A tweet by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg said that Eastern Michigan Eagles football head coach Chris Creighton was rumored to be a candidate for the head coaching position with the Temple Owls. While I don’t pay much attention to coaching rumors, I kind of figured that it was not much longer before these rumors would start about Chris Creighton.
His first two seasons at Eastern Michigan were pretty rocky by going 2 and 10 in the 2014 season and 1 and 11 in the following season. In 2016, he would finish the regular season 7 and 5 but would lose in the Bahamas Bowl. This was Eastern Michigan’s first bowl appearance since their victory in the California Bowl in 1987. 2017 would show slight regression as Eastern Michigan would finish the season 5 and 7. They bounced back in 2018 with a 7 and 5 regular season record with a loss in their Camellia Bowl appearance against Georgia Southern.
While I am not prepared to say that Chris Creighton has righted the ship in Ypsilanti, he seems to be pretty close. From the moment he was introduced at an Eastern Michigan basketball game, I sensed that Eastern Michigan may have found the right coach. He seemed to have an enthusiasm that was lacking in the person he replaced. In looking at his record prior to Eastern Michigan, he knew how to win. I hope this is just a rumor because I don’t think the program is quite there yet.
Unfortunately this is the way of life for a follower of a Group Five team. You get to watch your team make a good hire only to watch the same guy end up somewhere else for more money. Sometimes the team will revert to the way they were before the hire and sometimes they don’t. If the rumors prove to be true, I hope it’s a case of the latter and not the former.