MT. PLEASANT, MICH. – Stan Parrish wants to golf.
That’s what he told reporters when asked if he’d like to become the full-time head coach at Eastern Michigan following the Eagles 42-10 loss in the season finale on Friday at Central Michigan.
That question comes at a pivotal time for EMU. The Eagles athletic director, Heather Lyke, fired Ron English for using “wholly inappropriate language” around his players earlier this season and now she is in search of his replacement.
Parrish, who has been the team’s offensive coordinator this season, assumed the interim head coach role and led the Eagles to a 1-2 record.
It’s not a surprise Parrish has taken his name out of the coaching search. Lyke, a former employee in the Ohio State athletic department, is likely to hire someone who is young, vibrant and has ties with the state of Ohio. EMU will need someone who can steal recruits from lower-tier Big Ten Conference schools and sell them on the positives that a small town like Ypsilanti has. That’s a game too advanced for a 67-year-old ball coach.