Less than a month after Bethune-Cookman announced Ed Reed would be its next head coach, Reed himself announced that he would not.
“Bethune Cookman University worked with my legal team to craft contract terms with the language and resources we knew were needed to build a successful football program,” Reed said in a statement. “It is my desire not only to coach football but to be an agent of change that most people talk about being. However, after weeks of negotiations I have been informed that the University will not would not ratify my contract and violate the tentative agreement we had, which contained provisions and resources necessary to support student-athletes I was committed to coaching and cultivating a relationship with the University, the players, the community and the fans. It is extremely disappointing that this is not happening.
Reed’s relationship with Bethune-Cookman became rocky almost immediately, with Reed publicly complaining about issues ranging from the school’s athletic facilities not being good enough to his office not being cleaned before he arrived to begin work. work.
Reed doesn’t have much coaching experience, having only spent a year as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Bills and spending the past two years in administrative roles at his alma mater, Miami. But he is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Bethune-Cookman hoped he would bring the same kind of success that Deion Sanders brought to Jackson State. Instead, Reed’s term is up in less than a month.