Deion Sanders is ‘squarely in the mix’ for the TCU head-coaching opening after his first interview, reports Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Davison cited a source close to the search that not only had Sanders interviewed for the job on Monday, but that the Pro Football Hall of Famer had done enough during that interview to warrant moving on to the next stage of the process.
Per Davison’s source:
“I’m not saying he is going to get the job, not saying he’s the leading candidate at this point, but he is in the mix. He was impressive.”
Sanders is in his second season as the head coach at Jackson State University, where he has re-energized that program. Jackson State is 9-4 under Sanders, but the Tigers are already 5-1 this season, with a 3-0 record in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.
Sanders has not been on the sidelines for the past few games due to a recovery from foot surgery. Gary Harrell has been serving as the interim head coach during Sanders’ absence.
On Sunday, Davison reported that the Horned Frogs have three candidates that have emerged as favorites for the job, per a source. The source did not disclose those front-runners, but several candidates have been reported as coaches being considered. Those coaches include SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, Louisiana head coach Billy Napier and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.
Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore bowed out of the coaching search on Monday.
TCU also reportedly has interest in Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell for its open head-coaching position. Campbell, however addressed that rumor on Monday and noted that he’s happy at Iowa State and is only focused on finishing out the season.
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