Ron English has been let go at Eastern Michigan
Saturday AM update>
Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke has released a statement essentially saying the same thing we told you yesterday.
"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. The statements 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."
Ron English was let go as Eastern Michigan's head coach on Friday. Nine games into his fifth season at the school, English had an 11-46 record as the Eagles' head coach. Stan Parrish will take over as interim head coach for the rest of this season.
A national search has begun for English's replacement.
"At this time, I have decided that a change in the leadership of our football team is necessary," said Eastern Michigan athletics director Heather 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."
At Eastern Michigan, I have heard a recording which was represented to be Coach English speaking to members of the team recently...— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) November 8, 2013
I have no reason to doubt the authenticity of the recording...— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) November 8, 2013
Based on what I heard him say, I understand why the AD (when presented with the same audio) would call English in for a mtg… & ultimately...— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) November 8, 2013
…chose to terminate his employment.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) November 8, 2013
Per the USA Today coaching salary database, English was the 114th-highest paid head coach in FBS, pulling in a shade under $375,000. In 2012, Eastern Michigan had the MAC's second-lowest salary pool for assistants, paying a total of $1.089 million. Only two assistants earned salaries above $81,000.
English arrived as a heralded defensive assistant, with five years of experience at Michigan (the final two as defensive coordinator) and one year as a coordinator at Louisville. English steadily built the Eagles' program up from the depths of college football, going 0-12 his first year and then improving to 2-10 and then 6-6 in 2011, but then the program began a backslide that English could not reverse. After a 2-10 season in 2012, the Eagles beat Howard to open this season, only to lose their next eight games.
Parrish will slide from the team's offensive coordinator to interim head coach. Parrish has a wide range of head coaching experience, going 42-3-1 at Wabash from 1978-82, then 13-8-1 in two seasons at Marshall (1984-85), before a 2-30-1 stint at Kansas State from 1986-88 that ultimately pushed the Wildcats to hiring Bill Snyder. After spending two decades as an assistant, Parrish went 6-19 at Ball State, serving as the bridge between Brady Hoke and Pete Lembo.
Eastern Michigan becomes the fifth FBS school to making a head coaching change this season, following USC, Connecticut, Miami (Ohio) and Florida Atlantic.
In extraordinarily rare timing to announce a coaching change, Eastern Michigan hosts Western Michigan tomorrow (1 p.m. ET, ESPN3).
As always, we'll update with more information as it becomes available.