The Eagles of Eastern Michigan University have been playing collegiate football since the nineteenth century. In its long history, this team has managed to compile one of the ten worst career records in college football history.
There is no shame in that. The Eagles, as they are known, have a “culture of ineffectiveness” on the gridiron. There are countless college football programs that seem to share the same culture. After all, as any college football fan knows, the teams that win consistently can be counted on the fingers of two hands.
Yes, Eastern Michigan University plays varsity football, but it performs poorly most of the time. Last season, in 2014, the school gave control of the football program to a new Head Coach, Chris Creighton. The team, which is a member of the Mid-America Conference (MAC), endured a losing season, winning just two out of twelve games.
Coach Creighton, now in his second year as the leader of the football program, held out high hopes for improvement. It hasn’t happened yet.
The Eagles opened the new football year at home on September 5th. On that Saturday afternoon, Eastern Michigan University took the field against Old Dominion University and lost a high-scoring game by a score of 38-34
Week two had the Eagles playing their first road game of the new season against Wyoming University. The visitors prevailed in a hard-fought game by a score of 48-29. A second home game was then played last Saturday, September 19th. The Eagles hosted Ball State University that day and lost a well-played contest. The final score was 28-17.
While it is true that the Eagles are now just 1-2 in the new season, the games they lost were close and could have easily resulted in wins. It seems clear that under Coach Creighton the Eagles are getting better. This improving squad can definitely win some of its remaining home or road games.
The squad will get another chance at victory today, September 26th when it hosts the Black Knights of Army. After that, the Eagles will play the University of Akron on October 10th, Western Michigan University on October 29th and the University of Massachusetts on November 14th.
Its remaining road games will definitely challenge the Midwestern team. This squad will meet 8th ranked Louisiana State University (LSU) on October 3rd, the University of Toledo on October 17th, Northern Illinois University on October 24th, the University of Miami of Ohio on November 7th and Central Michigan University on November 27th.
At this point in the 2015 Season, it appears that Coach Creighton is making progress in what must be his tireless effort to improve the Eagles. The team is still losing most of its games, but the losses are not blowouts. The games have ended with close final scores. In due time, the team from Eastern Michigan may start to win some of those games.
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