Rescue dogs can’t wait to find their forever home. Eastern Michigan now has its forever football coach — or pretty darn close to it.
Eastern Michigan and Chris Creighton, who’s brought unthinkable stability to a program that long was one of the worst in the nation, have reached a deal on a contract extension that runs through 2025, the school announced Thursday.
He’s the only coach to lead EMU to multiple bowl appearances; he’s made three.
“Coach Creighton has helped change the culture and the direction of our football program during his tenure at Eastern Michigan,” athletic director Scott Wetherbee said in a statement. “We are excited about continuing to build upon a foundation that has seen our teams compete in three postseason bowl games, upset a trio of Power Five opponents, and reach unprecedented new heights in the classroom.
“Winning a Mid-American Conference championship and future bowl games continues to drive our football program and athletic department.
“We believe Coach Creighton is the best leader to accomplish those goals and continue to make our alumni, university, and community proud.”
Creighton took over the program in 2013, coming from Drake. He’s the second-longest-tenured coach in the MAC, eight days shy of Miami (Ohio)’s Chuck Martin.
“I am very fortunate to get to lead the football program here at EMU,” Creighton said in a statement.
“We are very proud of the progress we have made and believe deeply that we will realize the vision of making this program a source of pride for our department, the university, Ypsilanti and this region.”
Creighton, 52, and Eastern Michigan open the season at home Saturday against St. Francis of Pennsylvania.