So, I forgot to include a major item last week (my omission was double-facepalm worthy). As I’ve mentioned here before the EMU Marching Band has been trying to raise the $200,000 needed to replace their 17-year-old uniforms. This is a burden that no comparable school has placed on its students, and frankly, I think it was wrong of the EMU administration to do so here but…the week before the Western Michigan football game, President Martin “found” the money in the budget (approximately $130,000 more was needed) to do this. Dr. Amy Knopps, director of the marching band, announced this to the band while they were on the field for their post-game performance, and awarded the band’s Sprit Stick to Martin.
My hunch is that Martin realized that there’s a very real possibility that the football team will be going to a bowl game this winter, and thought it would be nice to not have the old uniforms shown on national television. At this point in the year I think it’s unlikely that they’ll have the new uniforms in time, but for now let’s just be glad they’re getting them. No details yet on what the new band unis will look like.
According to Scout.com, EMU football picked up another verbal commitment last week, and — let me check … yep! — he’s another offensive lineman! Darien Terrell, a 6’4″ 330 pound offensive guard at Jackson HS (OH), is rated two stars by Scout. On his junior year highlight video (below), he’s shown exclusively playing left tackle, and I mainly noticed two things: 1) he’s HUGE compared to the rest of the high schoolers on the field and 2) it’s hard to judge technique in a video (and I’m not the best to do it) but it sure looks to me as though after each snap he just stands up and uses his size to shove the defender(s) around; I see no attempts to undercut or get leverage against his opponents. That’s all well and good when he can get away with it (in high school, against smaller defenders) but probably isn’t going to cut it in Division I. Terrell is EMU’s ninth verbal commitment for 2012, a class that now includes a center, two offensive tackles, and a guard. The Eastern Echo recently took notice of EMU’s offensive line, and the way the recruiting is going, this is going to be a strength for years to come.
Speaking of recruiting, Stephen Bell of Bankhoops.com reports that EMU men’s basketball has a verbal commitment from 6-4 guard Deiondray Martin (class of 2013). Here are video highlights (he’s wearing #32) from his 2011 AAU team, which finished 3rd nationally.
Pre-season men’s basketball coverage is starting to trickle out. Yahoo/Rivals has an updated team report for EMU, though it doesn’t even mention Harper. (No permalink, so the content is liable to change any time.) Also, they’ve previewed the MAC and predict the Eagles to finish 5th in the West, which translates to 10th or 11th overall.
The tennis team will compete at the Michigan State Invitational in East Lansing this Friday through Sunday.
Athlon Sports has put together a list of candidates for the expected opening as Ohio State head football coach, and Ron English is on the list of “longshots”. I think the likelihood of English being the next head coach of the Buckeyes is somewhere between slim and none, but if he can keep things going like they’ve been, he’ll be getting a lot of interest from lower-level AQ teams.
The Eastern Echo has a profile of senior linebacker Marcus English.
The rowing team will compete at the “Head of the Hooch” in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With more than 1,600 teams competing, the race, on the Tennessee River, is the second-largest regatta in the US.
The EMU women’s golf team is done competing for the fall, but that didn’t stop junior Meredith Fairbairn from being named MAC Golfer of the Week last week. Fairbairn, you may recall, finished in fourth place at the Pat Bradley Invitational, held October 23-25.
The EMU women’s basketball team will tip off their 2011-12 season this Friday at 5 PM with an exhibition game against Madonna University. In the pre-season MAC coaches’ poll, the Eagles were picked to finish third in the West Division, behind Toledo and Central Michigan. Tavelyn James was, of course, voted to the West Division Pre-Season All-MAC Team (though it’s not really All-MAC if it’s just one division; they should call it the Pre-Season All-MAC West Division Team).
After rolling up six straight wins in dominating fashion, the EMU volleyball team lost two critical matches this week, falling first to Northern Illinois, 3-1, and then to Western Michigan, also 3-1. With the losses, the Eagles are now tied with Central Michigan for fifth place in the MAC. It’s a tie that won’t last long, as EMU will host the Chippewas for Senior Night this Thursday at 7 PM, followed by a Saturday night match at Kent State. Thursday’s match will be the last in Ypsilanti for seniors Ashley Mason, Cassie Sowers and Haley Stein. Mason will graduate as #2 in career assists for EMU, while Stein will probably be #2 in career digs. The Eastern Echo has a profile on sophomore Paige Roback.
The final women’s soccer game ended the way so many others did this season: EMU was shut out. The Eagles ended the season tied with Bowling Green for tenth place in the MAC, with a 3-7-1 conference record, and 3-13-2 overall.
The women’s swimming and diving team began their season by hosting the defending MAC champion Ohio Bobcats on Saturday. The Eagles led for much of the afternoon, but were unable to close out the meet, losing 151-149 when the Bobcats took the top two spots in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. This Saturday they’ll swim at Bowling Green.
The EMU wrestling team, picked in the pre-season MAC coaches’ poll to finish fourth (of six), will begin their season this Saturday with the EMU Open at Bowen Field House.
EMUtalk.org points out a 1991 Ann Arbor News article by Geoff Larcom that surveyed a whopping 33 people (15 of 33 is pretty convincing, though) to decide that EMU’s mascot should be the emu.