From mLive comes “New EMU coach Chris Creighton hopes to establish positive culture in Ypsilanti, says wins will follow.” Setting aside the usual complaints about college football generally and EMU football specifically, this Creighton guy seems like a pretty good choice. He’s got 17 years of previous head coaching experience, albeit at smaller schools and in smaller conferences.
And they’re not paying him an outrageous amount of money– well, for a football coach. He’s going to get $400K a year, which is probably what EMU would have had to have increased English’s pay to if we had decided to keep him.
Another interesting little tidbit about Creighton as a coach: he apparently has a strict no potty mouth policy, both of himself and his coaches and his players. Also from mLive, “New Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton known for unique no profanity policy.” Here’s a quote from that article:
“I think as coaches we can communicate without using profanity,” Creighton said Thursday after being introduced as EMU’s 37th coach. “I know that you don’t need to use profanity. I want to treat these guys like men.”
The rule isn’t something he just talks about, either.
“Absolutely it’s enforced and absolutely he’s strict about it,” said Brandon Coleman, a defensive lineman who just finished his senior year at Drake under Creighton.
The rule has gained Creighton notice over the years for being unique in college football. But it held a special significance Thursday at the Convocation Center.
What better way to move on from a coach fired for use of profanity towards players than to hire a coach known for his aversion to it?
Holy shit, no profanity?!? (Couldn’t resist).
Anyway, it looks like Lyke (and her consulting firm) made a really good hire given where the Emus are at: lots of experience, lots of winning in the lower divisions, squeaky-clean character building kind of guy, not a stupid amount of money (recall there were wild rumors about trying to bring in a million dollar hire for a while there), etc., etc. Like I said, I’d rather EMU shut the football program down or moved to a lower division, but given that that’s not going ot happen, this seems to be the next best thing.
So let the good vibes with Creighton begin and continue– at least until he too has a couple of 2-10 seasons or he turns out to be great and is snatched up by a big-time program in a couple years.