If Deion Sanders is ready to leave Jackson State and go Power Five, these college football programs should open up the pocketbooks to bring Coach Prime to their universities.
While he has done an amazing job at Jackson State, Deion Sanders is destined for the Power Five.
Coach Prime has transformed the Tigers into a nationally-known program at the HBCU level. Although his two sons Shedeur and Shilo Sanders play for him at Jackson State, it is simply undeniable at this point that Prime Time is ready for primetime. He can recruit, he can build up a staff, he can coach up his players and he can galvanize a fanbase. What is not to love about him?
On Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, there was a feature about what Sanders is doing at Jackson State. Although he is not doing this for the money, Sanders does recognize that his assistants are massively underpaid. If he were to make the leap to the Power Five level, the going rate for a quality head coach of his stature would be around $7 million, 23 times of what he is making now.
In the tail-end of his feature on 60 Minutes, Sanders said the following about possibly making the leap to a bigger school at the Power Five level.
"“I’m going to have to entertain it. Straight up. I’d be a fool not to.”"
It is not a matter of if, but a matter of when, Coach Prime will get his Power Five opportunity.
Here are five reeling college programs who would be foolish not to at least consider Sanders.
College football: 5 Power Five teams Deion Sanders would transform overnight
By hiring J Batt away from Alabama, Georgia Tech is serious about athletics now
It was painfully obvious that Geoff Collins wasn’t the guy to lead the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech out of the ACC cellar. Canning him was easy, but it might not be so with regard to interim head coach Brent Key. He played for the Yellow Jackets under George O’Leary and had been Nick Saban’s offensive line coach at Alabama before coming back to his alma mater. That matters here.
With Georgia Tech hiring J Batt to be its new athletic director away from Alabama, it means two things: The Jackets are serious about college athletics again and coaches with Alabama ties have a real shot. That means Key, Bill O’Brien, Doug Marrone and George Godsey are in the mix. Sanders starred professionally in Atlanta in two sports, so he is at least a dark horse candidate for the gig.
It may not be overly authentic, but Sanders would bring a cool factor to Georgia Tech it is lacking.