Friday, Ron English was relieved of his duties as Eastern Michigan’s head coach, a dismissal that officially stemmed from “wholly inappropriate language” directed at his players and was caught on tape but whose roots were in a 11-46 career record at the school.
In an interview with the Associated Press Saturday, English apologized for what his former boss, athletic director Heather Lyke, described as “absolutely unacceptable” behavior on the ex-coach’s part.
“As a man who has coached 21 years, obviously, on this occasion and particular meeting, I lost my poise, got upset and used language that was inappropriate, particularly as it pertains to homosexual slurs. I regret that,” English was quoted as saying during a phone conversation with the AP. “I apologize to the university for putting it in this position and tarnishing its reputation.
“I look forward to continuing a career that has been marked by molding men of integrity, passion, and intensity for 21 years.”
The tape, which made its way to Lyke at some point, was recorded while English and the team were reviewing game film recently. If you haven’t heard the audio of the incident, you can do so by clicking HERE. Warning: it’s not the highest-quality recording and is sometimes inaudible. What is audible, however, is decidedly NSFW.
As for EMU on the field, the Eagles, under interim head coach/offensive coordinator Stan Parrish, defeated bitter in-state rival Western Michigan in overtime Saturday. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak.