Rob Murphy Update (or lack thereof)
As of right now the official word out of the EMU Athletics office is that Rob Murphy is still the Head Coach. I have a feeling that particular status will change soon, but I suppose Coach Murphy could have a change of heart.
If it is a family or personal matter that makes him feel compelled to leave, then I wish him the best. Professionally, I think he had/has much to gain by staying. One year in the books and he has a MAC West title and MAC Coach of the Year award. This year’s team has promise, with what should be an impressive frontcourt. If he is ambitious to move on, and the “not a stepping stone” remark he made was insincere, I really don’t mind as long as he delivers the goods. A MAC title or NCAA appearence. While he accomplished much last season, it is still short of what I would consider a successful stint as Eastern’s Head Coach.
On the other side of that coin is the chance to join the glorious NBA power Orlando Magic. I understand that it is the NBA, but after the Dwight Howard debacle Orlando has been reduced to a wasteland devoid of any real talent. And I don’t think the 2-3 zone can fix that mess.
If he is to be given a final grade for his work here (and hey, Education First, right), then he gets a W for withdrawl. That is too bad, and I hope the speculation of his leaving is incorrect or that he chooses to stay. He had a fine first year. It will unfortunate if we don’t get to see that work completed.