‘You Want The Cowboys Back Rocking?’| Shaquille O’Neal Thinks Deion Sanders Should Coach Cowboys, Will “Hold Players Accountable”

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 22: Deion Sanders at Aflac’s “The Park Bench” Twitch Premiere event and panel at The St. Regis Deer Valley on January 22, 2022, in Park City, Utah. Aflac debuted “The Park Bench” film as part of its Close the Gap initiative to help close the health and wealth gap in America. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Aflac)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was following last week’s 23-17 home playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Following the surprising loss and subsequent end to their season, questions about head coach Mike McCarthy’s future arose.

This week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was noncommittal on McCarthy’s future.

“I won’t get into any conversations that I’ve had with anybody relative to anything to do with staff,” Jones told reporters.

“Inside The NBA” analyst and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal feels like he has the cure for the Cowboys’ blues. He says hire Deion Sanders, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and current Jackson State Tigers head coach.

On the “Big Wig Podcast,” Shaq was adamant about the team hiring Sanders, who helped the franchise win its last Super Bowl as a cornerback in 1996.

“I’m putting this out there right now,” Shaq said. “Deion Sanders is the next coach for the Cowboys. Jerry Jones, this message is from Shaquille O’Neal Incorporated, Deion Sanders as the next coach of the Cowboys.”

Shaq wasn’t done.

“You want Dallas back rocking? Bring Deion to the fold. Deion will hold those players accountable. Deion Sanders for the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Put it out, Tweet it, Til Tok it, Instagram it, Only Fans it, Put it out.”

Deion Sanders Is No Stranger To His Name Being Mentioned For Bigger Jobs

During his breakout season as the head coach of the Jackson State Tigers, rumors were rampant about Power 5 schools and even NFL teams openly and secretly coveting Deion. Coach Prime’s brand exploded during a season where he lead the team to it’s first 11-win season in school history, a SWAC title and an appearance in the Celebration Bowl.

Bigger brands have been watching Coach Sanders closely; in fact, he reportedly interviewed for the vacant TCU opening while he was recovering from foot/toe surgery.

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Sanders’ name was also mentioned as a candidate at his alma mater Florida State, as rumors swirled about their head coach position possibly being available.

Sanders is bringing unprecedented exposure and visibility to the HBCU brand as a whole and not just JSU. He’s building JSU into a powerhouse while helping all HBCUs becomes more noticeable and gain that exposure and visibility they’ve lacked for decades. His leaving to take over the Cowboys just doesn’t seem realistic.

 

Jerry Jones Would Have To Relinquish Some Control To Land Someone Like Sanders

Jerry Jones is still the GM of the Cowboys, and he makes final decisions on personnel. He loves Deion, but he isn’t willing to give up control for any coach outside of maybe Sean Payton or Mike Tomlin, two coaches he’d have to trade a king’s ransom for. In the past, outside of the Bill Parcells tenure, Jones has been reluctant to stop meddling.

The list of people who want Deion Sanders to be anywhere but at Jackson State continues to grow, with Shaq being the latest HBCU hater. Rumors will continue to swirl, but the reality of the situation is that Deion has doubled down on his commitment to changing HBCU culture by securing Power 5-level recruits and continuing to pass the hat around to his well-connected friends and affiliates.

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