Former Titan Eddie George to be named Tennessee State’s new football coach – Tennessean

Eddie George will replace Rod Reed as the football coach at Tennessee State, a source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Tennessean.

The Tennessean also confirmed that Reed informed his team Saturday night that Sunday’s game at Hale Stadium against Southeast Missouri would be his last. Reed is in his 11th season at TSU.

Attempts to reach TSU athletics director Mikki Allen were unsuccessful.

Stadium’s Brett McMurphy first reported the news of George’s pending hire. 

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

George remained in Nashville after retiring from the NFL. He started an acting career, served as a television football analyst and, in 2005, began his own landscape architecture and design company.

More recently George became a member of the Montgomery Bell Academy Board of Trustees and was named chair of the real estate advisory committee for Music City Baseball, an organization trying to bring a Major League team to Nashville. 

Reed, 54, led TSU to a 2-4 record heading into Sunday’s game. His career record is 58-60.

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Reed led TSU to winning seasons in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017. The Tigers also went 6-6 in 2014.

Reed’s best season came in 2013, when TSU went  9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference and finished the regular season ranked No. 17.

The Tigers earned an at-large bid into the FCS playoffs and defeated Butler 31-0 in the first round. TSU lost in the second round to Eastern Illinois 51-10.

After TSU went 6-5 in 2017, the Tigers posted losing records in Reed’s final three seasons while also going 7-14 in the OVC.

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Reed received a three-year contract extension in 2015 after the Tigers went 7-4. An amendment was made to his contract after the 2018 season, which kept Reed at TSU through this season.

Reed, a native of Marshall, Texas, played linebacker at TSU (1984-88). He returned to the school in 2003 as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach on James Webster’s staff.

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