After all, Ed Reid did not join the ranks of the head coach at this time.
The legendary safety announced Saturday that Bethune-Cookman “will not approve my contract and will not honor our agreement in principle.”
“I’m committed to coaching and cultivating relationships with the college, players, community and fans,” Reid wrote in a release on Twitter. “It’s not going to happen, which is very disappointing.”
reed also posted a video He informed BCU players on Instagram that he would not be their head coach.
“You know I don’t want to leave,” said Reade, who appeared to be on the verge of tears as he delivered his impassioned speech. “There are some corrupt people in this world, some evil people like me who don’t care about children. So I hope you all hear the truth as I speak. I will not withdraw my name.”
The course change comes less than a week after Reed publicly and profanely criticized the university and HBCU in a series of social media videos.
“I should have left,” Reed said in a video posted Sunday from the Cookman campus in Bethune, Florida, after he complained that the office wasn’t cleaned before his arrival. “I don’t even have a contract.”
reed sent out tweeted an apology later that daysome of which read as follows:
“I sincerely apologize to all BCU staff, students and alumni for my lack of professionalism. My language and tone as a father, coach and leader were unacceptable. My sympathy for our culture, improving and building our The passion of the foundation is at its best.” I and I have also been victims when dealing with opponents on social media. “
Reed’s initial hire was considered another boon for the HBCU, following Deion Sanders’ successful tenure at Jacksonville State University.
On December 27, Bethune Cookman announced that he had reached an agreement with Reed to become his new head coach. But Reid apparently expressed concern about FCS’ position, prompting him to demand certain “terms” in the deal. His latest statement noted that his legal team and the school are negotiating “the terms of the contract, and we know the language and resources needed to build a successful football program.”
A college and professional Hall of Famer, Reid spent the past three years as an executive for the Miami Hurricanes, a team he has starred with. Reed served as the Buffalo Bills’ assistant defensive backs coach in 2016, two years after he retired from the NFL. His storied career includes two All-American selections, eight All-Baltimore Ravens selections, and the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year award.
Bethune-Cookman finished 2-9 in a row under Terry Sims. The proud HBCU program last won a conference title in 2015.
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