Tennessee State to make “major announcement” on athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State has scheduled a Tuesday news conference for a “major announcement,” with former NFL running back Eddie George expected to be introduced as the new football coach.

TSU announced Monday that coach Rod Reed’s contract is not being renewed after 11 seasons.

“After thoroughly evaluating the state of the TSU football program, we’ve decided that it was time to make a change in leadership,” said athletic director Mikki Allen, who was hired a year ago.

ESPN.com reported George will be introduced Tuesday as the Tigers’ new coach. TSU has not confirmed George has agreed to be its new coach.

Reed went 58-61 with one FCS playoff appearance and four winning records in 11 seasons. His best season was 2013 when the Tigers went 10-4 — their best record since 2001. The Tigers have had three straight losing seasons, including 2-5 this year with a 43-26 loss to Southeast Missouri State on Sunday.

George, a four-time Pro Bowl running back with the Tennessee Titans and the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, has not coached before. He played nine seasons in the NFL and ran for 10,441 yards. He has been an actor performing on Broadway and TV and owns a landscape architecture firm.

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