, and junior guard Tavelyn James and senior guard Sydney Huntley chipped in 12 points each. EMU forced the Big Red into 26 turnovers, scoring 30 points off turnovers. With the win, EMU advances to 4-2, while Cornell drops to 1-4.

Next up, the Eagles will take a road trip to Missouri. Tomorrow night they’ll face the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Friday night they’ll play at Missouri State. They’ll be back in the Convocation Center Monday night to host the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In football recruiting, Scout.com is reporting that Kris Strange, a 5’11”, 170 (or possibly 185) pound senior cornerback at Pickering (OH) Central High School, has verbally committed to play for EMU in 2011. I don’t really feel comfortable covering football recruiting in depth, so don’t expect much more than a brief note like this when I see that a player has committed.

Speaking of recruiting, Ron English had a few comments on the matter after the game Friday.

Most of the [2011 recruiting] class will be defense, this thing is going to be built in stages, and we don’t have 25 scholarships…We have to go out and get some defensive players. Our offense is only going to get better, defensively we are going to have to support the offense better.

Of course, this comment was overshadowed by what he said about the temperature and just wanting to get the game over. (“When the score got out of hand, we wanted to get out of there, we wanted to run out that clock.”)

The EMU wrestling team will host its first home dual meet this Friday, when Cleveland State comes to town. The meet is scheduled for 7 pm at Bowen Field House, and will be preceded by a middle school dual meet at 5 pm.

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