The Traditionally Black Faculty and College soccer panorama shifted on Saturday morning because it was announced that Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed and Bethune-Cookman would not move forward in their partnership for him to become the next head coach.
Reed, 44, was announced to be the Wildcats’ next head coach on Dec. 27, 2022; changing longtime tenured coach Terry Sims. On Saturday, it was introduced that the plans had been off after a sequence of occasions.
Whereas Reed set to work unofficially, he took to Instagram Stay final Sunday to precise his unrest about Bethune-Cookman’s athletic services not being as much as his requirements and workplace not being cleaned upon his arrival.
The next day, Reed publicly apologized for his social media rant.
“I wish to sincerely apologize to all B-CU employees, college students, and alumni for my lack of professionalism,” Reed, who final was senior soccer advisor at his alma mater Miami mentioned on the Instagram submit. “My language and tone had been unacceptable as a father, coach, and chief.
“I’m totally conscious of the laborious working people at (Bethune-Cookman College) who’re additionally combating to make issues higher and extra financially sound. I’m inspired from my communication with my (Athletic Director Reggie Theus) and our administration and perceive it is a work in progress.”
However that would not be ok as the 2 events parted methods 5 days later.
The former Wildcat head coach-to-be introduced that his contract wouldn’t be finalized to ensure that him to take the job.
“It is my want to not solely coach soccer, however to be an agent of change that most individuals simply discuss,” Reed within the launched assertion. “Nevertheless, after weeks of negotiation, I have been knowledgeable that (Bethune-Cookman College) will not be ratifying my contract and will not make good on the settlement we had in precept, which had provisions and sources greatest wanted to assist the scholar athletes.
“I used to be dedicated to teaching and cultivating a relationship with the college, gamers, group, and the followers. It is extraordinarily disappointing that this may not be taking place.”
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My two cents on Ed Reed and Bethune-Cookman College’s breakup
I want it could’ve labored.
Sure, Reed was mistaken about taking his points with the college to social media ― particularly by using expletive remarks. I am fairly positive that if he might erase that complete ordeal, he would.
However identical to how sports activities are, one mistake can price you the victory.
If he hadn’t already, he might’ve introduced his issues to AD Theus and the remainder of the upper ups. It was simply merely a greater approach of going about it.
However come on ― you might a minimum of have your new head coach’s workplace clear for his arrival. It is no excuse for that.
Possibly the college felt that it might not belief Reed and felt its hand was compelled to sever ties from the All-Professional and Tremendous Bowl champion.
However the timing of all of that is horrible.
Proper earlier than Feb. 1’s Nationwide Signing Day? Whereas Reed hosted prospects and their dad and mom on visits?
And now, having to open up a brand new head soccer coach search. This might damage Bethune-Cookman’s soccer program for years to come back because the NCAA Switch Portal is the largest menace to collegiate athletic rosters.
Now, highschool gamers could look to go elsewhere because of the uncertainty of who will coach them of their subsequent chapter of soccer as signing day looms.
I actually really feel for these children that needed to endure that on Saturday.
Because the information unfolded, Reed went on Instagram Stay as soon as once more and was very emotional whereas expressing to the possible student-athletes and oldsters that he would not turn into the Wildcats’ coach.
I really feel like he was invested in this system.
Recruiting. Campus cleanups. And now there are plans for gamers to protest and advocate for his contract to be reinstated.
He clearly had the respect of the locker room earlier than even placing pen to paper.
I hoped that Reed and the college might reconcile their variations as a result of I actually consider change coming for Wildcat soccer.
The Florida Traditional that we could by no means have
Listening to about Reed’s rent over the vacations, I instantly thought concerning the 2023 Florida Traditional.
Essentially the most anticipated recreation of Florida A&M and Bethune Cookman’s common soccer season simply had gotten that rather more intriguing.
55,000 folks crammed Orlando’s Tenting World Stadium on the 2022 Florida Classic. That is not even together with those that tailgated outdoors of the venue.
Think about how rather more curiosity it could’ve accrued with a famend NFL star teaching one of many groups ― lucratively and from a recruiting standpoint.
After the Wildcats prevailed the 9 years earlier than, the momentum has shifted to the Rattlers as they’ve received by a mixed whole of 46 factors during the last two years.
It is no enjoyable realizing who will come out on prime yr in and yr out. Reed might’ve shifted that dynamic together with his identify and skill to rebuild Bethune-Cookman’s program to kind a reputable rivalry with FAMU.
Think about a Florida Traditional that decides who will win the Southwestern Athletic Convention East Division to go to the title recreation.
That is a marquee matchup.
However now, we will solely suppose ― ‘What if?’
Gerald Thomas III covers FAMU athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him by way of e mail at email@example.com or on Twitter @3peatgee.
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