On Friday, with a game against rival Western Michigan planned for a noon kickoff a day later, Eastern Michigan announced that it had fired coach Ron English. At the time, reason for the firing was not specified.
On Saturday, things came more into focus. Athletic director Heather Lyke announced that she had received audio of English using “wholly inappropriate language” in an expletive-laden rant against his players.
“We hold our coaches and staff to high standards of professionalism and conduct and there is no place, particularly in a student environment, where this language is appropriate,” Lyke said Saturday in a statement published on the school’s athletics website. “The statements made by Coach English are absolutely unacceptable.”
At the time of his dismissal, the Eagles sat at 1-8 on the season. English only managed to compile a 11-46 record during his time at EMU. That record certainly didn’t help his case once Lyke got her hands on the audio included at the bottom of this post.
“My decision to make a change in leadership of our football program was the culmination of a lot of factors including the comprehensive review of our program, the competitive performance and this tape,” Lyke said in the statement. “Our primary interest is in the well being and success of our student-athletes and this will continue to be our priority in every decision we make and every action we take.
“My focus moving forward is on the quality of our student-athletes’ experience as well as the search process for the next leader of our football program.”
Offensive coordinator Stan Parrish will take over for Eastern Michigan for the remainder of the season.