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Miami Hurricanes legend Ed Reed named football team’s chief of staff

The Hall of Famer will be an adviser to second-year coach Manny Diaz.
Former Miami Hurricane Ed Reed will advise second-year coach Manny Diaz. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

The Miami Hurricanes have hired legendary safety Ed Reed as the program’s chief of staff, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Reed was a Hall of Fame player at Miami and one of the cornerstones of the 2001 national championship team, widely regarded as one of the best in college football history. The Tampa Bay Times ranked him as the No. 5 player in state history last year as we commemorated the 150th anniversary of the sport.

The Louisiana native’s new role at Miami will advise second-year coach Manny Diaz, who struggled to a 6-7 inaugural season. The 'Canes said Reed will be involved in “all aspects of the football program, including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player development” plus team building, mentoring and recruiting.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said in a statement. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”

After Miami, Reed was a first-round pick by the Ravens, a six-time All-Pro and a Super Bowl champion. He and Ted Hendricks are the only two Hurricanes to be in the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.