The start of a new football season can be equally exciting and nervewracking for players. Can the same be said for Lee Hull, who will make his head coaching debut when Morgan State opens Saturday at Eastern Michigan?
"I have too much work to do to be nervous," Hull, the former Maryland wide receivers coach, said during his weekly conference call Tuesday. "Right now, I'm not nervous. You might ask me that question before the game. Right now, I'm just preparing our team to go to Eastern Michigan and get a win."
Hull is trying to become the first Bears coach to kick off his tenure with a victory since the 1988 squad gave Ed Wyche a 20-10 win against Virginia Union on Sept. 3. Only six of the program's 18 head coaches have marked their debuts with victories.
For Hull to become No. 7, Morgan State must topple the Eagles, who went 2-10 as members of the Mid-American Conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Like the Bears, Eastern Michigan features a new head coach in Chris Creighton, a new offensive coordinator in Kalen DeBoer, and a new defensive coordinator in Brad McCaslin, and their presence presents a conundrum.
"I don't know really what to expect with them being new coaches and bringing in a new system," Hull said. "Obviously, we don't have any film on them. Last year's Eastern Michigan film doesn't do us any good because there's obviously going to be a new offense, a new defense and a new special teams. We look forward to going up there. I know their head coach has been very successful at Drake. So I know he'll have those guys ready to play. We're excited to get the season started."