Could Deion “Prime Time” Sanders soon be trading in his microphone for a clipboard?
According to NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, Sanders has now emerged as a candidate for the Florida State football head coaching vacancy. The surprising development broke late Thursday night.
Other Notable Candidates for FSU Head Coaching Job
As noted by Jonathan Adams of Heavy.com, the Florida State job is a hot ticket following the termination of previous head coach Willie Taggart on November 3.
Among the other notable names being tied to the opening include Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, former University of Miami head coach Mark Richt, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, and even former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
Earlier this week, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit shared his thoughts on how he sees the candidate search unfolding.
“I’m hoping by Saturday to have a little bit more of an idea of some real people, but I think they have got to go after an established coach,” said Herbstreit. “I don’t know if taking a hot coordinator would be the right move. I think after everything they have been through for the last few years I think they need to find somebody that’s familiar with the state as far as recruiting, somebody that’s familiar with that school and some of the ways that school works and operates.”
Deion Sanders Has Ties to FSU
The Fort Myers, Florida native spent his college career at Florida State from 1986-1988 where he played three sports: track, baseball, and football. His No.2 jersey was retired soon after by the school in 1995.
The freakishly athletic cornerback and punt returner was named a two-time consensus All-American in his final two seasons with the Seminoles under Head Coach Bobby Bowden. At the conclusion of his college football career, Sanders had snagged 14 interceptions and returned 126 punts for over 1,400 yards.
Sanders carried over his multisport talents to the professional level as well, taking up a part-time career in Major League Baseball. He played in 641 games as an outfielder for four teams over a 13-year span – the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants. Having been drafted by the Yankees in the 1988 MLB Draft, Sanders used New York to his advantage in a contract dispute with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him a year later with the fifth overall pick in the first round. To this day, he remains the only professional athlete to ever play in both the World Series and Super Bowl.
Sanders’ Checkered Coaching History
The Pro Football Hall of Famer (2011) has never previously coached at the collegiate level, although his resume does include some high school coaching experience having helped found the Prime Prep Academy in 2012. But according to a CBS Sports report, Sanders was removed from the position following an assault claim by a school staffer. Sanders later disputed the alleged claim.
His most recent coaching gig dates back to 2017 as the offensive coordinator for Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill (TX). Sanders currently serves as on-air talent at NFL Network along with a previous stint at CBS Sports.
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