Hall of Famer Ed Reed expressed his dissatisfaction with the outcome of negotiations between him and the Bethune-Cookman football program.
Reed was selected to be the Wildcats’ next football coach on Dec. 27, but the former NFL defensive back revealed Saturday that the university decided not to ratify his contract.
But earlier this week, Reed shared that he was offered coaching jobs by two other HBCU soccer programs amid his troubles with BCU.
During an appearance Monday on «Roland Martin Unfiltered,» Reed was asked if he’s been contacted by other HBCU programs about head coaching opportunities. The 44-year-old responded by revealing that he turned down an offer from Jackson State.
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«I turned down the Jackson State job to be here, Roland,» Reed said. «Prime called me. Deion Sanders called me himself, man.»
If Reed’s statement is true, he questions the public announcement by Sanders and Jackson State that the Tigers’ next head coach would be TC Taylor. Taylor served as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach under Sanders at Jackson State.
«My recommendation is for TC (Taylor); you know how I feel about TC,» Sanders said after the Tigers’ victory over Southern in the SWAC title game, while sitting next to JSU athletic director Ashley Robinson.
«I want TC and several of the staff to stay here. But that’s mine: I’d love for someone from home because I really don’t know how to act if someone outside of home comes in to understand how we work. And how we get down. That is my recommendation, so let’s applaud TC»
ED REED SLIDES A RANT VIDEO AGAINST BETHUNE-COOKMAN AFTER CLAIMING THE UNIVERSITY WILL NOT «RATIFY» THE CONTRACT
Sanders coached his last game at Jackson State in the Celebration Bowl in December. He later he was formally named head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes football program.
A representative for Reed was with him during the appearance and explained that the Baltimore Ravens legend received other offers, at which point Reed interrupted and mentioned Grambling State’s football program.
Reed has come under fire in recent weeks after he posted a video complaining about campus conditions and the lack of cleanliness in his office. During an Instagram Live, Reed commented on the amount of trash he saw on the grounds.
«I’m walking here with the football team picking up trash. I should go, I don’t even have a contract yet!» she was heard saying in the clip.
A handful of Bethune-Cookman football players have started a petition to reinstate Reed as their head coach.
«We strongly believe that the abrupt firing of our newly hired head coach, Ed Reed, is unfair not only to the student-athletes but to the entire BCU family and community and does not align with the legacy of our founders,» they said. the players in a statement. about the request.
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BCU’s previous head coach, Terry Sims, was relieved of his duties in late November after going 2-9 in back-to-back seasons.