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Eastern Michigan Lets Genyk Go

Courtesy of Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Eastern Michigan University Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg has announced that head football coach Jeff Genyk was released from his contract effective today, Nov. 24. He will coach the team in its final game of the 2008 season, Friday, Nov. 28, at home against Central Michigan University.

"Earlier this morning, after consulting President Susan Martin, I informed coach Jeff Genyk of my decision to move our football program in another direction, at the conclusion of this season," Gragg said. "I thanked coach Genyk for his service to EMU, and offered him the opportunity to coach our team’s final game this week against Central Michigan University, which he has accepted."

The 2008 season was Genyk’s fifth as the head coach of the Eagles. He has a 15-42 overall record and a 12-26 Mid-American Conference mark heading into the season finale against Central Michigan. His best season came in 2007 when he led the Eagles to a 4-8 overall record and a 3-4 MAC mark, good for a tie for third in the MAC West Division. That 2007 season also saw his team win the Michigan MAC Trophy for the second time after the Eagles defeated both Western Michigan and Central Michigan.

"Winning consistently in football has been a challenge for our institution long before the arrival of coach Genyk. I credit coach Genyk and his entire staff for working tirelessly in attempting to improve our program," Gragg added, "but, we have not met our aspirations for football.

"Under the leadership of the President and the Regents, EMU is experiencing a rebirth that is being felt throughout our campus," Gragg explained. "We have won 14 MAC championships in the last 24 months, which is a ringing tribute to our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and I want our football program to be part of that renaissance."

"A search for a new leader of our football program will begin immediately," Gragg said. " We will engage a search firm that will assist us in our process. In addition, former University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr has agreed, at my request, to serve as an unpaid adviser throughout our search process. I served as Director for Compliance at the University of Michigan, from 1997-2000, where I had the opportunity to work with coach Carr. Carr coached at EMU and enjoys a good relationship with me and many others within our University’s leadership."

Jeff Genyk's Record:
Year Overall Conf.
2004 2-9 1-6
2005 4-8 3-4
2006 1-11 1-7
2007 4-7 3-5
2008 4-7 4-4
Totals 15-42 12-26


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