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BREAKING NEWS: English relieved of his coaching duties effective immediately

(11/08/13 3:37pm)

Eastern Michigan University Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke announced Friday that head coach Ron English has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Lyke issued a further statement through EMU Athletics early Saturday afternoon on the decision to relieve English from coaching duties: “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.”

English regrets using homosexual slurs

(11/09/13 5:51pm)

On Saturday, former Eastern Michigan University head coach Ron English was interviewed by the Associated Press a day after being fired by Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke for using “inappropriate language.” In the interview, English talks about using the wrong choice of words. “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.

Trick play to tie the game in the last minute leads to OT win for EMU

(11/09/13 8:25pm)

Being the closest to winning a game since week one, Eastern Michigan University lined up for a two-point conversion in an effort to tie Western Michigan University with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter. “We practiced [this] two-point play since the first day we got here last spring,” EMU interim head coach Stan Parrish said. Freshman quarterback Brogan Roback took the snap and handed it to Ryan Brumfield.