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Deion Sanders responds to Nick Saban’s accusation

Deion Sanders at a press conference

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. Photo Credit: Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Nick Saban expressed concern this week over the way some programs are taking advantage of the NCAA’s new Name, Image and Likeness rules, and Deion Sanders was one of the coaches he took aim at. The Hall of Famer did not appreciate it.

While speaking about the NIL rules to business leaders at a dinner in Birmingham on Wednesday, Saban said Jackson State paid a recruit $1 million to commit to them.

Saban was referring to Travis Hunter, the No. 1 recruit in the country. Sanders managed to flip Hunter from Florida State in the most shocking upset in college football recruiting history. There were rumors that Barstool Sports, one of Sanders’ employers, gave Hunter a seven-figure NIL deal to convince him to go to Jackson State. Sanders vehemently denied the claim at the time.

Sanders issued a strong response to Saban in a tweet.

Saban also took a shot at Texas A&M for paying recruits. Some will say he is being hypocritical, as Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has made a ton of money since the new NIL rules went into effect. However, that money came after he was already playing at Alabama.

Saban is right that the NIL rules are going to complicate the college football landscape. He may also be right that Jackson State lured Hunter with money, but Sanders is never going to admit that.

Deion Sanders throws Jackson State’s ex-OC under the bus

Deion Sanders at a press conference

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.

Deion Sanders is not shy about offering some brutal honesty as Jackson State head coach. Even members of his coaching staff aren’t safe.

Sanders’ Jackson State spring game was featured on ESPNU Sunday, and Coach Prime was a huge part of the broadcast. When chatting live with ESPNU during the game, Sanders took time out to praise new offensive coordinator Brett Bartolone. Sanders suggested that Bartolone would make the Jackson State offense less predictable, which was apparently a huge problem in 2021.

“They pretty much were calling out our darn plays last season, we were that darn predictable,” Sanders said, via John Brice of Football Scoop. “If you have a run game, that means you’ve got an option and you’re not predictable.”

Jason Phillips called offensive plays for Sanders and Jackson State during the first four games of the 2021 season, then was replaced by T.C. Taylor. Taylor is still on Jackson State’s staff, which probably means there’s some good-natured ribbing present in Sanders’ remarks.

Sanders does things differently at Jackson State. This may not be the most prominent example of that, but he’s not shy about airing his concerns.

Deion Sanders calls out 10 NFL teams that skipped Jackson State Pro Day

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders is naming and shaming the ten NFL teams he says failed to send a representative to Jackson State’s Pro Day.

Sanders posted an Instagram video earlier this week sharing his thoughts on Pro Day, which he said had been “phenomenal.” However, he paused to say that ten teams had not attended, and did not hold back on criticizing them for not sending any personnel.

“There’s 32 teams in this Crayola box,” Sanders said. “Therefore, the Dolphins, the Broncos, the Texans, the Bills, the Buccaneers, the Ravens, the Panthers, the Browns, the Vikings, and the Eagles, where art thou? You could have sent somebody, man. You could have shown up just a little bit.

“I guarantee you that you’re going to go to Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I guarantee you you’re going to show up there. I understand, you’re saying they have more talent, I understand. Guess what? We’re coming. And when we arrive, you better be here. Because our kids deserve it.”

We don’t know for sure whether or not Sanders’ figures are correct, but he’s probably unlikely to trash NFL teams like this unless he was pretty confident he had reason to. Plus, this is his way of attracting attention to his program and sticking up for his players. He’s proven to be great at that so far.

Considering how much Jackson State and Sanders have been crushing it in recruiting, it is a bit surprising that some teams opted against sending a scout. Perhaps they weren’t anticipating getting publicly called out for it.

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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Deion Sanders gives cryptic answer about coaching future

Deion Sanders at a press conference

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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Deion Sanders had two toes amputated due to foot issue

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Deion Sanders was hospitalized with a foot issue late last year, and the Hall of Famer has revealed another terrifying detail from the ordeal.

Sanders shared a preview clip on Tuesday from the upcoming episode of his “Coach Prime” documentary with Barstool Sports. The video shows that Sanders had to have the big toe and second toe on his left foot amputated. That surgery was one of eight that Sanders underwent.

In the clip, Sanders is shown looking down at his foot for the first time after the toes were removed.

“The hardest thing of it all was to look down there and see that and understand that once upon a time you were this type of athlete and (now) you don’t even know if you’re gonna walk,” Sanders said. “All you feel is pain. You just want to get out of this hospital. You just want to get out.”

You can see the video below, but beware that it is graphic:

Sanders, 54, hinted back in November that his foot complications stemmed from not following doctors’ orders after he had surgery. The Jackson State coach spent several weeks in the hospital and needed a wheelchair when he returned to the team.

We learned previously that the outcome for Sanders could have been a lot worse than two amputated toes.

Photo: Jackson State University coach Deion Sanders heads into the locker room after pregame warmups with the Tigers before JSU s nonconference battle against longtime rival Southern University at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 3, 2021. Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Deion Sanders trolled opposing coach with pink scooter

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Deion Sanders received plenty of attention over the successful season he had at Jackson State during the fall, as well as the medical issues through which he persevered. But one story that didn’t receive too much attention was when Coach Prime trolled an opposing coach with a pink scooter.

Deion was going through major medical issues with his foot/toe and using a scooter or wheelchair to get around the field. In the leadup to Jackson State’s game against Alabama A&M, Alabama A&M coach Connell Maynor jabbed Deion.

“Coach Sanders, I hurt my ankle getting off the bus the other day,” Maynor joked. “You got an extra scooter for me? If you’ve got an extra scooter, send me one down here.”

Jackson State beat Maynor’s Alabama A&M squad 61-15 in that October game. After the beatdown, Sanders and his team left behind a pink scooter for Coach Maynor at midfield. Sanders signed it with a personal message for Maynor too.

The whole thing was captured by Barstool Sports, which released the footage as part of the latest episode of “Coach Prime.”

Sanders says he is trying to take the high road most of the time, but he apparently couldn’t resist that opportunity. He led Jackson State to an 11-2 season and won the Eddie Robinson Award as the top FCS coach.

Photo: Jackson State University coach Deion Sanders heads into the locker room after pregame warmups with the Tigers before JSU s nonconference battle against longtime rival Southern University at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 3, 2021. Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Doctors feared Deion Sanders would need leg amputated

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Deion Sanders was hospitalized with a foot issue a few months ago, and we now have a better idea of just how serious the situation was.

Sanders was unable to coach Jackson State for several games as he received treatment. The school did not share many details, but one report said Sanders was dealing with significant trauma. In a trailer for the upcoming episodes of Sanders’ “Coach Prime” documentary with Barstool Sports, one of the Hall of Famer’s doctors is shown saying Sanders could have potentially needed to have his leg amputated.

Sanders said in the clip that he was unsure of exactly how he injured his foot. He was shown in a hospital bed in what appeared to be serious pain. The doctor said at the time that a lot was unknown about Sanders’ procedure and that he could have potentially lost his leg. You can see the clip below, but beware that it contains a curse word.

Sanders, 54, hinted back in November that his foot complications stemmed from not following doctors’ orders after he had surgery. He spent several weeks in the hospital, and he needed a wheelchair when he returned to practice with Jackson State.

We’ll likely learn more about the situation when the documentary is released. In any event, it sounds like Sanders is fortunate he did not lose a limb.

Photo: Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Deion Sanders sends message after landing another top recruit

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Deion Sanders sent a clear message to the rest of the college football world after bringing another top recruit to Jackson State.

Kevin Coleman Jr., a four-star recruit considered one of the top ten wide receivers in the 2022 class, announced during Saturday’s All-American Game that he was committing to play for Sanders at Jackson State. Coleman Jr. also had interest from blue-blood programs such as Florida State, Miami, Oregon, and USC.

Coleman Jr. marks another coup for Sanders and Jackson State, who continue to recruit well above their perceived weight. Sanders celebrated the wide receiver’s decision on Twitter, and sent a clear message to those who had questioned the program he is building.

This comes on the heels of Sanders landing the top-rated recruit in the country. There is every indication that Coach Prime will keep trying for top recruits, and he’ll probably keep landing some of them. The attraction goes beyond his fame and reputation, too: it looks like the guy can really coach and win the respect of his players.

Viral video shows Deion Sanders’ tough leadership style with Jackson State

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

If there were any doubts about Deion Sanders’ ability to lead his program, those can probably be put to rest.

Video went viral this week of Sanders’ tough style of leadership at Jackson State. The video, posted by Sanders’ son Deion Sanders Jr., showed Sanders yelling at his players in the locker room to get off their phones. Sanders said that anybody caught on their phone would not be playing that week.

“He looked dead at me then start yelling about phones,” Sanders Jr’s caption read. “I got so scared I put MY phone down. This is before we played in Memphis (second game of the season).”

In his second season as head coach, Sanders led Jackson State to an 11-2 record and a division title. Sanders Jr., a 28-year-old who played college football at SMU, is not affiliated with the team and was likely just visiting. However, Sanders’ younger son Shedeur is the starting quarterback for Jackson State.

Sanders is definitely doing something right with the Tigers, especially since he pulled off a major recruiting coup just a few weeks ago. While Sanders’ methods can be a bit unconventional at times, he is definitely not afraid to give his players the discipline that they need to win.

Photo: Jackson State University coach Deion Sanders heads into the locker room after pregame warmups with the Tigers before JSU s nonconference battle against longtime rival Southern University at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 3, 2021. Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Deion Sanders makes bold statement about Trevon Diggs

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

One former Dallas Cowboys cornerback is loving what he is seeing from the current one.

Retired NFL legend and Jackson State coach Deion Sanders tweeted a bold statement this weekend about Cowboys star Trevon Diggs. Sanders said that Diggs should be NFL MVP or should at least be in the conversation.

“@TrevonDiggs Should be the @nfl MVP or at least in the conversation!” he said. “DPOY is already at his crib. Stop playing @nfl and just make a MVQB please so u can continue to shower your Highest paid players. This man is doing what hadn’t been done in a long TIME! #CoachPrime @GoJSUTigers”

Diggs is highly unlikely to receive MVP consideration. Adrian Peterson in 2012 was the last non-quarterback to win the award. Meanwhile, only two defensive players have ever won MVP — Alan Page in 1971 and Lawrence Taylor in 1986.

But that should not take away from the special season that Diggs is having. The 23-year-old Diggs leads the league with 11 interceptions and 21 passes defended. The all-time single-season records are 14 interceptions by Night Train Lane in 1952 and 31 passes defended by Darrelle Revis in 2009. Diggs has two more games to try to catch those records (though that includes an extra-game advantage thanks to the NFL introducing a 17th game this year).

Detractors will point to the significant yardage that Diggs has allowed this year and may even argue, thanks to Micah Parsons, that Diggs is not even the best defender on his own team. Indeed, Parsons has better odds to win Defensive Player of the Year right now, but Diggs is also one of the top contenders along with TJ Watt and Aaron Donald.

Still, Sanders, who loves to spark debate online, believes that Diggs should win not just DPOY but MVP as well. It is probably not too surprising to see Sanders hyping up a rising star playing the same position that he did, and for his old team no less.

Photo: Jackson State University coach Deion Sanders heads into the locker room after pregame warmups with the Tigers before JSU s nonconference battle against longtime rival Southern University at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 3, 2021. Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC