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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