Deion Sanders is not a candidate for FSU football coaching job


Despite a report from the NFL Network that Deion Sanders is a candidate for the vacant Florida State University football coaching job, two people with knowledge of FSU’s plans told the Tallahassee Democrat that he is not a candidate. The two spoke on the condition of anonymity because details about the coaching search are private.

Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported late Thursday that Sanders, a former FSU All-American and Pro Football Hall of Famer, “emerged as a candidate” to replace Willie Taggart.

Taggart was fired Sunday, 21 games into his six-year, $30 million contract. Veteran FSU assistant Odell Haggins was named the interim head coach for the second time. Haggins and Sanders were part of the Seminoles’ acclaimed 1985 recruiting class, and the two were roommates at FSU.

Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops quickly emerged as a top candidate to replace Taggart. David Coburn, FSU’s director of athletics, confirmed to the Democrat earlier this week that Stoops is “on the list, and he’s certainly somebody we would consider.” But officials say they are letting the search play out and are looking for the committee to identify a pool of candidates.

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