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Ron English wants to get back into coaching and there are a number of people around the University of Michigan program that want to help him.

English has had 14 months to think about that 90-second profanity and homophobic-laced tirade that shocked the football world and led to his firing as Eastern Michigan University's head football coach. He's had 14 months to reshape his life.

Once a highly regarded defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, English finds himself on the sidelines as college coaching jobs around the country are being filled. No one wanted to touch the guy that called players filthy names.

But that guy is no longer around. English has reshaped his mind and body.

"I think what happened is I was so focused on wanting to have success that my world became way too small," English said. "So now my world is big again. When you get like that and you get so focused that you stay in that little world. So for example you don't even talk to people. I didn't really talk to too many people for five years."

Now his world is big again, filled with family, religion, friends and a new focus on football.

English, 46, did not spend much time feeling sorry for himself. He, instead, went about changing the man that embarrassed himself and EMU.

"It's been a very painful period in Ron's career and I think he's trying to do everything he can to make amends and to make apologies," said former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr who hired English to be his defensive coordinator. "And I do think he has a lot to offer young people and I am confident he will get another chance."

English and his family became members of Bethesda Bible Church in Ypsilanti where he is taking religious and spiritual classes.

He is now the academic coach and travel soccer and basketball chauffeur for his children Simon, 15, Sydney, 11 and Seth, 9. When he served as head coach he did not spend as much time with his kids. Now he sits down immediately after school with them during study time and monitors their school work.

He was a member of the Cleveland Browns' intern program and focused on being an offensive line coach. He also helped coach Portland Lincoln High School, which advanced to the Oregon state playoffs. and studied Big Ten football games.

And finally English is reconnecting with people. He always loved people. He just did not show it. That certainly did not come out when he told players he wanted nothing to do with them.

EMU regent Jim Stapleton remains in contact with English and marvels at how he has changed.

"There is no doubt it was a blip on the radar screen during five years with the program," Stapleton said. "There was so much turmoil the last year of the program. Anybody who has worked with the man and knows the history knows that is in no way, shape or form of who he is."

When English attended Cal-Berkley he was taught to embrace a big, bright world. He lost focus of that while trying to reshape EMU football. He was named MAC coach of the year in 2011 when he led the Eagles to a 6-6 record, 4-4 in the conference. It was EMU's first .500 or better record since 1995.

There was other turmoil, including the murder of football player Demarius Reed. Later EMU players were charged with beating a man who was accused of his death. Then the Eagles began the season 1-8 when English went on his recorded tirade during a defensive backs meeting. He was fired within hours. He issued an apology and has been silent ever since.

"It happened because when your priorities get misplaced things like that happen," English said. "You always hear coaches say God, family and football in that order. Football was my God. That won't happen again because my priorities are straight now. Anybody who knows me knows I love football so that passion will be there. The thing that hurt me most is it came across that I did not love people and did not care about athletes. That cannot be further from the truth."

Carr hopes a program can forgive English and give him another chance.

"He did a wonderful job with me at Michigan," Carr said. "And he knew that Eastern Michigan presented a big challenge and at the very end I can't say what led to some of the things that he said but I do know he realizes it was a bad mistake, not only because it hurt and injured people but that is not the terms you use to motivate young people. He paid a very dear price. Now he is in a position to show that some of those things he said are not representative of who he wants to be and who he is."

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