There was plenty of confusion following Deion Sanders’ collegiate coaching debut for Jackson State on Sunday.
Following a 53-0 win over Edward Waters, Sanders met with reporters in what should have been a joyous press conference only to reveal that his personal belongings had been “stolen” from his coach’s office during the game.
Yet, that did not turn out to be true.
Instead, Sanders’ items were rather “misplaced,” a Jackson State official told Joe Cook of WAPT in Mississippi.
Apparently, Sanders' belongings were misplaced for safekeeping, but the miscommunication left the Hall of Fame cornerback understandably upset as he sounded off on the situation during his press conference.
“I’m pissed off right now,” he said. “I have mixed emotions. We won. The kids played really well but while the game was going on somebody came in and stole every darn thing I had in my locker room, in the coach’s office.”
Sanders, under the impression there was a thief roaming Veterans Memorial Stadium, said the mishap ruined what was a special moment for him.
“When I talk about quality and raising the standards, that goes for everyone,” he said. “Not just the people on the field, not just the coaches, not just the teachers, not just the faculty but security, everybody.
“So how do you think it feels coming back after just teary-eyed, because the guys just presented me the game ball – one of the best moments I’ve ever had in my professional sports career emotionally. And then you go to the coach’s office to digress and notice you don’t have a phone to call your momma, call your girl, call your kids because it’s been stolen.”
It is certainly a strange series of events — why would someone go into Sanders’ office and move his stuff and not think to tell him about it?
Nonetheless, all is well and Sanders can celebrate his first win as a collegiate head coach, which also happened to be the first time Jackson State shut out an opponent since 2014.