Auburn football reporter Justin Lee of The Opelika-Auburn News predicted Deion Sanders’ next move after he finishes up his first Power Five coaching stint with Colorado: reuniting with the school he starred at during his playing days, Florida State.
“I imagine that marriage will come around eventually,” Lee said to a reader who thought FSU would’ve already deployed the defensive coordinator/offensive coordinator underneath Coach Prime-as-CEO scenario.
An article written by Lee during AU’s last hiring cycle — a cycle that ended with the Tigers hiring Hugh Freeze after flirting with Lane Kiffin for several weeks last November — talking about the “Prime Time” brand bringing unparalleled attention to the Plains, which ended up happening in Boulder, has gone viral again. Hence, Auburn Twitter discussed Sanders, who was always a long shot to be hired.
Auburn football beat reporter ignoring ‘level of animosity’ between Deion Sanders and FSU
Sanders does not identify as a Florida State alum, having corrected a reporter back in August for claiming he was a Nole despite graduating from Talladega College.
The reason Sanders made that distinction was because he isn’t all that close to the program he put on the map, but never graduated from. Footballscoop’s Zach Barnett went as far as to say that the two sides still hold animosity toward each other.
“Sanders clearly holds a level of animosity toward Florida State, and Florida State certainly holds a high level of animosity toward arguably the greatest player to ever wear the garnet and gold,” Barnett wrote.
Does that mean the two sides will never reunite? No. Money talks far too loudly, and FSU must be looking at how much money and new applications the University of Colorado is receiving in the wake of Sanders’ arrival.
But it’s not a shoo-in like everyone assumes it is. Far from it.
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