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EMU faculty and students urge school to drop out of D-I football. Bet we'll be seeing a lot more of this. https://t.co/1K7OmYinL4— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) April 25, 2016
So at least some students and faculty are suggesting that a good way to contribute to solving budget problems at EMU is to drop from D-1 to D-2 (skipping 1-AA entirely).
This would obviously be a pretty big change for the athletic department. And they have sports that aren't disasters. But, of course, football drives the train, and EMU's football program has been a flaming garbage pile for 30 years.
I can attest that the D-2 program here in Duluth, UMD (D-1 in hockey only, obviously) gets as much or more attention in a town with no major teams of its own than EMU does in A2 or Ypsi. They, at least, have a fanbase and a consistent radio broadcast and even a local tv broadcast of home games.
So perhaps it's time. But maybe there are alternate options. Dropping football would certainly be a big step, without gutting the rest of the department, right?
Did anyone else catch Real Sports the other night? They did a piece about the massive amounts of money Rutgers (and EMU) are wasting on athletics, football in particular.
It was pretty great. Rutgers has lost $312 million over the past decade and EMU $52 million over just the past two years.
Michigan wasn't mentioned but the piece did refer to a "couple dozen" programs that make money or at least break even.
If you don't know who Harsin is, you probably haven't heard of Chris Creighton -- he's the current head coach for the Drake Bulldogs.
According to footballscoop, Mike Hart was interviewed for the position -- so at least they gave him a shot.
No, this is not from the Onion:
Outside the Lines is airing a special on Latifa Cross, a Detroit native who grew up without her parents. She ended up being adopted by abusive parents and eventually became a track star while sleeping in parks and playgrounds. Her high school junior year she would be diagnosed with myloma.
Now at EMU, beating the odds.
Check it out and look for the re-air if you don't see it.
From Mandel's College Football Overtime:
Two years later, however, English is soon to be back on a lot of prominent athletic directors' radars. He has Eastern Michigan (5-3) off to its best start since 1995. On Saturday, Eastern beat Western Michigan, 14-10, which coupled with a win the week before over Central Michigan gave the Eagles the Michigan MAC Trophy (yes, this really exists).
I'm glad to see English (and Hart) have some success at Eastern. I hope he stays there for a few years; it's no fun when EMU is a strong candidate to be dropped to FCS. I'd actually love for Michigan to play a "road" game there every once in a while (guarenteed sellout, lots of money for Eastern, easy commute for M fans), but we know DB would never allow that now.