By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 8th, 2013 at 6:03 PM EST
Ron English was once one of the highest names in college football.
English has been the Eastern Michigan head coach since being hired in 2008. But his tenure at the school has come to an end, as the school has fired him.
Eastern Michigan had a 1-8 record at the time of his firing this afternoon. He was just 11-46 overall in four-plus seasons at the school.
He has been replaced by assistant coach Stan Parrish on an interim basis. An immediate search will begin for a new head coach once the season ends.
English is the fourth head coach to be fired mid-season this year. Southern California, Grambling State, Connecticut, Miami (Ohio) had coaches fired, while Florida Atlantic had their head coach resign.
Heather Lyke, the Eastern Michigan Athletic Director, said that it was time for a change in leadership.
“This has been an extraordinarily challenging year for our football student- athletes and they have continued to represent Eastern with pride and professionalism. At this time of transition, it is important that Eastern Michigan fans and alumni everywhere continue to show their support for our student-athletes. Your involvement is part of the foundation from which we will create a stronger program in the future.”
This firing doesn’t compare to what happened to this football team last month. In October, Eagles wide receiver Demarius Reed was shot to death in an apartment complex hallway.
Western Michigan will pay tribute to Reed tomorrow when they play Eastern Michigan at 1 pm. They will wear No. 2 helmets in honor of Reed, who wore No. 2 for Eastern Michigan before his death on October 18th.
Police say that robbery was the motive, but no one has been arrested in his murder.
“We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes and we will continue to do everything we can to support their success in the classroom and on the field,” EMU president Susan Martin said in a statement.
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