DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bethune-Cookman University is in the final stages of selecting a new head football coach after a preliminary agreement with NFL Hall of Famer Ed Reed fell through earlier this month.
What You Need To Know
- Bethune-Cookman to name its new head football coach within the next week
- This time, the university included athletes and student leaders in the search process
- The school declined to ratify Ed Reed's contract after he posted a video accusing the school of having a dirty campus, among other things
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This time, the university included athletes and student leaders in the search process after Reed’s dismissal and poor conditions at the school sparked students to protest.
The university declined to ratify Reed’s contract after the former NFL player ripped the school in a profanity-laced social media post that went viral.
He accused Bethune-Cookman of having a dirty campus and failing to clean his office before he arrived. He threatened to leave then, saying he was having to “clear out trash” while not even being under contract.
However, Reed apologized the following day for “my lack of professionalism.”
Bethune-Cookman University Interim President Lawrence M. Drake II, Ph.D. said the school was moving on and plans to name its new head coach within the next week.
“Several adjustments were made to ensure our next coach is the best fit for our university. I recently met with student leaders to ensure that we addressed their concerns and answered each question as honestly as possible,” Drake said. “We’ve also added a football player representative to our search committee to give the team an active voice in choosing our next head football coach.”
The university has reviewed more than 50 applicants for the position.
“Many of these candidates possess not only knowledge of the game and the ability to assist in raising funds for our program, but they also have the discipline needed to represent our university and embody our values,” Drake said. “Our next coach will bring the skills required to mold our student-athletes into successful young men both on and off the field.”
According to a statement from the school, “university leaders are committed to revitalizing the athletics program along with facilities at the historic campus in the coastal city.”
“The last several days have delivered major challenges to our university, our athletes and all who love Bethune-Cookman University,” he said. “These moments have also presented us with significant opportunities to address long-standing campus needs and revamp our prized athletic program.”
The university, Drake said, will spend approximately $10 million over the next several months to address immediate campus infrastructure needs. These plans, he said, have been in planning stages for several months.
The university has begun a complete assessment of over 100 facilities for fitness, renovation, and demolition, as well as the study of possible new facilities to better serve its students.
Drake said the process will take time and require additional financial resources.