By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Hall of Fame defensive back Ed Reed will not be the Bethune-Cookman head coach. This comes nearly a month after he had agreed to accept the job.
However, one week ago, he went on a tirade on social media about the conditions at the school. He later apologized for those actions.
“Bethune-Cookman University has been working with my legal team to craft contract terms with the language and resources we knew we needed to build a successful football program,” Ed Reed said through the Ed Reed Foundation. “It’s my desire to not only coach football, but to be an agent of change that most people just talk about being. However, after weeks of negotiations, I’ve been informed that the University won’t be ratifying my contract and won’t make good on the agreement we had in principle, which had provisions and resources best needed to support the student-athletes. I was committed to coaching and cultivating a relationship with the University, players, community, and fans. It’s extremely disappointed this won’t be happening.
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“Thank you to those who share my vision and believe that greatness can be achieved with the right environment and surroundings. Although we couldn’t make things work at BCU, the goal and mission are still the same. We serve to lead – lead to serve. We will continue with our pillars: Respect, Education, Empower, Dream. Our efforts will remain about the kids through our foundation via our health and wellness programs, camps, and fundraising. We won’t stop changing lives for the better, as we’ve done for over 20 years!.”
Reed had agreed to become their head coach right after Christmas. This would have been his first head coaching opportunity. Now, he has to wait for the opportunity to come along again – if he chooses to be a head coach.
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Reed served one season as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills during the 2016 season. When he was hired by the Bills, he was reunited with coach Rex Ryan, who previously coached him with the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets.
For the past several years, he was part of the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes football program. He spent two seasons as the Chief of Staff in 2020 and 2021.
Then, during the 2022 season, he was named the senior football advisor.
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