BCSP Notes . . .
Reed named new Tennessee State coach
Reed, 43, was a four-year letter winner at TSU (1984-88) and helped lead the Tigers to the second round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1986. Reed capped off his career by being named a Sheridan All-America football player as a linebacker after his senior season. Rod is the son of the late Robert Reed, who was the first All-American for the legendary "Big John" Merritt.
This will be Reed's first assignment as head coach, he brings 17 years of experience in the coaching ranks. Including Tennessee State, he has held positions at East Texas Baptist College, Prairie View A&M, Bethune-Cookman and Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Reed began coaching at Tennessee State in 2003 as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. At the conclusion of that season, the Tigers led the Ohio Valley Conference in total defense for the first time in school history. His defensive unit accomplished the same feat in 2008.
Livingstone chooses James
James comes to Livingstone from Elizabeth City State where he is currently the Assistant to the Athletic Director. James last coached in 2006 when he was the coach of the offensive line at John A. Holmes High School in Edenton, NC.
James had two different stints as a coach for the Elizabeth City football team, first from 2000-2002 when he was the offensive line coach and again from 2003-2005 when he again coached the offensive line, but was also the assistant head coach and recruiter.
A total of 12 years was spent by James at Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, NC where he was the head coach first from 1988-2000 and then again from 2002-2003. In his 12 seasons at Goldsboro, James finished with a record of 79-69-1 with nine state playoff appearances and two Mid-Eastern AAAA Conference Championships in 1994 and 1995. Prior to being named the head coach at Goldsboro James spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the team.
James is taking over a Livingstone program that has won only three contests over the past three seasons and is coming off a 2009 campaign where the Blue Bears went 0-10. The last winning season for the Blue Bears came in 1998 when they went 7-3 and won their second straight CIAA Conference title.
James was a four-year letter winner at Elizabeth City State where he played as a defensive tackle and an offensive guard. James also signed with the Boston Breakers of the United States Football League as a free agent in 1982.
East beats West in inaugural HBCU Bowl
Vann, who returned five punts for touchdowns this season, won the game's most valuable player honors.
West quarterback Tim Buckley of Alcorn State had two touchdowns passing. Buckley threw a 24-yard TD pass to Achille Hendje of Morehouse to open the scoring. He threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Alabama A&M wideout Thomas Harris early in the fourth quarter.
The East took a 19-14 lead late in the second quarter on a 33-yard pass from Norfolk State QB Dennis Brown to Hampton RB Lamarcus Coker.
Early in the fourth quarter, Devan James of Morgan State scored on a 4-yard run to give the East a 26-14 lead.
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