Heisman Trophy-winning running back Eddie George will become the next head coach at Tennessee State, multiple outlets reported Sunday.
George, 47, played at Ohio State before beginning a nine-year NFL career. He appears set to succeed Rod Reed, who will coach the Tigers in their season-ending game Sunday against Southeast Missouri.
Reed is in his 11th season at Tennessee State. He has not announced plans to leave the school, and the university hasn’t said anything about his future. Still, it appears the tenure of Reed, who enters Sunday’s game with a 58-60 record, is about to end.
George hasn’t been a college coach. Neither was Pro Football Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders when Jackson State, another Historically Black College and University, hired him as head coach last year.
George played four seasons at Ohio State (1992-95) and won the Heisman after a spectacular senior year in which he ran for 1,927 yards and added 417 receiving yards. He scored 25 touchdowns.
The Houston Oilers made him the No. 14 overall selection in the 1996 NFL Draft. He moved with the franchise to Tennessee the following year and began a string of four Pro Bowl berths that culminated with All-Pro honors in 2000.
George moved on to the Cowboys in 2004 and spent his final NFL season in Dallas.
In his NFL career, George ran for 10,441 yards, caught 268 passes for 2,227 yards and scored 78 touchdowns.