It’s Prime Time in Jacktown! Pro Football and College Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is the next head football coach for the JSU Tigers.
The 53-year-old first announced the move Sunday on his podcast “21st and Prime,” made his arrival to his introductory press conference Monday being escorted by police officers as the “Sonic Boom of the South” marching played in the background.
“I am truly blessed to be the 21st Head football coach of Jackson State University,” Sanders stated in the school’s statement on Monday. “I 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.”
Sanders has to finish out the high school season before moving over to Jackson State’s season. JSU football season begins in the spring of February 2021.
This is huge for the state of Mississippi as a whole to bring more opportunities for not only athletes but other talents as well.
“It’s very big for Jackson State University,” athletic director Ashley Robinson stated reported by to the Clarion Ledger’s transcription. “Not only for Jackson State University, but this is also 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.”
Sanders replaces John Hendrick, who coached the Tigers to 6-9 overall and 5-5 in the SWAC East. However, he finished one full season before not having his contract renewed.