Jon Hale of The Courier-Journal is reporting Ed Reed was indeed an option to replace Derrick Ansley, as many fans hoped and speculated.
According to Hale, Stoops placed a call to Reed, who just accepted a job as the Buffalo Bills’ assistant defensive backs coach, but Reed will remain in the NFL.
The former Baltimore Ravens great played under Stoops at the University of Miami when Stoops was the Hurricanes’ defensive backs coach. They won the 2001 national championship together, and that history is why many believed Reed would become a candidate after Ansley’s departure.
The speculation was fueled with this tweet from Drake Jackson yesterday:
Ed Reed? ðŸ‘€
— Drake Jackson (@THE_DRAKE_52) February 7, 2016
It’s too bad Reed decided to stay in Buffalo because, not only is he one of the best safeties of all-time, he and Lamar Thomas would’ve torn up the recruiting trail in the Miami area.