Report: Colorado engaged in talks with major name for next head coach
Could Prime Time be coming to Boulder?
According to 247Sports’ Carl Reed, Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders has “been in discussions with powerbrokers” at Colorado about the schools vacant head coach position. The Buffaloes have slipped to 1-10 on the year and fired coach Karl Dorrell in October after an 0-5 start.
Sanders, on the other hand, helped lead Jackson State to a 24-13 win over Alcorn on Saturday to cap the first perfect regular season in program history. He’s one of the hottest names on the coaching carousel right now after interviewing for positions at TCU and Colorado State last cycle.
CU has been linked often to Illinois defensive coordinator and alum Ryan Walters. Sanders would certainly be a splashier hire for a Buffs program in dire need of some juice.
According to Reed, Sanders has also been in contact with South Florida about the open job there. He has not, however, talked with anyone representing Auburn. That coaching search has moved in a different direction, according to Reed.
Sanders has quickly risen in the coaching ranks. Last December, he pulled off a stunning recruiting coup when the No. 1 overall recruit in the class — 5-star defensive back Travis Hunter — flipped his commitment from Florida State to Jackson State in one of the biggest Signing Day surprises ever. Sanders also landed top-100 recruit Kevin Coleman and a slew of FBS transfers.
The 11-0 Tigers have been quarterbacked this season by Shedeur Sanders, Deion’s son. Shedeur has completed 70% of his passes this season for 3,083 yards to go with 37 total touchdowns (32 of them passing). He’s only a sophomore.
Sanders has helped turn Jackson State in a football attraction. The Tigers hosted ESPN’s College GameDay this season, and he has them set to play in the SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 3. A win there would send Jackson State through to the Celebration Bowl (SWAC winner vs. MEAC winner) for the second consecutive season.