A Hall of Famer comes to Jackson State University!
NFL Hall of Fame superstar and former Major League Baseball Player, Deion Sanders, 53, announced Monday that he is the next head football coach at Jackson State University.
The school confirmed his appointment Monday morning. Thomas Hudson, Jackson State’s acting president, spoke with Sanders on his podcast, “21st & Prime” and said his appointment was due to the “grace of God” and Jackson State’s football history.
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“It’s very big for Jackson State University,” athletic director Ashley Robinson said, according to the Clarion Ledger‘s transcription of his podcast. “Not only for Jackson State University, this is very big for the country right now. Very big for the state of Mississippi. To Coach Prime, Jackson State University — a blue blood program full of Hall of Famers — it’s just a great time.”
Deion Sanders coaching at Jackson State could create tremendous national exposure for HBCU’s. There’s so much talent in the #SWAC & #MEAC and anything to help bring more attention to programs like that can be a game changer for those leagues and its student-athletes. #PrimeTime https://t.co/ljQDTvsNlo
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Currently, Sanders is serving as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. He will finish the season there before preparing for Jackson State’s season, which will resume in the spring due to the pandemic.
“I am truly blessed to be the 21st Head football coach of Jackson State University,” Sanders said in a statement. “This amazing HBCU has always enjoyed a high level of commitment academically and athletically. It’s my desire to continue this storied tradition and history of JSU and prayerfully bring more national recognition to the athletes, the university, the Sonic Boom of the South, and HBCUs in general. I am TRULY proud to be a part of the JSU Tiger family. ‘I BELIEVE’.”
Sanders replaces John Hendrick, who went 6-9 overall and 5-5 in the SWAC East. Jackson State’s most recent winning season came in 2013.
We know your greatness will rub off on them! Congratulations, Deion!
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