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Posted on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 : 3 p.m.

Eastern Michigan's Ron English on preseason hot seat list

By Kyle Austin

Nearly a month after Sports Illustrated named Ron English one of the five worst coaches in college football, the magazine has placed the Eastern Michigan head coach on another list this week.

This one isn’t good either.


Ron English will be looking to improve on a 2-10 mark last season. file

English made's “Hot Seat Watch” Monday, falling into a “Group A” category on the website. He’s one of three in that category, along with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and USC’s Lane Kiffin.

“Taking away English’s 6-6 campaign in 2011, he’s won just four games over three years,” SI’s Martin Rickman writes. “English has the intensity required for the job, and he has a vision for what he wants the program to be. But if the Eagles win two games for the third time in four seasons (2-10 in 2010 and ’12), he likely won’t be around to see that vision through.”

English is entering the last year of a five-year contract. The Eagles finished 2-10 last year, after going 6-6 the year before.

He addressed job speculation at MAC Media day last month, saying after 21 years in coaching that he’s “almost immune” to the uncertainty of it. New Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke said at MAC Media Day that English and the football program as a whole will be evaluated after the season.



Wed, Aug 7, 2013 : 12:58 a.m.

EMU could go 10-2 and he wouldn't be back next year. Everyone can see the writing on the wall. He'll land a Defensive Coordinator job some place and try again at head coach in 5-7 years.

Kyle Austin

Wed, Aug 7, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

I agree he has an uphill climb to get a new contract, but I'd say 10-2 would do the trick