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06-29-2017 12:54 PM
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Great Info. Looks like a great hire, and he's definitely saying all the right things........... BUT........ according to this article, the Regents still have not even approved the building plan.

.......while Creighton expects shovels in the ground in 6-7 months?????
06-29-2017 01:40 PM
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Dear EagleTough,
I think the reality is, first things first. Now that an athletic director has been hired, the move to continue forward on the athletic facilities should be one of the top priorities. Mr. Wetherbee has stated in his introduction, that he was in support of this endeavor. I also think the board of regents now want to hear his ideas, proposals, concepts, on how best to achieve the end product. I can't believe that with approximately one-third of the funds already raised, that the project is left to die.
06-29-2017 02:47 PM
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(06-29-2017 02:47 PM)Ken Barna Wrote:  Dear EagleTough,
I think the reality is, first things first. Now that an athletic director has been hired, the move to continue forward on the athletic facilities should be one of the top priorities. Mr. Wetherbee has stated in his introduction, that he was in support of this endeavor. I also think the board of regents now want to hear his ideas, proposals, concepts, on how best to achieve the end product. I can't believe that with approximately one-third of the funds already raised, that the project is left to die.

Absolutely agree with every word you just said Ken.

Just wondering how the Creighton statements fit? Hopefully Wetherbee/Smith/Creighton/Regents can work very quickly to make sure Creighton doesn't eat crow.
06-29-2017 02:52 PM
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(06-27-2017 05:58 PM)emu79 Wrote:  I am pleased with the selection of AD, restores a bit of faith in Dr. Smith and the Regents. Time to move forward!

Agreed.

Happened to be in Ypsi with some friends and did get some info.

What I learned that this was advertised and was, in fact, a true national search.

Apparently President Smith said to the effect that he didn't need a national search to hire the AD where he was previously.

I also have reason to believe that Spears would not have been happy with that approach. If he was not selected then he would have been in a very uncomfortable sport.

To me, this was: Hire Spears (Y | N)? If the decision was 'Y" then no reason to have a national search.

If 'N", then it would have been a bad, bad spot for Spears.

Just did not see this as a situation where Spears would have been one of four finalists and hope to be selected.

I wish Smith would have handed Spears the job, but that was not the way Smith wanted to handle it.

But I think it made it a foregone conclusion that Spears would not apply.
07-04-2017 08:46 PM
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Good insights Steve! I think Spears would have been a good choice to maintain continuity. But I am not disappointed in the choice of Wetherbee, comes with a strong pedigree. He just needs to move the building project forward.

(07-04-2017 08:46 PM)emu steve Wrote:  
(06-27-2017 05:58 PM)emu79 Wrote:  I am pleased with the selection of AD, restores a bit of faith in Dr. Smith and the Regents. Time to move forward!

Agreed.

Happened to be in Ypsi with some friends and did get some info.

What I learned that this was advertised and was, in fact, a true national search.

Apparently President Smith said to the effect that he didn't need a national search to hire the AD where he was previously.

I also have reason to believe that Spears would not have been happy with that approach. If he was not selected then he would have been in a very uncomfortable sport.

To me, this was: Hire Spears (Y | N)? If the decision was 'Y" then no reason to have a national search.

If 'N", then it would have been a bad, bad spot for Spears.

Just did not see this as a situation where Spears would have been one of four finalists and hope to be selected.

I wish Smith would have handed Spears the job, but that was not the way Smith wanted to handle it.

But I think it made it a foregone conclusion that Spears would not apply.
07-05-2017 10:13 AM
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(07-06-2017 12:14 PM)emu steve Wrote:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/...103464498/
"Wetherbee is taking over an athletic department that has its significant challenges, financially and performance-wise, playing in the shadows of the University of Michigan."

Certain media outlets just can't get over it and continue to imply that EMU is the only school with financial issues.
07-06-2017 01:18 PM
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Dear WoodenNickle,
Absolutely right. The article is still rehashing the HBO program, and the articles written by our friend Jesse. Let's hope that Eastern will continue winning and build the new athletic facility. Then maybe the press will start writing positive articles about Eastern, but I doubt it.
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In fairness to the writer, you have to give context and can't just reference issues and not state the issues. I think it was a more passing glance than in the past and the HBO story is getting further and further in the rearview mirror for both the media and the general public.
07-06-2017 09:16 PM
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