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TCU Targets Deion Sanders, Jay Norvell in Coaching Search: Report

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The TCU Horned Frogs are looking for their next head coach and Jackson State’s Deion Sanders is on their list. Also of note, representatives for Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore have reportedly reached out to TCU’s hiring committee in an effort to gauge their interest.

The report, filed by, cited a source with knowledge of the contact.

Moore is one of the NFL’s hottest offensive coordinators at the moment, as he’s called the shots for a Cowboys offense that is 6-1. The Cowboys are coming off a win over the Minnesota Vikings in which Dallas had to go with backup Cooper Rush, as starter Dak Prescott was hurt.


Moore has never coached at the college level. He went straight from being Prescott’s backup quarterback to being a Cowboys assistant coach.

Moore and Sanders weren’t the only candidates noted in the article. Along with mentioning SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, the piece noted that TCU is working to arrange interviews with Nevada head coach Jay Norvell and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Daniels.

All five candidates satisfy a pre-requisite that TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati talked about on Tuesday — the desire to hire an offensive-minded head coach to replace Gary Patterson.

Sanders is a recognizable name in Texas, as he played for the Cowboys and coached some prep football at his Prime Prep Academy and served as an offensive coordinator with Trinity Christian High School in Dallas. He took the Jackson State job in 2020 and is 9-4 so far.

Norvell also has roots in the Big 12, as he served as an assistant coach at both Oklahoma and Texas.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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