Sep 15, 2012; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Eastern Michigan Eagles head coach Ron English in the first quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Farewell Ron English


Dear Ron English,

Thank you for your service as the Eastern Michigan University Head Football Coach. During your time at Eastern you have brought many gifts and growth to the program. These items include but aren’t limited to a state of the art indoor practice facility, a brand new locker room, multiple new sets of uniforms and experience from the top level of college football.

Eastern Michigan University is not the most attractive coaching job in the land.  It’s located in a downtrodden city called Ypsilanti. This is a low income city with limited support from surrounding areas. It is ten minutes away from Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the Wolverines and most people at that University would never step foot in this city.

Yes there are plenty of gangs, yes the Ypsilanti locals can be risque and yes it is not uncommon to hear police sirens at any given hour of the day. However Eastern Michigan University is just a tiny portion of this city and doesn’t deserve to be victimized and judged by its surroundings. Eastern is a school thriving with students and future leaders that want to make a difference in the world.

As result of these factors among many more, Eastern Michigan will never be a national draw for coaches or recruits. Despite Ypsilanti’s track record, you, Ron English came here to coach our football team. You coached your heart out from the moment of your arrival.  And yes a mistake was made, which is why a change was mandated.

Change is always rough and it is not the end of the road. You apologized, didn’t hide anything and will move on from this. Football is in your blood and the coach inside will never leave you. Good luck in your future endeavors from Eastern Michigan University, your home for the last four years.  Wins and losses do not measure the impact a coach can have on its players and you showed that. We will continue to be rapacious.

Thank you again for your perseverance, hard work and dedication,

An Eastern Michigan University Alumni

 

 

 

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  • Ralph Pasola

    You’ve really got an attitude about Eastern. None of what you say is true. The campus has a very low crime rate and is very clean and polished. It also sounds like you don’t spend much time in Ypsilanti – most weekends Thursday – Sunday, the restaurants are packed. Have you been to Red Rock BBQ? The Tap Room, Bon Sera? How about the Brewery? The Side Track in Depot Town? As for Ron English, he was the worst coach. He had good players and was a failure at developing them into great players. He was rude, course and did not want anything to do with most alums and/or alums connected to football. He was brought in by Lloyd Carr and one of the EMU Regents and now they are paying for it. Most of us feel he really did not want to be here. His family just wanted to move back to the area. Parents of players have complained that not only English, but the entire staff was abusive. So, keep on hating! And since you hide behind a pseudonym you have no credibility and don’t have to tell the truth or use actual facts. Sign your real name like a real man!!! English is not an Eagle – no one in their right mind would do what he did in front of a generation brought up with electronics, especially cell phones.

    • Tony Fischer

      Ralph,

      First off he did sign his name. near the top under the feature boxes. Also at the top of the article. Secondly, Mr. Davis has went to Eastern and lives in Ypsilanti so his opinion comes from experience. Lastly, Mr. Davis has first hand knowledge of the football program having been involved.

      Also I have played football for a major high school and my coaches would drop the f-bomb. Did English go too far, Yes. But did his language go beyond what other D-1 coaches probably use. Probably not.

      English was dismissed because of his record in the MAC period. If he was winning his language wouldn’t be an issue. To suggest otherwise is bunk.

  • Darryl Johnson

    I agree with the article. Ron English was not fired because he was a lunatic caught on tape, he was fired because of his record. If his team was winning, his diatribe on tape would have been quickly brushed under the carpet and his wrist would have been slapped with sensitivity training. Frankly, the vast majority of his players liked him greatly. Because they lost, it was easy for a new EMU AD to ride in on her white stallion from Columbus, Ohio and show she was the boss, and also “different” than all of the rest in the past. The sad reality is English was not the biggest jerk of a coach on the Eastern Michigan University campus. That honor goes to Scott Hall, the woman’s soccer coach at EMU — and most athletes on campus knows it because they all hear the stories. The difference is that Hall (finally) won a regular season MAC championship last fall, and even though he lost the MAC tournament final to be denied a ticket to the NCAA tournament (yet again) he and his team were praised by the EMU trustees. This only happened because they won. If the new AD really wanted to change the culture at EMU she would fire Hall and a few others, too. But the firing of English was just a combination of window dressing and the new AD putting her brand on the program by hiring the football coach. English and his losing record were just caught in the crossfire. Frankly, although he’s a nice guy, English really should have been fired the year before.