SU coach Murphy takes head job at E. Michigan

Rob Murphy / photo: SU Athletics

Syracuse University's loss is Eastern Michigan's gain.

The Eagles hired Rob Murphy on Thursday to replace Charles Ramsey. He has signed a five-year contract worth $210,000 annually plus a $15,000 radio stipend and will have incentives for wins, Mid-American Conference performance, postseason play and attendance.

The 38-year-old Murphy was an assistant at Syracuse for the past seven years. During his tenure on the SU hill, the Orange recorded a 180-67 overall record and played in the postseason every year, with five NCAA appearances and two NIT stops. Murphy is credited with recruiting several Orange stars, including Wesley Johnson and Donte Greene. He also gained notoriety off the court for his musical talents, producing recent Orange basketball themes such as "Shut It Down" and "Unfinished Business".

Murphy and his wife have a three-year-old son and a ten-month-old daughter. The Detroit native was a high school coach in his hometown for six years, leading two teams win state titles, and an assistant at Kent State for two years. He graduated from Detroit Mumford and Central State University in Ohio.

"We are excited about having Rob Murphy leading our men's basketball program into the future," said EMU Director of Athletics Derrick Gragg. "Coach Murphy has been on the staff of two outstanding college basketball programs and was also a highly successful high school head coach in Detroit, leading Crockett to the Class B State Championship in 2000-01 and was the associate head coach on the staff of the Detroit Central High School team that won the Class A state title in 1997-98. We feel that his experience with outstanding teams has prepared him for this opportunity."

Ramsey was fired two weeks ago with a 68-118 record over six seasons.

Information from the Associated Press and EMU Athletics was used in this report.

Thursday morning update:

CNYCentral has officially confirmed that Syracuse Orange assistant coach Rob Murphy is the new head coach of the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team.

Jim Streeter, Eastern Michigan's Associate Athletic Director and Director of Media Relations, confirmed to CNY Central Sports Director John Evenson that Murphy will be introduced this morning at a 11:00 AM press conference.

We'll have full coverage at 5:00 and 6:00 on the CNYcentral networks.

Wednesday afternoon update:

The Detroit News is now reporting that Syracuse assistant coach Rob Murphy has accepted the head coaching job at Eastern Michigan.

David Goricki reports that a source close to the situation said Wednesday that Murphy will be introduced at news conference Thursday morning.

The article says Murphy became the leading candidate after former Butler and Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter withdrew his name Monday.

Original story from Tuesday:

According to Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports, Syracuse Orange assistant basketball coach Rob Murphy has accepted the head coaching job at Eastern Michigan.

Goodman stated in his blog Tuesday afternoon "Syracuse assistant Rob Murphy will become the next coach at Eastern Michigan. Sources told that Murphy, a Michigan native, accepted the job on Tuesday afternoon".

Murphy has worked on Jim Boeheim's staff for the past six seasons, playing a big part in landing players like Wes Johnson and Donte Greene.

UPDATE: is reporting that SU head coach Jim Boeheim is refuting Goodman's report, saying that it is untrue. Click here for a link to that story.

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