Nebraska Football: Should Huskers buy into the Deion Sanders hype?

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders is seen during an NCAA college football game
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders is seen during an NCAA college football game /
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Can Deion Sanders Win at the FBS Level

The million-dollar question is whether the Jackson State head coach’s success would transfer over to the Big Ten.

There are two reasons why the answer at the moment is so hard to arrive at. The first is that the SWAC is a far cry from the Big Ten in terms of talent. The Huskers have already seen what happens when hiring a coach who may not understand the jump in not just talent but athlete profile.

When Scott Frost came over from UCF, it was clear that he didn’t understand the physical size and strength that was needed for players in the Big Ten. He believed that his system, which worked fine on offense in the AAC, could carry over without missing a beat with the Nebraska football team.

That included bringing over a strength and conditioning coach who seems to be well over his head when it comes to getting guys ready for the grind that comes with the Big Ten. The lack of strength in the trenches especially has been evident since Day One of the Scott Frost era.

That’s not to say that Deion Sanders would copy that hubris, but the fact of the matter is he hasn’t been a college head coach anywhere but Jackson State. Even if he believes he understands the Power 5 schools thanks to his playing days at Florida State, it’s obvious things have changed quite a bit since that time.

Whether or not he understands what it takes to win at Nebraska football’s level isn’t something that can be answered until his teams take the field. It’s a safe bet that Husker fans wouldn’t be thrilled about someone learning on the job again.