Ed Reed won’t coach Bethune-Cookman after all

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Less than a month after Bethune-Cookman announced that Ed Reed would be its next head coach, Reed himself announced that he would not.

“Bethune Cookman University is working with my legal team to craft contract terms with the necessary language and resources to build a successful football program,” Reed said in a statement. “It is my desire to not only be a football coach, but to be an agent of change, which most people only talk about being. However, after weeks of negotiations I have been informed that the University will not ratify my contract and will not make good on our agreement in principle which had the necessary provisions and resources to support student athletes. I was committed to coaching and building relationships with the University, players, community and fans. It is very disappointing that this will not happen.

Reed’s relationship with Bethune-Cookman soured almost immediately, with Reed publicly complaining about issues related to the school’s athletic facilities not being cleaned before starting work in his office.

Reid doesn’t have much coaching experience, having spent just one year with the Bills as assistant defensive backs coach as well as spending the last few 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, Reid’s term is up in less than a month.

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