During Saturday’s game between Western Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University, fans and students talked about the firing of Ron English and what the program should do going forward.
“He was 11-46 and I think it’s just time for a change,” EMU freshman Connor Comps said.
“I’m not exactly sure it was great timing toward the end of the season but 11-46 just isn’t getting it done.”
EMU fan George Paul believes that the constant changes in the coaching staff played a factor in English’s dismissal.
“I think he had five years to prove something and I guess he couldn’t keep the same staff together for the whole five years,” Paul said.
“They had new coaches each year and maybe if he could’ve kept the same group together they would have been better. I think it’s time to move on.”
Fifth-year senior Marshall Averill is ready for the search to start immediately.
“Good, they can start the search early,” Averill said. “Look at his record, he’s only won 11 games and three of those were against Division II opponents, so I’m happy.”
“He’s 11-46 and it was time for him to go,” EMU student Will Farrington said. “I think they should get Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.”
EMU fan John Cole kept things short and simple.
“The record speaks for itself,” Cole said.
“I think that it’s kind of sudden because the seasons almost over,” EMU student Connor Koores said.
“Why did they fire him basically at the end of the season? Although, on one hand it’s a good thing because you can start the transition. I’m pretty positive about it because this way next year you can already have a new system in place.”
EMU student Danny Wilson summed up what most people thought of English as head coach.
“He wasn’t performing for what he was brought in to do,” Wilson said.
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