Trend or tradition? Ed Reed the latest NFL great to coach at HBCU

From the outside, it may appear that Bethune-Cookman’s hiring of Ed Reed, a Pro Football Hall of Fame safety, is following the template set by Jackson State, a fellow HBCU program that hired Deion Sanders and experienced immediate success.

Sanders, also a hall-of-fame defensive back, went 28-5 over three seasons at Jackson State before accepting the coaching position at Colorado earlier this month. Prior to last season, Tennessee State hired former Titans and Ohio State running back Eddie George as its head coach. The Tigers are 9-13 in George’s two seasons.

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