It’s been a whirlwind weekend for the Eastern Michigan football program and their former head coach, Ron English.
On Friday, news broke that the school had fired their head coach after Athletic Director Heather Lyke had received a tape in which English had used ‘wholly inappropriate’ language while addressing his team in the locker room.
On Saturday, the audio of that tape was leaked and, yes, English did use some inappropriate remarks, including homophobic slurs while speaking to his players.
Also on Saturday, while speaking to the Associated Press over the phone, English apologized for his actions that ultimately led to his dismissal from the school and football program:
“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. I regret that,” English said in a telephone interview Saturday. “I apologize to the university for putting it in this position and tarnishing its reputation. I look forward to continuing a career that has been marked by molding men of integrity, passion, and intensity for 21 years.”
After a 2-10 season last year, Eastern Michigan was just 1-8 in 2013, but it’s unfortunate that it took a situation such as this to remove English from his position.