Just 25 days after being named the head football coach of HBCU Bethune-Cookman, former NFL star Ed Reed is leaving.
According to CBS Sports, on Saturday (Jan. 21), the ex-Miami standout and ex-NFL safety called it quits after the university and Reed’s legal team could not come to an agreement on the terms of his contract.
A statement from the Ed Reed Foundation was posted on his Twitter account:
"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," read the statement. "It's 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.
"I was committed to coaching and cultivating a relationship with the University, Players, Community and the Fans," he continued. "It's extremely disappointing this won't be happening."
The university issued a statement on Saturday as well:
"While we appreciate the initial interest in our football program displayed by Mr. Reed during the course of recent weeks, we are also mindful of the qualities and attributes that must be exhibited by our institutional personnel during what have been uniquely challenging times for our campus as we recover from the impact of two hurricanes during this past fall semester.”
Reed, 44, took to Instagram earlier last week to voice his gripes about the HBCU and his regret of becoming the head coach, publicly tearing apart the campus conditions of the university, before later deleting the videos and apologizing for his comments.
On the early morning of January 16, he issued an apology to staff, students and alumni.
“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. My language and tone were unacceptable as a father, coach and leader. 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.”
Reed was hired at BCU on Dec. 27, replacing Terry Sims, who was terminated after a seven-year stint with the Wildcats.
According to ESPN, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection was overcome by emotions during a 15-minute farewell in front of players and parents.
"We've been around here trying to change things," Reed said. "My vision for change, probably moving too fast for a lot of people. I'm not withdrawing my name, as they said. They don't want me here. They do not want me here because I tell the truth."