On Monday, a group of students and faculty from Eastern Michigan released a report recommending that the school drop its football program from Division I down to DII or DIII, and for the rest of its sports to join the Horizon League. The Eagles have struggled, notching records of .500 or better just twice since 1990, and going without a bowl berth since 1987.
Today, the EMU athletic department responded with an open letter, denying that there have been, or will be, any actual discussions about moving the football program to a lower division.
">April 26, 2016
In the past several days, there has been considerable media coverage of reports that indicate that Eastern Michigan University is considering eliminating football, or reducing support for football by dropping down to a lower division of the NCAA and by dropping out of the Mid-American Conference. These reports are not based on any solid factual information. We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference.
We are pleased to be a member of an outstanding conference, the Mid-American Conference, where all of our sports and our talented student athletes have the opportunity to compete at the highest levels with neighboring institutions in the Midwest. Any headlines or claims that Eastern is considering dropping football, or reducing our support of the program in any way, are false.
Eastern Michigan is 3-21 (1-15) in two seasons under head coach Chris Creighton, who was hired from Drake in December 2013.