Deion a candidate for Florida State HC job

Florida State mailbag On Odell Haggins the coaching search and buyout financing

NFL Hall of Famer and former Florida State legend Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate to be the Seminoles' next head coach, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report. Friday, the Tallahassee Democrat cited two sources within the Florida State athletic department saying Sanders is not being considered for the job.

Florida State fired head coach Willie Taggart on November 3 after he went 9-12 at the helm. Veteran assistant Odell Haggins will act as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Taggert was sacked three-quarters of the way through his second season at the school. He's worked as the offensive coordinator for successful Texas prep program Cedar Hill Trinity Christian, where his sons played football.

While several prominent names, including retired Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, have been floated around regarding the Florida State job, Sanders is perhaps the most surprising.


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. Sanders won two Super Bowls and was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro during his National Football League career.

For the first half of action on Saturday, the FSU football team looked like they had quite an uphill climb against a Boston College team they had barely beaten last season - but a comeback that may go down in history could have just made the Seminoles a team that could be bowling at the end of this season.

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