Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Deion Sanders Linked to Florida State Head Coaching Job

Deion Sanders Linked to Florida State Head Coaching Job

Arguably the greatest former Florida State football player in program history is reportedly being considered to succeed Willie Taggart as head coach.

The Florida State Seminoles must've heard Deion, because now he has emerged as a candidate for the job, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell, now a football coach at Miami Edison High School, voiced his support for Sanders getting the job Friday on Twitter.

Earlier this week, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit shared his thoughts on how he sees the candidate search unfolding. 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.

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"I'm hoping by Saturday to have a little bit more of an idea of some real people, but I think they have got to go after an established coach", said Herbstreit.

Though Sanders, 52, has coached at the high school level, he has never coached for a college program or professional team and has spent the vast majority of his post-athletic career serving as a TV analyst, first for CBS Sports and now for NFL Network. "I don't know if taking a hot coordinator would be the right move". He played football, baseball and track at Florida State from 1986 through 1988, earning consensus All-American honors in "87 and "88 and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in "88". Sanders was the fifth overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft. To this day, he remains the only professional athlete to ever play in both the World Series and Super Bowl.

But Sanders has no college football coaching experience and his charter high school in Texas lasted less than four years. He now works as an NFL Network analyst.

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