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Bethune-Cookman fires its head coach

Posted on: June 28, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 4:36 pm
By Matt Norlander

In an abrupt move from a small-time school, Bethune-Cookman announced on Tuesday -- by way of its website -- the firing of men's basketball coach Clifford Reed.

Unhappy with findings after an "internal administrative review," the school's administration proceeded to cut itself from Reed a mere week before the critical July recruiting period begins. Gravelle Craig will step in and replace Reed for now. It is unclear whether the school will look for another replacement for Reed for the upcoming season.

According to the News-Journal, Reed refused to cooperate with the university's investigation into the program. That resistance left the school no choice but to fire Reed.

The letter reads: "Please be advised that the University has decided not to offer you a new employment contract as head men's basketball coach, and your employment as head men's basketball coach is terminated effective immediately. This decision is based on your failure to cooperate and insubordination with respect to the University's investigation into allegations against the University and its men's basketball program."

Reed, 46, said he was presented the letter, which was signed by Bethune-Cookman President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, at a meeting Monday afternoon. Clifford Reed added that Athletic Director Lynn Thompson also was at the meeting.

The investigation into the program was catalyzed by a report to police from a young woman in January. The woman claimed she was assaulted by members of the basketball team. There were no charges, though. This mini-drama around the team led to the school looking into the atmosphere around Reed's program. His firing also comes with little mess, as the News-Journal reports that he wasn't even operating under a contract last season.

Reed was 125-166 in 10 seasons with the Wildcats. His team's 21-13 2010-11 season in the MEAC was the best in Reed's tenure.

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Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:46 pm

Bethune-Cookman fires its head coach

You are absolutely correct @imakansan!

Of course, another little tidbit of data would tell us that B-C is hardly even an institution of higher learning.  Think of it more as "an expensive 13th grade" where less than 7% of its students repay their student loans.  

***From  Most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored an average of 935 on the SAT I or averaged a 16 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.*** 

In other words, as long as you fill out the paperwork... we will take you!  Finally, the fact its located in the biggest pit of Florida - Daytona Beach - probably doesn't help.  Btw, being the "biggest pit of Florida" is no small feat.  The competition here is fierce and yet Daytona somehow rises to the top annually!

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:38 pm

Bethune-Cookman fires its head coach

Can you explain more of what you mean? Maybe cite some examples of large schools that can not fire their coaches for insubordination. This is clear-cut. This coach hindered an investigation by being insubordinate. No school, no matter who the coach or what the sport, this type of discipline is the result every time. 

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:29 am

Bethune-Cookman fires its head coach

Small-time schools like B-C can afford to fire their coaches for insubordination, unlike the powerful BCS schools where coaches can do as they please and have the process of getting rid of them decided by whether or not the school wants to pick a fight with the coach's lawyer.

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