Tomekia Reed turned down job offer, still awaiting JSU extension
Jackson State head coach Tomekia Reed was already an accomplished head coach before LSU’s Kim Mulkey made what some considered a backhanded comment to him after he nearly beat his team in March.
While many people viewed Mulkey’s comment as subversive, Reed told KCOH Radio’s Ralph Cooper that she didn’t see it that way at all.
“She told me I was one of the best coaches in America. She said the sky is the limit for you, and I’m so proud of you. I don’t think you’ll be at Jackson State for long. And, if you do, they have to pay you. It was something she shared with me, and a lot of people felt a certain type of path. I didn’t feel like it was a negative comment. I felt that he was someone who recognized talent and stamped it.
Indeed, other programs have clearly taken notice. The two-time SWAC Coach of the Year revealed she had interviews with bigger programs and was offered by another.
“I’ve had several interviews with some Power Five institutions,” Reed said. “I mean, it was amazing. It ended, and I was one of the finalists for a particular position, but I didn’t get that opportunity. was offered, and I almost accepted the opportunity, but I felt like there was more work to do. [at Jackson State].”
It’s no surprise that the ADs are interested in Tomekia Reed. JSU has won three consecutive SWAC regular season titles and consecutive SWAC Tournaments, winning 87% of its games since taking over. Reed told Cooper that she and JSU haven’t reached an agreement yet, but are negotiating a possible extension, which she expects to see happen.
“I chose to come back under the impression that what I asked for in my contract was going to be given at that time. Since then, that hasn’t changed,” Reed said. “It’s a job I turned down. I had opportunities. But, sometimes, I just felt like it was more work to do.