Report: Deion Sanders a Candidate for Florida State Coaching Job

Sanders played football, baseball and ran track for the Seminoles from 1986 to 1988

Deion Sanders a Candidate for Florida State University Coaching Job
Ex-NFL and FSU player Deion Sanders attends a game. (Frederick Breedon/Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / November 8, 2019 9:34 am

It might be time for Prime Time in Tallahassee once again.

According to reports from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, Florida State University alum Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate for the to fill the school’s football team’s head coaching position.

FSU fired former coach Willie Taggart after just 21 games coaching the team. Taggart compiled a 9-12 record during his tenure.

It’s somewhat of a surprise that 52-year-old Sanders has been named as a candidate as he has no coaching experience on the collegiate or professional level. Sanders does have some experience coaching high school athletes.

“It is tough to make sense of Sanders’ candidacy considering he has no legitimate experience coaching, let alone any background in running an entire major Power Five program,” according to CBS Sports. “However, there is no doubt that the man known as ‘Prime Time’ would be a splashy, headline-grabbing hire, and his ability to relate to players could be a massive boon for Noles recruiting if there was a plan in place for the rest of the program.”

Sanders, who currently works as an analyst for the NFL Network, played football, baseball and ran track for the Seminoles from 1986 through 1988. In his final season playing football for FSU, Sanders earned consensus All-American honors and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.

A two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time first-team All-Pro, Sanders — who also played Major League Baseball — was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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