Report: Deion Sanders to be named head coach at Jackson State

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Jackson State has produced four Pro Football Hall of Fame players. Now, a Pro Football Hall of Famers will be producing the football team at Jackson State, reportedly.

Rashad Milligan of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reports that Deion Sanders will become the next coach at Jackson State. The school isn’t playing in fall 2020 due to the pandemic; it’s scheduled to begin a spring season in February.

Sanders has never served as an assistant coach or head coach at the college or pro level. He currently coordinates the offense for Trinity Christian in Cedar Hill, Texas. His son, Shedeur Sanders, is the starting quarterback for the team, which has won three straight state championships.

Jackson State fired John Hendrick on August 31. Assistant coaches T.C. Taylor and Otis Riddley have served as interim coaches.

Sanders vowed in January to become a college head coach, after failing to will his way into becoming a candidate for the head coaching job at Florida State. He recently left NFL Network after refusing a significant pay cut, joining Barstool Sports.

Running back Walter Payton, tackle Jackie Slater, cornerback Lem Barney, and linebacker Robert Brazile came to the NFL from Jackson State, and they each ended up in Canton.

58 responses to “Report: Deion Sanders to be named head coach at Jackson State

  1. Don’t think people understand the magnitude of Deion’s presence at an HBCU, but this is absolutely great. For the maybe two years he’ll be there? He’s going to get some of the better recruits and really serve as a mentor to a lot of young men, something he’s been doing for years.

  2. What wonderful news. Deion deserves the opportunity to coach, and starting at a predominantly African American university is great. Wishing Deion all the success in the world. Regardless of the football team’s record, I have no doubt that Deion will have a positive impact on many young men’s lives and on the community as a whole.

  3. Before you crown his ass; remember that Deion Sanders was removed as coach and part-time operator of the Fort Worth, Texas, charter school he helped create for assulting an employee. This was after multiple reports of his mistreatment of players.

    That was 7 years ago. This “opportunity”, afforded itself after the NFL Network generously offered him a paycut; which was likely meant to be an insulting enough cut that he wouldn’t accept.

    Things happen for a reason. He’s not “prime time” any longer and putting young lives in his charge, given his past, doesn’t sound like a great idea to me. But who knows!

  4. Deion has always been about Deion. He is and always will be an egomaniac who parades himself as a man of god, but maybe coaching some young players will prove to soften that ego a little bit. He better have another coach teaching tackling techniques or this program will be in serious trouble.

    I don’t personally see this working given the type of person Sanders is, but l will give him the benefit of the doubt.

  5. Head coaches generally have to put in a lot more hours than players ever will. Is he willing to put those hours in? Time will tell. Also, is he going to give up his Barstool Sports role?

  6. Good get for the school. They get all kinds of publicity and of course the inside track for the kid as their next QB

  7. Good or bad results, we will all be tuning in to the games. I wish they would make a reality show out of the first season.

  8. I wonder if Sanders knows that this aint about him. Its about the kids. If he does then this has a chance to work. Imo hes out in two years. He’s too self centered to put anyone before him. But Ibwould like to see this workout.

  9. the hate for a man getting an opportunity to do something positive is unreal. Say what you want…his entire career has been in football…he is a hall of famer..he knows exactly what it takes for these young men to be succesful in life, regardless if his methods may be a bit unorthodox. Good for Dion. Many people wish you luck.

  10. Coach Sanders will train his players to trash talk the opponents until they get crazy and give up points. To match their head coach, each player will wear 2 Kg of gold chains around their neck with 5 carats diamond earrings.

  11. If I were a player for this team I’d tune out Deion in the first three minutes. He should be locked in a room with Stephen A., and they should melt the key.

  12. No coaching experience in college or pro but he gets the gig so his star (sorry, but a really good HS qb doesn’t end up at Jackson State) qb/son doesn’t jump the program. Ok, I get it. Where can I apply for AD?

  13. eyestrike11 says:
    September 19, 2020 at 10:29 am
    Good or bad results, we will all be tuning in to the games. I wish they would make a reality show out of the first season.

    ++++
    Why? Reality shows are horrible. I’ve stopped watching them years ago.

  14. imthatguyx2 says:

    September 19, 2020 at 10:29 am
    Good or bad results, we will all be tuning in to the games. I wish they would make a reality show out of the first season.

    ++++
    Why? Reality shows are horrible. I’ve stopped watching them years ago.
    __________________

    The NFL is the ultimate guy’s reality show/soap opera. If you’re watching and reading about the NFL you’re into the drama, even if you don’t admit it.

  15. Indybear says:
    September 19, 2020 at 10:42 am
    Can the NFL Network do the same for Rich Eisen?

    2 5 Rate This

    Why? Eisenberg is one of the least obnoxious football personalities on air and run Rich run raises a ton of money for charity.

  16. Scottie Pimpin says: “the hate for a man getting an opportunity to do something positive is unreal. Say what you want…his entire career has been in football…he is a hall of famer..he knows exactly what it takes for these young men to be succesful in life”
    ——————–

    Being a great HOF player doesn’t mean you can COACH the game. Guys got into the NFL based on physical talent, while guys like Bill Belichick were benchwarmers in college.

  17. Good! Anything to get his inane, egotistic commentary off the TV. We already have plenty of that on every night…

  18. Scottie Pimpin says:
    September 19, 2020 at 10:50 am

    the hate for a man getting an opportunity to do something positive is unreal.

    ————-

    I don’t think people hate him or wish him to fail. They just don’t want to hear him blathering on TV.

  19. Congrats Dion, ignore the hate. He is working with kids to make them better people at a job he clearly doesn’t need. Be supportive!

  20. When Steve Nash was named Brooklyn Nets head coach with no experience, there was a lot of pushback.

    I hope that both he and Deion enjoy success, if only to reinforce the idea that an organization at any level should always be allowed to hire the person they believe is best suited for the job, period.

  21. Oh man. That’s going to be a strange marriage, if you ask me. Deion always wants to be Deion and that will be an impediment to him being a good coach.

  22. Deion is always all about Deion. As long as that overlaps with what is good Jackson State things will be fine. But the second those no longer overlap it’ll be all over… and in an ugly way.

  23. How soon before he complains ABC is showing Alabama/Clemson on a Saturday night instead of Jackson State v Georgia Southern?

  24. How egotistical is he to think he had a shot at the Florida State job with ZERO coaching credentials?

  25. dregonspengler says:
    September 19, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    Indybear says:
    Can the NFL Network do the same for Rich Eisen?
    ==

    You misspelled M-i-c-h-a-e-l I-r-v-i-n.
    __________

    If it weren’t for Irv and Mooch, those shows would be boring as hell. Who wants to listen to Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk?

  26. Jackson State Is On The Map!!! I think Deion will get recruits that would have never considered that school. It’s going to be exciting to see how Deion transforms the program. Have fun Deion!! Good Luck!

  27. The barstool move seemed awkward and doomed from the start. Prime and Prez’s egos could never coexist long term.

  28. bkinacti0n says:
    If it weren’t for Irv and Mooch, those shows would be boring as hell.
    ==

    I’ll take boring over pompous and nauseating any day.

  29. This can work out fine he gets knowledgeable coordinators to assist who know how to run a professional program. He’s going to relate very well with the student population, whether he wins or not, he’s gone within three years.

  30. I was pretty amazed at where Sanders is statistically in NFL history. You’d think he’d be number one, two or three in all of DB categories. Even as a returner he was bypassed fairly quickly. Not exactly Prime Time stuff.

  31. Good luck and best wishes to him. Hopefully he can get some “Prime Time” assistants to help him grow into the position.

    I wonder how the players will refer to him? Coach Sanders, Coach Prime Time??

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