Deion Sanders, the retired NFL star who recently took over as Colorado’s coach, has already been linked to another vacancy after Texas A&M fired coach Jimbo Fisher on Sunday. According to Sanders, other schools are trying to use that speculation to their advantage on the recruiting trail. During his weekly radio show, Sanders claimed a handful of unnamed schools have attempted to lure recruits away from the Buffaloes, telling prospects that “Coach Prime” will be elsewhere before long. He stated that he doesn’t talk about other coaches or teams, and he does not believe in putting anyone down to stand up for himself.
Sanders has yet to complete his first season at Colorado, but the school did lose a key commitment earlier in the week when four-star 2025 wide receiver prospect Winston Watkins Jr. re-opened his commitment after previously pledging to the Buffaloes. Sanders’ comments came one day after he responded to Texas A&M rumors, specifically ESPN host Stephen A. Smith campaigning for Sanders to become the Aggies’ next coach. While Sanders has deep ties to the state of Texas and a successful NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, he largely deflected from the topic and clarified that he was previously more straightforward about rumored NFL interest and shot down a desire to coach at the professional level.
Despite facing challenges in his first year at Colorado, where they are currently 4-6 and tied for last in the Pac-12 conference with just one win in conference play, Sanders has maintained that he is focused on building a winning program at Boulder. The Buffaloes signed the nation’s top transfer class for the 2023 cycle and returned to the Big 12 conference along with Pac-12 foes Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah in 2024. With a renewed sense of determination and a talented roster, Sanders is determined to turn things around for Colorado and restore its storied football program back to its former glory on the field.