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Ex-Ravens' great Reed says Hurricanes should call him

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Ex-Ravens' great Reed says Hurricanes should call him

Could you picture former Ravens great Ed Reed as the next coach at the University of Miami? Reed apparently could picture it. Talking Monday on the Rich Eisen Show, Reed said he would listen if Miami called, after the school fired former head coach Al Golden on Sunday, following an embarrassing 58-0 loss to Clemson.

Reed said his knowledge of the game and his experience as a perennial Pro Bowl safety would override his lack of coaching experience.

“The NBA did it with Jason Kidd,” Reed said, referring to the Milwaukee Bucks’ current head coach, who went immediately from playing to coaching. “I even thought about it. They could put my name in the mix for a coaching job or something like that. It seems like the partnership between players and coaches, the head coach’s job is to manage everybody, manage the game, and help the offensive and defensive coordinators make the best decisions. And they help him do the same thing.

“I haven’t received a phone call from a 305 (area code) number. I would definitely listen, would go and talk and want to know what they’re looking to do. I would entertain it. I’m at a different place in my life right now, working out, training, coaching from afar, helping guys out, high school, college, and pro alike. I definitely would entertain it.”

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Even if Reed were not willing to take on the hours and responsibility of coaching and recruiting, he clearly sounded like he wanted to be more involved with the Miami program. A former star at the University of Miami, Reed sounded perturbed that the school had not reached out to former players for input during Golden’s tenure.

“You might want to consider the thoughts of some players that played the game, that made an impact, that want to be involved around there, ” Reed said.

This has been a tough football season for Reed, watching both U-M and the Ravens (1-5) struggle. Reed will be inducted into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor Nov. 22, before their game against the Rams. By that time, we may know if Reed is more officially involved with the Hurricanes’ program or not.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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