Eastern Michigan’s Rob Murphy to Remain With the Team

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy was leaving the school to pursue a scouting position with the Orlando Magic.

Now however, it appears that Murphy isn’t going anywhere, spurning the job offer to remain the head coach at EMU.

Murphy, who took over the Eagles’ program last off-season will now enter his second season as head coach, a decision that certainly helps the school avoid a tough decision with the fall semester right around the corner.

It’s never easy to lose your head coach, let alone after one year and this close to another academic semester. However, Murphy isn’t going anywhere and this is good news for the Eagles.

In Murphy’s first season in charge, Eastern Michigan finished 14-18 overall, but the Eagles are looking for continued improvement in 2012-13.

The move has its advantages from both sides, as EMU gets the vote of confidence from Murphy, but also considering this is the head man’s first coaching gig, Murphy can remain settled where he currently is. Prior to EMU, Murphy spent a number of years working as a Syracuse assistant under head coach Jim Boeheim.

The reports that surfaced earlier in the week credited sources that said Murphy was “likely gone,” but the news of his decision to stay came directly from the school on Friday morning.

Murphy was named the MAC Coach of the Year in his first season.

 

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