Sunday, December 21, 2008. (AP) -- A person familiar with the contract agreement tells The Associated Press that Eastern Michigan has hired Ron English as its football coach. He becomes the fifth black coach in major college football.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday because the school hasn't announced its decision. The person says English will be introduced at a news conference Monday.
The other black coaches among the 119 teams in the NCAA's top division are Buffalo's Turner Gill, Miami's Randy Shannon, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and New Mexico's Mike Locksley.
The 40-year-old English was Louisville's defensive coordinator in 2008 after serving on Lloyd Carr's staff at Michigan for five seasons.
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