It didn’t take long for speculation to emerge about Arizona State’s next head football coach following the firing of Herm Edwards.
And it didn’t take long for Deion Sanders’ name to come up as a potential candidate for the ASU job.
Would Sanders fit in as Sun Devils coach?
Some college football writers have been excited about what the Jackson State coach could do in Tempe.
Speculation has swirled about the former NFL star and the Sun Devils since Edwards was fired.
Here’s what they’re saying about Sanders and the Arizona State football job:
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Dan Wetzel writes: “Perhaps the most complex puzzle in major college football is how the state of Arizona—with its resources, location, weather, and so on—is rarely good. The Sun Devils have recorded a top-10 finish in 35 years (back in 1996). He fired Erm Edwards on Sunday after a loss to Eastern Michigan. So here we have a potential situation — the program that seems capable of anything but inexplicably can never get out of its own way, and the man and the coach who spent his Life redefines what’s possible. Deion Sanders at Arizona State? Now that would be something.”
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John Brice writes: “At ASU, probably Atlanta and a myriad of other compass points. Sanders is a former standout in both Major League Baseball and the NFL. Arizona State’s campus is about a dozen miles from downtown Phoenix and entertainment options are hardly lacking in the Valley of the Sun. But recruiting, because prep football is great in the area, isn’t exactly lacking in the area for the right coach. Think Sanders couldn’t generate interest?Renaissance that the program has never seen before, at a time when buttocks in the stands is a widespread concern throughout college football – and many other sports.”
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Dennis Dodd writes: “Anderson went off script with the Edwards hire. Why not throw another fireball? I’m not sure if Sanders’ coaching at the highest level matches his mouth, but I’d buy a front row for to sit back and watch. Arizona State isn’t a top program in the Pac-12, but it sure needs a shot of adrenaline. Considering Florida State probably isn’t going to open, Sanders would be a bold pick.”
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Andrew Gould writes: “Sanders has turned Jackson State into a juggernaut, so the former NFL and MLB star could have a chance to land a coaching position at a Power Five school. However, he also refers to his current position as “calling” and raised the importance of building an HBCU program. However, Sanders has interviewed for other major conference jobs and could make the right school a major player if he pursues a new job. Wetzel sees ASU as a ” sleeping giant” Sanders is uniquely qualified to wake up.”
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David Huckstead writes: “Sanders could be a great pick for the Sun Devils if the program wants to be bold. The delusions about Urban Meyer are comical, but the former MLB and NFL player coming to Tempe is very realistic. Last season, Sanders posted an 11-2 record with the Tigers in his second season with the program and is currently off to a 3-0 start in 2022. The man can get results on the field. Yes, he is FCS football, but winning still wins, and it does so at a high level.”
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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic: Arizona State football coach Deion Sanders speculation swirls