Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Sanders interested in FSU job

Sanders interested in FSU job

If Florida State truly seeks to unite players of the past with those of the present, perhaps a more established former star with a coaching background like Chris Weinke (2000 Heisman Trophy winner), now coaching quarterbacks at Tennessee, or Terrell Buckley (1991 Thorpe Award winner), now coaching defensive backs at Mississippi State, would make more sense.

The search for soccer coaches from the state of Florida took a turn on Thursday night when it was reported that Seminole legend Deion Sanders emerged as a candidate to replace the fired Willie Taggart.

Prime Time could be heading back to Tallahassee. All through his National Football League career, Sanders was an 8-time Pro Bowler, two-time Tremendous Bowl champ and Defensive Player of the Yr in 1994.

Sanders had his college jersey retired in 1995 at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium.


Obviously, Sanders never became the coach of Atlanta, but the 52-year-old is now interesting in coaching his alma mater, Florida State, so the desire to coach a football team has never died. He has also maintained links with the Seminoles program, more visibly through occasional speeches to the team. Hardaway went 22-14 with the Tigers in his first season and brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation ahead of the 2019-20 campaign with two of the top 15 and five of the top 60 prospects in the nation. A jump from offensive coordinator at his son's high school straight up to Florida State head coach would be more or less unprecedented.

Perhaps the idea of Sanders being a candidate is exclusively to grab headlines without any intention of him being a legitimate option. The Sun Devils have gone in 12-9 now eight games into Year 2 under Edwards, largely silencing critics who laughed at the notion.

Why Florida State would be interested in Deion Sanders is a little harder to understand though.

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