Nostalgia: Genyk on ESPN, Boykins back in NBA

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Jeff Genyk poses in his final game at Eastern Michigan. He is now a college football commentator for ESPN360.com.


Some older Eastern Michigan names have found their way back in the news recently, including former football coach Jeff Genyk and guard Earl Boykins.

Genyk is working for ESPN360.com as a commentator for football games. To say the least, he didn’t have the greatest tenure at EMU. He went 16-42 during his five seasons and was fired before the last game of 2008.

I’m wary when it comes to unsuccessful coaches or general managers turning to the tube to offer their opinion, take Detroit Lions wrecker Matt Millen an an example. However, I think this is a different because it’s on a smaller scale, and it’s nice to see Genyk working in something he’s so passionate about.

The last time I could find Genyk announcing was the Maryland-Duke game on Oct. 24. If you know of a more recent game, let me know.

ESPN360.com is free on college campuses and military bases, but a subscription is needed otherwise.

Boykins was signed Wednesday by the Washington Wizards, the Associated Press and Yahoo! Sports reported.

Former Michigan State standout Paul Davis was waived to make room for the 5-foot-5 Boykins, 33, who played for Virtus Bologna in Italy last season. He played for EMU from 1995-98, and was part two NCAA tournament teams (95-96 and 97-98).

Washington is Boykins’ ninth NBA team, and he last played for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2007-08. He’s averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 assists during his career.

“I was out of the NBA, but as long as you’re getting paid to play basketball, it’s not that bad,” Boykins told The Washington Times, which also has a video interview with the 10-year veteran.

“I went to Europe and had some success over there, but I just didn’t want to go back this year. I wanted to return to the NBA.”

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