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Ed Reed won’t be head coach at Bethune-Cookman, claims university will not be “ratifying” contract

NFL Hall of Famer Ed Reed will not be the next head coach at Bethune-Cookman after negotiations failed to ratify his contract. 

In late December, the university announced “an agreement in principle” with Reed to be the head coach of the program after the Wildcats went 2-9 in 2022. 

Former NFL player Ed Reed attends Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022, in Inglewood, California. 
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But Saturday morning, Reed released a statement saying that he “couldn’t make things work” at Bethune-Cookman. 

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“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 is 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.” 

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Reed apologized on Monday for an Instagram live rant in which he criticized the condition of Bethune-Cookman’s football facilities

Ed Reed looks on during the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons on December 23, 2022, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Ed Reed looks on during the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons on December 23, 2022, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  
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“In regards to my social media and comments about the University, staff and other institutions, I would like to sincerely apologize to all BCU staff, students and alumni for my lack of professionalism,” Reed wrote in a statement on Twitter. “My language and tone were unacceptable as a father, coach and leader.” 

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“My passion for our culture, betterment and bringing our foundation up got the best of me and I fell victim while engaging with antagonists on social media as well. I am fully aware of the hard working folks at our school who are also fighting to make things better and more financially sound.” 

HOF Safety and former Miami Hurricane Ed Redd attends the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida. 

HOF Safety and former Miami Hurricane Ed Redd attends the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida. 
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Reed has been in a support staff role with the Miami Hurricanes football program for the last three seasons. 

Bethune-Cookman University did not provide a comment to G3 Box News Digital. 

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