Eastern Michigan fired head football coach Ron English abruptly Friday, just 24 hours before the team was set to host Western Michigan. (Minus English, the Eagles won that game in overtime.) The reasoning behind English’s dismissal came to light Saturday, and it all traced back to a vulgar rant English directed at his players.
First, a statement released by EMU athletic director Heather Lyke:
“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.”
The Detroit News obtained a copy of English’s tirade (which can be heard below). It is riddled with expletives and harsh language, with English also using a gay slur.
“This is s**t football, as bad as I’ve ever been around!” English screamed at one point. “I respect football players … you ain’t no football players.”
Here’s the audio, as promised: