Deion Sanders makes classic ‘Prime Time’ entrance at Jackson State

Tanya Simon
September 23, 2020

The player known as "Prime Time" added: "Isn't this the time?"

Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has signed to be the 21st head coach of Jackson State football, he announced on his podcast "21st and Prime" Sunday night. Isn't this the moment? "But I believe this is going to be a marriage made in heaven".

Now serving as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, Sanders will finish out the season there before beginning preparations for Jackson State's season, which has been pushed to the spring by the coronavirus pandemic.

HBCU Sports' Kenn Rashad also reported that a press conference announcing Sanders' hiring is expected to happen as soon as Monday morning. Its marching band led a police-escorted motorcade into an arena with a boisterous yet socially distanced audience.

Sanders, who played collegiately at Florida State, will finish his tenure as offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, before he takes over at Jackson State. "Coach Prime" later opened a blue blazer lined with the JSU logo to much applause. "I could be an assistant at any college, or a head coach at any college, but at such a time as this, God called me to Jackson State, and me to these men".

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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.

The SWAC postponed its fall season to the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tigers are scheduled to play eight regular-season games starting February 21.

This will be Sander's first time coaching at a college level, as he never coached professionally or at the collegiate level before.

Sanders was a two-time All-American at Florida State before a standout National Football League career with five teams including the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, winning a Super Bowl with each.

Sanders has also worked as an analyst for NFL Network and CBS Sports.

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