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Deion Sanders emerges as potential candidate for Florida State head coaching job

(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Pepsi)

(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Pepsi)

A new name has emerged in the Florida State football coaching search, and it isn’t Mark or Bob Stoops.

Instead, it’s two-time Super Bowl champion and eight-time Pro Bowler Deion Sanders.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Prime Time has “emerged as a prime candidate to take the Florida State head coaching job.”

“This opening has drawn some big attention from some big names, and few bigger than Deion Sanders,” he said. “That’s right, sources tell me and Mike Garafolo [of the NFL Network] that our colleague Deion Sanders, the NFL Network analyst and Hall-of-Fame cornerback has emerged as a prime candidate to take the Florida State head coaching job.

“Obviously, Sanders is one of the faces of that college, one of their most notable alumnus. And he has kept in contact, remained close with several players who graduated from Florida State, serving as a mentor for them. He has always been about that college, and now, potentially has the opportunity to serve as their head coach.”

Jay Glazer of FOX NFL Sunday is also reporting that the “FSU chatter is real” for Sanders, adding that the legendary NFL player would “recruit unlike anyone else” and “connect with the kids on that level.”

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also vouched for Sanders as a coach, saying he has “watched him coach” and feels he would be “great” at the college level.

“I’ve actually watched him coach. I’ve watched him work with younger players in the pros and he’s outstanding,” Jones said on “K and C Masterpiece” on 105.3 The Fan on Friday. “He has all the credibility that you could ever imagine, both from knowing what he’s talking about, plus the sensitivity or the perception that he has with people skills. He’d be a great coach.”

While he’s not reporting of his own or adding to the speculation, NBA superstar LeBron James is even rooting for Sanders to get the job at Florida State.

Despite the reports from two prominent and credible outlets in the NFL world, Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat denied rumors of Sanders’ candidacy for the FSU job this morning.

“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,” he wrote.

Henry also added that former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops remains in contention.

“Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops quickly emerged as a top candidate to replace Taggart,” Henry wrote. “David Coburn, FSU’s director of athletics, confirmed to the Democrat earlier this week that Stoops is “on the list, and he’s certainly somebody we would consider.” But officials say they are letting the search play out and are looking for the committee to identify a pool of candidates.”

Luckily for Kentucky fans, Mark Stoops’ name was noticeably absent from any of the reports listed above.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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42 Comments for Deion Sanders emerges as potential candidate for Florida State head coaching job



  1. maximumscott
    2:04 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Good in theory but terrible hire if they do this. When has he ever coached?!?!?



    • DelrayCat
      2:25 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Sort of like hiring a reality TV host to run a country?



    • Papaw
      2:36 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Now that’s funny because it’s true



    • kenny
      2:37 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Got him



    • BigBlueSkyDog
      2:48 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      More like getting a two bit community organizer that can’t speak a full sentence without a teleprompter.



    • Corder
      4:09 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Glad somebody said it.



    • 4everUKBlue
      2:39 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Hillarious Delray, kinda like getting a Hollywood actor to run a country too? Oh wait, that’s been done too and everyone fell for it.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:40 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Well, we had a real actor that ran the country pretty well…Ronnie, err something or other. Played George Gipp in the Knute Rockne story, and he played pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander in The Winning Team. And don’t forget the classic, Bedtime for Bonzo, ha ha.



    • 4everUKBlue
      2:45 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      RG I’m surprised you think he did a good job, but to each his own.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:58 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Tear down that wall, there 4ever, ha ha ha. Bye bye USSR, hee haw.



    • 4everUKBlue
      3:11 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Yep and destroy the small farmer…Oh and lets hold those hostages until Ron gets elected to make him look like a hero, that’s been proven btw.



    • DelrayCat
      3:13 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Well the conman in the white house got himself impeached within 3 years…so if Dion turns out to be shady, will he be under NCAA investigation in about the same amount of time or less?



    • catsarerunnin
      5:28 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Quit whining DCat. How has your life changed for the worse since the 2016 election other than turning yourself into a mumbling pile of goo just because your candidate lost?



    • TBW3011
      1:24 pm November 9, 2019 Permalink

      You do it for the warmth? ?



    • 4everUKBlue
      3:15 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Hell Clinton got impeached and never left the White House, kinda like taking a trip without leaving the farm.



    • coal miner
      4:27 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      This is a dumpster fire in the making



  2. Catcasey1
    2:05 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    What a joke!!!!!



    • ColoradoCatFan88
      2:22 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Why is it a joke? Dude is one of the greatest to ever lace me up, & I’m sure his love & passion for FSU is greater than any of the other candidates. Nothing wrong with giving him 4 years to see what he can do..



    • ClutchCargo
      2:35 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Why did you need a dude to lace you up? lol

      Seriously, though, this is FSU we’re talking about. They should be going after proven HC’s or up and coming coordinators, not giving a former player a shot to see what he can do.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:43 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Except they won’t give him 4 years; last guy only got 1.75 years.



    • Bluehender
      5:15 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      And the buy out was…$17.5? rg?



  3. SuperTroy18
    2:06 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    That would be pretty cool. Deion would be more successful than even Penny has been. Kids would love the chance to play for “Prime Time”!



    • bluecrowe
      3:09 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      SuperTroy- Your are right, I think. This is exactly the reason they are even contemplating going with Deion. It is understandable.



  4. Bobbum Man
    2:09 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t imagine this actually happening



    • ukkatzfan
      2:14 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      See SuperTroy above. Penny is the pathway for your imagination. If Penny can happen, Neon can. I expect celebrities to start coaching jobs within 5 years.



    • maximumscott
      2:28 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Matt mccanhey



    • cats646
      3:15 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      The power I formation baby!! Lol



  5. JerryCat
    2:11 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Keep Mark Stoops’ name outcha mouth!



  6. ClutchCargo
    2:31 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    I can see hiring him as a receivers coach, but what HC experience does he even have? FSU should be beyond considering someone like Prime Time for the HC job.



  7. UKFanSC
    2:34 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    A$$ Clown



  8. kenny
    2:37 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    He definitely will recruit well.



    • UKFanSC
      2:53 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      The Penny Hardaway of football



  9. DenverCatFan
    2:50 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    I knew it! After the recent hirings of Stackhouse, Penny and Juwan Howard, not surprised at all that Deion’s name is in the running.



    • 4everUKBlue
      3:13 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Does that mean ol butt fumble Sanchez is next?



    • az1006
      4:44 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Key difference in those hirings is that all 3 had coaching experience. Penny was at the high school level, sure, but Stackhouse and Juwan Howard had both coached in the NBA prior to going to the college ranks. Sanders hasn’t coached at all, so that’s a big difference.



  10. Ridge Runner
    2:52 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    He could coach FSU baseball team too!
    😉



  11. 4everUKBlue
    3:17 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t know if he can coach but I love his interviews and his color commentary.



  12. stevemotley
    3:18 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Deion is all about Deion. No way he wants to give up his lifestyle now to become a head football coach. Maybe a position coach but not HC



  13. gasman01
    3:49 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t give a crap who gets the job as long as it’s not M. stoops



  14. 206Bones
    5:06 am November 9, 2019 Permalink

    “so dope”? age must have the best of me.



  15. Tej
    11:09 am November 9, 2019 Permalink

    I doubt FSU takes a chance on a guy who has little or no coaching experience. I’m not sure they will even consider a coordinator. I think they want a proven head coach. A big time program like FSU doesn’t need to settle for less.



  16. TBW3011
    1:23 pm November 9, 2019 Permalink

    Lol. No he isn’t. This is laughable that anyone could believe this.