Coach Prime’s immediate success at Colorado is tough to ignore. As such, we wonder if LSU Tigers fans would swap Brian Kelly for Deion Sanders if possible.
Coach Prime needed two weeks to double the Colorado Buffaloes’ win total from last year. His team has appeared on national TV in their first pair of games, including wins over TCU and Nebraska. This week, ESPN’s College Gameday and Fox’s Big Noon Kick-off shows are heading for Boulder.
Let’s imagine a world where Coach Prime creates the same media blitz as the LSU football head coach. What would that look like? Is swapping Brian Kelly for Coach Prime something LSU fans would do if given the option?
We asked LSU football fans if they would swap Kelly for Deion on Facebook, and received many responses. Several Tigers fans said they would welcome Coach Prime to Baton Rouge immediately.
"“Yes! could u imagine the recruits!!!” -David M.“Absolutely, all the kids want to play for him, and he will have the #1 recruiting class every year at LSU. Not to mention they know how to call plays, compared to what we witnessed last week” – Vance M.“Prime would not lose a game at [LSU].” -John S.“YES. IN A HEARTBEAT” -Lexi P."
However, of course, the bayou naysayers made their negative opinions known.
"“Absolutely NOT!” -Karen C.“Nope. When they start losing in week 4 vs Oregon then week 5 vs USC they’ll start crying in the media and make excuses…” -Joe P.“No Way! He comes w/Baggage” -James P.“Not in a million years!” -Tony W."
Trading Kelly for Coach Prime is unrealistic, but it’s a fun scenario to discuss among LSU Tigers fans. Indeed, Deion’s personality is the opposite of LSU’s current head coach, and there’s no denying that Prime can recruit. Few coaches could convince the top overall recruit, Travis Hunter, to bypass scholarship offers from all major college programs and commit to Jackson State.
Hunter is now in the Heisman discussion because of the spotlight Coach Prime has gained for his players.
We’re not suggesting that LSU must replace Kelly, but the prospect of a player’s coach who has Deion’s celebrity is fascinating. A lot of Tigers’ fans aren’t sold on Coach Prime’s success as a coach yet, but they’ll come around. Indeed, the NFL Hall of Fame cornerback has won everywhere he’s coached.
Coach Prime needed very little time to make national headlines with Power Five resources. The success at Colorado will continue to snowball in wins and recruiting. We’re counting on the nation’s most talented high school football players to want in on the culture in Boulder.
Just imagine what Coach Prime would do with the level of talent and resources at LSU.
We expect more fans to open up to the idea of Coach Prime moving to LSU if the Tigers are embarrassed in another game this year. If there’s patience in Baton Rouge, it’s not in and around the LSU football program.