Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
For long-time MGoBlog readers who'd like a trip down memory lane and into the realm of hearsay and speculation (not to mention a fun distraction from yesterday's events), there's an interesting article on EMU in the DetNews today:
EMU regent Jim Stapleton did not agree with the firing, saying English needed six years to succeed. He said English had one of the best coaching staffs in the MAC, men who won titles elsewhere.
“They did not get dumb overnight,” he said.
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He also blamed former players for creating a negative vibe around the program.
“A lot of those guys fought against his hiring,” Stapleton said. “(English) had internal battles all the time. There was a culture of former players who did not want to see him succeed. … They never liked him.”
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Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
No, this is not from the Onion:
Ron English won MAC Coach of the Year yesterday. He led Eastern Michigan to a 6-6 record this year after going 2-10 and 0-12 in the 2 previous years. Congrats to Ron, it's always nice to see a former Michigan coach do well.
Also I found this interesting:
English has been mentioned in recent days, in various publications, as a candidate for the vacant head coaching jobs at Arizona State, Washington State and Illinois.
I did not know that until now. It'd be great if he went to Illinois and was able to hand OSU a loss every now and then.
In this busy season of recruiting, I thought at least a handful of people might be interested to see how Ron English is doing at EMU:
What I found remarkable there is the lack of players from Michigan. I realize that stocking a roster with only Michiganders is unrealistic when the in-state competition is considered, but I'm surprised that the numbers are so low. 2010 and 2009 are similar.
Did his Family Values comments (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/freep-ron-english-sells-single-moms-short) hurt that much? Or, has he just kept his focus where there are more players?
I hate to dissapoint all of you Ron English Fans, HOWEVA, Mr. English will be returning to coach the EMich Hurons, doh, Eagles next fall:
"Absolutely, he'll be back," Gragg said. "I like the direction the program is going. Ron is one of the most resilient people I know."
Ron English thinks it was kosher to have Tressel keep scoring on his Eagles:
"I felt like Jim (Tressel, Buckeyes coach) felt that we were still throwing it so he was going to keep scoring," English said. "That's probably what happened out there. I have to weigh developing our receivers, our quarterbacks and our protection. I always try to do that.
But, he leaves a fair warning for the Vest...
"Every dog has his day. I've had my days. I'm taking mine right now. I'm sure there'll be a day when I'm giving mine again, whether it be here or somewhere else. But I promise you, I'll be back giving my butt-whuppins out, too. It goes around.
"I'll be doing this a long time. I'm 42 years old. I'll be in this profession for 20 more years, so I'll have my day. I don't say that in disrespect. Let me say it again because I respect Jim Tressel. I don't say that I'm (ticked) off at Jim Tressel. I don't stay that that way. I just know that. Nebraska beats us (at Arizona State, 77-28, in 1995 and) we shut them out (19-0) the next year to end their (26-game winning) streak. That's the nature of the beast. The strong survive in this profession. That's just the way it is."
I don't know if Ron will be able to do it with Eastern, but I hope he someday gets the opportunity to roll Ohio State. He probably has a career of hatred built up for them.
Full article at http://www.detnews.com/article/20100926/SPORTS0203/9260328/Eastern-coach-Ron-English-on-blowout-loss-to-Buckeyes---It-goes-around-