Posted November 09, 2013

Eastern Michigan fires head coach Ron English for using ‘inappropriate language’

Eastern Michigan Eagles, Ron English
Ron English

Eastern Michigan has fired head coach Ron English prior to this Saturday’s game. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Less than a week after a 55-16 loss to Toledo dropped the Eagles to 1-8, Eastern Michigan has fired head coach Ron English, the school announced on Friday. The news was first reported by the Detroit Free Press.

According to a statement from athletic director Heather Lyke released on Saturday, Eastern Michigan’s decision to fire English came after a video emerged in which he used “wholly inappropriate language” while addressing the team. Lyke’s statement was obtained by Brandon Folsom of MLive.com.

“I received a tape of a situation in which Coach English had addressed the team and used wholly inappropriate language. 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. These statement made by Coach English are absolutely unacceptable. 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. 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.”

Lyke did not offer specifics into the exact language English used.

On Friday, Lyke announced English’s dismissal in a less-detailed statement.

“At this time, I have decided that a change in the leadership of our football team is necessary,” said Lyke. “Eastern Michigan University’s commitment to our student-athletes remain of the utmost importance as we move forward with the rest of this season and in selecting the new leader of our program.”

University president Susan Martin praised the program’s student-athletes amid a difficult season and asked fans to continue to support the team.

“We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes and we will continue to do everything we can to support their success in the classroom and on the field,” Martin added. “This has been an extraordinarily challenging year for our football student-athletes and they have continued to represent Eastern with pride and professionalism. At this time of transition, it is important that Eastern Michigan fans and alumni everywhere continue to show their support for our student-athletes. Your involvement is part of the foundation from which we will create a stronger program in the future.”

The Eagles entered the weekend 0-5 in MAC play and in last place in the conference’s West Division. Eastern Michigan has failed to establish any sort of success on either side of the ball, ranking 111th nationally in scoring offense (19.3 points per game) and 122nd in scoring defense (45.6 points per game).

In 57 career games with the program, English compiled a record of 11-46. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Stan Parrish was named the Eagles’ interim coach before their game against Western Michigan on Saturday.

27 comments
Ocho Ocho
Ocho Ocho

Wow what a hit job on Ron English. That woman just wants to fire him "with cause" to avoid paying the rest of his contract.

Dick.Gozinya
Dick.Gozinya

By the way Heather good luck in finding a coach that used "wholly appropriate language".....

Yipicya
Yipicya

I am guessing that AD Heather Lyke has never heard a football coach speak before.  

Cool
Cool

I am just going to make a wild guess and say that neither of the Pelini brothers will be up as candidates for the HC position there.

swededawg52
swededawg52

An Athletic Director names "Heather" tells it all.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

We really should be directed to a video (or at least the audio) of this thing. If he is just cussing everyone in general, using the dreaded 'f' word etc., then it's a preposterous fire. Now if he is singling guys out and calling them names that's different. At least, it is to me. A lot of 'You *** guys are **** terrible' is one thing. But if he says 'Smith, you dumb ***' then it's a little more understandable. Like it or not, the times have changed. 

Ebullient
Ebullient

There are a lot of canned quotes from university bigwigs and mouthpieces, but nothing about what he said, exactly.

John4
John4

Is there any way in the world his "inappropriate language" was worse than ANY game footage of Bo Pelini yelling for the ENTIRE game at everyone?  No there is not.  Of course, English was 11-46 so it's time to go.    

Vang Po
Vang Po

He probably called the team one of the more colorful slang terms for homosexuals or disparaged gays in some manner. Thats a cardinal sin nowadays.

Hola
Hola

LOL...Bullshitty.  He was fired for not winning.  This is an attempt to keep from honoring his contract.

JoePhenorkee
JoePhenorkee

And what about the university president and the things she has said?

VanceAnderson
VanceAnderson

11-46 lmao

He should been fired 40 losses ago! AHAHHAHAHAH


Dick.Gozinya
Dick.Gozinya

If he's being fired for being 1-8 then say so.  If you're firing Ron English for using "wholly inappropriate language" then every football head coach and assistant coach at the NAIA level and NCAA (Divisions I, II, and III) needs to be fired as they as sometime this season have used some type of "wholly inappropriate language".....c'mon Heather Lyle, quit hiding behind your skirt and front up w/ the REAL REASON.....

drbcool
drbcool

Damn! He used a bad word?

JohnDThorpe
JohnDThorpe

You sure this isn't about trying to get out of paying the coach any more money, since he was bound to be dismissed at the end of the season?

touseyd
touseyd

the irony in it is his last names "english"

gak01
gak01

@swededawg52 There has been strong belief by the University of Alabama faithful that the gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson will eventually be the AD at Alabama. No one has a problem with that, as she's won 6 national championships, and was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Heather Lyke  doesn't have those credentials, but she was the associate athletic director at Ohio State, so that's a pretty ignorant statement.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Okay, so I found where they DID have the audio. Could anyone understand it? Because I couldn't. 

TomOatway
TomOatway

@VanceAnderson 

exactly...if he was 46-11 and 8-1 this year he could swear and cuss his head off lol

drbcool
drbcool

As in "Pardon my ..." ?