Late last night, news broke that Florida State legend Deion Sanders is getting involved in the head coaching job at his alma mater. Sanders, one of the program’s greatest players of all-time and an NFL Hall of Famer, has only coached at the high school level.
While there is a trend of hiring great former players as head coaches in college basketball, football usually requires more of a process of moving through the ranks, even for greats like Sanders. A jump from offensive coordinator at his son’s high school straight up to Florida State head coach would be more or less unprecedented.
Deion weighed in on the reports earlier today. He stopped short of confirming that he is in the running, but in response to a tweet from Luther Campbell, mentioned his desire to recruit Miami.
The legitimacy of his candidacy is up in the air.
FOX’s Jay Glazer, who is about as tapped in as it gets in the NFL, tweeted that the “chatter is real.”
This @DeionSanders FSU chatter is real. I personally love it!! One thing we know is he would recruit unlike anyone else, he’s obviously a winner, great work ethic but most of all he would really connect with the kids on that level
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 8, 2019
Now, Glazer isn’t typically who you would turn to for a Florida State scoop, but he wouldn’t share the info if it wasn’t coming from some side of this story.
The Tallahassee Democrat is now reporting that Sanders is not actually a candidate, though:
“Despite a report from the NFL Network that Deion Sanders is a candidate for the vacant FSU football coaching job, sources close to the search tell the Democrat that he is not a candidate.”
Sanders entering the coaching ranks would be a blast, and he probably would recruit very well down in Florida. It would just be a real surprise to see him take over one of the 10-15 best jobs in college football as his first college football coaching job of any kind.
There’ve been all kinds of rumors flying around the Florida State job since it opened. We should get at least a few more good weeks of wild speculation before the ‘Noles find Willie Taggart’s replacement.