On the eve of a rivalry match-up with the Western Michigan Broncos, Eastern Michigan fired their head coach Ron English. Or as Eastern Michigan officials put it in a Friday press release: “relieved of duties immediately”.
Interesting terminology to be sure and a sudden move for a team on the eve of a rivalry game but Athletic Director Heather Lyke felt the time was now to make a change.
At this time, I have decided that a change in the leadership of our football team is necessary,” said Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke in a release. “Eastern Michigan University’s commitment to our student-athletes remains of the utmost importance as we move forward with the rest of this season and in selecting the new leader of our program.”
Ron English was the defensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines before taking the head coaching job at Eastern. There were high hopes that a Wolverines influence would have a positive effect on Eastern Michigan’s Football program.
Unfortunately for Eagle fans the exact opposite happened.
Ron English’s tenure as Eagles head coach has been nothing sort of disastrous. His overall record at Eastern was 11-46 with a pathetic 7-30 record in MAC conference play. The Eagles are 1-8 in 2013.
According to the press release, Eastern Michigan will begin a national search for a Head Coach. The Eagles should have no trouble finding an up and coming assistant to fill the job. MAC coaching jobs are often used as stepping-stones to a job at a major conference school. Michigan’s Brady Hoke, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer were all previously MAC coaches.