NFL legend and current Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders joined the Dan Le Batard Show last week and revealed the three Power Five teams he interviewed for before landing his game-changing job with the Tigers: Florida State, Arkansas and TCU.
“I interviewed for, I think, three Power 5 jobs, and I should have got them,” Sanders said. “I was very, very, very good if I may say in the interviews, I balled. One of the interviews I was so darn good, the guy asked me could I start? When could I start? At the conclusion of the interview, I’m not lying, [they asked], ‘when could you really start?'”
Sanders wouldn’t comment on which team ask him to start right away. “I can’t give you that. I gave you some juice man, come on,” he said to Le Batard with a laugh.
Judging by the current declining state of Florida State’s football program since their undefeated national championship run in 2013 under Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Jimbo Fisher, a switch to Coach Prime wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Since going 14-0 in 2013, the Seminoles final record has declined in almost every season until 2021, when they improved on their 3-6 record in 2020 to a 5-7 record last season.
Despite the slight improvement, Florida State has gone 8-13 in two seasons under Mike Norvell. A far cry from the success Fisher brought in the first half of last decade. Someone else whose had success in Tallahassee: Sanders.
Prime Time enjoyed four successful years as a defensive back at Florida State (not to mention his successful baseball and track & field careers). He was a two-time All-American, 1988 Jim Thorpe Award winner, had the game-winning interception in the same year against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.
Sanders sits second all-time in FSU’s interception leaderboard with 14 (he also had three more in bowl games), four of which he returned for touchdowns. During his career, he had 186 total tackles, four forced fumbles and returned those 14 interceptions for a combined 287 yards throughout his college tenure.
Sanders dominated the first phase of his career — his legendary playing career. Then, he was a fantastic member of the football media. Now, he’s looking to dominate in another act of his life — his career as a coach at the collegiate level. And so far this offseason, he’s off to a solid start after landing the No. 1 overall recruit in the country Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill Five-Star Plus+ athlete Travis Hunter. Sanders also picked up St. Louis (Mo.) St. Mary’s four-star wide receiver Kevin Coleman and there could be more top players on the way.