Deion Sanders was linked to the Florida State head coaching job a couple of months ago via an unconfirmed rumor, but there was never any indication that he was an actual candidate for the job. However, the Hall of Famer says it is “definite” that he will be a head coach at the college level roughly a year from now.
In an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Tuesday morning, Sanders said it is a certainty that he will be a college head coach in 2021. He also claimed he had an interview with Florida State and another school, though he would not specify which.
Deion Sanders on the Dan Patrick Show: "I'm going to be a head coach in college football next year. That's definite."
Said he had interviews with Florida State and a "second school" this offseason.
It’s not hard to believe Sanders wants to land a college head coaching job, but saying he has spoken with teams could be his way of trying to boost his own stock. If other teams believe he was a candidate for the Florida State job and interviewed with another program, they may believe “Prime Time” is a hot coaching commodity.
Deion Sanders was surprisingly linked to the Florida State head coaching job late last week, and while it’s still not looking likely he lands that job, he’s certainly ready to find a position he likes.
Sanders made clear Sunday on NFL Network that he’s ready to coach in college, though he has no experience at that level.
“I have not spoken to anyone from Florida State regarding this,” Sanders said, via Sam Hellman of 247 Sports. “But let me assure you, I am 100 percent, 100 percent desiring to coach at the next level and I will.”
Sanders is affirming he has not spoken to Florida State about their open coaching job. This certainly makes it sounds like it hasn’t been because of a lack of interest. Given the support he’s received, maybe some sschool could look his way and add some instant excitement and credibility to their program. Whether that turns out to be Florida State remains to be seen.
Despite a total lack of coaching experience at this level, there has been a positive response from some to the Sanders talk. Does that factor into Florida State’s thinking at all? Probably not. Sanders is still a star and a household name who makes recruits perk up, which might be the point. However, it’s not a safe hire at all, and the Seminoles would probably be better off going with a more experienced hand. The fact that Sanders says he hasn’t been contacted indicated they might be doing just that.
Deion Sanders is apparently being considered as a potential candidate for the Florida State head coaching job, which is somewhat shocking given that he has no coaching experience at the college or pro level. But if LeBron James were the athletic director at FSU, Sanders might already be hired.
On Friday, LeBron tweeted his endorsement of Sanders for the job. He said he feels the Hall of Famer would be “PERFECT” for it and a fantastic recruiter.
Man it would be so dope and just seems PERFECT for Prime Time @DeionSanders to be the HC of FSU! I mean right?? One thing about it he would get in any household on the planet to talk with a kid/parent/s. #ItsTimeforPrime
Sanders would be a great buzz hire for Florida State and could definitely help with recruiting, but his lack of experience would make him a big risk for the Seminoles. Sanders also has some red flags surrounding him, as he was fired over an assault claim from his job as a coach at Prime Prep Academy, which is the school he founded. The school later closed due to financial mismanagement after Sanders had been fired a second time.
Sanders, 52, is currently an offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his sons attend. He was supposedly in consideration for a job on Willie Taggart’s staff when Taggart was first hired, but he turned it down. Unfortunately for him, LeBron isn’t doing the hiring for the Seminoles. Sanders seems very unlikely to get the job.
Although a superstar in every sense of the word, Sanders has no coaching experience at the college or pro level. The 52-year-old is an offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his sons attend. He previously coached at Prime Prep Academy, the school he founded, but he was fired over an assault claim. The school later closed due to financial mismanagement, after Sanders had been fired a second time by the school.
After the disaster that Prime Prep Academy turned into, we can’t imagine anyone would turn over a major college football program to Sanders, even if he is famous and would generate buzz and help in recruiting. This feels like a report that either came from Sanders’ camp to help prop him up, or as some sort of test balloon from Florida State to see what public reaction to Deion as a candidate would be like.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers could not have gotten off to a much worse start to the season with their 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, and Deion Sanders thinks a few more performances like that could inspire the star quarterback to walk away from football a lot sooner than expected.
How much sooner? Sanders said after Sunday’s game that he does not think Roethlisberger will make it through the 2019 season.
“I think mentally, physically, something’s gonna shut down, because what I saw today was a lackluster effort by the offense, by the defense, by the coaching staff, by everyone,” Sanders said. “He seemed not engaged. There was no big-play ability, no running game, nothing ever got going defensively. He seemed disinterested.
“We’ve all heard the murmurs of Big Ben saying he would like to retire. The way they played today, a couple more of those games, I think that would happen.”
All that said, Roethlisberger is 37 and has battled some injuries throughout his career. If the 2019 season turns out to be a disappointment and the Steelers miss the playoffs, it would not be a surprise if Big Ben makes it his last.