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A former NFL star is slated to be the next head coach at a historically black college.

Multiple reports indicate that former NFL running back Eddie George will be Tennessee State’s next coach.

George replaces Ron Reed, who had been with the Tigers since 2010 and compiled a 60-69 record.

The Tennesseean reported that Reed, who has been the head coach at Tennessee State for the last 11 seasons, “informed his team Saturday night that Sunday’s game at Hale Stadium against Southeast Missouri would be his last.”

George, 47, was a four-time pro bowl running back for the Tennessee Titans from 1996-2003. He ended his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004.

Prior to his time in Tennessee, George was a star at Ohio State, winning the 1995 Heisman Trophy.

Following the Tigers’ 46-23 loss in the season finale versus Southeastern Missouri State, Reed did not directly address his job status, only saying that Sunday “felt like any other game to me.”

“Unfortunately this will be the last time I coach this football team,” he said. 


  1. Anyone can say what they want, but Deion Sanders jumping in at Jackson State has opened eyes to bring some light on much needed support to HBCU programs. Applaud all these fine gentlemen for reaching out and doing what is RIGHT!!


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