Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy plans to remain head coach of the Eagles, turning down an unspecific job with the Orlando Magic. Reports indicated the Magic approached Murphy, the reigning MAC Coach of the Year, about a job in the scouting department. The former Syracuse assistant coach would have faced a buyout of approximately $200,000 -- the equivalent of his annual salary -- to cancel the final four years of his existing contract. "I am pleased to confirm that I am remaining at EMU," Murphy said in a statement. "It is true that I had an opportunity to join the Orlando Magic. Representatives of the Magic were both professional in their approach and respectful of our situation at EMU. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have spoken with them and would like to publicly thank them for their professionalism and interest."
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