Terry Foster talks EMU in today’s Detroit News
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.