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Rob Murphy Update (or lack thereof)

August 15, 2012

As of right now the official word out of the EMU Athletics office is that Rob Murphy is still the Head Coach.  I have a feeling that particular status will change soon, but I suppose Coach Murphy could have a change of heart.

If it is a family or personal matter that makes him feel compelled to leave, then I wish him the best.  Professionally, I think he had/has much to gain by staying.  One year in the books and he has a MAC West title and MAC Coach of the Year award.  This year’s team has promise, with what should be an impressive frontcourt.  If he is ambitious to move on, and the “not a stepping stone” remark he made was insincere, I really don’t mind as long as he delivers the goods. A MAC title or NCAA appearence.  While he accomplished much last season, it is still short of what I would consider a successful stint as Eastern’s Head Coach.

On the other side of that coin is the chance to join the glorious NBA power Orlando Magic.  I understand that it is the NBA, but after the Dwight Howard debacle Orlando has been reduced to a wasteland devoid of any real talent.  And I don’t think the 2-3 zone can fix that mess.

If he is to be given a final grade for his work here (and hey, Education First, right), then he gets a W for withdrawl.  That is too bad, and I hope the speculation of his leaving is incorrect or that he chooses to stay.  He had a fine first year.  It will unfortunate if we don’t get to see that work completed.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. John Baublit permalink
    August 16, 2012 10:46 am

    If he signed a contract and gave a verbal commitment, then he should be compelled to reimburse the university the remainder of his contract. Athletes who leave a program lose a year of eligibility and have to set out a year, thus there should be consequences for coaches who neglect their commitments.

  2. emujeremy permalink
    August 16, 2012 5:43 pm

    He certainly should pay the $210,000 stipulated by his contract. My guess is that the Orlando Magic will be the ones to pay. Either way, I sure hope the EMU brass is moving quickly on a replacement.

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