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The Orlando Magic have hired former Eastern Michigan Eagles coach Rob Murphy to join their scouting department, reports Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports. Murphy leaves the Eagles after one season during which he guided them to a 14-18 record and a regular-season Mid-American Conference championship in the West division.
Prior to taking over Eastern Michigan's program, Murphy served as an assistant coach on Jim Boeheim's staff with the Syracuse Orange for seven seasons. He held the same position with the Kent State Golden Flashes the two previous years. Murphy, a 1996 graduate of Central State University, began his coaching career at the high-school level and won two Michigan championships: one as an assistant coach and another as a head coach.
Murphy has never officially held a scouting position, according to the résumé Eastern Michigan includes in its media guide.
Murphy has an outstanding reputation as a recruiter at the college level. As Orange Fuzz pointed out in 2011, Murphy responsible for bringing future NBA players Donté Greene, Wesley Johnson, and Hakim Warrick to Syracuse. If his track record is any indication, his ability to identify young talent should serve Orlando well.
Earlier in the summer, Magic general manager Rob Hennigan gutted his team's scouting department almost completely, and then hired Matt Lloyd and Harold Ellis. Murphy is set to join that twosome, though Orlando has yet to confirm his hiring.