Ron English may have been relieved of his duties as Eastern Michigan’s head coach, but he hasn’t been relieved of his ability to continue getting paid by the university.
After some initial uncertainty, and following Freedom of Information request, mlive.com is reporting that the school will honor the remainder of English’s contract that runs through the end of the year. The website writes that the former coach “stands to earn $50,812 in the 53 days between the day he was relieved of his coaching duties and Dec. 31, the final day of his contract.”
The dismissal would likely have been considered “for cause,” meaning EMU would not have been contractually obligated to pay the remainder of his salary. However it could’ve cost the university more in the long run — thanks, lawyers — had English decided to fight the dismissal or for the remainder of what he was owed.
EMU announced Nov. 8, one day before its game with in-state rival Western Michigan, that English had been fired. A day later, athlete director Heather Lyle alluded to a tape of English using “wholly inappropriate language” in a team meeting had been brought to her attention and had triggered the dismissal.
English subsequently apologized for losing his poise and using “homosexual slurs.”