Florida State assistant Randy Sanders not a candiate for ETSU head coach job

Florida State assistant Randy Sanders not a candiate for ETSU head coach job

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e don’t yet know who East Tennessee State will hire to coach its fledgling football program, but we know one person it won’t be.

Randy Sanders coached with Phil Fulmer at Tennessee from 1989-2005.

Randy Sanders coached with Phil Fulmer at Tennessee from 1989-2005.

Florida State quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders’ named had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the job, but Sanders told Knoxville, Tenn. radio host Jimmy Hyams that he is not a candidate.

In early April, ETSU announced the return of its football program and the school hired former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer as “special assistant to the athletics director for football” to lead the process.

Sanders told Hyams that he has spoken to Fulmer about the Bucs head coaching job, but the timing isn’t right. He joined Jimbo Fisher’s staff in mid-January, and wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving a job so quickly.

“Maybe I’m old school, but that’s not the way I operate,” he said.

A native of Morristown, Tenn., Sanders came to FSU from Kentucky where he was the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2009-12 seasons. But he coached alongside and later for Fulmer at Tennessee from 1989 through 2005, beginning as an unpaid assistant working his way up to offensive coordinator.

If the ETSU job had opened before he went to FSU, Sanders said might have taken it. “It’s a great job,” he said.

The Bucks will compete in the FCS and will begin play in the 2015 season.

The school discontinued football following the 2003 season due to budget cuts and revenue shortfalls.

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