MBB : Eastern Michigan considers SU assistant Murphy top candidate for head coaching position

first_img Published on April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse assistant coach Rob Murphy is under strong consideration for the vacant head coaching position at Eastern Michigan. EMU will give an official announcement on the head coaching situation Thursday, said athletic department spokesman Jeremy Allen.Pete Moore, Syracuse’s director of athletic communications, said he talked to Eastern Michigan about Murphy on Tuesday. He said the school told him its decision had not been finalized, but that it has completed interviews and that Murphy is a candidate.On Tuesday afternoon, FoxSports.com reported Murphy accepted the position. Phone calls to Murphy seeking comment Tuesday were not returned.Allen said Murphy is a top candidate for the position. He added that an official decision on Eastern Michigan’s next head coach had yet to be finalized, even though an announcement will come Thursday.The news comes two weeks after Murphy removed his name from consideration for an opening at Kent State, where he had been an assistant for two years prior to his seven-year stint at Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEastern Michigan is located about 35 miles from Murphy’s native Detroit, where he already has strong basketball roots. He helped coach Detroit Central High School to a Class A state title in 1998 and Crockett Technical to the Class B state title in 2001.The Eastern Michigan job would give Murphy his first head coaching opportunity in the college ranks. He will look to turn things around at a slumping program. The Eagles finished with a record of 9-22 this past season. They also lose their leading scorer, Brandon Bowdry.Murphy was hired at Syracuse in 2004 after assistant coach Troy Weaver left SU for a position with the NBA’s Utah Jazz.He became known as a prolific recruiter who helped the Orange develop some of its top young players over the past seven years, including Hakim Warrick, Terrence Roberts and Wes Johnson. At the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland, SU forward C.J. Fair said Murphy was instrumental in his growth in his freshman season.Murphy was also known for penning the Orange’s popular 2009-10 season theme song, ‘Shut It Down.’aljohn@syr.edubplogiur@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Asamoah Gyan Foundation commissions Water Pump House project in Wenchi

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan has been described as a ‘true statesman’ following the commissioning of a Water Pump House Project in Wenchi sponsored by his foundation.The water facility is one of many other social intervention programs undertaken by the Asamoah Gyan Foundation in Ghana.The project estimated to cost over $50,000 was commissioned on Saturday by the Municipal Chief Executive of Wenchi Alhaji Hakibu Dauda and the Queen Mother Nana Ntoa Semendua.Wenchi township to enjoy regular flow of waterThe new water house pump project is meant to eliminate the current water-rationing system in Wenchi and its environs. The facility, originally constructed in the Busia era as one of two main water pumps serving the people of Wenchi had collapsed for over a decade.The Asamoah Gyan Foundation on the express request of President Asamoah Gyan took over the complete reconstruction of the facility which was commissioned on Saturday.MCE of Wenchi Alhaji Hakibu DaudaThe Black Stars captain came in for massive praise as he was described as a ‘true statesman’ for his direct strategic social interventions to alleviate the plight of several deprived communities. “Asamoah Gyan has shown true statesmanship through the construction of this water project to serve the people of Wenchi, even more so that it is one of many other projects being undertaken by the foundation,” MCE of Wenchi Alhaji Hakibu Dauda said at the ceremony to commission the project.“He is a good example of who a true citizen of the land should be and we must all come together and support his worthy venture.”Asamoah Gyan Foundation funded the Water Pump House Project The full view of the Water Pump House ProjectThe MCE joined by the Wenchi Queen Mother and officials of the Municipality cut the sod to signal the commissioning of the water project amidst a huge cheer of its indigenes accompanied by a 10-minute downpour – widely interpreted as ‘showers of blessings’.Wenchi Queen Mother Nana Ntoa Semendua also chipped in her praise for the Al Ain ace for giving life to her people with the construction of the water facility.“I am very proud of Asamoah Gyan and his team for this vital intervention for our community,” she said.“It is a life saver because we all know that water is life. The Asamoah Gyan Foundation convoy making its way into the Wenchi townshipBaffour Gyan led officials of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation to the durbar“Water has been a major problem for this area – a burden which will be mightily eased with the commissioning of this project. “Asamoah Gyan has always been a trail blazer throughout his life and career as a footballer and has set a new standard with the construction of this project.“I can only ask for God’s blessings for him and urge others to emulate this example.”Arrival of dignitaries to the durbarAsamoah Gyan’s father, George Gyan Baffour revealed at the durbar to commission the project the inspiration behind the construction of the Pump House facility. “My son Asamoah Gyan was here over ten years ago when he saw people – especially women and children trekking a long distance carrying buckets and gallons in search of water,” he recalled.“He [Asamoah Gyan] asked me the reason why and I told him the community had problems with its water pumps and thus not all areas have water flowing through their taps despite the vast water resource here.Presentation made to the people of Wenchi“He then told me that one day he will get this town a water pump and over ten years on we see this facility as the fulfillment to his pledge.”Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Samuel Anim Addo urged the committee to take good care of the new facility so it last long enough for them to reap maximum dividends.“This is your property and therefore take very good care of it so that its benefit will reach generations upon generations,” he said.Pleasantries exchanged after the commissioning“Water is one of the thematic areas of our foundation and we are happy to be doing this for the people of Wenchi.”“Asamoah Gyan is blessed and he wants to ensure that his blessings are extended to as many people as possible.”The People of Wenchi in a joyous moodCEO of the Gyan FoundationThe people getting ready for the opening of the pump houselast_img read more

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