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Posted on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 10:49 a.m.

Columnist challenges Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English's 'seemingly moronic' comment

By Staff

Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English recently spoke about the need for tougher players in his program as the Eagles strive to rebound from a winless season.

"We wanted guys that had a father in their background," English said. "A guy that's raised by his mom all the time, and please don't take me wrong, but the reality is that you've got to teach that guy how to be taught by a man."

Detroit Free Press columnist Mick McCabe says those "seemingly moronic and sexist comments" insult single mothers and high school coaches.



Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 7:55 p.m.

May I remind you that President Obama fits the "unteachable" category you have ignorantly described. You are not a model for any young man!


Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 7:19 p.m.

I think Mr. English should focuse on having a winning season. Not speaking negatively of kids coming from single parent house holds. He also needs to be focusing on not making offers to kids to come play football for EMU and not honoring his offers. I think it was down right crule what he did to one of the top players of Oakland County that graduated this past June, 2010 Moe Davenport. His lost was Wayne States treasure. Watch out English or you might be looking for new employment. Rumor has it if EMU's football program continues on the loosing road there might not be a football program at EMU in the future.


Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 5:25 p.m.

If you want someone that is tough? Get a player that had to growup early and on their own! Now that is a TOUGH player!


Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 3:08 p.m.

Well it certainly isn't politically correct. I think he would have been wiser to say "Young men who have not been appropriately disciplined and given guidance at home, have a harder time taking instruction from coach".

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 3 p.m.

I won't defend Ron English but after reading McCabes rebuttal he all but declared fathers are irrelevant...who needs them? Is it possible for an active present father to have a positive influence on a son or not Mr McCabe?


Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 2:27 p.m.

I'll preface this by disclosing that Jeff Genyk is a good friend of mine. That being said, I blasted, in a letter to the editor, the AD and one of the regents for firing Jeff and claiming that they were now committed to "taking this thing to another level." They fired a guy who worked his tail off, did not have a single off the field problem in 4 years, had kids graduating, won 3 or 4 games per year, was competitive in nearly every game, and beat CMU consistently. For what? They finished 0-12 and weren't competitive. Coach English subtly knocked Jeff all year by claiming his guys weren't tough enough and didn't understand how to win. He then blamed his coaching staff and fired most of the guys who hadn't already quit (Tyrone Wheatley took a job at Syracuse as fast as he could). He also chased off 20-30 players from last year's roster--many of which had eligibility left. Coach Genyk operated with the lowest recruiting budget in the MAC, the lowest assistant coaching budget in the MAC and no indoor facility. Coach English makes triple the salary Genyk made, and has more than double the assistant coach pool and recruiting budget. He also has an indoor facility. Does this seem like a good investment by the institution? What a joke! EMU will likely be somewhere between 0-24 and 2-22 in the first two years of the "new era". Meanwhile, watch the special teams and tight ends at the Cal-Berkely where Jeff Genyk has landed.


Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 2 p.m.

His comment is just wrong. If he had a team that couldn't be coached/taught by a man, how did those kids learn the football that got them to him in the first place? Is he saying they have never been taught?? Maybe the problem isn't the kids but him. Bottom line, they went 0-fer last year and you can't blame the players for everything. Great preparation can help win A game. He needs to clarify his statement because it's not like EMU is attracting the best of the best in football. Alienating an entire culture of kids, schools and people will keep EMU 0-fer for a long time.


Mon, Aug 9, 2010 : 1:30 p.m.

I think I understand what English is trying to say, but damn! Couldn't he find a better way to say it.