CBS Sports ranks Colorado's Deion Sanders as second-worst Big 12 coach in 2024

The Big 12 is preparing to welcome schools from the Four Corners states, saying goodbye to Oklahoma and Texas. New coaches for 2024 as the league underwent a significant restructuring. Among the league's 12 existing programs, Houston is the only exception in terms of coaching continuity, as Tulane's Willie Fritz takes over as the Cougars' coach.

Utah's Kyle Whittingham is the most successful of the four coaches coming out of the Pac-12. Deion Sanders should attract plenty of attention when he takes the helm of Colorado, a founding member of the Big 12 returning to the league it helped build. Arizona and Arizona State also bring new energy, led by Brent Brennan and Kenny Dillingham, respectively, both eager to make their mark as Power Four coaches.

Deion Sanders was ranked as one of the worst coaches in the FBS according to CBS Sports. He was the second worst in the conference, ahead of Dillingham, and ranked 61st in college football. Nebraska's Matt Rhule ranked 29th after a similar season at Lincoln. Here's what they said about Coach Prime.

“Sanders' first season as FBS coach started with a bang but ended with six straight losses. He's created excitement and excitement by talking big about the game and bringing in strong transfer talent. But the foundation has cracks — see the offensive line as an example — as the Buffaloes move to the Big 12 and face another tough schedule.”

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The Big 12 has several established coaches known for their success and reputation within the industry. While the league lacks an obvious national title contender, it boasts numerous solid programs led by experienced tacticians. That depth was highlighted when the league ranked eight coaches in the top 30 in the 2024 CBS Sports Power Four coaching rankings. That number matches that of the prestigious Big Ten and SEC (each with eight coaches in the top 30) and surpasses that of the ACC, which has five.

Overall, the Big 12 coaching landscape is a mix of stability and fresh faces ready to push the league's competitiveness forward in the 2024 season. Sanders will look to prove the skeptics wrong and insert himself into the discussion of those at the forefront of the Big 12 coaching ranks.