|Eastern Michigan Eagles|
|University||Eastern Michigan University|
|Athletics director||Derrick Gragg|
|Football stadium||Rynearson Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Convocation Center|
|Fight song||Eagles Fight Song|
|Colors||Green and White
The Eastern Michigan Eagles, formerly known as the Eastern Michigan Hurons, are the athletic teams for Eastern Michigan University. Altogether, they 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 Mid-American Conference (MAC), four times, most recently in 2008. EMU was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1950-1961, and has been a member of the MAC since 1972.
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. 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, Bob Welch, Dan Schmitz, Jerry Keller, Glenn Gulliver, Glen Ambrose, Mike Lauerman, Thom Boutin and John Martin (baseball).
Eastern's men's basketball team has appeared in four NCAA Division I tournaments, 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."
The Eagles hold the record for the most MAC Championships in a single sport, 25, for Men's Swimming and Diving, which they won in 1979, 1981-1996, 1998, and 2000-2005.
The football team plays one home game a year at Ford Field in downtown Detroit annually since 2004 in the "Collegiate Clash". They have hosted Central Michigan University (2004), Western Michigan University (2005), the United States Naval Academy (2006), and Northwestern University (2007). Since winning the first Ford Field game over CMU in triple overtime 61-58, they have lost three in a row. Traditionally, the program has problems attracting fans to their football games each season. NCAA rules state that in order to stay in Division I-A for football, each team must attract an average of 15,000 fans per game. During a 1-11 season, Eastern's EMU Foundation purchased 5,000 tickets for local high school students to curb this threat to their status. The annual game at Ford Field also boosts their average attendance.
The greatest football victory in EMU history occurred in December 1987. The MAC Champion Hurons defeated 17 1/2 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 1-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. EMU has achieved only one winning season ('95) since.
National Championships (16)
National Runners-up (6)
Club Team National Championships (1)
Club Team National Runners-up (2)
Recent MAC championships
NCAA bowl games
NCAA individual champions
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