Deion Sanders to Texas A&M? One major obstacle might stand in the way
Deion Sanders will undoubtedly be a popular name on the carousel with Texas A&M and Mississippi State both looking for new head coaches. Stephen A. Smith said rather emphatically on ESPN’s Get Up Monday morning that a Sanders move to College Station “needs to happen.”
One problem with that.
Or, several, depending on how literal you want to be.
When Deion left Jackson State after the 2022 season to take the head coaching job at Colorado, his son, Shedeur Sanders, transferred to CU and took over as the starting quarterback. Travis Hunter followed Coach Prime from Jackson State to Colorado as well. As did Shelomi, Deion’s daughter who currently plays on the Colorado women’s basketball team.
Buffzone’s Brian Howell pointed out Monday that, should Deion make another move, he’d either have to leave his kids behind or risk them having to sit out the 2024 season as two-time transfers.
Plus, he's not leaving Shelomi behind, so him leaving would mean she'd also be a second-time transfer who would likely have to sit out the 2024-25 season. Lots of factors involved besides money (and Deion doesn't NEED the money).
— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) November 13, 2023
Shedeur could ultimately opt to go to the NFL Draft after the season, where many expect he’d be a high draft pick. But the expectation in Boulder is that neither Shedeur nor safety Shilo will leave for the Draft until after the 2024 season.
Hunter is also not eligible to enter the draft for another year. Deion has an incredibly strong relationship with Hunter and views the two-way standout as part of his family.
Perhaps the Sanders children could make a case before the NCAA that a waiver should be granted for them transferring to remain close to family. The NCAA has been notoriously fickle with two-time waiver requests over the last year, though.
In its first season under Deion’s stewardship, Colorado has slipped to 4-6. The Buffs have lost six of their last seven games and have routinely played in close contests. Deion has deep roots in the state of Texas, though, and a trademark ability to recruit. He has rarely done the expected throughout his career, so he’ll remain a name to watch in the A&M search.