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Deion Sanders Reportedly Hiring Head Coach To Be His Offensive Coordinator

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders has reportedly hired his first coordinator since taking over as the head coach at Colorado.

Deion Sanders has officially landed in the FBS, as he was introduced as the new head coach at Colorado on Sunday.

"Coach Prime" quickly made it clear that he plans to bring several high-profile players with him to the job, including his son, Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders.

But first, he's recruited a noteworthy addition to join his coaching staff.

Pete Thamel of ESPN reported Monday that Sanders plans to hire Kent State head coach Sean Lewis for his vacant offensive coordinator position. 

Just a few minutes after initially reporting that Lewis was the "leading candidate" for the position, Thamel tweeted that he had accepted the job.

"Sources: Kent Coach Sean Lewis is leaving for Colorado to take the offensive coordinator job," Thamel tweeted.

Landing a sitting head coach to be his offensive coordinator represents a coup for Sanders, as coaches rarely leave a head coaching gig to work as an assistant.

Lewis, who played college football at Wisconsin and served as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Syracuse prior to being hired at Kent State, has gone 24-31 in five seasons with the Golden Flashes, although that record is weighed down by a 2-10 first year. 

Since then, Lewis has led Kent State to a pair of seven-win campaigns. The team's Frisco Bowl victory over Utah State in 2019 represented the first bowl win in program history.

Lewis' tenure at Kent State has featured some high-powered offenses, most notably in 2020, when the Golden Flashes led the nation in both total offense and scoring. Kent State averaged 49.8 points and 606.5 yards in four games that season.

Lewis, currently 36, was the youngest head coach in the FBS at the time of his hire by Kent State. 

The expectation appears to be that Sanders will also hire several assistants from his staff at Jackson State to join him at Colorado. A report emerged Sunday from John Brice of that Sanders is targeting Alabama safeties coach and former Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly as his defensive coordinator.

As usual when Sanders is involved, all eyes around the college football landscape will be on Colorado in the coming weeks to see who joins him — both coaches and players — in Boulder.