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Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke gave a more specific reason Saturday for firing coach Ron English.

Lyke said in a statement that the decision to part ways with English came after a video surfaced of him using "wholly inappropriate language" while addressing the team.

"We hold our coaches and staff to high standards of professionalism and conduct and there is no place, particularly in a student environment, where this language is appropriate," she said. "These statements made by Coach English are absolutely unacceptable. My decision to make a change in leadership of our football program was the culmination of a lot of factors, including the comprehensive review of our program, the competitive performance and this tape.

"Our primary interest is in the well-being and success of our student-athletes and this will continue to be our priority in every decision we make and every action we take. My focus moving forward is on the quality of our student-athletes' experience as well as the search process for the next leader of our football program."

Lyke did not offer specifics regarding the exact language English used.

The school released a statement Friday that English was "relieved of his responsibilities immediately."

Lyke said in a statement: "At this time, I have decided that a change in the leadership of our football team is necessary. Eastern Michigan University's commitment to our student-athletes remains of the utmost importance as we move forward with the rest of this season and in selecting the new leader of our program."

English, in his fifth season as Eastern Michigan's coach, went 11-46, including 7-30 in Mid-American Conference play. The Eagles entered Saturday at 1-8, including 0-5 in the MAC.

The school said assistant coach Stan Parrish is the interim coach and it will immediately begin a "national search for a new head coach."
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