Ron English was fired in November after The Detroit News published an audio clip of him berating players with expletives while addressing the team. (Duane Burleson / Associated Press)
Mobile, Ala. — For many unemployed football coaches, the Senior Bowl is effectively a convention, and one coach using the networking opportunity is former Eastern Michigan coach Ron English.
During the break between North practice and South practice, English had lunch at a restaurant near Ladd Peebles Stadium with former Michigan wide receiver and assistant coach Erik Campbell, who now coaches wide receivers for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.
There has been speculation English may join new Lions coach Jim Caldwell’s staff, and while English said, “That would be good,” he wouldn’t comment on whether or not he has interviewed for a position.
The Lions are still searching for a defensive backs coach, and most of English’s experience is coaching the secondary. A former safety at Cal, English coached defensive backs at Michigan from 2003-05 before being promoted to defensive coordinator from 2006-07. He then spent a year in the same role at Louisville before becoming Eastern Michigan’s head coach in 2009.
English was fired in November after The Detroit News published an audio clip of him berating players with expletives while addressing the team. He declined comment on his dismissal.
“No, I definitely don’t want to talk about that.”
The Eagles had an 11-46 record in English’s nearly five seasons at the helm.