Will this former Reds star return to Cincinnati as the Bearcats head football coach?

Former Cincinnati Reds player and Jackson State coach Deion Sanders would be a splashy hire for Cincinnati.
Former Cincinnati Reds player and Jackson State coach Deion Sanders would be a splashy hire for Cincinnati. / Barbara Gauntt / USA TODAY NETWORK

Before the MLB Winter Meetings begin, let's turn our attention to the college football ranks for a moment, shall we?

The Cincinnati Bearcats are in the hunt for a new head football coach after Luke Fickell decided to take his talents to Madison. Fickell is now the new head coach for the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

Might the Bearcats be able to land one of the hottest college coaches in the game? Reports are swirling that former Cincinnati Reds star an former Pro Bowl cornerback Deion Sanders, is considering a return to the Queen City.

Will Deion Sanders return to Cincinnati to coach the UC Bearcats?

Deion Sanders, oftentimes referred to as Prime Time, is one of the biggest names in college football. After making a name for himself on the baseball diamond, the gridiron, and the broadcast booth, Sanders has now found success on the sideline.

Sanders took over as the head football coach of Jackson State in September of 2020 after coaching high school football for several years previous. Since taking over at Jackson State, Sanders has gone 26-5 as a head coach, including a record of 11-0 for the Tigers this season.

Deion Sanders is probably better known for his time on the football field than the baseball diamond, but Prime Time had three separate stints with the Cincinnati Reds.

Sanders was traded to the Reds in 1994 and was then traded to the San Francisco Giants the following year. Neon Deion returned to Cincinnati in 1997 and stole 56 bases. Sanders then left Major League Baseball, only to return to the Redlegs in 2001 but was released after playing less than 30 games.

Deion Sanders would be a prime candidate, see what I did there, to take over for the departed Luke Fickell. The University of Cincinnati looks to enter the Big 12 Conference, and Sanders could be a fantastic recruiter and coach for the Bearcats. Sanders is also enteraining offers from the University of Colorado and the University of South Florida.

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