College football: Potential coaching hires we just can't ignore

New York, New York - In a season where college football coaches' firings have overshadowed some of the biggest wins on the field, hiring season is here.

Mickey James (l) and Jim Leonhard(r) currently heads Nebraska and Wisconsin football respectively, after the firing of Scott Frost (Nebraska) and Paul Chryst (Wisconsin).
Mickey James (l) and Jim Leonhard(r) currently heads Nebraska and Wisconsin football respectively, after the firing of Scott Frost (Nebraska) and Paul Chryst (Wisconsin).  © Collage: Steven Branscombe / John Fisher / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Throughout the season, the college coaching carousel has included firings that have widely impacted four of the Power 5 conferences with only the Big 12 being spared.

Now, the time is near for programs to narrow down on top targets who can lead as head coaches.

Scott Frost of Nebraska was one of the first big names that headlined the slew of coaches being fired in early September, followed by Paul Chryst of Wisconsin in early October.

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Mickey James and Jim Leonhard currently head Nebraska and Wisconsin respectively, but each will still have to compete for the job once the season ends.

Last week, Charlotte football kicked off hiring season with a surprising but great pick in Michigan associate head coach Biff Poggi.

Poggi, a legendary coach who is credited for the Wolverines' turnaround success last year, beat out several Power 5 coordinators and others candidates with college head-coaching experience.

Auburn football may take a page out of Charlotte's hiring book as the program has been searching for a new head coach for weeks following the firing of Bryan Harsin.

What's next for coaches in the world of college football?

Jackson State's head coach Deion Sanders has been receiving a number of Power 5 offers after leading the Tigers to a historic 11-0 season.
Jackson State's head coach Deion Sanders has been receiving a number of Power 5 offers after leading the Tigers to a historic 11-0 season.  © KEVIN C. COX / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is the head coach of the HBCU Jackson State Tigers, and he's successfully led the team to its first 11-0 season in school history. However, he has always expressed interest in moving up to higher levels of college football.

Sanders has undoubtedly changed the face of Jackson State's football in a league that has never received any type of attention. Now, Jackson State – along with Sanders – are becoming household names in mainstream football conversations.

Sanders is the kind of coach who is always looking for ways to dominate at any moment, and his tenacity has reportedly led to him receive some offers from several Power 5 schools.

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With rumors swirling around about potential offers from the Auburn Tigers, as well as Colorado and Southern Florida per 247Sports, Sanders has college football fans anticipating his next move after leading Jackson State into history this season.

Interestingly enough, Sanders' son, Shedeur Sanders, is the highly acclaimed starting quarterback for Jackson State who is only a sophomore.

With all this said, if Sanders does leave the Tigers after this season for a Power 5 coaching position, what could it mean for his son?

Will Shedeur stay at Jackson State, or will the record-breaking passer transfer to the program his father may head?

Sanders will lead his Jackson State Tigers team to the SWAC Conference championships on December 3 after claiming the East Divisional title after going undefeated in the season.

Cover photo: Collage: Steven Branscombe / John Fisher / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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