Deion Sanders Set To Add Willie Taggart, Former NFL Head Coach To Stacked Colorado Staff

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Deion Sanders has made it abundantly clear that he and Colorado “are coming,” meaning that the Buffaloes are going to make a splash. That is certainly the case with the two newest additions to the staff, assuming that they come to fruition.

Earlier this week, Coach Prime joined Thee Pregame Show to discuss the key steps he has taken to get his vision established in Boulder. In doing so, he revealed that Willie Taggart and Mike Zimmer are set to coach Colorado in 2023.

Taggart’s coming, too, by the way. Coach Zimmer’s coming, too, by the way. So another two head coaches. One in the NFL as well as collegiate. But not only that. Forget the titles — they know this game and they know kids and they’ve been capable of making tremendous decisions with the kids and the young men in mind. So that’s what I adore the most — understanding how to establish the relationships with these young men.

— Deion Sanders, via Thee Pregame Show

Mike Zimmer and Willie Taggart add to a stacked staff.

Taggart, 46, spent the last two years as head coach of Florida Atlantic. He served in the same role at Florida State in 2018 and 2019 after one year at Oregon and three years at South Florida.

FAU Head Coach Willie Taggart during the game as the FAU Owls compete against the Georgia Southern Eagles on September 11, 2021, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Gilbert/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Zimmer, 66, was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2014 to 2021. He won a Super Bowl as the defensive backs coach with the Cowboys in 1996 before getting promoted to defensive coordinator and serving in that role with Dallas, Cincinnati and Atlanta. Zimmer was on staff as an analyst at Jackson State last fall after coaching Sanders in the NFL back in the day.

Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter in the game against the Cleveland Browns at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

They are two of five former NFL or college head coaches on staff (or set to be on staff) at Colorado.

  • Sean Lewis left his job as head coach of Kent State to be the offensive coordinator under Sanders.
    • The Golden Flashes were really good under his direction.
  • Tim Brewster was the head coach at Minnesota from 2007 to 2010 and will coach tight ends in Boulder.
  • Gary Harrell was the head coach at Howard, his alma mater, in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is the assistant head coach at Colorado and running backs coach after serving in that role at Jackson State.
    • The 51-year-old played two years with the Giants and one in NFL Europe.
    • Took a “voluntary leave of absence” as coach in 2013 for personal issues.
    • Was suspended one game for recruiting violations in 2014.

Deion Sanders is not messing around in year one.

His coaching staff is stacked full of experience and they are recruiting their tails off.

While success may not come right away, the Buffaloes won just one game last season. It is a pretty safe bet that they will match or exceed that total in 2023, despite a difficult schedule.

Coach Prime and Colorado are coming.

Written by Grayson Weir

Grayson doesn't drink coffee. He wakes up Jacked.


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  1. Smart way to do it. Check your ego at the door. Surround yourself with great coaches. Recruit/nil and game time decisions will be sanders. They win coaches move on. Reload with other coaches who have experience and got let go. Repeat.

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