Deion Sanders’ comments Tuesday about the vacant Texas A&M head coaching job should make Colorado Buffaloes fans feel nervous. Even if only a little bit.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said Monday on “Get Up” that Texas A&M would be the perfect job for Sanders to take after Jimbo Fisher was fired Sunday morning. Smith said the Aggies’ deep pockets and SEC branding would be perfect for Sanders to recruit and win.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 13, 2023
Money doesn’t appear to be a problem for Texas A&M as their boosters are set to give Fisher $77 million to go away. Texas A&M would get a quick return on their investment by hiring “Coach Prime.” The Buffaloes have been must-watch national television this season, and a 4-6 Colorado team is still drawing big ratings in Sanders’ first season there.
Deion Sanders leaves open the possibility he’d go to Texas A&M
Reporters asked Sanders about rumors linking his name to Texas A&M. (Oddsmakers have listed Sanders as a possible next head coach at College Station.) Per an answer at a press conference Tuesday, Sanders left open the possibility he’d jump ship to Texas A&M. Here’s a transcription of Sanders’ response from a video posted by 9News:
“I want to win, I want to win a game. So, you think I really do sit down and think about that kind of stuff.” Sanders asked. “Let what strikes me about that, about myself that you guys think I really sit down and say, ‘Ah yeah, Stephen A., yeah.’ Come on. I’m good. We got to win. Let’s focus on this week when we play Friday so we lose a game of practice.”
Sanders was asked how he’d talk to recruits with rumors floating that he would tie his name to other programs this fall and winter. Sanders said he’d tell the parents that his family and his “mail” were here. He also said football fans understand what he’s trying to build at Colorado.
Sanders was trying to make the point that it would be hard for him to up and leave Colorado. But Sanders’ mail was being delivered to Jackson, MS, last year when he was the head coach of Jackson State. He left that job for more prestige and money after saying he wanted to build HBCU football prominence.
Texas A&M could offer Sanders a lot more. And Sanders is wisely keeping the door open for more opportunities. At the very least, he can ask for more money and help from Colorado to get him to stay.
But Sanders didn’t say no to Texas A&M. And that’s a big story.
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