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Deion Sanders gives cryptic answer about coaching future

Deion Sanders regularly gets linked to available Power 5 jobs when they become available. He has never really embraced them, but he hasn’t shied away from them either.

Sanders kept that up in a recent interview with “Thee Pregame Show,” where he admitted he hears the whispers about whether he will leave Jackson State. He gave a lengthy answer that did not really provide much clarity on the situation.

“I’m happy where I am. It’s a calling where I am,” Sanders said, via Zach Barnett of Football Scoop. “God didn’t give me a timetable. He said, ‘You’ve got to go be there for how long.’ He told me to do what (He) asked me to do and do it at a high level. Now, I don’t know the timetable for any of that, so I’m not going to tell anybody the timetable. I don’t know. God hasn’t given me the timetable for those instructions, but what I do concern myself with is my coaching staff. I feel like I have a phenomenal coaching staff and they’re coaching their butts off. I’m trying to find ways to compensate them even more because they’ve out-coached their salaries.

“Say I took a job at a Power 5. That does not change my lifestyle. That doesn’t do nothing for me, I’m good. God has sustained me. I’m good. But it does for them. So I’m trying to do things to create more revenue at an HBCU so that I can stabilize my guys.”

Sanders certainly leaves the door open to a departure, but also makes himself sound comfortable where he is. That’s a pretty good and diplomatic answer that lets anyone hear what they want to hear.

At the same time, Sanders has brought in so many top recruits that it might be tough for him to leave now. The decision may ultimately come down to what jobs become available and at what time.

Photo: Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders speaks to media during a press conference at JSU’s Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.
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