Florida State co-offensive coordinator Randy Sanders has agreed to a
deal to become the next head coach at East Tennessee State.
Sanders was Florida State’s co-offensive coordinator for the last four seasons.
The 52-year-old Sanders is returning to his home state, where he spent 22 seasons from 1984 to 2005 as a player and coach
at the University of Tennessee.
The final seven of those years Sanders served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Tennessee.
Sanders additionally had a stint as Kentucky’s offensive coordinator.
“It’s very nice, but I can also tell you if this job was 1,000 miles from where I grew up, I’d still
want to be here,” Sanders said at a Sunday news conference
according to ESPN. “I have that kind of excitement about it. I have that kind of passion.”
Sanders has an impressive track record of success with quarterbacks, having guided Jameis Winston, Andre’ Woodson,
Randall Cobb and Tee Martin during his coaching career.
Sanders captured national titles at Tennessee in 1998 and FSU in 2013.
Sanders succeeds Carl Torbush, who retired after this season.
East Tennessee State brought its its football program back in 2015 after discontinuing it after the 2003 season.