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    Fox Sports host Shannon Sharpe defended Deion Sanders against objections to his decision to leave an HBCU school to coach at the University of Colorado. Sanders left Jackson State on Saturday to become the new head coach of Colorado. On Sunday, Sanders was introduced to the media and addressed his new team for the first time. Sanders made news when he told players to look for other schools to transfer to because he would be bringing his own “luggage” with him. On Monday’s Undisputed, Sharpe was proud and happy for his friend and Pro Football Hall of Fame teammate. Sharpe felt terrible for Jackson State because they lost a good coach and a big promoter of Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs). “I’m more excited for him than I am sad for Jackson State,” Sharpe said. “And I think Jackson State should be excited, be happy for him because he gave you the blueprint and showed you what you could become. You’re more than a head coach.” “Deion did something that very few coaches able to do,” Sharpe said. “He leveraged...
    ESPN host Bomani Jones slammed the new University of Colorado Boulder’s head football coach Deion Sanders for using Jackson State to boost his coaching career. Sanders left Jackson State on Saturday to become the new head coach at Colorado, and he was introduced as their head coach on Sunday afternoon. Sanders immediately told his new players to look at the transfer portal because he would bring his own “luggage.” Jones — a longtime ESPN personality who also currently hosts Game Theory for HBO — appeared on Tuesday’s edition of CNN This Morning and said he did not blame Sanders for taking job in Colorado, given the dramatically increased pay. “I don’t judge him for taking the job at Colorado,” Jones said. “They probably increased his salary by 15 times. I totally get that; it all makes sense.” Jones claimed Sanders did what most college coaches do — try to win over recruits with long-term plans, while really only thinking about the current season. “What he did was something college coaches do all the time,” Jones added. “You have to sell...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — It’s prime time in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Jackson State football coach Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders has emerged as the most high-profile advocate for the league and HBCUs in general, but his colleagues are embracing potential change and celebrating the status quo as well. Sanders touted the league’s “exponential growth” Thursday at the media day amid a challenging backdrop of name, image and likeness, the transfer portal and conference realignment. “Something’s wrong with a plant that doesn’t grow, isn’t it?” the Hall of Famer said. “So everything should grow. Everything should progress. Everything should yield returns. “And that’s my dream and my wish for the SWAC and for all these teams.” The HBCU league expanded to 12 members last year, adding Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M. Sanders told ESPN that discussions on the possibility of forming an HBCU super conference have started on some level. Commissioner Charles McClelland said if the SWAC did decide to expand more, it would follow the path of the SEC and Big Ten and “only take a look at schools if...
    Jackson State Athletics Jackson State's James Houston When James Houston IV met with the Kansas City Chiefs leading up to the 2022 NFL draft, it was a surreal moment for him. Houston, a hybrid linebacker/defensive end from Jackson State University that’s attempting to make his way into the NFL, comes from a family that has roots in the Kansas City area. His father, James Houston III, played football at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 2020 for his play on the football field. He was also a two-time All-American at Missouri State. Houston IV, despite growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, would attend games at Arrowhead Stadium growing up. That made his visit with the Chiefs leading up to the draft special to him. “It was fun visiting the Chiefs,” Houston told Heavy. “That’s where half of my family is from, so getting to see them, getting to see the old Chiefs stadium that I used to go to [was a cool experience].” Houston, nicknamed “The Problem”, visited...
    Deion Sanders’ early success in his coaching career has another NFL legend potentially interested in getting into the profession: His former San Francisco 49ers teammate, Jerry Rice. Jerry Rice has seen what Deion Sanders has done at Jackson State and it has him very intrigued. Rice starred at Mississippi Valley State before becoming the best wide receiver in NFL history, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers and later the then-Oakland Raiders. He was briefly teammates with Sanders during Prime’s one year with the 49ers. Rice gave his all to the game, but not until Sanders started turning heads at Jackson State did he even think about coaching. “I feel like I played the game for such a long time and I was just totally committed,” said Rice to Khari Thompson of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. “I just poured everything into my career that I didn’t have anything left because as a coach you don’t really have a life. I mean, coaching, it is hard, man. It takes up the majority of your time… “But yeah, it takes a total commitment. And you got to be...
    Getty Jerry Rice at Miami during the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020. There was a time when San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was the ultimate clash of titans between the league’s best wide receiver and the league’s flashiest and top cornerback. Both men would either duke it out (literally), become teammates for one season, then become on-field rivals again. “Primetime” has since established himself as a fast-rising head coach in the college football realm, turning Historic Black College University (HBCU) Jackson State into a recruiting hotbed that has lured in prized high school prospects like Travis Hunter and Kevin Coleman. Other prominent NFL names like Eddie George (Tennessee State) and Hue Jackson (Grambling State) have since followed in coaching at the HBCU ranks. ALL the latest 49ers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on 49ers newsletter here! Join Heavy on 49ers! But could one more legendary NFL name take the dive into coaching who happens to be an HBCU legend himself at Mississippi Valley State?...
    SUWANEE, Georgia -- The No. 1 high school football recruit in the country pulled a signing day shocker Wednesday, deciding to attend Jackson State and play for coach Deion Sanders after being verbally committed to Florida State for months.Travis Hunter, a cornerback from Suwanee, Georgia, made the unprecedented announcement during a ceremony at Collins Hill High School. Hunter was the top prospect in the country in 247 Sports' composite rankings, which take into account its own ratings plus those of other major recruiting websites.Sanders is a former Florida State star and Pro Football Hall of Famer who is in his second year coaching Jackson State, a historically black college in Jackson, Mississippi.At his signing ceremony, Hunter had three baseball caps on the table in front of him as he prepared to make his announcement: Florida State, Auburn and Georgia.He tossed them off the stage one-by-one and unzipped his sweatshirt to reveal a T-shirt that read Believe. He then caught a Jackson State cap - with a dark blue J on a white background - that was tossed to him from...
    Deion Sanders checked the primary objective off his coaching to-do list with a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, leading Jackson State to a 27-10 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday. And Sanders' Tigers captured the title with a performance befitting his Hall of Fame versatility as a cornerback, receiver and returner: scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. The victory capped off an impressive season for ‘Coach Prime," who earned SWAC coach of the year honors, shared the national spotlight with Alabama's Nick Saban and saw his son, Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders named SWAC freshman of the year. Not bad considering Sanders is just under 15 months into his first head coaching job. This is his first full season after a 4-3 spring campaign shortened by COVID-19 and despite missing three games following toe surgery. He navigated the sidelines with his left leg propped on a scooter that he sometimes sat on. "This is unbelievable," Sanders said. "We didn’t play best, but all our kids gave it our best. It’s one thing to win, but to win without...
    Eddie George picked a good time for a career change. He's one of several high-profile former pro athletes to give up their lavish retirement lifestyles, roll up their sleeves and accept Historically Black Colleges and Universities coaching positions at a time when the country seems ready to embrace social change. Television networks, which already had contracts with the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, now have new storylines thanks to coaches who bring name recognition and a known brand to the sidelines. There are at least 13 former pro athletes coaching football or men’s basketball at an HBCU, with seven hired since 2019. The star-studded group includes Deion Sanders at Jackson State; former NBA champion and All-Star Mo Williams at Alabama State; 11-year NFL veteran Sean Gilbert at Livingstone College; and Bonzi Wells, the 11th overall NBA draft pick in 1998, just hired at LeMoyne-Owen. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "It’s high risk, high reward," SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland said. "The biggest challenge that high-profile coaches have to deal with coming to Historically Black Colleges...
    Tanner Buchanan Is Not Dating Addison Rae in Real Life, but He Is in a Serious Relationship 100 Ways To Make Your Money Last Until You’re 100 Deion Sanders is the only college coach outside of the FBS who would be invited to share a commercial set with Nick Saban for a few days. And that's the point of him being at Jackson State.  When Sanders made the surprising move to coach Jackson State last year — Sanders himself said it was move he didn't exactly plan on — it was a match with more than football in mind. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) don't have the same resources or get the same attention as major college football programs like Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide. Most of them don't have Sanders, a Hall of Famer who was one of the most charismatic athletes of all time. Most schools won't have a coach starring in a series of Aflac insurance commercials with Saban. Aflac, a longtime supporter of HBCUs, donated $75,000 to Jackson State's athletic department and will be a...
    Rescue efforts continue for 12 missing people in Gulf of Mexico after boat capsizes off Louisiana Greece to Lift Quarantine Status for Some Nations’ Tourists JACKSON, Miss. — Just like old times, Deion Sanders flowed with all sorts of energy, positivity, philosophies and, well, style, as he sat in his office at the Walter Payton Center and assessed the state of "Coach Prime." © Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger Jackson State University coach Deion Sanders heads into the locker room after pregame warmups with the Tigers before JSU’s nonconference battle against longtime rival Southern University at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 3, 2021. That’s what everybody calls him at Jackson State, the moniker emblazoned right there on the nameplate on his desk. "Prime Time" was the tag for other times and places — marking the persona and impact attached to his brilliance as one of the greatest athletes in history — but Coach Prime has its own multiple layers of meaning. Yeah, it’s a noun, but it may be more of verb, given the action in play. It is a nickname and a message...
    Could we save lives by assigning each American a place in line for vaccines? 5 things to know for April 15: Covid-19, White House, voter suppression, Russia, China JACKSON, Miss. — Just like old times, Deion Sanders flowed with all sorts of energy, positivity, philosophies and, well, style, as he sat in his office at the Walter Payton Center and assessed the state of "Coach Prime." © Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger Jackson State University coach Deion Sanders heads into the locker room after pregame warmups with the Tigers before JSU’s nonconference battle against longtime rival Southern University at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 3, 2021. That’s what everybody calls him at Jackson State, the moniker emblazoned right there on the nameplate on his desk. "Prime Time" was the tag for other times and places — marking the persona and impact attached to his brilliance as one of the greatest athletes in history — but Coach Prime has its own multiple layers of meaning. Yeah, it’s a noun, but it may be more of verb, given the action in play. It is a nickname...
    Deion Sanders is reportedly the new head coach at Jackson State. Deion Sanders found the perfect avenue for himself in his post-football career, as he was of the NFL Network’s most routinely entertaining personalities before leaving the network a month ago. Sanders appears to have tired of his life as an analyst, and one of the most high-profile HBCU’s wil reportedly give him the opportunity to scratch the coaching itch he has always wanted to fulfill at the college level. HBCU Sports is reporting Sanders will finally get his chance to coach at the college level, replacing John Hendrick as the head coach at one-time SWAC power Jackson State.Deion Sanders could restore one of the best HBCU programs to glorySanders’ playing career is one of the most accomplished and dominant we’ve seen in the last few seconds. He parlayed his stardom at Florida State into eight Pro Bowls and six First-Team All-Pro selections in the NFL, where he became arguably the best pure cornerback in league history. Jackson State is one of the greatest HBCU programs of all-time, as Hall...
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