Not too long ago, Carter did a two part series on the search for a head coach. Chris Creighton was profiled in Part I. Creighton, off the radar? Not ours. 1000 awesome points for us.
On a side note, I was at Drake’s campus in Des Moines this summer while on a road trip with the family. It was a pretty cool place, I remember being impressed especially with the Philly Cheesesteak I got at Planet Sub. Just in case you need a fix of Philly Cheesesteaks right here in Ypsi, Coach Creighton, I recommend Gabriel’s on Michigan Ave.
Drake football head coach Chris Creighton has just been announced as the new head football coach here at EMU. First impression is that this is a quality hire. There is a press conference tomorrow at 3:00. We look forward to meeting Coach Creighton and learning about how he plans to move this program forward. Until then, the speculation is over. Also, a good move by Coach Creighton, I mean, how confusing it must have been to have a guy named Creighton coaching at Drake?
It was reported yesterday that the search for a new coach has moved beyond CSU-Pueblo’s John Wristen. Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers and Louisville RB/Special Teams Coach Kenny Carter are the latest to interview for the highly coveted postition of head football coach at EMU.
Babers is someone I consider a top 3 candidate. He would be a great hire.
Carter, as some have pointed out, is from Louisville, just like Ron English. Of course, many of these same people called English a U-M guy, hired by the Michigan worshippers within the board of regents.
Either way, it is irrelevant, as Carter came to Louisville with Charlie Strong, a real up and comer among college coaches. Carter’s association with Louisville is an asset, as he has been coaching with Strong since his days at Florida. There are some red flags about Carter in my mind.
1) He has no previous head coach experience. He interviewed at Kent State last year, but did not get the job. To me, he appears to be the next hot coordinator, and that is not what we need here. We need someone with a proven track record.
2) Louisville fans are greeting this news with cheers, because they do not seem to approve of his tenure as special teams coach.
3) Carter and Strong coached at Florida under classless, jerk-off supreme Urban Meyer. I really don’t want to see a coach hired because Heather Lyke knew Urban Meyer at OSU, he recommended Carter, blah, blah, blah, argle-bargle and Eastern ends up with a hire with no head coaching experience and the stench of cronyism hanging over him.
Now, having said that, he’ll probably get hired. Either way this business needs to get done, soon. If the delay is because they are waiting for Babers’ season with EIU to end, then that is fantastic and I think we will all understand. For now, the speculation certainly is entertaining.
Here are pictures from tonight’s game. I brought my longer lens to get more shots of EMU on defense. So I missed a few of the attempted dunks.
There is no denying that the 2013-2014 Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team is a much better team on paper than last year’s group. The presence of Karrington Ward alone would ensure that much. Add Raven Lee (who was a medical redshirt last year), Mike Talley, and Darell Combs and it is safe to say that this program received a much needed infusion of talent. Eastern beat some pretty solid mid-major competition so far this year. They played Kentucky close for thirty minutes, UMass close for thirty-five, and Purdue for the whole game.
So why, oh why, do we have the same issue as last year haunting this team?
I’m off to the banks of the Wabash River in West Lafayette, ready to see if the Eastern Michigan basketball team can upset the Purdue Boilermakers for the second year in a row. The Boilers are coming off an impressive 88-67 thumping of Boston College. We will see if Purdue can feast on eagle carcasses for a second game in a row.
The impressive win over BC aside, Purdue has had mixed results this year. They are 7-2, with losses coming to Oklahoma State and Washington State. Their wins were against he likes of Indianapolis, Wayne State (the Nebraska one), Central Connecticut and Siena (twice). Of note to EMU, is a 77-76 home win over Northern Kentucky, and a 81-77 home win over Rider. These close games make it appear as if Purdue could be ripe for an upset.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we must remember that a) Purdue did win those games, and b) Eastern is coming off two losses in which the team did not play a complete game. In order to beat Purdue, Eastern will need a solid effort from the front court, the backcourt, scoring from Raven Lee and Karrington Ward, and dare I say, a little luck. This is college basketball we are talking about. Lady Luck is always a welcome partner when it comes to NCAA Hoops.
Having said all this, make no mistake about it — a win at Purdue would be a significant accomplishment for this team. Rob Murphy wants a signature win. I just want to see this team play at the top of their game. Do that, and let the chips fall as they may.
What to Watch
- First of all where to watch is ESPN 3. When is 2:00. Where to listen is to Chad Bush and Sean Hostetter on 89.1 WEMU. What to drink is your business, but I recommend a shot of whiskey dropped into a pint of beer. Seems appropriate.
- For the Boilers, watch out for the Johnson brothers, senior Terone and sophomore Ronnie. These two average 13 pts a game each. Also, freshman guard Kendall Stephens shoots 45% from behind the arc.
- Da’Shonte Riley will have a nice battle up front against fellow seven footer A.J. Hammons. Riley and Hammons are numbers 3 and 4 in the NCAA in blocked shots. Their battle down low should be a lot of fun to watch.
- Last game, Rob Murphy couldn’t find the right combo in the backcourt. Between Lee, Darell Combs, Mike Talley, and Jalen Ross, two of these guys need to step up and claim the minutes that are out there.
- Follow us on twitter @eagletotemblog as there will be live tweets throughout the game, and you can follow me @PropJeremy as well, ineveitably I forget who I am sometimes and will tweet from both handles. Also, consider this page the open thread. I’ll be checking in throughout the game.
We have news this morning regarding our beloved Eastern Michigan football program, according to the Pueblo Chieftain, which I read religiously, Athletic Director Heather Lyke is set to interview Colorado State University-Pueblo head coach John Wristen on Thursday. Before you say, who, or what, let’s examine Coach Wristen’s bio from the CSU-Pueblo website:
It was a tale of two halves at the Convocation Center. It was the best of halves, and the worst of halves. Well, maybe not the best, considering in the first half Eastern shot 3-12 from the free throw line. That bit of unpleasantness aside, Eastern was up four at the break and looked like the better team; they shot 58% from the floor and were frustrating the Minutemen into taking long threes. The zone was working and Eastern was ready to put their stamp on the season with a signature win.
But then, it was the worst of times. In the second half, the poor free throw shooting, now not just an aberration but an actual trend, continued, as all players not named Karrington Ward shot 0-7 from the line. The team shot 25% from the field. UMass point guard Chaz Williams began breaking down the zone and setting up forward Raphiael Putney for one electric dunk after another. Solid play by Daylen Harrison and Da’Shonte Riley kept EMU in the game, but in the end UMass outscored Eastern 38-22 in the second half, and cruised to a 69-57 win over the Eagles.
I didn’t get as many good pictures as I would have liked but here are a few.
The holiday weekend is over, and there is much to discuss. The end of the football season, the meat of the non-conference basketball schedule, EMU’s NCAA Tournament dominance of Duke, and there’s doin’s a transpirin’ right here at Eagle Totem as well. This sounds like a job for another installment of my Pulitzer Prize winning Random Musings series. Let the musing begin!