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Verified: Phil Snow gone to Temple

January 16, 2013
Ron English's message to EMU fans.

Ron English’s continuing message to EMU fans.

Phil Snow is gone from EMU football.

I got a tip over the weekend that it was a “done deal” that Snow was leaving EMU for Temple, where he’ll work under newly-hired head coach Matt Rhule. It was also mentioned by Football Scoop (“Sources tell us Eastern Michigan defensive coordinator Phil Snow will join Matt Rhule’s staff at Temple. “), written up at some length at Temple Football Forever (“It looks like Marcus Satterfield goes from OC at Tennessee-Chattanooga to the same role at Temple, while Phil Snow goes from Eastern Michigan DC to Temple DC.”), and now it’s official.

On the one hand, let’s be honest. EMU has hardly been putting up impressive defensive numbers. Temple Football Forever was not happy with the hiring of Snow.

But, here we are, just weeks away from signing day. EMU football has a newly-hired offensive coordinator who’s been out of Division I football — and out of recruiting altogether — for the last two years. No linebackers coach, since Randy Stewart left for Cal after one season at EMU.1 Now no defensive coordinator, which also means no defensive backs coach, since Snow has been filling both positions.

The only remaining defensive coach — aside from Ron English himself — seems to be Ken Delgado. In 25 years of professional coaching, Delgado has spent 23 of those years as a defensive line coach. In 2000 and 2001, he was San Diego State’s defensive coordinator, leading a defense that allowed nearly 26 points per game, while the team went 6-16.

Then mix in that 2013 is the fifth year of Ron English’s five-year contract at EMU. There is no long-term left, this is a win now or go home situation. Who is going to hitch their career to Ron English under those circumstances, who is going to take on what has been one of the worst defenses in college football for the last four years? In my poll asking what people think of Stan Parrish’s hiring, a solid majority (61%) think he’s “all Ron English could get, given that he’s only got one year left on his contract.” Who is going to be the defensive Stan Parrish?

  1. Stewart might have been a candidate for defensive coordinator, since he’s got previous experience at that position. His departure is somewhat understandable, since he’d spent his entire football career out west prior to taking the EMU job last spring. []
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Oldnormal permalink
    January 16, 2013 3:02 pm

    Is this a signal that no one can work with English? I didn’t realize there were so many open coaching positions. None of this sounds good.

    • cmadler permalink*
      January 16, 2013 3:04 pm

      Or that the assistants can see the writing on the wall, and are just trying to get out while the getting is good.

  2. Chief Huron permalink
    January 17, 2013 3:58 am

    There’s always some ex U of M player looking for a job.

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