Time for leadership
I’m not going to beat around the bush. I’m not going to equivocate. I’m not going to use weasel words.
I’m going to be direct and to the point.
It is time for Ron English to go.
Heather Lyke, if you are reading this, please take action now, before Eastern Michigan University is subjected to further embarrassment. Be the leader this program needs; please fire Ron English today.
There is no longer a process. There is no progress. This is a disaster. Let the Ron English era at EMU end here.
What would be the ramifications of firing English immediately?
Probably minimal. From a financial point of view, his contract runs through 12/31/13. He’s going to get paid for that regardless, but it’s not as though EMU would be paying two head coaches full salary at once.
From a team perspective, Stan Parrish is more than capable of jumping in as interim head coach to finish out the season; he’s been both an interim head coach and a regular head coach before. As for the defense, either defensive line coach Ken Delgado or linebackers coach Mark Criner could run the show; each has previously been a DC for an FBS school.
Are there other options?
The second-best option would be for Lyke to immediately announce that Ron English will coach through the end of the season and then be gone.
Let’s be honest, at this point we all know that English will not be coaching at EMU past December 31. Heather Lyke needs to make at least that much official right away, and start a coaching search — if she hasn’t already started.
As Jeremy wrote on the open thread, “If this is a serious program, they have to get rid of English. Now.”
Well, Ms. Lyke? Is this a serious program?