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Eastern Michigan says fired football coach used 'inappropriate language'

  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013, file photo, Eastern Michigan head football coach Ron English watches his team during an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. In a statement Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, athletic director Heather Lyke announced English has been fired. The Eagles, with three games left in the season,  are 1-8 entering Saturday’s game against Western Michigan.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013, file photo, Eastern Michigan head football coach Ron English watches his team during an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. In a statement Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, athletic director Heather Lyke announced English has been fired. The Eagles, with three games left in the season, are 1-8 entering Saturday‚Äôs game against Western Michigan.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English watches his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois, in DeKalb, Ill. Eastern Michigan has fired football coach English with three games left in a losing season also marred by tragedy.  The Eagles are 1-8 entering Saturday's game against Western Michigan. In a statement Friday, Nov. 8, 2013,  athletic director Heather Lyke says a "change in the leadership of our football team is necessary."  (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English watches his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois, in DeKalb, Ill. Eastern Michigan has fired football coach English with three games left in a losing season also marred by tragedy. The Eagles are 1-8 entering Saturday's game against Western Michigan. In a statement Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, athletic director Heather Lyke says a "change in the leadership of our football team is necessary." (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)  (The Associated Press)

Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke says fired football coach Ron English used "wholly inappropriate language" while addressing the team.

EMU announced English's dismissal Friday. On Saturday, the school released a statement from Lyke saying she'd received a tape of English addressing the team. She called his statements "absolutely unacceptable."

Lyke says the tape was only one of "a lot of factors" that led to her decision to change coaches.

The Eagles were 1-8 when English was fired. English went 11-46 at the Mid-American Conference school.