May 20 2013, 1:01am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
English has pledged to skydive if EMU can raise at least $60,000 through its golf outing on June 8 and other donations as reported by Ralph D. Russo, college football writer of the Associatd Press. Donors who pledge $5,000 will spend a day with the coach and his staff and skydive with him as well.
Russo reports the funds will go toward "retiling the bathrooms in the team's locker room and updating the fixtures and stalls."
The fundraising drive is featured on the Indiegogo website and is headlined "Time to FLY - Skydive with Coach Ron English." The opening statement reads:
"This year for our 10th Annual EMU Football Golf Outing we decided to try something different. Coach really wanted to finish his facility projects which already consist of a new indoor practice facility (The Bubble), an updated outdoor facility, completely upgrading the team room and most recently, with last year's Golf Outing contributions, revamped the locker room."
The story of English, the Michigan Wolverines defensive backs coach from 2003-2005 and defensive coordinator from 2005-2007, was also featured in an ESPN article via the Associated Press. He describes the difference in terms of raising money at Michigan and EMU:
"Obviously at Michigan you're not hurting for money when you're getting 100,000 in the stands on Saturdays. In the Mid-American Conference, because of our following, the size of our stadiums and TV contracts, you have to be creative in terms of finding ways to raise money to help fund your programs."
"On one hand I have done it. On the other, we need this money. Of course I said yes, and moved on from there."
The same publication also reveals English got his four assistants, including former Michigan running back Mike Hart, to agree to jump if EMU raises at least $30,000.
As per ESPN, the coach is heading into his fifth year with the Eagles. In his previous four years, he has compiled a 10-38 record which includes the 2-10 disaster in 2012. His best year came in 2011 when he notched a 6-6 record, the team's best in 17 years.
Despite the step backward from a season ago in which a lot of underclassmen saw action, English and his staff currently have three full recruiting classes on campus at their disposal.
"I really feel good about where we are."
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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