Eastern Michigan AD Scott Wetherbee released a joint statement with head men’s basketball coach Rob Murphy on Wednesday to announce that the two parties are parting ways. Additionally, Murphy has been named President and General Manager of the Motor City Cruise, the G-League affiliate for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.
“We have been honored to have Coach Murphy be a part of our EMU family,” Wetherbee said. “The work, dedication and growth of the men’s basketball program will be passed onto his successor with his support. We will begin the process of finding the next head coach and leader of the program immediately.”
Murphy had been at EMU since 2011, making a splash in year one by winning the MAC West title and earning MAC COY honors. He won 20+ games three times during his tenure, but the Eagles have been .500 or worse four of the last five seasons.
“My time at EMU has been one of challenges and triumphs. I have grown as a man, a leader, and a coach,” Murphy said. “I thank all of these dedicated EMU leaders for the support they have shown to myself and the program. I would also like to thank all of the dedicated student-athletes and staff that have worked together, tirelessly and unselfishly, during my tenure here. I look forward to continuing to support EMU, as both a fan and during my next professional step.”
The Detroit-native is taking his talents to the professional game starting next season, as he will oversee all basketball and business operations for the new Cruise franchise. The team, previously known as the Northern Arizona Suns, was relocated/rebranded this year.
Pistons’ Vice Chairman Arn Tellem, in a statement on Wednesday: “His basketball knowledge is well documented and given that he was born and raised in Detroit, Rob’s relationships throughout the city and region will help drive business and growth opportunities for the future.”
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