Eastern Michigan Head Coach Rob Murphy Reportedly Leaving for Orlando Magic

By Paul Seaver

The month of August is nearing its halfway point and another school year is on the horizon for college students.

However according to a report from MLIVE.com‘s Graham Couch, Eastern Michigan will likely be in search of a new basketball coach. Couch tweeted that EMU head coach Rob Murphy was believed to be leaving the program to pursue a job with the Orlando Magic.

There has been no formal press release however, from Eastern Michigan as of Tuesday evening.

Murphy came to Eastern Michigan after spending seven seasons as an assistant under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse. The move way seem quite abrupt, not only because of the timing, but mainly since last season was Murphy’s first at EMU.

The Eagles finished the 2011-12 season at 14-18 overall, but did win the “West” side of the MAC Conference, although that can be a little misconstrued considering the sides were heavily unbalanced last season. Eastern Michigan fell in the opening round of the MAC Tournament to Northern Illinois, who finished with just five wins total in all of last year.

As for Murphy, the gig at Eastern Michigan seemed to be a good fit, especially considering this was his first head coaching position. Murphy had held an additional assistant coaching job at Kent State prior to joining Boeheim at Syracuse.

CBSSports.com credited a source that said that Murphy’s job with the Magic would be in the scouting department.

Classes at EMU begin in less than three weeks and with the college basketball season closing in quick, the timing for the move would leave the Eagles in a tight spot while preparing for a new year.


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