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.