Posted November 09, 2013

Audio: Listen to rant that led to Ron English’s firing at Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan Eagles, Ron English
Ron English

Eastern Michigan announced that it had fired head coach Ron English on Friday. (Jeff Haynes/AP)

On Friday, Eastern Michigan fired head coach Ron English after a 1-8 start to the 2013 season. On Saturday, Eagles athletic director Heather Lyke announced in a statement that English’s firing came, in part, due to English’s use of ” wholly inappropriate language” during an address to the team. Via the Detroit News, listen to the full audio of English’s rant below.

16 comments
LoCo1960
LoCo1960

If he was a white coach and he ranted and called the players the "n" word--I'm certain you all would feel he should be fired or severely punished.  Why is it ok for him to call his team a bunch of fa--gots?  Both are inflammatory terms and hurtful so he shouldn't be using any of them when directing his team.  Regardless if you dislike black people, gay people, or any other group of people--it's still unethical and inappropriate for a coach to resort to name calling using racial or homophobic terms.  I personally feel it would have been better served to make the coach get behavioral counseling instead of firing him (since it was a first offense) but I think this was used as an opportunity by the college to get rid of him. Still--coaches all know you can't use certain words when addressing their teams and he chose to ignore the rules.

Bigtruth
Bigtruth

If he was 8-1 his language would have been considered motivational. 1-8 and you're "inappropriate!"

RantNRave
RantNRave

Running antiquated offenses and wrecking recruiting by badmouthing single parent families inevitably led to English's dismissal.

JoePhenorkee
JoePhenorkee

They had plenty more reason to dismiss the EMU president than what was said there. Look up the EMU president and see what I mean

Huskerstildeath
Huskerstildeath

Who recorded this? Who was the lame person that recorded this? Really, this is the reason? Please, what a lame, lame excuse. Btw, was this recorded underwater? we still can't get clear audio?

Bazelope
Bazelope

Sorry Ron, I assume you thought you were coaching young men.  You got fired for this?  My pee-wee coach talked like this.   Maybe I can sue my pee-wee coach.  hmmmmmm.

Riq
Riq

They didn't need this lousy excuse to fire him.  His record was enough of a reason.

jdane
jdane

Could you provide a transcript please?

JackLail
JackLail

Listen to the audio, my @ $ $, It's 90% beeps. How the hell are we supposed to ascertain what he actually said?

Loch
Loch

Why do they need a reason to fire a lousy coach?

Hola
Hola

LOL...Are you kidding?  It seems like they are trying to void his contract. 

RantNRave
RantNRave

Well, President Martin had a bit of a drinking problem, enough to be dismissed. Fallon's administration attempted to cover up a campus murder, Krikpatrick's staff had a love of no-bid contracts for a big mansion, and Shelton was an egomaniac who permanently polarized the campus.

MrGameandShow
MrGameandShow

@Bazelope Pretty clear they were looking to fire him immediately. Used this as an excuse.

RantNRave
RantNRave

Simply to get a jump on the hiring search and to do whatever is contractually convenient.