Rob Murphy looking to leave EMU?
As we welcome one new coach to EMU, is another looking to move on, far sooner than anyone expected?
That’s the story according to David Teel, a columnist for the Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Yesterday, reporting on the ongoing men’s basketball coaching search at Virginia Tech, Teel wrote the following:
Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver does not employ search firms and keeps his own counsel. So just because a colleague, commissioner or coach calls to recommend a job candidate doesn’t mean that man or woman rockets to the top of Weaver’s short list.
Nor does it guarantee a phone call, interview or shred of consideration.
That said, it is interesting to consider whom various people are stumping for in the Hokies’ basketball coaching search. Surely there are many more, but here are three of whom I’m certain.
And you can bet that if they have people making calls on their behalf, they’re interested in the job.
Guess who one of those three is…that’s right, “Eastern Michigan’s Rob Murphy”.
In other words, Teel is “certain” that “a colleague, commissioner or coach” is “stumping” for Murphy, and that it’s a sign that Murphy is “interested in the job”.
I’m not naive. I know where EMU sits in the college sports pecking order, and in men’s basketball it’s pretty far down. Virginia Tech, on the other hand…well, even though they’re near the bottom of their conference (and face a much tougher road than EMU to get to the top), that conference is the ACC. So I can’t really blame Murphy for going for it, even if, in Teel’s opinion (and mine) he’s unlikely to get the job.
But on the other hand, while one-and-done has become the standard for top college basketball players, it’s pretty surprising to get this from a coach, especially one with deep local roots who, just a year ago, so convincingly told us that there was no place he’d rather be than Ypsilanti. While I hoped that, if successful, he would choose to stick around to build the program, in the manner of Mark Few at Gonzaga, Brad Stevens at Butler, and Shaka Smart at VCU, I always knew that the most likely outcome was that, if successful at EMU, Murphy would leave for a bigger program.
I just didn’t expect him to look to leave so quickly.