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Tennessee State to hire Titans great Eddie George as head football coach

Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George (27) will replace Ron Reed, who had been with Tennessee State University since 2010. File Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI
Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George (27) will replace Ron Reed, who had been with Tennessee State University since 2010. File Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI | License Photo

April 11 (UPI) -- Tennessee State University is hiring former Tennessee Titans star running back Eddie George as its new head football coach.

George will replace former Tigers coach Ron Reed, who had been with Tennessee State since 2010. Reed compiled a 60-69 record at the school.

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League sources told ESPN and Stadium on Sunday that Reed's departure is expected to be announced Monday. According to the outlets, George is scheduled to be introduced Tuesday.

George, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, starred at running back for the Titans from 1996 to 2003. Before his time in Nashville, he played at Ohio State and won the 1995 Heisman Memorial Trophy.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection's No. 27 is retired by both the Buckeyes and the Titans.

The Tigers are hoping George will provide a spark to the program. The school is taking a similar approach as Jackson State, which hired former NFL star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders in September to lead its football program.

Sanders has guided Jackson State to a 4-3 record in his first season as head coach. Like Sanders, George doesn't have extensive coaching experience.

George has served as a mentor for multiple Titans players, including current tailback Derrick Henry.

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