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             === E. Michigan hires Creighton as football coach ===
 Ypsilanti,  MI (SportsNetwork.com)  - Eastern Michigan named former Drake head
 coach Chris Creighton as the school's new football coach on Wednesday.
 Creighton  had spent  the past  six seasons  at Drake,  where he  compiled the
 highest winning percentage in school history (.667).
 "In  Chris,  Eastern Michigan will find  an extraordinary leader who will be a
 great  ambassador for our university," said Eastern Michigan athletic director
 Heather Lyke. "During the search process, Chris' focus on positively impacting
 the lives of our student-athletes and building a championship program was most
 "As  a proven  winner  and head  coach, Chris'  experience  with creating  and
 sustaining  success will  inspire our student-athletes to elevate our football
 program to a championship level."
 During  his  17-year  head  coaching career,  the  44-year-old  Creighton  has
 accumulated eight conference titles and an all-time record of 139-46.
 "It is both a huge opportunity and responsibility and I am fired up about it,"
 Creighton  said of landing  the job. "My vision is to make playing football at
 Eastern Michigan one of the most incredible experiences of our players' lives.
 I cannot wait to meet the team and start a new journey with them."
 Former  EMU coach  Ron English was fired  in early November with the Eagles in
 the  midst of a 1-8 season. English was 11-46 in four-plus seasons after being
 hired in December 2008.
 12/11 22:23:30 ET

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