Beginning in January, colleges will be able to hire a 10th full-time football assistant.
It appears the Kentucky Wildcats may already have a target for that 10th coach: Former NFL All-Pro safety Ed Reed.
The former Buffalo Bills secondary coach is still on the market after his first coaching stint ended along with the Rex Ryan tenure in Buffalo this past year. That’s had Reed taking a step back to reassess his options and decide if he wants another crack at coaching.
Mark Stoops is hoping Reed not only continues to coach, but does so in Lexington. During an interview with KSR on Thursday, Stoops admitted that he’s still recruiting Reed to his staff, but it’s no certainty that the NFL great decides to coach again.
Could Stoops hire Ed Reed? "I'm working on it." But it's a long shot after Reed had a bad experience coaching one year.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) December 21, 2017
If you recall, Stoops attempted to hire Reed back in 2016, but he passed on the offer to instead coach with the Bills. The prior connection was Stoops being Reed's DBs coach in Reed's final collegiate season at Miami.
UK recently had Reed in town for a big recruiting weekend prior to the start of the early signing period.
It appears UK is battling the odds to land Reed, but it’s still great to see Stoops is working hard to make it happen.