Reed expressed frustration with the state of HBCUs and their athletic departments in a recent video
Ed Reed says it’s only been a “week and a half” since he agreed to accept the job as head football coach at Bethune-Cookman,” according the Hall of Famer’s Tik Tok video. Reed is displaying a great amount of frustration — which is not a good sign.
“Prime [Deion Sanders] was not wrong about what he was saying,” Reed said. “All y’all out there with y’all opinions full of crap, I don’t know [expletive], but needless to say.”
Former NFL teammate Deion Sanders, who recently coached at Jackson State, had similar complaints about the lack of financial support and administrative support for HBCU athletic departments.
In interviews and videos, Sanders was highly vocal regarding the HBCUs’ problems and the failed transparency regarding financial solvency. Perhaps, he shared these concerns with Reed which influenced his decision to turn down Jackson State’s offer, according to a source.
The coach also hinted that he has been trying to offer his assistance and resources. Rumors had Reed requesting resources like a new turf and enhanced facilities.
“I just pulled up the work. We’re going to try to help y’all too man. Because I know a lot of HBCUs need help. I’m just here to help here first. I see it all too clearly. All of our HBCUs need help. And they need help because of the people who’s running it. Broken mentalities out here. I’m going to leave you with that. I gotta get in the office.”
Ed Reed Apologizes
Ed Reed, the recently appointed head football coach of Bethune-Cookman and Pro Football Hall of Famer, took to social media to apologize for two Tik Tok videos he posted that were critical of Bethune-Cookman and HBCU leadership.
In his apology, Reed seemed to realize the importance of understanding HBCUs and their challenges. He focused on solutions rather than criticisms and his commitment to helping Bethune-Cookman succeed.
“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. I am fully aware of the hard-working folks at our school who are also fighting to make things better and more financially sound. I am encouraged from my communication with my AD [Reggie Theus] and our administration, and I understand it’s a work in progress. My passion is about getting and doing better, and that goes for me too.” Ed Reed
Reed’s apology did address his tone, speech, and actions. Yet, there are two compelling elements of the apology — “I fell victim while engaging with antagonists on social media” and “I am encouraged from my communication with my AD and our administration.”
Bethune-Cookman’s athletic director Reggie Theus and the administration communicated with Reed regarding the two videos. Reed verified on both that he and the institution still need to finalize his contract to become the head coach. To that point, this may have been a contributing factor to his frustrations.
Still, in the first posting, Reed said “Prime was not wrong” about HBCUs served as an indictment on Bethune-Cookman and other black colleges. The second video shows him riding an open vehicle while clearing off the football field with debris and trash. His post quickly devolved from simple angst into a profanity-laced tirade from Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
Clearly, Bethune-Cookman and Reed have “damage repair” to become the focus this week.
After his recent apology, you can only wonder whether the administrators have decided to move forward with Reed’s contract.
At this point, it’s up to Bethune-Cookman and Ed Reed to present a positive and productive alliance. It will be incumbent on both parties to work together as they navigate these unprecedented waters in the era of social media.