BOULDER — Is Deion Sanders destined for the Del Ward Athletic Center?
FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported on Saturday morning that CU officials, “desperate to breathe some life into (the Buffs’) program,” have offered his vacancy as football coach to Sanders, the football coach. of Jackson State and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
A Buffs athletic department official, when contacted Saturday by the Denver Post, said he would neither confirm nor deny the report.
Sources familiar with the search, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Post that CU recently narrowed its pool of applicants to three or four finalists and was not expected to officially announce a hiring until this weekend.
The Buffs (1-10) fired Karl Dorrell on Oct. 2 after an 0-5 start this season and an 8-15 record since being hired in February 2022. Since 2012, CU has gone through four full-time football coaches , two of whom were let go before the end of their final season.
Sanders, 55, is 26-5 in three seasons at FCS Jackson State, his first varsity coaching job. The Tigers won SWAC East last fall and are 22-2 the past two years.
Multiple sources told The Post that other coaches CU have shown strong interest in include former BYU and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall; former Texas and Houston coach Tom Herman; and CU alumnus and Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters. These sources did not confirm whether anyone had been offered the job on Saturday.
Feldman reported Saturday that Sanders had a “legitimate interest” in the Buffs’ work.