Looks like Deion Sanders is on his way Colorado.
Jackson State will play in the SWAC championship game on Saturday, and Sanders has spent the past week recruiting potential on-court and support staff to join him in Colorado, according to reports. Sanders’ efforts led to a call to “a prominent player on the NCAA transfer portal,” the report said.
On Monday, Sanders confirmed reports that he had been offered the Colorado head coaching job. He also said that he received interest from other schools.
“I’m not going to sit here and say all the problems, but they’re not alone,” Sanders said on a teleconference for Southwestern Athletic Conference championship participants. “
The university has not commented on candidates to replace Carl Dorrell, who was fired in October. Interim coach Mike Sanford finished the Buffaloes’ season 1-11.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer led Jackson State, a historically black college that plays in the second round of NCAA Division I football, to an 11-0 mark this season. The Tigers host South in the SWAC championship game on Saturday.
Known as “Prime Time” during his playing days, the magnetic Sanders prefers “Coach Prime” these days. He said the offer to coach the Buffaloes was not a distraction.
“It’s intoxicating for anyone else who hasn’t been that young. I’ve been ‘Prime’ for a long time, baby,” Sanders laughed. “I don’t know anything about attention. Yeah, come on. I’m not bragging—it’s a great word, isn’t it? I just came up with it—but it’s not new to me. I’m not new to being in the spotlight. .”
Whoever takes Boulder’s job has his work cut out for him. The Buffs went 1-8 in the Pac-12 and ended their dismal season with a 63-21 loss to No. 12 Utah on Saturday at Folsom Field.
Colorado lost several starters via the trade portal before the season, and Sanders could be on the move if he takes the Buffalo job.
Sanders, who was hired by Jackson State in September 2020 after coaching his sons at the Texas high school, called it a “match made in heaven.” He quickly made the school in Mississippi’s capital a SWAC champion within a calendar year.
The Tigers finished 4-3 in a pandemic-delayed spring season and went 11-2 last fall, a remarkable jump led by Sanders’ son Shedeur Sanders at quarterback. They lost State of South Carolina In a festive cup.
Jackson State’s performance was significant in addition to its first conference title since 2007. The program, which produced Hall of Famers such as Walter Payton, Lem Barney, Jackie Slater and Robert Brazile, was once again relevant among HBCUs, and Sanders was determined to keep it that way. .
Sanders also scored on this year’s undefeated team en route to recruiting five-star linebacker Travis Hunter and four-star linebacker Kevin Coleman. Sanders The Associated Press reported In an October podcast, both players chose JSU because he and his staff will prepare them for a career in the NFL.
Still, Sanders noted that schools like Jackson State still have a recruiting disadvantage.
The 55-year-old Sanders, or whoever, will be at a Colorado program far removed from its glory days under Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney, who led CU after the 1990 season.
The Buffaloes have had just one winning season since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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