By Scooby Axson
December 11, 2013

Chris Creighton (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file Chris Creighton will try to lead Eastern Michigan to its first bowl game since 1987. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Eastern Michigan hired Drake coach Chris Creighton as its next head football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Creighton spent six seasons at FCS School Drake University, where he had a record of 47-19, including a 6-5 record this season.

Creighton replaces Ron English, who was fired last month after an audiotape surfaced of him using inappropriate language to his players. English had an 11-46 mark in five seasons at the school.

"It is with great pride that we introduce Chris Creighton as our new head football coach," Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke said. "In Chris, Eastern Michigan will find an extraordinary leader who will be a great ambassador for our University. During the search process, Chris' focus on positively impacting the lives of our student-athletes and building a championship program was most impressive. As a proven winner and head coach, Chris' experience with creating and sustaining success will inspire our student-athletes to elevate our football program to a championship level."

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