“Rash, inexperienced youth holds itself a chosen instrument, and allows itself unbounded license.”
— Johann Goethe
After a third 2-10 season in a row, Eastern Michigan football finds itself at a fork in the road. On one side is the path forward — continued improvement by players and coaches, increased competitiveness, and (gasp!) a few more wins. The other side is the one taken by so many previous regimes at EMU, a circular path that leads right back to the same point. Losing seasons, apathetic fans, a journey into the heart of mediocrity.
The 2015 season for EMU football promises to be a continuation of the rebuilding process Chris Creighton was hired to oversee. Realistically, the hope for the 2015 season is a step forward for the program. It doesn’t have to be a big step. More important than a specific target of wins, is a complete jettison of the baggage this program carries with it. Blowout losses. Minimal fan support. Continued designation as one of the worst programs in FBS level football.
The last fact cannot be denied. Reflexively, MAC media picked EMU to finish last in the conference. CBS Sports unveiled full rankings of all 128 FBS teams, and EMU is number 126. Before you can have a winning season, before you can make a bowl game, before you can win a MAC Championship, you have to win respect.
2015 is a fight for respect. For relevance. EMU football is a fringe program, and will continue to be treated as such until this program demands respect through on field performance. There are many question marks, many variables, and much youth and inexperience. If this team can improve, even just a small step forward, then in future years the youth and inexperience will become maturity and seasoning.
Given the performance last season, and where the program stands today, all signs point to a transition year. My suspicion is that wins will be difficult to come by, but we will see improvement. Youth may be rash and inexperienced, but these guys have no where to go but up.
I was invited on The Geno Green Podcast for a Mid-American Conference football preview. Plenty of EMU talk hidden within the conversation. For the record, my choice for the MAC title game is Western Michigan over Massachusetts. Also, tomorrow I will be posting my highly anticipated yearly EMU Season Preview. Enjoy!
As the 2015 football season approaches, it’s time to take a look at EMU’s opponents for the fall.
After opening the season at home against Old Dominion, the Eagles will quickly take to the road to face the Wyoming Cowboys. EMU has never faced Wyoming in football, so let’s learn a little about them…
University of Wyoming
Founded in March of 1886, the University of Wyoming is established by Article 7, Section 15 of the Wyoming Constitution. The constitution actually goes so far as to fix the location of the university in Section 23: “The legislature shall have no power to change or to locate the seat of government, the state university, or state hospital, but may provide by law for submitting the question of the permanent locations thereof respectively, to the qualified electors of the state, at some general election, and a majority of all votes upon said question cast at said election, shall be necessary to determine the location thereof; but until the same are respectively and permanently located, as herein provided, the location of the seat of government and said institutions shall be as follows…The state university shall be centered at the City of Laramie, in the County of Albany…” Read more…