Charles Barkley reveals his top candidate for the vacant Auburn job

It has been two-and-a-half weeks since Auburn University elected to part with head football coach Bryan Harsin.

With a story of that magnitude rocking Auburn athletics, it is strange that former Auburn Basketball star and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley has stayed quiet.

He finally shared his thoughts on the coaching search Thursday.

As a guest on “The Next Round” hosted by Lance Taylor, Jim Dunaway, and Ryan Brown, Barkley was asked if he likes the idea of Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin becoming the next head coach of Auburn Football. Barkley steered clear of Kiffin in favor of another candidate

“I’m going to support whoever the coach is. I personally want Deion Sanders,” Barkley responded.

He continued his response by providing two reasons for selecting his top candidate. His first reason was given in a way that only Barkley could give.

“He’s gonna recruit like hell,” Barkley said. “Deion (Sanders) is going to win wherever where he goes. If you have ever been around Deion Sanders…  I watched that 60 minutes interview about a month ago… I have known Deion Sanders since college, that’s the way he is. He is going to win or be successful at anything he does.”

Barkley becomes the second Auburn legend to put a good word out for Deion Sanders. In an interview with Tony Anderson of USA TODAY Sports last month, former Auburn three-sport letter winner Bo Jackson said that he would welcome the idea of Sanders coaching at Auburn.

“You can look at what (Sanders has) done for Jackson State and the short amount of time he’s been there,” Jackson said during an episode of Sports Seriously. He has the charisma. He has what it takes because Deion, like myself, we were coached old-school and that’s the way he’s coaching his players. You’re seeing the results.”

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