Eastern Michigan has announced the firing of head football coach Ron English. English was hired in 2009 in hopes of improving the program, but in addition to a disappointing 1-8 season so far this year, the Eagles have only won 11 games in four years. The best year for Eastern Michigan under English was in 2011 when the team finished 6-6.
It is unclear where the Eagles go from here, but this season has been a disaster. In addition to the problems on the field, which are bad enough on their own, the team is also dealing with the tragic slaying of Demarius Reed on October 18th, which is still under investigation.
It remains to be seen if the move to fire English appears to be in an effort to get a jump on the competition with trying to get a good candidate to take over the program or if there were other circumstances that prompted this move. Eastern Michigan has struggled as a program for years and their last winning record was in 1995 when they finished 6-5 and before that, it was 1989.