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Terry Foster talks EMU in today’s Detroit News

May 24, 2011

In today’s Detroit News — or at least, on their website today; I don’t get the print edition — Terry Foster has a pair of articles about EMU coaches.

About new men’s basketball head coach Rob Murphy, Foster says, “Murphy plans to play Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense. The twist will be an aggressive, push-the-ball offense with some man-to-man defense thrown in.” He also gives a great quote from Derrick Gragg: “A lot of people just want to be a head coach. He wanted to be the head coach at Eastern Michigan University.” There’s not much depth or analysis in this article, but it’s a good quick snapshot of Murphy, which will serve to help introduce him to metro Detroit.

Foster also has a piece about Ron English, though he writes very little about English, spending most of the column on changes in the EMU football program as a whole. The first of two key quotes in this article comes, again, from Derrick Gragg.

We have been able to invest in football for the first time in the program’s history. Obviously, when you invest this much into the program, the payback is that you win. And that increases school spirit, and school pride with the alumni. About 80 percent of our alumni are in the state, and everybody roots for their alma mater when they win.

The second quote worth reading comes from Regent Stapleton.

There is no excuse not to win. Part of the problem is we really haven’t had a good campus environment. Our stands are not very full because our kids go home on weekends. Our campus environment is not as vibrant. So one of the reasons we believed in Ron English and football is we think we can change the perception of Eastern and make it a destination. One of the elements is having a successful football program.

All together, there’s not that much depth in either of these pieces, but I’m greatful for every bit of positive regional coverage EMU gets.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    May 25, 2011 3:45 pm

    I want to feel optimistic about both teams for the upcoming seasons. Having said that , I think the football team could win as many as five games this season, but it really depends on how they jell as a team. There could be a lot of new faces with all the J.C. transfers, and the players that were red-shirted. That’s why it’s important to see how they respond to each other, and play against opponents.
    Basketball, however, I think is a different story. It’s not that I don’t think the new coach is up to the challenge – I think he is, however, as far as players go, the cupboard looks bare. If, Eastern has a terrible season, record wise, it could hurt recruiting. So, I think we are between a rock and a hard place. Even with a terrible record (if that happens) I have confidence that Coach Murphy will be able to show recruits what could happen at Eastern, if they come on board. It may take a few seasons.

    • Bobby Wicks permalink
      May 25, 2011 3:56 pm

      I think the basketball team will have a terrible record in Murphy’s first year. They couldn’t win 10 games WITH Brandon Bowdry, so how are they going to win more that 6 with a team that cannot shoot from the field or the FT line. That said, I think it will be a much quicker turn around than the football team. Coach Murphy seems to have some good connections and a willingness to recruit metro Detroit. He also appears to be a charasmatic young coach, so I think we are going to see a major upgrade in talent over previous seasons. If the b-ball team can show hustle and competitiveness the first year, I will be happy because better days are ahead for the basketball program.

      Football, I would like to see 5-6 wins this year. After all, we are basically being spotted 2 wins to start the season.

  2. June 15, 2011 2:26 pm

    I would be happy if the football team wins 5 to 6 games this year but given their performance in the past few years, I don’t see that happening. Given that they play most of their games on the road, they are at a distinct disadvantage.

    • June 15, 2011 2:44 pm

      Actually, this year they are playing six games on the road and six at home. The MAC schedule is always four and four, and this year for their non-conference schedule they open at home to two FCS teams, then go on the road to two Big (12) Ten teams.


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