Former Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English expressed regret in an interview with The Associated Press for using inappropriate language that included a homophobic slur during a film session with defensive backs last month.
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 told the AP in a telephone interview Saturday, hours after the school released a statement explaining why he was fired the previous day.
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.
Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke, in a statement released by the school Saturday, said she received audio of English using wholly inappropriate language while addressing the Eagles.
English was fired Friday with a 1-8 record this season and an 11-46 mark over five years at the Mid-American Conference program.
With interim Stan Parrish, the Eagles beat Western Michigan 35-32 in overtime for its second win of the season with 2,177 in attendance in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Ryan Brumfield rushed for a 4-yard touchdown to give the Eagles (2-8, 1-5 Mid-American) the win.
TRINE 47, OLIVET 41, OT: In Olivet, Mich., the Thunder closed the game with two touchdowns – Frank Vuocolo had a 3-yard run and Brandon Zooze connected with Jared Barton on a 1-yard score – to force overtime.
Vuocolo won it with a 4-yard touchdown run, and he finished with 60 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Richard Gunn had 22 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown for Trine (4-5).
Olivet (6-3) was led by Braden Black, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 396 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
HANOVER 24, MANCHESTER 21: In Hanover, the Spartans scored three straight touchdowns to take a 21-17 lead in the fourth quarter, but Hanover (5-4) answered with Dexter Britt’s 28-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds remaining in the game.
Manchester (2-7) was led by Logan Haston, who completed 9 of 12 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown, and had a 5-yard touchdown run.
BUTLER 72, VALPARAISO 12: In Indianapolis, Matt Lancaster and Brendan Shannon connected for three touchdown passes as the Bulldogs had a record-setting performance.
Butler (8-3, 6-1 Pioneer Football League) broke a school record for total offense with 717 yards, surpassing its previous best of 673 in a 1989 game against St. Ambrose. Butler’s 72 points were its most since scoring 68 against Indianapolis in 1948.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 29, INDIANA STATE 0: In Brookings, S.D., Zach Zenner rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown as the Jackrabbits (6-4, 3-3 Missouri Valley Conference) rolled.
The Jackrabbits held the Sycamores (1-9, 0-6) to just 161 yards of total offense, 56 passing. Indiana State starting quarterback Mike Perish was hurt early in the game.