This is how it began:
NFL Network analyst and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate for the Florida St. head coaching job, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. A fascinating situation that could unfold.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2019
And recently, Rapoport recorded this elaboration— which I think was really just an excuse to refer to Sanders as a “prime” candidate for the Florida State job.
From @gmfb: Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate at Florida State for their head-coaching job. pic.twitter.com/tpmQXTC4Cw— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2019
Yes, this is an entertaining digression. And it’s also not going to happen. Sure, Sanders was arguably the greatest Seminole to ever wear the garnet and gold. But running fast and running a program are two very different things. With zero college coaching experience — much less as a head coach — Sanders is far better suited for his current role as an on-air personality.
But of course, people had to run with this.
Man it would be so dope and just seems PERFECT for Prime Time @DeionSanders to be the HC of FSU! I mean right?? One thing about it he would get in any household on the planet to talk with a kid/parent/s. #ItsTimeforPrime— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 8, 2019
Mannnnnn!!!!! @DeionSanders gotta be the HC at FSU! It’s only right. What’s right is right. That’d be great for the university, fans, football, and most importantly the student athletes. I’d send my sons to play for Coach Prime fr fr! #ItsTimeforPrime— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) November 8, 2019
And Sanders isn’t exactly talking it down.
Love ya my brother! Always have always will. Coming up in FLORIDA You made us think outside the box & dream big. I need those players from Miami. Just joking..... Not really ✍ https://t.co/aBHPPgtgZu— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) November 8, 2019
The rumor seems to have the support of FSU’s top-ranked commit for the 2020 class...
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And drew a playful jab from a former Seminole player.
BREAKING NEWS: Sources close to me confirmed that Alvin and the Chipmunks have emerged as candidates for the FSU head coaching position. Alvin will take the HC job with Theodore and Simon handling the play calling. This how y’all sound with the click bait... https://t.co/qXDi21x3t0— freddie stevenson (@strugglemade105) November 8, 2019
As an aside, I’d just like to re-emphasize that the Sanders-to-FSU thing originated with Rapoport and Mike Garafolo: his colleagues at NFL.com. If having your coworkers start a rumor about you is all it takes to make news, I do hope nobody at Tomahawk Nation goes public regarding my tawdry affair with Emma Stone.