Eastern Michigan Eagles
The Eastern Michigan Eagles, formerly known as the Normalites and the Hurons, are the athletic teams for Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States. The Eagles compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level as members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The only exception is the women's rowing program, which is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Altogether, the Eagles have won three NCAA Division II national championships and 13 NAIA Division I national championships in five different sports (baseball, men's cross country, men's swimming and diving, men's indoor track and field, and men's outdoor track and field); moreover, EMU has been NCAA Division I national runner-up twice. In 1940, the men's cross country team finished second to Indiana University at the national meet hosted by Michigan State University.
The Eagles have also won the Reese Trophy, given to the best overall men's athletic program in the MAC, five times, most recently in 2018. EMU was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1950 to 1961, and has been a member of the MAC since 1972.
The university was founded in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. It wasn't until the school was Michigan State Normal College when the school's first nicknames (then Michigan State Normal College), were the "Normalites" and "Men from Ypsi". The "Hurons" first came into being as the result of a contest sponsored by the Men's Union in 1929. On Oct. 31 of that year, a three-person committee, composed of Dr. Clyde Ford, Dr. Elmer Lyman and Professor Bert Peet, selected the name "Hurons" from the many entries in the contest. The name was submitted by two students, Gretchen Borst and George Hanner. The runner-up name in that contest was Pioneers. The "Hurons" was adopted in 1929. In 1959, the school's name was changed to Eastern Michigan University but oddly, the mascot did not become the Emu. EMU was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1950 to 1961, and eventually joined the Mid-American Conference in 1972. The university switched from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I athletics in the mid-1970s. Since the 1991 season, Eastern Michigan University athletic teams eastern michigan athletics gone by the nickname "Eagles."
Since joining the Mid-American Conference in 1972, Eastern's most successful athletics programs in men's sports include: cross country with over 17 MAC titles, indoor track & field with 12 MAC titles, outdoor track & field with over 20 MAC titles and men's swimming & diving with over 30 MAC titles. The more successful sports in women's athletics include outdoor track & field with over 10 MAC titles and indoor track & field with 3 MAC titles.
EMU football made three appearances in NCAA (football) bowl games in 1971 Pioneer Bowl, winning in the 1987 California Bowl and most recently the Bahamas Bowl in 2016. Eastern's men's basketball team has appeared in four NCAA Division I tournaments. They reached the Sweet Sixteen in the 1991 and in 1996 they beat Duke in first round. As well, men's basketball reached the Final Four of the 1972 NCAA College Division National Championship and were national runners up in 1976.
On March 20, 2018, EMU announced the elimination of four sports: Wrestling, softball, men's swimming and diving, and women's tennis. Despite the dismal record over the years, football was not considered for eastern michigan athletics. NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision regulations mandate that each member school must field at least 16 varsity sports and the Mid-American Conference mandates football for its members. Despite a court order to restart the softball team to satisfy a Title IX dispute, EMU stated a preference to add women's lacrosse, citing costs compared to softball as well as growing youth participation numbers for lacrosse. In November 2019, EMU officially announced the addition of women's lacrosse. The news coincided with the news of the MAC beginning sponsorship of the sport in 2021. EMU will join five other MAC members fielding women's lacrosse for the conference's second season in 2022.
Huron to Eagles
The Michigan State Normal logo used until 1929 (far left), Huron logo used from 1929 to 1991 (center left), Eagle logo used 1991–2013 (center right), "E" logo used 2013–present (far right)
See also: Wyandot people § Origin, names and organization
EMU began investigating the appropriateness of its Huron Indian logo after the Michigan Department of Civil Rights issued a report in October 1988 suggesting that all schools using such logos drop them. The report claimed that the use of Native American names, logos or mascots for athletic teams promoted racial stereotypes. At that time, four colleges, 62 high schools and 33 junior high/middle schools in Michigan used Native American logos or names, including Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan University. CMU did not, however, change their nickname from the Chippewas. The EMU Board of Regents voted to replace the Huron name with Eagles, taken from three recommendations from a committee charged with supplying a new nickname. The other two final names submitted were Green Hornets and Express. The Eagles name was officially adopted on May 22, 1991, when the EMU Board of Regents voted to replace the existing Huron nickname and logo with the new one. During the 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, announcer Jim Nantz talked about the controversy and referred to the team on-air as the "No-Names."
Some former students and faculty were angered that a unique name like Huron was replaced by something common like Eagles, especially for reasons of political correctness relating to Native American names, logos or mascots depicting a Native American. Early French explorers referred to these natives as the Huron, either from the French huron ("ruffian", "rustic"), or from hure ("boar's head"). According to tradition, French sailors thought that the bristly hairstyle of Wendat warriors resembled that of a boar. But these negative etymological meanings conflict with the "bon Iroquois" attitude held by the French fur traders and explorers. An alternate etymology is from the Algonquin words ronon ("nation"), or Irri-ronon ("Erie" or "Cat Nation"). It was pronounced Hirri-ronon by the French, eventually shortened to Hirr-on, and finally spelled in its present form, Huron. Other etymological possibilities come from the Algonquin words ka-ron and tu-ron ("straight coast" and "crooked coast").
Some alumni have refused to donate money to the school. The name change spurred an official chapter of the EMU Alumni Association, the Huron Restoration Chapter. The chapter claims to have the support of Chief Leaford Bearskin of the Wyandot Tribe of Oklahoma and former Grand Chief Max Gros-Louis of the Huron-Wendat Nation of Quebec to reestablish the team name as Huron. Since the change, the university has not altered the name and has continued to adopt the Eagle name. In 1994, the university adopted a new mascot called "Swoop". In 2011, EMU began its True EMU Campaign which aimed to unite all alumni stating "Whether you are a Huron or an Eagle, whether you graduated 50 years ago or last semester, we want you to show the world you remember your times in Y-Town, water tower and all."
Main article: Swoop (Eastern Michigan University)
Swoop is the mascot for Eastern Michigan University. Before the 1991 season, Eastern Michigan University went by the "Hurons." After 1991 Eastern has gone by the "Eagles." Even though the school adopted the name "Eagles" it was not until 1994 when "Swoop" was adopted as the official mascot for the university. Swoop is depicted as an American bald eagle wearing an Eastern Michigan University jersey, displaying the numbers "00" on the front and "Swoop" on the back. Swoop's gender is undefined. At the Eastern Michigan University bookstore a stuffed animal pair can be purchased, one wearing a jersey, the other wearing a cheerleader outfit.
Main article: List of Eastern Michigan University buildings § Athletic and Recreation buildings
EMU Athletics oversees and uses several facilities on the EMU campus such as the EMU Convocation Center, Bowen Field House, Eagle Crest Resort (Ypsilanti, Michigan), the Indoor Practice Facility (the bubble), Olds-Robb Rec/IM, Oestrike Stadium and Rynearson Stadium.
Rynearson Stadium opened in 1969 and is the largest facility on the campus. Convocation Center is a multi-purpose arena that opened on December 9, 1998 is the largest indoor facility. Bowen Field House is used by Eastern Michigan Eagles track and field, Eastern Michigan Eagles wrestling, and Eastern Michigan Eagles gymnastics. Oestrike Stadium is used for baseball and softball events. The newest building operated by athletics is the Indoor Practice Facility, which opened in 2010. Six intercollegiate sports use the facility which include football, baseball, softball, women's soccer and men's and women's golf.
The Eastern Michigan University Marching Band, nicknamed "The Pride of the Peninsula," was first formed in 1894.
The Eastern Michigan University Basketball Band is directed by the two graduate assistants of the band. Unlike the marching band which is made up of all brass and woodwinds, the Basketball Band's instrumentation is strictly "Brass and Sax." The Basketball Band travels with the basketball teams during the MAC tournament or the NCAA tournament.
The school song "Our Pledge" was written by Edward Bowles and was arranged for the marching band by Thomas Tyra. The melody of "Eagles Fight Song" was written by Larry Livingston and arranged for marching band by Thomas Tyra. The percussion parts were written by Whitney Prince. "Go Green" was written by Thomas Tyra.
Eastern Michigan University offers 19 NCAA Division I varsity sports, 7 for men and 12 for women.
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Main article: Eastern Michigan Eagles baseball
See also: Oestrike Stadium
On June 19, 1976, after finishing in sixth place the year before, the baseball team was defeated by the University of Arizona in the final game of the College World Series at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska. (As of 2016, EMU remains the last northern school to make it to the NCAA baseball championship game.) Under the leadership of Coach Ron Oestrike and assistant Roger Coryell, the Hurons defeated Maine, Clemson, and Arizona State (with its 13 future Major Leaguers) before losing its last two games to Arizona. EMU was led by stars Bob Owchinko, Eastern michigan athletics Welch, Dan Schmitz, Jerry Keller, Glenn Gulliver, Glen Ambrose, Mike Lauerman, Thom Boutin and John Martin.
Main article: Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball
See also: Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center
Eastern's men's basketball team has appeared in four NCAA Division I eastern michigan athletics, and have a 3–4 record, tied for third best among Michigan colleges. They reached the Sweet Sixteen in the 1991 tournament (their first ever appearance) and defeated Duke University in the first round of the 1996 tournament.
One of the great highlights in team history came after the victory over Duke in 1996 when the Blue Devils' Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski stated, "Eastern Michigan is very well coached, much deeper than we are and, today, much quicker than we were."
EMU reached the Final Four of the 1972 NCAA College Division National Championship, led by All-American George Gervin, an NBA Hall of Famer selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. In 1976, the Baseball team was national runners up in NCAA Division I.
Main article: Eastern Michigan Eagles women's basketball
Eastern's women's basketball team began in the 1977–78 season.
Main article: Eastern Michigan Eagles men's cross country
Eastern Michigan Eagles men's cross country is a varsity level sport. The Eagles compete at the Division I level in the NCAA. The men's cross country team has won fourteen team championships. Its current head coach, John Goodridge, has won five MAC championships in his nine years as head coach. The cross country team at the school started in 1911.
Main article: Eastern Michigan Eagles football
See also: Rynearson Stadium
The football team played one home game a year at Ford Field in downtown Detroit from 2004–07 in the "Collegiate Clash". They hosted Central Michigan University (2004), Western Michigan University (2005), the United States Naval Academy (2006), and Northwestern University (2007). After winning the first Ford Field game over CMU in triple overtime 61–58, they lost three in a row.
The greatest football victory in EMU history occurred in December 1987. The MAC Champion Hurons defeated 17½ point favorite San Jose State in the California Bowl. The victory culminated a 10–2 season and improbable rise from the depths of Division I-A college football. Only two years previous the team was in serious jeopardy of losing Division I-A status. Head Coach Jim Harkema was instrumental in resurrecting the program. The two losses in 1987 were both on the road, and were by a total of 11 points.
The 1988 and 1989 teams each finished in second place in the conference and ended the most successful stretch of football in school history with its fourth straight winning season.
After a long series of losing records, and finishing the 2015 season with a 1–11 record, they have since appeared in bowl games in 2016, 2018, and 2019 under head coach Chris Creighton.
See also: Bowen Field House
Eastern Michigan Eagles gymnastics is a collegiate women's gymnastics program. Home meets are held in Bowen Field House. Warner Gymnasium is the current home of the EMU Gymnastics Program. Steve Wilce is the head coach for the EMU Gymnastics team along with Andrea Siik as an assistant coach.
The team consists of 20 girls who all do different routines, skills, and compete at all different levels scoring. They all work together as a team and compete for themselves as well as each other to get the highest scores possible from the 4–8 judges on each event. There are ten to eleven meets per season and are every weekend from the end of January to the end of March. On average there are three to four home meets per season the rest being away meets that can be anywhere from Ohio to California.
The team has ranked repeatedly within the top 15 for team GPA in the nation. In 2008, the Eagles had 11 gymnasts named to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) scholar-athlete team. Additionally, the team placed seventh as a team with a Mid-American Conference leading 3.5357 team GPA for the ninth consecutive year. In 2007, the team gained its first MAC title and in 2008 were runners up.
Swimming and diving
See also: Olds-Robb Recreation-Intramural Complex
The men's swimming and diving team hold the record for the most MAC Championships in a single sport, 31, which they won in Men's Swimming and Diving in 1978, 1980–1996, 1998, 2000–2005, 2007–2012, and 2014.
Women's swimming and diving is one of EMU's more successful women's sports. Women's Swimming and Diving team won MAC titles in 2006 and 2007.
The head coach Peter Linn has been leading the Eagles for 27 years.
Track and field
Men's Outdoor Track & Field has over 20 MAC titles. Men's Indoor Track & Field has over 13 MAC titles. Women's Outdoor Track & Field has over 10 MAC titles. Women's Indoor Track & Field has 3 MAC titles. Track and field collectively holds the record for most MAC titles out of all the EMU athletics teams.
See also: Bowen Field House
Eastern Michigan Eagles wrestling team is a men's athletic program. Eastern Michigan adopted the sport of wrestling in 1956. The wrestling program was part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1957 through 1962. In 1963–1966, EMU wrestling switched conferences to the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). Since the exit from the PAC, EMU has been a part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), starting in 1973. Home meets are held in Bowen Field House. In 1996, wrestling won its first MAC championship. There are several home dual meets a year and an annually host of the Eastern michigan athletics Open. The EMU Open is an annual event started in 1991 that hosts over 500 wrestlers and NCAA schools across all three divisions. The last head coach of the EMU wrestling team was David Bolyard. Bolyard became the new head wrestling coach in 2014. The team has 6 NAIA All-Americans, 5 NCAA Division II All-Americans, and 4 NCAA Division I All-Americans. As well, the team has over 20 MAC champions.
Despite having one of the best seasons in recent history and Sa'Derian Perry as its first All-American since 1999, wrestling was named one of the four sports EMU would cut in March 2018, just three days after the wrestling championships. In April 2018, Perry transferred to Old Dominion University with two years of eligibility remaining. As a member of a team whose program was eliminated, Perry would not lose a season of eligibility. EMU head coach Bolyard became an assistant at the University of Michigan.
NAIA & NCAA D2 records
National championships (16)
National runners-up (6)
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Eastern Michigan has over 15 club sport teams. Ranging from traditional sports such as men's hockey to unique sports such as Quidditch and Roller Hockey. Roller Hockey achieved national championships in 2001 in NCRHA Division II.
The men's hockey team play in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) in the Division 1 level. The Eastern Michigan Eagles hockey team began play in 1976. In the first 33 years of existence the Eagles played in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) before switching to the newly formed GLCHL at the start of the 2010–2011 season. In 2003, the team was suspended for hazing from the 2004–05 season until 2007. The team were national runners-up in 2000 and 1994 in the ACHA Division I league.
EMU has 20 students and alumni who have competed in the Olympic Games. The earliest being Lloyd Olds, in 1932. The most recent being 2016 with Eric Alejandro
- 2016 - Eric Alejandro
- 2012 – Eric Alejandro and Jamie Nieto
- 2008 – Eastern michigan athletics Springer-Jones
- 2004 Athens Games: USA- Jamie Nieto (High Jump, 4th)
- 2000 Sydney Games: Nigeria- Nduka Awazie (4 × 400 meter relay, Silver), Nigeria – Clement Chukwu (200 & 400 meters)
- 1996 Atlanta Games: USA- Paul McMullen (1500 meters, 9th), Suriname – Tommy Asinga (800 meters), British West Indies – Greg Rhymer (1500 meters), Nigeria – Clement Chukwu (200 & 400 meters), Bahamas – Savatheda Fynes (100 & 200 meters, 400M Relay)
- 1992 Barcelona Games: Suriname – Tommy Asinga (800 meters)
- 1988 Seoul Games: Suriname – Tommy Asinga (800 meters)
- 1984 Los Angeles Games: USA- Earl Jones (800 meters, Bronze), Trinidad and Tobago- Hasely Crawford (100 meters)
- 1980 Moscow Games: Trinidad and Tobago- Hasely Crawford (100 meters)
- 1976 Montreal Games: Trinidad and Tobago- Hasely Crawford (100 meters, Gold, 200 meters)
- 1972 Munich Games: Trinidad and Tobago- Hasely Crawford (100 meters)
- 1968 Mexico City Games: Canada – Dave Ellis (10,000 meters)
- 1964 Tokyo Games: USA- Hayes Jones (110 High Hurdles, Gold), USA – Dean Rockwell, Manager of the Greco Roman Wrestling Squad
- 1960 Rome Games: USA- Hayes Jones (110 High Hurdles, Bronze)
- 1948 London Games: USA – George Marshall, Manager, Men's Track and Field
- 1932 Los Angeles Games: USA – Lloyd Olds, Assistant Coach, Track and Field
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Eastern Michigan University settles Title IX lawsuit
Eastern Michigan University and two former student athletes have reached a settlement in a Title IX lawsuit filed in June 2018.
The suit alleges sex discrimination in sports program opportunities at EMU. It arose after EMU eliminated its women's varsity softball and tennis teams in March 2018 to address budgetary concerns. Two men's teams were also eliminated at that time.
Under the settlement agreement, EMU will add a women's varsity lacrosse team, and it will continue to support its reinstated women's tennis team. But it is not required to revive women's varsity softball.
In addition to funding the new women's lacrosse team, EMU has promised to commit an additional $2 million for women's sports over the next three years.
It will also award $125,000 to be shared by the two named plaintiffs and will pay plaintiffs' reasonable attorneys fees.
EMU has also agreed to "take all necessary and reasonable steps" to ensure that the percentage of athletic program participation opportunities for women closely matches women's representation in the full-time undergraduate student body.
In a January 16, 2020 order, Judge George Caram Steeh of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan gave preliminary approval of a proposed consent decree and of a proposed class notice.
Class members have until March 11, 2020 to file any objections to the settlement. The court has scheduled a Fairness Hearing for March 12, 2020 when any objections by class members can be heard.
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EMU spent $88 on women's basketball team dinner. Men got $397 in snacks.
Eastern Michigan University's women's basketball team got $88 from the school to buy a holiday ham. The men's team received hundreds more — $397, to be exact — just to buy a bunch of pink lemonade-flavored energy chew snacks.
That type of spending gap favoring men isn't unusual.
Universities across the Midwest's two biggest athletic conferences — the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference — spent more than $40 million in the 2019-20 school year on food for athletes when they were on their home campuses, according to a Free Press review of documents filed by the universities to the NCAA and additional documents provided under freedom of information laws. (The Big Ten took the biggest slice of the pie, with more than $37 million.)
The bulk of the money spent on specific teams — about 80% — was spent on male athletes, with large football teams consuming the most.
"Am I surprised? No. Am I outraged? Yes," said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, the founder of Champion Women, an advocacy group for girls and women in sport. "The adults have left the room for enforcement (of equal opportunity laws)."
Unequal treatment of men’s and women’s teams grabbed the national spotlight in the spring when female athletes and coaches decried the quality of food they were served at a national basketball eastern michigan athletics compared with the men. At the time, experts said the inequality was just the latest example of how female athletes have been mistreated for decades.
The ongoing disparity gives women a clear message, Hogshead-Makar said.
"If you want to train women that they should expect less, this is how you would do it. If you want to train men that they should expect more, this is how you would do it."
Federal law mandates that universities offer equal opportunity for men and women in college athletics. But that Title IX legislation does not require that universities actually spend the same amount on their male and female athletes.
"The traditional assumption is that the male athletes are revenue-producing and should be fed whatever they need," said Karen Weaver, a former college athletics director who studies college athletics finance and higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. She added that, in contrast, female athletes generally cost the university more money than they bring in, inviting greater scrutiny of their teams' spending.
The disparate treatment is perhaps most glaring in basketball where the men's and women's teams are roughly the same size.
The men's basketball arizona department of economic security locations at Eastern, for example, spent just over $9,500 on meals and snacks in the 2019-20 school year. But the women's basketball team spent only about $2,300 during the same time.
College athletic officials point to the sheer size of the men's football teams — the 2021 University of Michigan football roster lists 127 players — as one of the reasons for the difference in overall spending. The different physical needs of male and female athletes also contribute to spending disparities, according to some college officials.
"Based on body weight, male student-athletes consume 25 to 100% more food than our female student-athletes, which accounts for much of the disparity," Keith Mann, a University of Nebraska athletic department spokesman, said.
Spending inside the Big Ten
The gender disparity can be found at every school in the Big Ten.
The universities spent $25.1 million on men’s teams while spending $6.3 million on women’s teams. The percentage gap was largest at Michigan State University where about $9 out of every $10 allocated to specific teams was spent on male teams. The smallest gap was at University of Nebraska where nearly $7 out of every $10 allocated to specific teams still went to men.
According to a review of financial disclosure forms for 2019-20, the men's basketball teams in the Big Ten spent about $165,000 on extra food, compared with an average of $91,000 by their women's teams.
Some universities had larger disparities between their men's and women's basketball programs than others, but it was always there: Indiana University had the largest divide, spending about $247,000 on men's and about $83,000 on women's, while the University of Michigan had the narrowest gap, allocating about $94,000 on men and about $87,000 on women.
Feeding athletes beyond meal plans
A full athletic scholarship covers more than just tuition. It also includes housing and food. Then there are the extras.
Each team has a budget and the coaching staff decides how to spend it.
Schools treated the athletes to dinners at Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse and Pizza House, records show. Universities also bought smaller items — string cheese, grapes and Cheez-It crackers — for team training rooms.
Universities in the two conferences spent 84% of the total spending on specific male and female teams. The remaining 16% was not spent on specific teams. The spending reviewed by the Free Press is in eastern michigan athletics to the money paid for dining plans or meal stipends provided to athletes as part of their scholarships.
For example, after a pre-season practice in August 2019, Michigan State University made sure its football players had a snack —190 pizza pockets and 115 portions of ziti from Pizza House. The cost? $3,785.60.
For decades, athletes often complained about a lack of food. In 2014, the NCAA changed its rules to allow teams to offer unlimited snacks. That quickly became an arms race, with universities offering bountiful spreads to high-profile teams like football.
The nation's top football programs "have custom-prepared meals by position — a linebacker and lineman might get served one kind of meal with X number of calories; a wide receiver or a kicker might receive another," Weaver said. "The focus is on caloric intake and nutritional balance."
For example, in 2018-19, UCLA spent $5.4 million on food for its football team, including one day featuring grass-fed flank steak, sweet potato hash with diced chicken and chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast; salmon and Cornish game hen for lunch; and grilled flat iron steak in a balsamic reduction for dinner, according to the Los Angeles Times. University officials said at the time that the additional spending was a result of a commitment to the nutritional well-being of their student-athletes.
Spending inside the MAC
While the MAC schools don't spend on athletics nearly as much as Big Ten schools do, the gender disparity between men's and women's teams remains significant.
Even the smallest gap in the conference was considerable. At Miami University in Ohio, $7 out of every $10 allocated to specific teams was spent on male teams.
The largest gap in the MAC was at Eastern, where it spends almost all of its money devoted to extra food for men's teams, records show.
About four hours before Eastern's men's basketball team tipped off a home game against Ohio University, breakfast was served: eggs, sausage, French toast, bagels with cream cheese, fruit, bottled water and orange juice for 27 players and staff. It cost the team $434.88.
This was hardly a rare event. In all, the men's basketball team at Eastern had a pre-game meal catered to them for 10 of their 15 home games in the 2019-20 season.
For the women's team, it was a much different experience. The squad had only one home pregame meal catered.
Eastern Michigan spent a total of $230,000 on all sports, $190,000 on football alone. It spent only $4,000 on its women's teams. (It spent about $20,000 on food not directly allocated to any one team.)
Some of the disparity is due to the size of budgets, Eastern officials said.
“When you look at percentage of budgets, football has a $5 million budget," said Eastern Athletic Director Scott Wetherbee. "A golf program only has $150,000 budget . 10% of (the football budget) is half a million dollars. But 10% of golf is only $1,500.”
Wetherbee acknowledged there's still a disparity, though: Men's basketball spent about $9,500 while women's spent about $2,300 on meals while they were at home.
Creating a level playing field for women at Eastern Michigan has been a struggle at times. The school settled a lawsuit and hired a consultant after a judge ruled the school violated Title IX, the federal law guaranteeing girls and women equal opportunities in athletics, for cutting women's teams.
"I could see where this is a glaring discrepancy," Wetherbee said of the gap in the food budgets. “We need to make that right. We need to do better. . It’s something that I'm pretty passionate about. I have a daughter that wants to be a college gymnast, my wife played college basketball and is in our Hall of Fame. I mean, that's something kind of near and dear to me. And I think we've made a lot of progress, but we’ve got a long ways to go.”
STAT WATCH: Huskers’ 9 single-digit Ls most in FBS since ’78
Nebraska has earned the dubious distinction of being the best 3-9 team in the country.
Here’s why, according to Sportradar: Since 1978, when Division I football was split into what is now known as the Bowl Subdivision and Championship Subdivision, no team until the 2021 Cornhuskers had nine single-digit losses in a season.
Eight of the nine were one-score games (eight points or less), and the other was a nine-point loss to a top-10 Ohio State. Nebraska played five other ranked opponents and lost all of those by an average of 5.4 points.
The Huskers’ went 1-8 in Big Ten play, but their point differential was a wash. They scored 239 points and gave up 239 in league games. Accounting for that oddity was their 56-7 win over Northwestern.
Scott Frost is 15-29 in four seasons (.341) and will be brought back next year under a restructured contract. Bill Jennings, who coached the 1957 team that was the only other one in program history to lose nine games, is the only Nebraska coach with a worse winning percentage than Frost through four years (12-28-1. 305).
17 IS THE MAX
Georgia has allowed just 83 points entering the Southeastern Conference championship game against Alabama. Since 2000, the only other team to give up under 100 points over its first 12 games was Southern California (93) in 2008.
The Bulldogs are the first team since Texas in 1979 to hold its opponents to 17 points or less in each of its first 12 games of the season, according to ESPN.
Michigan’s win over Ohio State not only stopped the Buckeyes’ win streak in the series, but also several other impressive marks.
Under Ryan Day, the Buckeyes had won 25 straight against Big Ten opponents (23 regular season, two conference championship games). They had won 26 consecutive Big Ten regular-season games dating to the Urban Meyer era, the second-longest streak in league history. They also had won 21 straight against ranked Big Ten opponents and 12 in a row in true road games against all Top 25 foes.
THE 200 CLUB
Missouri’s Tyler Badie is the first player since Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor in 2018 to record five 200-yard rushing games in a season.
Badie’s latest was against Arkansas on Saturday, when he carried 41 times for 219 yards.
Tulane’s Tyjae Spears had the week’s biggest game, running for 264 yards on 30 carries against Memphis. Iowa State’s Breece Hall ran 18 times for 242 yards against TCU. Coastal Carolina’s Shermari Jones had 211 yards on 23 carries against South Alabama.
There have been 44 individual 200-yard rushing games this season.
Air Force turned in the season’s highest team rushing total, piling up 511 yards against UNLV on Friday.
ALL THE WAY
Three more players returned kicks 100 yards: Oklahoma State’s Eastern michigan athletics Presley, against Oklahoma; Central Michigan’s Marion Lukes, against Eastern Michigan; and Colorado’s Nikko Reed, against Utah.
There have been 21 kick returns of 100 yards this season, the most since there were 24 in 2015.
Central Michigan’s Lew Nichols III finished the regular season as the nation’s top rusher in yards per game (142.5) and total (1,710). He also is first in attempts (311) after running 44 and 43 times the last two games — the most in back-to-back games since Alabama’s Derrick Henry carried 46 and 44 times over two weeks eastern michigan athletics 2015.
Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe averages 414 yards passing per game and leads the nation with 52 touchdown passes.
Utah State’s Deven Thompkins averages 128.6 receiving yards per game, less than a half-yard more than Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns (128.3 ypg).
Team leaders: Scoring, Ohio State, 45.5 ppg; scoring defense, Georgia, 6.9 ppg; rushing offense, Air Force, 342 ypg; rushing defense, Wisconsin, 61.1 ypg; passing offense, Western Kentucky, 422.8 ypg; passing defense, Washington, 142.9 ypg; total offense, Ohio State, 551.1 ypg; total defense, Georgia, 229.7 ypg.
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On Nov. 18, the EMU Eagles men’s basketball team (1-2, 0-0 MAC) traveled to Highland Heights, KY to face Northern Kentucky University (2-1, 0-0 MAC).The Eagles fell short in the final seconds to the Norse, 74-73.
The Eagles lead for the majority of the game until the Norse outscored the Eagles 21-13 with just over five minutes left in the game.
After an Eagle timeout in the fourth quarter, Guard Bryce McBride completed a layup for the Eagles with 13 seconds left. NKU Guard Bryson Langdon quickly responded with a layup, breaking the hearts of the Eagles in a 74-73 defeat.
Noah Farrakhan and Monty Scott led the team in scoring, both recording 21 points. Farrakhan went 44.4 percent on field goals made/attempted and 50 percent from the three-point line. Farrakhan also recorded two assists and a steal.
Monty Scott went 66.7 percent on FGM/A, completing three assists and a steal on top.
Nate Scott shot 83.3 percent with 15 points and two blocks. Bryce McBride, Darion Spottsville, and Mo Njie each contributed a block, recording a season team-high of five blocks in one game. Njie led the team in rebounds with seven against NKU.
EMU athletics recorded that Noah Farrakhan, Monty Scott, and Nate Scott combined for 78 percent of the Eagles scoring efforts.
Overall, EMU completed 50 percent field goals, 43.8 percent three-pointers, and 80 percent free throws attempted.
On Nov. 24, come out to the Convocation Center at 3 p.m. to watch the Eagles face Western Illinois. You can also watch the game on ESPN 3 or listen at WEMU 89.1.
Eastern Michigan Awards $125,000 to 2 Athletes in Lawsuit Settlement
Two student-athletes who sued the school after their teams eastern michigan athletics cut in 2018 will receive a combined $125,000 as part of a settlement agreement. Stock photo via Eastern Michigan Athletics
Eastern Michigan University has agreed to pay out $125,000 to two student-athletes affected by the school’s athletics cuts in 2018, as well as commit $2 million to women’s sports on campus, MLive.com reported last week.
Tennis team member Marie Mayerova and former softball team member Ariana Chretien sued the school in June 2018 claiming EMU “was not providing effective accommodation to female student-athletes,” according to MLive. Mayerova, whose team was reinstated, will receive $25,000, and Chretien, whose team was not, will get $100,000. They’ll also be reimbursed for their legal fees.
Claims against EMU, its Board of Regents, Athletic Director Scott Wetherbee and President James Smith were dismissed as part of the agreement, MLive reported.
In March 2018, EMU announced it would cut women’s tennis and softball, as well as men’s swimming and diving, and wrestling, in an effort to lower its athletics budget by $2.4 million. In February of last year, a judge ruled that EMU must reinstate both women’s tennis and softball, but the school argued that instead of softball, it should start a women’s lacrosse program. That program will begin in the 2021-2022 school year.
Per MLive, the settlement agreement also includes the following:
EMU agrees to take steps to achieve sustainable “substantial proportionality” between the ratio of male to female athletic participation opportunities to the ratio eastern michigan athletics male to female full-time undergraduate students attending the University by the end of the 2022-23 academic year.
EMU agrees it will not eliminate any women’s varsity sports during the settlement period unless the elimination is the result of circumstances beyond its control, or the elimination will not cause participation of women to fall below the level of substantial proportionality. The settlement neither requires nor prohibits the elimination of any men’s varsity team.
EMU agrees to take steps to manage the roster sizes of men’s and women’s sports as are necessary to achieve substantial proportionality.
The University will commit at least $2 million more in total investment to women’s sports on campus over the course of the next three years, in addition to funding the lacrosse program. This amount includes capital projects as well as operations.
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