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 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.
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.
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.