Dec 1, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes student fans hold signs in reference to Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders (not pictured) before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the CU Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Prime deal: Colorado’s offer to Deion Sanders exceeds over $5M per year

Colorado reportedly offered a contract that exceeds $5 million annually to current Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders.

CBS Sports reported Friday that Sanders is expected to leave for another job and is weighing offers from Colorado and Cincinnati.

Jackson State is 11-0 entering the SWAC championship game Saturday against Southern University. Sanders went 11-2 the previous season and is 26-5 in three campaigns as JSU head coach.

Colorado finished the 2022 season 1-11 and fired head coach Karl Dorrell in October after an 0-5 start in which all the losses were by at least 23 points.

CBS reported Sanders can push his annual salary up by 40 percent each season by hitting all of the 12 performance-based escalator clauses in the proposed deal and could “reasonably make $7 million” each year if he hits only a portion of those clauses.

Sanders also talked to Cincinnati, which has focused on big names in a search for Luke Fickell’s replacement. Fickell left to become head coach at Wisconsin.

As part of Dorrell’s buyout, Colorado paid $8.7 million owed by the end of 2022.

–Field Level Media

Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders talks about the Alcorn game and what lies ahead for the Tigers during a news conference at Jackson State in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

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Deion Sanders confirms Colorado offered him head coach gig

Jackson State coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders confirmed Monday that Colorado has offered him its head-coaching position.

Fox Sports reported Saturday that Colorado offered Sanders, 55, the vacant role. Sanders was asked about the report Monday during a conference call ahead of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship game.

“The report is true,” Sanders said.

Sanders also said Colorado is not the only program that’s showing interest in him.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell all my business, but they’re not the only ones,” Sanders said.

Colorado fired coach Karl Dorrell in October following an 0-5 start this season. Mike Sanford served as the interim coach as the Buffaloes finished the year 1-11.

Colorado has had only two winning seasons since 2006.

Sanders was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro during his NFL career. He won two Super Bowl titles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

He’s made waves in his three seasons as coach of Jackson State, a historically black university playing at the FCS level.

Jackson State is 11-0 this season and will play Southern in the SWAC title game Saturday. The winner advances to the Celebration Bowl against the champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Dec. 17.

–Field Level Media

Coach Deion Sanders talks about the Southern game and what lies ahead for the Tigers during a news conference at Jackson State University in Jackson on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

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Report: Deion Sanders offered Colorado head-coaching job

Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has been offered the head-coaching position at Colorado, Fox Sports reported on Saturday.

Sanders, 55, is currently in his third season as the head coach at Jackson State, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Tigers have followed up 4-3 and 11-2 seasons with an 11-0 record in 2022.

The Buffaloes are singing a vastly different tune after posting a 1-10 record this season entering Saturday’s game against No. 14 Utah. Mike Sanford serves as the interim coach for Colorado after Karl Dorrell was fired following an 0-5 start this season.

Colorado has had only two winning seasons since 2006.

Sanders was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro during his NFL career. He won two Super Bowl titles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

He also played parts of nine seasons in Major League Baseball and is the only player ever to play in both the Super Bowl and World Series.

–Field Level Media

Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders walks along the sideline during the Orange Blossom Classic between Florida A&M University and Jackson State University at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.

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Deion Sanders scoffs at rumored $1.5M deal to land top recruit

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders emphatically said Thursday that finances were not at the forefront of top recruit Travis Hunter switching his commitment from Florida State to the Historically Black College and University program.

Rated as the No. 1 recruit in the country in many circles, Hunter reportedly received a handsome Name, Image and Likeness deal to attend Jackson State. That deal was reportedly to be worth as much as $1.5 million for the cornerback.

Speaking on “Tiger Talk With The 1400 Klub” podcast Thursday, Sanders said the program “ain’t got no money” to help swing such a lucrative deal, and that a rumored partnership between Hunter and Barstool Sports was not accurate.

“That’s the biggest lie I ever heard,” Sanders said.

Instead, Sanders touted the program’s recruiting efforts. The two-time Super Bowl champion just completed his second season as the Tigers’ coach, going 11-1 and earning a spot in the Celebration Bowl.

“You know what that is, that means we kicked your butt (recruiting),” Sanders said. “We took what was ours, and now you’ve got to make an excuse why. Ain’t nobody getting no million-and-a-half (dollars). I wouldn’t pay my son a million-and-a-half NIL. How am I going to coach a guy that’s making more than me?”

Sanders, 54, played 14 seasons in the NFL, in addition to nine seasons in Major League Baseball. He was a defensive back and occasional wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington and Baltimore Ravens.

Named to the Pro Bowl eight times, Sanders also was first-team All-Pro six times. He retired from the NFL in 2000 but returned in 2004 to play 25 more games over two seasons with the Ravens.

–Field Level Media

Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders walks along the sideline during the Orange Blossom Classic between Florida A&M University and Jackson State University at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.

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Jackson State lands top-ranked recruit Travis Hunter

Five-star cornerback Travis Hunter, a top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2022, jilted Florida State and signed with Jackson State on Wednesday.

Jackson State, an HBCU program that competes in the SWAC, is coached by Seminoles great and Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.

Wednesday was the first day of the early signing period.

“Florida State has always been a beacon for me,” Hunter wrote in a post on Twitter. “I grew up down there, that’s where my roots are, and I never doubted that I would play for the Seminoles. It’s a dream that is hard to let go of, but sometimes we are called to step into a bigger future than the one we imagined for ourselves. For me, that future is at Jackson State University.

“Jerry Rice, Doug Williams, and of course the legend, JSU’s own Walter Payton — Historically Black Colleges and Universities have a rich history in football. I want to be part of that history, and more, I want to be part of that future. I am making this decision so that I can light the way for others to follow, make it a little easier for the next player to recognize that HBCU’s may be everything you want and more: an exciting college experience, a vital community, and a life-changing place to play football.”

Hunter, from Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., verbally committed to the Seminoles in March 2020. He is ranked No. 1 overall by the 247 Sports composite.

He is ranked No. 2 by ESPN, making him the highest-rated player to sign with a Football Championship Subdivision program since ESPN started its rankings in 2006.

Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, starred at Florida State from 1985-88 before playing 14 seasons in the NFL.

Sanders became the head coach at Jackson State in September 2020. This season, he guided the Tigers (11-1, 8-0 SWAC) to their first conference championship since 2007. They meet South Carolina State (6-5) in the FCS playoffs on Saturday.

“I look forward to working with the iconic Deion Sanders, and especially with my fellow Tigers,” Hunter wrote. “Along with Coach Prime, they have made me feel like I’m already part of the team. Like I’m home. And I can’t wait to welcome the next class of top athletes into the family of HBCU’s.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Memphis, TN, USA; Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders walks up and down the sideline in the Southern Heritage Classic between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.  Mandatory Credit: Henry Taylor-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Deion Sanders interviews for TCU job

Jackson State coach Deion Sanders has reportedly interviewed for the vacant position at TCU.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the Pro Football Hall of Famer met with the selection committee on Monday.

“I’m not saying he is going to get the job, not saying he’s the leading candidate at this point, but he is in the mix,” a source told the newspaper. “He was impressive.”

Other reported candidates to replace longtime coach Gary Patterson, who parted ways with the Horned Frogs on Oct. 31, include Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, SMU coach Sonny Dykes, Louisiana coach Billy Napier and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.

Sanders, 54, is in his second season at Mississippi’s Jackson State. It is his first coaching position at the collegiate level.

The Tigers, who compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, are 8-1 this season and 6-0 in the SWAC.

Jackson State finished 4-3 overall and 3-2 in league play in Sanders’ first season, a pandemic-shortened campaign that was played in the spring of 2021.

Sanders is a popular figure in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, having won a Super Bowl and earned four Pro Bowl appearances during his five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1995-99).

The 2011 Hall of Fame inductee later founded and coached at a charter school in the area, Prime Prep Academy, and also worked as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, from 2017-20 before taking over at Jackson State.

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is no longer a candidate, according to the Star-Telegram.

–Field Level Media

Sep 21, 2020; Jackson, MS, USA; Deion Sanders smiles as he is introduced as Jackson State's head football coach at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center at JSU Monday, September 21, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger-USA TODAY NETWORK

Deion Sanders claims personal items stolen during coaching debut

Deion Sanders may or may not have had personal items stolen during his head coaching debut at Jackson State on Sunday.

After the school’s 53-0 victory over NAIA opponent Edward Waters, a visibly upset Sanders said items were taken from his office during the game.

“For one, the kids played really well,” Sanders said during his postgame news conference. “But while the game was going on, someone came in and stole every darn thing I have in the coaches’ office. Credit cards, wallet, watches. Thank god I had on my necklaces.”

However, the school later told ESPN that Sanders’ effects were “misplaced and found.”

But Sanders took to Twitter afterward to re-assert that the items were stolen.

“Whomever putting out the lie that my belongings wasn’t stolen is LYING,” Sanders posted. “We have retrieved them since being reported. My Staff member witnessed the crime.”

Jackson State athletic director Ashley Robinson followed that post — and others — by releasing a statement.

“Immediately following our win today, several items belonging to Coach Prime were taken from the locker room. Those items were quickly recovered and returned. While we consider this an isolated incident, we are thoroughly reviewing security protocols to ensure this does not happen again. However, we refuse to let this dampen the victory for our JSU Tigers, who have worked hard for this moment,” Robinson said.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA;Team Ballaholics defensive back Shilo Sanders (21)  works out prior to the game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Shilo Sanders to play for Deion at Jackson State

Defensive back Shilo Sanders will play for his father at Jackson State.

The younger Sanders, a transfer from South Carolina, said on Twitter that he will join Deion Sanders, who was hired to take over the program in September. Another Sanders offspring, class of 2021 quarterback Shedeur Sanders, also is committed to play for his father.

“Pops said he needed some dawgs! So I’m joining my brother to help change the game at JSU and level the HBCU playing field,” Shilo Sanders posted Tuesday night.

Shilo Sanders entered the NCAA transfer portal over the weekend.

The redshirt freshman played in nine games this season for South Carolina. He had 32 tackles, tied for seventh most on the team. He was available for four games during the 2019 season before redshirting.

He previously played for his father in high school at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, where he was ranked as the No. 665 overall prospect and No. 62 cornerback in the country for the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He picked South Carolina over Colorado State, and also held offers from schools such as Florida State and Georgia.

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Oct 17, 2020; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Shilo Sanders (21) celebrates with fans following their win over the Auburn Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders’ son to transfer from South Carolina

South Carolina safety Shilo Sanders became the latest player to leave the South Carolina program after entering the transfer portal, the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal reported.

The redshirt freshman and son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders played in nine games this season with 32 tackles, tied for seventh most on the team. He was available for four games during the 2019 season before redshirting.

A number or players have left the Gamecocks program after head coach Will Muschamp was fired Nov. 15. Cornerbacks Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu opted out and declared for the NFL draft. Safety R.J. Roderick also opted out, while linebacker Ernest Jones elected to not return for his senior season.

There is a possibility the younger Sanders could head to Jackson State, where his father was named head coach in September. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, another son of Deion Sanders, already has made a commitment to join the Jackson State program.

–Field Level Media

Sep 21, 2020; Jackson, MS, USA; Deion Sanders smiles as he is introduced as Jackson State's head football coach at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center at JSU Monday, September 21, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger-USA TODAY NETWORK

Deion Sanders’ QB son commits to Jackson State

Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders is quite familiar with his latest recruit.

Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Deion’s son, committed to Jackson State on Friday, reneging on the commitment he made to Florida Atlantic in July.

The younger Sanders, ranked the 60th-best overall prospect for 2021 by ESPN, is the highest-rated prospect on ESPN’s lists ever to commit to a historically Black college or university (HBCU) and the top-rated recruit in Jackson State history.

Shedeur Sanders tweeted, “I couldn’t pass up a opportunity to help level the playing field & pursue equality for HBCU’s! Dad I got your back! JSU … COMMITTED”

247 Sports lists Sanders as the No. 14 pro-style quarterback in his graduating class. Sanders, who is 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, is playing his senior season for Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. In 2019, he guided the school to a third consecutive Division II state championship among private and parochial schools.

Various sources put Sanders’ passing totals through his junior year just below 9,000 yards.

Jackson State hired Deion Sanders as its head coach in September. A Pro Football Hall of Famer who also played in baseball’s major leagues, Sanders’ only previous coaching experience was all at the high school level. He was Trinity Christian’s offensive coordinator from 2017-20.

Jackson State’s football schedule was postponed from the fall to the spring along with the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference slate. The Tigers’ opener is now on tap for Feb. 21 against Edward Waters College of Jacksonville, Fla.

–Field Level Media