For months people have been wondering if Deion “Prime Time” Sanders will stay at Jackson State University or will he go elsewhere? Well, everyone got their answer yesterday.
“I would like for y’all to hear it from me and not anyone else,” said Sanders, who was hired in September 2020 and has compiled a 27-5 record in three seasons. “In coaching, you either in coaching you get elevated or you get terminated. Ain’t no other way. There is no graveyard for coaches where they die at the place, either you go walk off on your own recognizance or get run off. There ain’t no other way. I have chosen to accept the job elsewhere next year. I am going to finish what we started. We are going to dominate and I will be here until that end and that conclusion and then we are going to move on.”
This is what Sanders told his team after their dominant 43-24 win over Southern University. He posted the statement to his Instagram page. Sanders will move to Colorado University’s football program next season to begin a new chapter in his coaching career.
While this may seem upsetting to most, this move is something HBCU schools can build off. Sanders has established a culture at JSU that has spread to the entire SWAC conference, and everyone in the HBCU circuit should thank him.
With “Prime Time’s” influence, he pulled away some of the best talents from big-name schools in the recruiting process. For example, Travis Hunter made headlines when he decided to commit to JSU and become the highest-ranked prospect to ever commit to an HBCU or an FCS program.
Sanders, 55, put SWAC on the map with his dominance and influence, and now other HBCUs will be able to bring more talent to HBCUs in the future.
CBS News reported that Colorado offered Sanders a starting salary of more than $5 million per year, along with incentives that could boost his payday. He will also owe JSU close to $300,000 in a buyout as part of the contract he signed in 2020.
Jackson State has one game remaining on its schedule with the Celebration Bowl against North Carolina Central on Dec. 17th. Sanders is expected to coach in that game.
By Jeremiah Griffith, Senior, Noble Academy