Antoine Cason is familiar with the Arizona Wildcats football program. The former NFL defensive back was a starring member of the team from 2004-07. Now, he’s looking to become the next head coach.
Cason is now 34 years old and retired from the NFL.
He spent seven seasons in the league, mostly in San Diego. He also had stints with the Arizona Cardinals (2013), Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens (2014). In other words, if a team is looking for a cornerback, the man at least has some experience.
Head coaching experience? Not so much. Any coaching experience on any level? Yeah, still “no.” But Cason has decided that doesn’t matter. He’s going to make his pitch anyways.
On Tuesday, Cason crafted an article that was released as a “guest opinion post” for Tucson.com. Here’s a small excerpt from that article.
When I stepped on the University of Arizona’s campus for the first time, I knew I was home. I am here to tell you today that I want to come home and stay there until the day I retire. Not as a fan or a student, but as the head coach that brings winning football to the University of Arizona.
Wait. What did you just read?
I, Antoine Cason, former first-round pick and Thorpe Award winner, want to be the future head coach of the University of Arizona Wildcats.
It sounds like Cason has been paying attention to the Deion Sanders story at Jackson State, though Sanders at least has plenty of high school coaching experience.
Instead of starting his coaching career on a smaller level, however, Cason has already got his sights set on a Power Five job.
Sure, the expectations are low after Kevin Sumlin’s failure, which ended with a 70-7 loss to in-state rival Arizona State this season. But is it low enough to take a gamble on Cason? That’s doubtful.
Look, it probably sounds like I’m against Cason, the person. I am not. If you haven’t already read his entire message, I would highly suggest you do. He seems like a man on a mission with a specific plan in place. He’s even got a coaching staff already in mind. But come on, this isn’t realistic.
Maybe someday. Cason should start off as a grad assistant, work his way up and live that dream. I’m all for it. It certainly sounds like he loves his alma mater and wants to see it succeed.
That’s a good place to start.
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