Eastern Michigan football: Jerry Glanville wants to coach the Eagles

Jerry Glanville wants to coach EMU

11/29/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Eastern Michigan’s football program has a 72-115 record since the turn of the century, hasn’t had a winning season since 1995, and hasn’t made a bowl appearance in what will be over 26 years. Blog Photo - Eastern Michigan football: Jerry Glanville wants to coach the Eagles

None of that matters to former NFL coach Jerry Glanville, who has recently expressed his high interest in coaching the Mid-American Conference bottom dwellers.

“I took the job of the Houston Oilers, and everybody in the National Football League called me up and said, ‘Why would you take that job? That’s the worst job in the football.’” Glanville told Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press.

Glanville, now 72, took over a dismal Houston organization in 1895 and led it to three playoff berths before heading east for a few years.

“Four, five years later, I leave and go to the Atlanta Falcons, and everybody calls and says, ‘Why would you take that job? The last game, they played the Detroit Lions, they had 5,000 people in the stadium. Why would you go back to Atlanta?’ And my point is: All the good jobs are taken. You’ve got to get a job and turn it into a good job that, when you leave, everybody wants it.”

Former Eagles coach Ron English was fired on November 9 for “wholly inappropriate language”—or just an easy excuse to part ways with an effective system.

Glanville hasn't coached at the college level since winning nine games with Portland State from 2007-09 (and a stint as defensive coordinator at Hawai'i in 2005-06), but has Michigan roots and knows the area.

“The fun of Eastern is you’re not going to walk into the living room and take a kid away from Ann Arbor,” Glanville said. “You’ve got to get the kid that, two years after you got him, Ann Arbor wishes they have.”


While it’s unlikely Glanville would be able to turn the program around in three or four years—he tends to leave after a short time—there’s no reason Eastern Michigan shouldn’t give him the chance.

“I know the history. I know it’s been hard, it’s been tough,” Glanville said. “Will there be challenges? Anytime you take a head job, whether you’re with the Lions or Eastern Michigan, your job is to keep the bus going down the road, and there’s going to be flat tires. Things are going to go wrong. Well, you keep the bus going down the road, and that’s really what these jobs are all about. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at.”


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