Despite an NFL network report that Deion Sanders is running for the vacant FSU football coach, sources close to the research are telling the Democrat that he's not not a candidate.
Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of the NFL network reported Thursday that the former member of the US Football Hall of Fame, the former USS and American Football, "had been touted as a candidate "to replace Willie Taggart.
Taggart was fired on Sunday, 21 games in his $ 30 million six-year deal. Odell Haggins, former FSU assistant, has been appointed interim head coach for the second time.
Haggins and Sanders were part of the famous Seminoles Recruitment Course in 1985, and both were housemates at FSU.
Rumors and stories have flown around the search for FSU coaches. Sources say that Sanders' story is another example.
The former Oklahoma coach, Bob Stoops, has quickly imposed himself as the best candidate to replace Taggart. David Coburn, FSU Sports Director, confirmed to the Democrat earlier this week that Stoops was "on the list, and that he would certainly be one we would consider."
But officials say they're letting the research go and looking for the committee to identify a pool of candidates.
December 27, 2017; Shreveport, LA, USA; Deion Sanders, a former Florida State Seminoles player, played the South Mississippi Golden Eagles in the first half of Independence Bowl 2017 at Independence Stadium. Florida Sate won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Nelson Chenault, Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)
Deion in the honor:
Sanders signed with FSU on North Fort Myers High, where he received his nickname "Prime Time". He has become undoubtedly one of the best athletes in the Seminole tradition. The flamboyant 52-year-old played professional football and baseball at the same time. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame and the University Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Sanders trained football at the high school level. He spent most of his post-sports career as an analyst on television, first for CBS Sports and currently for NFL Network. While Sanders is known for his flashy personality, his outspokenness and his talent for self-promotion, he is also respected.
"Who has more experience than Deion," said Corey Fuller, former NLF and NLF star, head football coach at Gadsden High and one of Sanders' closest friends. "Who would make a bigger hiring than Deion Sanders? He's an excellent CEO of all the things he's doing."
Sanders did not exactly deny the report on Friday morning. He responded to a tweet from Luther Campbell, an artist and supporter of Miami Hurricanes: "I love you brother! Always have always. Come to FLORIDA You have made us think outside the box and dream big. I need these Miami players. I'm kidding ….. not really. "
Some former FSU players, at least on social media, pushed Haggins into the full-time position. Others rallied to Rick Stockstill, the head coach of Middle Tennessee, in his group.
Is Deion next?
"I love Deion, I loved him as a player and I'm proud of him," said former FSU assistant coach Jim Gladden.
But he notes, "there is a lot more to being a head coach than being a great player".
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