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Ron English rips single moms everywhere

Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English might need to take a lesson in learning when to stop talking.

Back on July 31st in a story run by the Detroit News, English was quoted as saying he was looking for players with, how should we put it, more traditional family backgrounds.

“We wanted guys that had a father in their background,” said English.”A guy that’s raised by his mom all the time, and please don’t take me wrong, but the reality is that you’ve got to teach that guy how to be taught by a man.”

Whether that philosophy is true or not, English didn’t do himself any favors on the recruiting trail.

“That’s insane,” said Rod Oden, head coach at Detroit Crockett High School. “What he’s asking for, we don’t have. A lot of the kids are from broken homes. We kind of fill that void for a lot of these guys as far as being a father figure. It’s disheartening to know that he said something like that.”

Here’s betting single mom’s everywhere aren’t too happy with English either.

English, who held defensive coordinator positions for Michigan (2006-07) and Louisville (2008) before being hired at Eastern Michigan, also told the Detroit News that he had been doing a lot of house cleaning in Ypsilanti. “I felt like we had a lot of guys who really didn’t love football,” remarked English.”Philosophically, to be honest with you, I just did not like the attitude of the defense.”

Going 0-12 in his first season probably didn’t help.

English’s 2010 recruiting class has 24 commits, including three-star prospects Jabar Westerman and Darrius Moffett. Westerman is a defensive line prospect from Dodge City, Kansas, and Moffett is a linebacker from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Update: No word yet on whether or not Westerman and Moffett had a father figure growing up. We will continue to monitor situation cloesly.


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  1. Informed says: Aug 9, 2010 2:01 PM

    not sure Id feel comfortable with this guy coaching my kid. Where could he come up with this? If anything kids from single parent(mom) homes tend to be much tougher. They are not as “comfortable” in many cases. Many of them tend to be forced to being the “man” of the house. Cant believe a black HC would say something like that. Thats insensitive. On a side note, EMU recruit Jabar Westermann is not from Dodge City Kansas, he is actually Canadian. He played at Brampton Notre Dame High School in Toronto. His older brother played DL for Rutgers.

  2. BrownsTown says: Aug 9, 2010 2:09 PM

    This is a lot more dynamic of a topic than kids with heightened PC sensibilities can handle. It shouldn’t be taboo to discuss the breakdown of the family and the role of the father, especially in the context of how a kid will react to a dominant male figure in the kid’s collegiate life.
    Turn off the PC alarm and understand that there is some merit, in the aggregate, to English’s comments and voices across America, including the one in the Oval Office, are increasingly talking about the importance of fathers. Not go all political here, but this seems like a contrived reaction I’d see from a Liberal hack, not a college football website. Dialogue isn’t dangerous.

  3. Donna says: Aug 9, 2010 2:15 PM

    Oooooo, No he didn’t!!!
    “he had been doing a lot of house cleaning in Ypsilanti. “I felt like we had a lot of guys who really didn’t love football,”
    Ok, how do you get “guys who really didn’t love football” from young men raised by single moms?And is that the reason he cleaned house? Did he have more “fatherless” young men than he thought he should be required to deal with?
    He better hope he went through that cleaning house process the right way, for the right reasons, and that it had nothing to do with his discrimination against young men from broken homes!!
    Not a smart career move in my opinion!!

  4. BENITO says: Aug 9, 2010 2:54 PM

    you might not like it but the substance of his statement is true!

  5. Cubano says: Aug 9, 2010 3:26 PM

    What a dickhead! Very smart jackass……

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 9, 2010 3:45 PM

    @informed: Westerman is from Dodge City CC in Kansas. I should have clarified. Thanks for verifying.

  7. burntorangehorn says: Aug 9, 2010 4:03 PM

    Not go all political here, but this seems like a contrived reaction I’d see from a Liberal hack, not a college football website. Dialogue isn’t dangerous.
    Nice job not getting political, sport.

  8. BrownsTown says: Aug 9, 2010 4:41 PM

    Because that preface was literal. Nice nuance-recognition, sport.

  9. blitz4848 says: Aug 9, 2010 5:22 PM

    Leave it to Kercheval:
    “to make much ado about nothing”!!!!

  10. thebigirish says: Aug 9, 2010 8:25 PM

    Contrived and political? Come on what do you want? This is a college football site. A college football coach said something controversial. Seems like the perfect site to post it on.
    What do you want them to do; ignore the stories that may in anyway not be PC?
    At the end of the day what English said may have a lot of truth to it but it is one of those things that he can think and work with in his program but it is professional suicide to say it publicly.

  11. frank booth says: Aug 10, 2010 1:50 AM

    It’s not a political comment. It’s a stupid comment with nothing to back it up, just an assumption that males raised by a female figures are not going to be as good at football as they would if there were a father figure in their lives.

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