FSU football stays in the news cycle on and off the field and why it’s one of the biggest brands in college football.
One of many reasons FSU was in the news this week was comments from Deion Sanders.
The former FSU defensive back responded to a media member in a press conference where he seemingly dismissed FSU and any association with the university.
Below is the back-and-forth, plus former FSU QB Danny Kanell’s take on how Sanders handled the question:
In typical Deion Sanders fashion, he continued to make the situation all about him in his response to Kanell’s statement:
The crazy part is Deion Sanders has his first Power 5 game as a head coach in less than 48 hours, and he has time to respond to a statement on social media? I’m not one to support much of what Danny Kanell says at times, but there was nothing wrong with what he said. Deion Sanders could have handled that question much differently but choose to be dismissive of the university that helped put him on the map.
It’s true he put in the work to become one of the best in college to have his number retired. However, had he gone to a smaller university instead of FSU, would he have had the same platform? Absolutely not. Deion Sanders has had a different vitriol for FSU since he was not considered for the head coaching job once Willie Taggart got fired(a guy he lobbied for to get hired).
The fact is, Sanders had not completed his bachelor’s degree at the time and not qualified to be a head coach at a university. He also had no coaching experience at the college level at all. He had his credits transferred from FSU to Talladega College to finish his degree so he could take the head coaching job at Jackson State.
In a nutshell, that’s the backstory on why Deion Sanders feels the way he feels about FSU. I don’t think FSU would ever hire Deion, even had he had his degree, because he still wasn’t qualified. All of the reasons folks thought he’d be a great hire were solely based on conjecture.
For instance, folks thought he’d be a elite recruiter. However, Colorado only has eight commits in its 2024 recruiting class and ranks No. 65 nationally. I’d think a coach with an elite recruiting pedigree in his first year would be doing better than that. Waiting to try and flip one five-star defensive back at the end of every recruiting cycle isn’t going to win many games. I think that’ll bear out as Colorado takes the field each week this season.