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EMU says fired coach used ‘inappropriate language’

Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke said Saturday that fired football coach Ron English used “wholly inappropriate language” while addressing the team. EMU dismissed English Friday. Lyke said she’d received a tape of English addressing the team. She called his statements “absolutely unacceptable” and that the tape was only one of “a lot of factors” that led to her decision. “As a man who has coached 21 years, on this occasion and particular meeting, I lost my poise, got upset and used language that was inappropriate, particularly as it pertains to homosexual slurs. I regret that,” English said. The Eagles were 1-8 when English was fired. – AP