Can Deion Sanders Really Coach? Is he Just a Great Motivator and Recruiter?
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Ms. Robinson I think this is a great question but according to theNewsStar.com when Washington entered Grambling State last season he had three years to use two years of eligibility. It is my guess that COVID extended his playing eligibility by one year. All athletes impacted by COVID-19 were granted six years to compete four full seasons. However, according to the NCAA all players who’s 2020-2021 seasons were impacted by COVID received more time. So as you pointed out Maurice Washington wasn’t on a roster in 2020 or 2021, so he did not get a sixth season. Could the staff at Grambling have requested a waiver , that’s a possibility. However, according to our sources Washington went into this season with the intentions of it being his final season of college football, though, included this season He has only competed for three full seasons. Like you we wish Mr. Washington the best at the next level.
Article that prompted comment #2 and #3:
Fame vs. Familiarity - The Case Study of Ed Reed and Mississippi Valley’s recent hire Kendrick Wade - https://www.mtmvpn.com/post/fame-vs-familiarity-the-case-study-of-ed-reed-and-mississippi-valley-s-recent-hire-kendrick-wade
Great comment. I agree with your experience not serving as a barometer of success example. However, there are plenty of other examples that could be used to argue the opposing view. As in nearly every successful NFL head coach has served as a successful coordinator. To name a few Bill Belichick, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Tony Dungy, Sean Payton, and Chuck Noll who all served as successful defensive coordinators prior to becoming great head coaches.
Secondly, I’m not sure the jury is still out on Coach Prime’s ability to coach. Coach Prime took over a 4-8 Jackson State team and led them to two SWAC titles and national exposure. He revitalized the Tigers’ program and put together a remarkable coaching staff. As a head coach he showed the ability to lead a team from obscurity to prominence. He also completely changed the culture of that football team. Changed the way his players dress when traveling, made sure they attended team meetings, recorded and improved how often his players watched film, pushed his coaching and training staff to work incredibly hard (Validated by our conversation with Coach O, who told us how much Coach Deion Sanders pushes his staff to perfection). When he left Jackson State for Colorado you could hear how he impacted his players and his staff, based on the words they shared with him in their team meeting after the SWAC Championship. His players had tremendous things to say about his coaching ability. Also he won FCS and SWAC Coach of the Year twice in the last two seasons. If either Coach Ed Reed or Coach Kendrick Wade is able to have that measure of success over the next five years then we will praise them as being great coaches. The only reason some question his ability to coach is because he lost two Celebration Bowls to lesser talented teams. So I don’t know if the question should be can he coach, but does he have the ability to win big games. My answer would be he does have the ability, but he will have to continue to refine his coaching skills. He does however have the right attitude when it comes to coaching. Find great coaching mentors and learn from their experiences. Deion Sanders has shown a lot of humility in consistently asking for advice and insight. One of the most successful coaches in the NFL, Sean Payton, does this consistently as well. He reaches out to Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, and even offensive gurus like Mike Martz. In fact it was Parcells advice that pushed him to go for that onside kick in his only Super Bowl win. Coach Sanders can coach and his success isn’t just due to his ability to motivate and recruit.
Great comment Mr. Brown! In the article we did mention the differences between the locations of the two schools. Daytona Beach is a much more attractive destination than Mississippi. That's a variable we can't control. However, the two schools are both having admitted financial troubles. This is a statement directly from Reggie Theus,
“This is a school that is a private HBCU that is truly poor in a sense. I’ve lost 10 players that were way above this level because I can’t compete with the facilities of the other schools.”
This statement was published December 5th of this year. Finally, you are right in the fact that Wade doesn’t have a significant amount of coaching experience in comparison to Reed, although he does have more as he has served as a wide receiver coach at two HBCUs and as passing game coordinator at his last stop. Wade does significantly more familiarity with Mississippi Valley State and HBCUs than Ed Reed. As I stated in the article Wade has been at Valley as a player, a undergraduate student, and a graduate student. The premise of the article was Fame vs. Familiarity, which is better for HBCU Football coach hiring. So despite the variables, which should definitely be considered, this is the best comparison to address this question about coaching backgrounds.
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