Deion Sanders Confirms He Is Jackson State Football's Next Head Coach


"Coach Prime" is headed to Jackson State.

In the debut episode of the Pro Football Hall of Famer's new podcast, "21st & Prime," Sanders revealed that the reports of his role as the new head coach at Jackson State University were true. Why college, as opposed to the other roles that Sanders has been offered?

"Why not?" Sanders said. "Isn't this the time? Isn't this the moment? Isn't this what's needed? And to match like our president (Thomas Hudson of Jackson State) eloquently said, it's a match made in heaven. This is a God move.

"... A lot of people are going to say why, but honestly man I've been offered pro jobs, so people know. I could be an assistant in any college and head coach at any college, but such a time as this, God called me to Jackson State."

Sanders commended the school's passion and dedication, saying that the move had nothing to do with money or prestige, but that it had "everything to do with their spirits and the time."

The program's athletic director, Ashley Robinson, commented on the importance of the hire.

"It's very big for Jackson State University," Robinson said. "Not only for Jackson State University, this is very big for the country right now, very big for the state of Mississippi. Coach Prime, to Jackson State University -- a blue blood program, full of Hall of Famers -- it's just a great time. And I'm just excited. I hadn't slept yet... but I'm excited.

"I want to thank Coach Prime, thank President Hudson, and this shows the support we have in our alumni base... and most important, I want to thank our student-athletes."

Among the professional football alumni that have graduated from Jackson State are Hall of Famers Walter Payton, Lem Barney, Robert Brazile and Jackie Slater.

Jackson State initially refuted the reports of the move early on, thanks to a hang up with Sanders and Jackson State, due to the school being branded by Nike and Sanders being under contract with Under Armor. It appears, however, that those issues have been cleared up, and Jackson State has elected to go forward with the decision to hire Sanders.

This confirms additional reports from multiple sources last week, including that of Ross Dellenger from SINow.

An official announcement regarding the hire is expected on Monday.

Sanders has recently been serving as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his son Sheduer starts at quarterback for the Tigers.

Sanders will take over a program that has fallen on hard times as of late, finishing last season 4-8 with a 41-6 loss to Alcorn State to end the season, and is 23-40 overall since 2014.

Sanders is also set to the be the third coach for the Tigers in the last six seasons, after the school parted ways with John Hendrick in August.

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