Apr 22, 2023; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders during the first half of the spring game at Folsom Filed. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Deion Sanders to undergo surgery for blood clot

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders is set to undergo emergency surgery Friday morning to remove a blood clot from his groin, according to former NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones.

Jones made the announcement Thursday on “The Pat McAfee Show,” where Jones is a weekly guest.

Jones said he talked directly to Sanders and that the surgery is set for 6 a.m. It’s unclear where Sanders is having the procedure.

The news comes days after Sanders, 55, was informed by doctors that blood flow issues in his left foot could force surgeons to consider amputation.

Dr. Donald Jacobs told Sanders in a meeting that included CU medical staff that “he could lose the foot.” Sanders has no feeling at the bottom of the foot and already underwent surgery to amputate two toes because of blood clotting.

Another surgeon told the Pro Football Hall of Famer that the blood pressure in his foot was just two-thirds what was measured in his arm.

Sanders underwent multiple surgeries in 2021 and missed three games during his time as the head coach at Jackson State. He returned to the sidelines coaching from a wheelchair and later with the use of a custom scooter.

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Deion Sanders coaches during the 2021 Celebration Bowl. Sanders required a scooter following blood clot issues that ultimately led to the amputation of some toes.

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Colorado coach Deion Sanders weighing foot amputation

Colorado coach Deion Sanders was told blood flow issues in his left foot could force surgeons to consider amputation.

Dr. Donald Jacobs informed Sanders in a meeting that included CU medical staff that “he could lose the foot.” Sanders has no feeling at the bottom of the foot and already underwent surgery to amputate two toes because of blood clotting.

“You just have to understand what the risks are,” Jacobs said. “Things can cascade.”

The meeting with Jacobs was recorded as part of “The Pregame Show,” a YouTube channel documenting Sanders’ first season at Colorado. Another surgeon told Sanders the blood pressure in his foot was just two-thirds what was measured in his arm.

Dr. Ken Hunt explained to Sanders that he has only one artery pushing blood to his foot instead of three.

“Those arteries have shut down,” he said.

Sanders said in the meeting that he hasn’t determined what to do and wanted time to understand his options.

“I just want to know what we can do. Because I want to do it this summer. Because, when we get rolling, I’m not going to have time to do it,” Sanders said.

Sanders underwent multiple surgeries in 2021 and missed three games during his time as the head coach at Jackson State. He returned to the sidelines coaching from a wheelchair and later with the use of a custom scooter.

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Dec 18, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jackson State Tigers defensive back Shilo Sanders (21) warms up prior to the game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during the 2021 Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Shilo Sanders, Deion’s son, officially commits to Colorado

Former Jackson State safety Shilo Sanders announced his transfer to Colorado, a move that allows him to join his father and younger brother.

His father, Deion, is the new head coach of the Buffaloes, while Shedeur is the team’s expected starting quarterback.

Shilo Sanders entered the transfer portal on Dec. 17 but remained at Jackson State to complete his undergraduate degree this spring.

He confirmed his transfer destination late Saturday night with a glitzy video posted on Twitter that concluded with him wearing a Colorado uniform and the word “COMMITTED.”

Shilo Sanders recorded 20 tackles and one interception in 2022 in seven games, one season removed from collecting four picks, two forced fumbles and 39 tackles en route to earning second-team all-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors.

He spent his first two seasons at South Carolina before transferring to play for his father.

Deion Sanders inherited a program at Jackson State that went 4-8 in 2019, the season before his arrival. The Pro Football Hall of Fame member quickly turned around the Tigers with 11-2 and 12-1 seasons from 2021-22 before landing the Colorado job.

The Buffs are coming off a 1-11 season under Karl Dorrell (fired after an 0-5 start) and interim coach Mike Sanford.

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Apr 22, 2023; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders before the start of the spring game at Folsom Filed. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders on Colorado transfers: ‘Not my first rodeo’

First-year Colorado coach Deion Sanders doesn’t seem too concerned about losing 49 players to the transfer portal.

“You should be able to tell by the white cowboy hat I wore in the spring game that this isn’t my first rodeo,” Sanders told 247Sports on Wednesday. “We coming.”

The stampede of Buffaloes out of Boulder has reportedly left Sanders’ program with fewer than 20 scholarship players as of Wednesday morning.

In Sanders’ first “rodeo” at Jackson State, the Pro Football Hall of Famer inherited a program that went 4-8 in 2019, the season before his arrival. He quickly turned around the Tigers with 11-2 and 12-1 seasons from 2021-22 before landing the Colorado job.

During his first meeting with Colorado players after being hired in December, Sanders told them to “go ahead and jump in that portal.”

Reinforcements are on the way, as 247Sports ranked Colorado’s incoming transfer class No. 1 and its 2023 recruiting class No. 30 nationally.

The Buffs are coming off a 1-11 season under Karl Dorrell (fired after an 0-5 start) and interim coach Mike Sanford.

The spring transfer portal window closes on Sunday.

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Oct 16, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig (15) carries the ball against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Two starters among five Buffs entering transfer portal

Five Colorado players, including two returning starters, entered the transfer portal Monday as the roster continues to evolve under new head coach Deion Sanders.

Receivers Montana Lemonious-Craig and Jordyn Tyson, safety Tyrin Taylor, linebacker Shakaun Bowser and offensive lineman Jackson Anderson followed the advice Sanders gave when he was hired in December, when he encouraged players to “hop in that portal.”

Lemonious-Craig started all 12 games in 2022 and caught six passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in the Buffaloes’ spring game.

He caught 34 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons in Boulder.

Taylor made nine starts (seven in 2022) in two seasons at Colorado, tallying 34 tackles and one interception.

Neither Bowser nor Anderson saw significant action with the Buffaloes, who hired Sanders away from Jackson State after finishing 1-11 last season under Karl Dorrell and interim coach Mike Sanford.

Since April 15, a total of 18 Colorado players have entered the portal, according to ESPN.

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Colorado, Deion Sanders flip 5-star cornerback from Miami

Deion Sanders continues to bring in highly-rated prospects to Colorado, on Thursday getting his first five-star recruit to commit to the Buffaloes.

Cormani McClain, a cornerback from Lakeland, Fla., and the No. 4 prospect in ESPN’s rankings, had verbally committed to Miami in October, but on Thursday he announced he had flipped to Colorado. McClain is the highest-rated recruit for Colorado since ESPN began the rankings in 2006.

Miami did not lock in McClain during the early signing period in late December, as he waited when Colorado hired Sanders away from Jackson State. McClain (6-foot-2, 165 pounds) is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Florida.

He won’t be able to sign a national letter of intent until the February signing period. McClain would join Travis Hunter, a five-star cornerback who flipped from Florida State to Jackson State and then-head coach Sanders in the Class of 2022. Hunter transferred to Colorado in the offseason.

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Dec 4, 2022; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders speaks during a press conference at the Arrow Touchdown Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders, Colorado nab sixth Jackson State transfer

A sixth Jackson State football player is headed to Colorado to join new coach Deion Sanders.

The latest transfer is kicker Alejandro Mata, and the school confirmed his signing via social media.

Mata, from Buford, Ga., put up 85 points for the Tigers (12-1) in 2022, converting 50 of 51 extra point attempts. He hit 12 of 13 field goals with a long of 38 yards.

Sanders’ sons — quarterback Shedeur and defensive back Shilo — also are moving on to Colorado, as are defensive backs Travis Hunter and Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig and offensive lineman Tyler Brown.

Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Fame member, spent three seasons as the head coach of Jackson State, posting a 27-6 record. Sanders, 55, was named the Southwest Athletic Conference coach of the year the past two seasons.

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Jackson State WR Travis Hunter (12) is seen during their homecoming NCAA college football game against Campbell in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, October 22, 2022.

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Prized transfer Travis Hunter follows Deion Sanders to Colorado

After keeping the college football world waiting for much of National Signing Day, Jackson State cornerback Travis Hunter announced Wednesday night he is following Deion Sanders to Colorado.

Hunter, 247Sports’ No. 1 overall recruit out of high school who last recruiting cycle became the first five-star recruit ever to sign with a historically Black college or university, made his transfer announcement on his YouTube channel.

“I committed to Coach Prime at Jackson State when he was there, and I want to honor my commitment and stay with him,” Hunter said while wearing a Colorado hat. “I’ve got to stay with my dawg.”

Earlier in the day, quarterback Shedeur Sanders — Hunter’s teammate at Jackson State and Deion Sanders’ son — also committed to the Buffaloes. Colorado hired Deion Sanders to be its head coach on Dec. 3.

Hunter, who broke up eight passes and intercepted two while also catching 18 passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver, reportedly received interest from the likes of Georgia, Miami and Southern California.

He originally committed to Florida State as a freshman before flipping to Deion Sanders and the Tigers.

With the additions of Shedeur Sanders, Hunter and others on Wednesday, Colorado’s class was ranked 29th in the nation by 247Sports. The Buffaloes’ transfer class is ranked seventh by 247Sports.

Deion Sanders, 55, compiled a 27-6 record in three seasons with Jackson State, winning back-to-back SWAC championships the last two seasons. He made headlines shortly after arriving in Boulder, Colo., when, during his first team meeting he encouraged the Colorado players to transfer as he was bringing in better players.

“We’ve got a few positions already taken care of because I’m bringing my luggage with me,” Sanders said in a video. “And it’s Louis (Vuitton). I’m coming. It ain’t going to be no more of this mess that these wonderful fans, this student body, and some of your parents have put up with for probably two decades now. I’m coming. And when I get here, there’s going to be change.

“So I want y’all to get ready to go ahead and jump in that portal. Do whatever you’re going to get. Because the more of you who jump in, the more room you make. Because we’re bringing kids that are smart, tough, fast, disciplined, with character.”

The Buffaloes got off to an 0-5 start this year, which led to the firing of head coach Karl Dorrell. Mike Sanford took over on an interim basis and led the squad to a 20-13 overtime win over Cal in his debut, but Colorado then lost its final six games to finish 1-11 (1-8 Pac-12).

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Jackson State coach Deion Sanders would be a splashy hire for Colorado.

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Colorado named Deion Sanders its new head coach Saturday night.

Sanders, 55, led Jackson State to the SWAC Championship earlier Saturday over Southern, culminating a 27-5 record in three seasons.

“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming the next head football coach at Colorado, but none of them had the pedigree, the knowledge and the ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a release. “Not only will Coach Prime energize our fanbase, I’m confident that he will lead our program back to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and high character.”

Sanders previously acknowledged that he was offered the Colorado job, and CBS News Colorado reported that the Buffaloes were set to give him more than $5 million annually.

ESPN reported that Sanders and his colleagues had already reached out to coaches and staffers in Boulder regarding their availability, with a similar outreach being done to point potential recruits to a Sanders-led program at Colorado.

Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who also played Major League Baseball, was a broadcaster following his playing career until he was hired by Jackson State in September 2020.

He led the Tigers to a 4-3 record in the spring 2021 season (postponed from the fall due to COVID-19), then guided Jackson State to an 11-2 mark and a SWAC title in the fall of 2021. That campaign ended with a loss to South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl.

The Buffaloes got off to an 0-5 start this season, which led to the firing of head coach Karl Dorrell. Mike Sanford took over on an interim basis and led the squad to a 20-13 overtime win over Cal in his debut, but Colorado then lost its final six games to finish 1-11 (1-8 Pac-12).

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Jackson State coach Deion Sanders would be a splashy hire for Colorado.

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Report: Deion Sanders set to take Colorado job

After three seasons coaching Jackson State, Deion Sanders is set to accept the head-coaching job at Colorado, ESPN reported Friday night.

Sanders previously acknowledged that he was offered the Colorado job, and CBS News Colorado reported that the Buffaloes were set to give him more than $5 million annually.

ESPN reported that Sanders and his colleagues had already reached out to coaches and staffers in Boulder regarding their availability, with a similar outreach being done to point potential recruits to a Sanders-led program at Colorado.

Meanwhile, Sanders’ current team is undefeated and set to play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s championship game on Saturday. Jackson State (11-0, 8-0 SWAC) will oppose Southern (7-4, 5-3) at Jackson, Miss.

CBS reported that Sanders will announce his future plans on Sunday.

Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who also played Major League Baseball, was a broadcaster following his playing career until he was hired by Jackson State in September 2020.

He led the Tigers to a 4-3 record in the spring 2021 season (postponed from the fall due to COVID-19), then guided Jackson State to an 11-2 mark and a SWAC title in the fall of 2021. That campaign ended with a loss to South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl.

The Buffaloes got off to an 0-5 start this season, which led to the firing of head coach Karl Dorrell. Mike Sanford took over on an interim basis and led the squad to a 20-13 overtime win over Cal in his debut, but Colorado then lost its final six games to finish 1-11 (1-8 Pac-12).

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