Deion Sanders seems to be heading to Colorado.
The Jackson State head coach and former NFL star is making ready to “make an exit in order to take” the vacant place with the Buffaloes, based on an ESPN report.
Jackson State will play within the SWAC title sport on Saturday, and Sanders has spent the final week working to recruit potential on-field employees and assist employees to affix him at Colorado, the report stated. The report additionally stated that Sanders’ efforts included a name to a “prominent player in the NCAA transfer portal.”
On Monday, Sanders confirmed a report that he had been provided the Colorado head teaching job. He additionally stated he had obtained curiosity from different faculties.
Sanders didn’t specify in a teleconference for the Southwestern Athletic Convention championship sport contributors who else has reached out moreover Colorado, saying, “I’m not going to sit here and tell all my business, but they’re not the only ones.”
The college hasn’t commented on any candidates to interchange Karl Dorrell, who was dismissed in October. Interim coach Mike Sanford completed out the Buffaloes’ 1-11 season.
The Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer has guided Jackson State, a traditionally black school that performs within the second tier of NCAA Division I soccer, to an 11-0 mark this season. The Tigers host Southern within the SWAC championship Saturday.
Referred to as “Prime Time” throughout his enjoying profession, the magnetic Sanders prefers “Coach Prime” nowadays. He stated the provide to educate the Buffaloes isn’t a distraction.
“To someone else that hasn’t been that dude, it’s intoxicating. I’ve been ‘Prime’ for a long time, dawg,” Sanders with amusing. “Attention ain’t nothing knew to me. Like, come on. I’m not being braggadocious — that’s a wonderful word, isn’t it? I just came up with that — but this isn’t new to me. Being in the spotlight isn’t new to me.”
Whoever takes over in Boulder has their work reduce out. The Buffs went 1-8 within the Pac-12 and concluded their gloomy season with a 63-21 blowout loss to No. 12 Utah at Folsom Subject on Saturday.
Earlier than the season, Colorado misplaced a number of starters by way of the switch portal, an space Sanders might absolutely shore up ought to he settle for the Buffaloes’ job.
Employed by Jackson State in September 2020 after teaching his sons at a Texas highschool, Sanders known as the match “a match made in heaven.” He rapidly lifted the varsity in Mississippi’s capital to SWAC champion in a single calendar 12 months.
The Tigers adopted up a 4-3 end in a pandemic-delayed spring season with an 11-2 exhibiting final fall, a outstanding bounce led by Sanders’ son, Shedeur Sanders, at quarterback. They misplaced to South Carolina State within the Celebration Bowl.
Jackson State’s efficiency was important past incomes its first convention title since 2007. A program that has produced Corridor of Famers akin to Walter Payton, Lem Barney, Jackie Slater and Robert Brazile was related once more amongst HBCUs, and Sanders was decided to maintain it that manner.
Sanders has additionally scored on the recruiting path, touchdown five-star defensive again Travis Hunter and four-star receiver Kevin Coleman for this 12 months’s unbeaten squad. Sanders advised The Related Press in an October podcast that each gamers selected JSU as a result of he and his employees will put together them for careers within the NFL.
But, Sanders has famous faculties akin to Jackson State stay at an inherent drawback in recruiting.
The 55-year-old Sanders — or whoever it might be — would step right into a Colorado program that’s a good distance from its glory days below Corridor of Fame coach Invoice McCartney, who led CU to a nationwide championship following the 1990 season.
The Buffaloes have had just one full-length profitable season since becoming a member of the Pac-12 in 2011.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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