Via my “Eastern Michigan University” news feed this morning, I came across this piece, “If he’s as good as gone, wish Wristen well” from The Pueblo Chieftain. It’s an article speculating that John Wristen, who is currently the football coach of the NCAA Division II Colorado State University at Pueblo, will get the job at EMU. And I also see via The Eastern Echo that “CSU-Pueblo football coach meets Lyke.”
Here’s a long quote from The Pueblo Chieftain piece I thought was pretty interesting:
Head football coach John Wristen interviewed last week at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Wristen is 54-15 at CSU-Pueblo, taking a program from scratch to national prominence in just six years.
Now is the time for Wristen to cash in on his success.
If Eastern Michigan offers Wristen the job, he is gone. Coaches don’t fly to Ypsilanti in the winter without being willing to say “yes” to a job offer.
And who can blame Wristen?
You know the difference between one of the best Division II jobs in the nation and a lower level Division I job?
Eastern Michigan is a struggling program — two winning seasons in its last 25 — and very much in need of a makeover. The Eagles drew just 20,000 fans — total — this season.
Wristen could be the perfect person for EMU because he is a visionary and, frankly, could do no worse.
But ask any contractor: It’s much easier to start a project from scratch than it is to remodel.
That last paragraph is referencing a “fun fact” about Wristen that The Echo pointed out: Wristen came to CSU-Pueblo (what used to be Southern Colorado University) to completely restart a football program that had been eliminated entirely, which is obviously different than trying to come in to EMU.
Anyway, while I am still in the “let’s just fold the football team” and/or the “let’s at least drip down to Division II” camp(s), it does sound like Wristen is going to get the offer, and that would be a reasonably good choice. Maybe. Or maybe Wristen is just trying to leverage more money where he is.