Deion Sanders is one of the most exciting players in NFL history, and an outspoken supporter of his alma mater, Florida State. Now, he reportedly wants to be the Seminoles’ next head coach.
The team moved on from Willie Taggart after just about one and a half seasons. A 27-10 loss to a less-than-elite Miami team last weekend was the final straw for the former USF and Oregon head coach.
Sanders wasn’t a huge fan of the team’s decision to move on from Taggart in such a short amount of time. He tweeted his displeasure with the decision after it came down.
What coach only gets a year and a half to right a ship that was wrong to begin with? I got time. https://t.co/lQxSwNeT5i
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) November 3, 2019
Now that Taggart is gone, Sanders is reportedly throwing his name in the ring, in a shocking revelation reported by his NFL Network colleague Ian Rapoport moments ago.
According to the insider, as well as Mike Garafolo, Sanders has “emerged as a candidate” to coach the Seminoles.
NFL Network analyst and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate for the Florida St. head coaching job, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. A fascinating situation that could unfold.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2019
Sanders is one of the greatest players in not only Florida State, but NFL history. If he had a ton of coaching experience under his belt, you could see him eventually landing a gig like the one at his alma mater. The thought of Deion on the recruiting trail in Florida would certainly entice some.
His coaching experience is limited to high school, though. He currently coaches his sons as offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill High School, and previously coached at his own school, the controversial and short-lived Prime Prep.
Beyond Sanders, there haven’t been a ton of solid candidates identified. The biggest and most often-discussed name is former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, who retired from the Sooners a few years ago, installing Lincoln Riley as his successor. He recently returned to coaching, and is set to lead the XFL’s Dallas Renegades in their inaugural season. He has denied that he is involved with the FSU job, despite persistent rumors in recent days.
Even so, it is much easier to imagine Stoops eventually filling this job. Hiring Deion Sanders, who has no high-level coaching experience, would be an unprecedented move in modern college football history, at a job as prestigious as Florida State.