Posted: 4:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
It's been the great debate going around Ypsi in the passed couple of years: is it time to let Ron English go?
In 2009, English was hired to be the Eagles' new head coach to replace Jeff Gynek, who went 16-42 in his five seasons at Eastern Michigan. With all of the other small improvements that have been made with boost in attendances, the new uniforms, the back-to-back Michigan MAC championships, nothing can shake the fact that passed four and one-third seasons have been an overall disappointment.
With 52 games in the Ron English era, the Eagles have gone 11-41, this including the fluke of a 6-6 season in 2011 which was the best the school has seen since 1995 when they went 6-5 under Rick Rasnick, as well as their first winless season (2009) since 1981.
The Eagles are off to a very unimpressive start this year with a 1-3 record with the lone win coming against an FCS Howard University. It wasn't exactly the sexiest win either, having to come back from an 11-point deficit to win late in the ball game. Nobody necessarily expected the Eagles to beat Penn State or Rutgers on the road, but coming home to a Ball State team on your schedule, you'd expect the Eagles to at least put up a good fight. Instead, the Eagles fall flat on their faces, play a horrendous game on the defensive side of the ball and be embarrassed to lose by 31 points on Homecoming.
Even The Eastern Echo published a story last year, calling Ron English an "expensive waste of tuition". Since then, we've seen five new faces enter and four leave the EMU coaching staff, notably Stan Parrish coming in to replace Ken Karcher as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Ron English remained as the head coach, but took over as the defensive coordinator, which seemed like it would be the best fit for him, that's where the bulk of his coaching experience comes from after coordinating the defenses at Louisville and Michigan.
Now, as English's first year as the defensive coordinator, the Eagles have let up an average of 37 points per game.
In my talks with Eastern fans, they all cross their fingers in hopes to see the true freshman Brogan Roback take the field and lead this team to the promise land (Ford Field). But, as talented as the kid might be, none of those said fans have ever seen this kid play before and are all just hanging onto the fact that the kid was a 4-star recruit per Yahoo! and Scout recruiting sites (ESPN has him listed as a 3-star). Even though Tyler Benz played poorly last week, the offense isn't the main problem here.
This really puts the new AD Heather Lyke in a serious position: keep English around to at least finish the season, or start accepting applications to be part of the EMU football coaching staff?