I was following the Eastern Michigan University football head coaching search very closely, leading up to Wednesday’s announcement of Chris Creighton’s hiring to the position. Until 8:30 Wednesday night, I was convinced the job would go to Eastern Illinois University coach Dino Babers, a man who turned his program around, going 7-5 and 12-1 in his first two seasons, when the team went 2-9 in each of the two years prior to his hiring. That said, I am really impressed by Creighton – not just on paper, but by hearing the man speak.
The bitter cold weather did not stop nearly 100 people from attending Thursday’s news conference introducing new Eastern Michigan University football coach Chris Creighton in the atrium of the Convocation Center.
The Eastern Michigan University Athletic Department announced the hiring of Chris Creighton as the Eagles’ football coach, replacing interim coach Stan Parrish, who took over after Ron English was fired in November.
The Ypsilanti Police Department is investigating an incident early Tuesday morning where an Eastern Michigan University student was struck by a bullet, which was fired into her Peninsular Place apartment building.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed, according to court records. The Ann Arbor News reported that Ed Jemeal Thomas and Kristopher Kaivon Pratt, both 20, face charges murder and robbery charges.
On Dec. 5, Eastern Echo Sports Editor Eugene Evans and Managing Editor Al Willman will host a panel discussion on the state of Eastern Michigan University football and other athletic programs.
For two years, Eastern Michigan University students lost to alumni in the annual Students vs. Alumni basketball game. That changed Thursday, when the students left the Convocation Center with a 76-74 victory.
The Eastern Michigan University football team just fired its head coach, the last thing the fans need are people calling for the team to drop down a division or, even worse, cut the program altogether.
For two years, Eastern Michigan University students have been on the losing side in the annual Students vs. Alumni basketball game at the REC/IM. Senior co-captain Dominique Wade said he hopes this year is different.
Ron English proved me right. That was going to be my lead for the column I had planned on writing, after the Eastern Michigan University football coach was fired Friday. I was going to applaud his firing, though curiously timed, because I thought it should have been done a year ago.
The Eastern Echo was able to obtain from The Detroit News a copy of the recording which clearly shows former Eastern Michigan University head football coach Ron English berating his players.
Behind a 25 point performance from freshman Cha’Ron (Cha) Sweeney, the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team easily defeated the Madonna University Crusaders, 101-52, Friday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team opened its season Friday afternoon with a 77-45 victory over the Albion College Britons at the Convocation Center.
Eastern Michigan University Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke announced Friday that head coach Ron English has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Lyke issued a further statement through EMU Athletics early Saturday afternoon on the decision to relieve English from coaching duties: “I received a tape of a situation in which Coach English had addressed the team and used wholly inappropriate language. We hold our coaches and staff to high standards of professionalism and conduct and there is no place, particularly in a student environment, where this language is appropriate. The statements made by Coach English are absolutely unacceptable. My decision to make a change in leadership of our football program was the culmination of a lot of factors including the comprehensive review of our program, the competitive performance and this tape. Our primary interest is in the well being and success of our student-athletes and this will continue to be our priority in every decision we make and every action we take. My focus moving forward is on the quality of our student-athletes’ experience as well as the search process for the next leader of our football program.”
The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team put on a strong showing in its only exhibition game of the year, with a 101-38 rout of Marygrove College on Monday. The team is setting its sights on the start of the regular season Friday afternoon against Albion College at the Convocation Center.
On the heels of an 85-76 exhibition win over the Wayne State University Warriors Tuesday night, the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team is setting its sights on its next opponent, the Madonna University Crusaders.
There are those people in the world who make an impact on your life, just by hearing about them from other people or looking at the results of hard work they did to accomplish something. Larry Cathey was one of those people.
Another Eastern Michigan University student was assaulted in the area around Leforge Ave. yesterday night, the third such incident in the area in recent days and the fourth in the immediate area – all victimizing EMU students. According to a timely warning issued by the university, an EMU student was assaulted at his apartment when he answered a knock on his door.
Less than a week after a public forum was held at the Student Center at which Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin, Police Chief Robert Heighes and Vice President for Communications Robert Kraft discussed and answered questions regarding campus safety and the death of EMU student-athlete Demarius Reed, the university announced it would be holding another forum this afternoon. This forum, scheduled for 4 p.m., will also include Ypsilanti Interim Police Chief Tony DiGiusti.
Two Eastern Michigan University students were injured in separate off-campus assaults over the weekend.
Former Eastern Michigan University quarterback, turned wide receiver, Alex Gillett was signed Wednesday by the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He was added to the team’s practice squad when quarterback Scott Tolzien, formerly of the University of Wisconsin, was activated.
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Well, that day is upon us. The day many I’m sure many of you have been dreading for the last three months (I’m sure quite a few of you have been looking forward to the beginning of this school year- I know I have). Whether you’re a new student or a seasoned veteran of the classroom, I have some often shared, but under-utilized advice for you on the eve of another school year.
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On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions announced the signing of former Eagle defensive tackle Jason Jones. In four seasons as an Eagle, he registered 175 total tackles, 13 sacks and one forced fumble. Jones began the 2004 season as a tight end before making the switch to the defensive line.
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The basketball game scheduled Wednesday evening between Eastern Michigan University and Ohio University has been cancelled. Early Wednesday morning, an armed robbery took place near Ohio’s campus which prompted the university to close for the day.
This just in: Former Eagle forward James Still was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for his involvement in an assault on a Providence College student in 2010.
I’ve been getting a lot of feedback, both positive and negative, about the Dec. 3 column I wrote about Eastern Michigan University’s head football coach Ron English, and I’d like to clear the air on a few matters.
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