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NFL Legend Ed Reed Reveals He Won’t Be Coaching at Bethune-Cookman

by Nick Geddes
Ed Reed
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Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed will no longer become the head football coach at Bethune-Cookman University.

Reed, 44, made the announcement on Twitter Saturday, saying the university “won’t be ratifying my contract.” Reed previously agreed in principle to become the school’s next head coach on Dec. 27.

“Bethune-Cookman University has been working with my legal team to craft contract terms with the language and resources we knew were needed to build a successful football program,” Reed wrote. “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 the fans. It’s extremely disappointing this won’t be happening.”

The historically black university (HBCU) intended on naming Reed its 16th head coach. Reed, who starred at Miami and won a National Championship in 2001, has spent the last three seasons in a support staff role at his alma mater, most recently as a senior football advisor under head coach Mario Cristobal.

Ed Reed Speaks Out on State of Bethune-Cookman’s Football Program

Last Sunday, Reed unleashed a profanity-laced rant concerning the state of the program. Reed took to Instagram live as he was driving around campus on a golf cart. Reed revealed that he and players were picking up trash and responded to criticisms from a video he posted earlier in which he complained about the conditions at Bethune-Cookman.

“But I’m muttin’ us,” Reed said, via HBCU Gameday. “Man, get out of here man. I should leave! I’m not even under contract doing this. I’m muttin’ us. Get outta, man. They muttin’ me.”

Reed expressed his frustrations with the state of HBCU’s such as Bethune-Cookman, saying there are “broken mentalities out here.”

“I just pulled up the work,” Reed said. “We’re going to try to help y’all too man. Because I know a lot of HBCUs need help. I’m just here to help here first. I see it all too clearly. All of our HBCUs need help. And they need help because of the people who’s running it. Broken mentalities out here. I’m going to leave you with that. I gotta get in the office.”