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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

South Carolina State WR Shaq Davis does Deion Sanders dance in front of Coach Prime

Shaq Davis dancing

South Carolina State got the best of Jackson State on Saturday, but at least one player showed some respect for Deion Sanders in a nice way.

The Bulldogs beat Sanders’ Jackson State Tigers 31-10 in the Cricket Celebration Bowl. South Carolina State receiver Shaq Davis had five catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns.

After one of his touchdown catches, Davis tried to do the Deion Sanders dance in front of Prime, who is Jackson State’s coach.

His version of the dance could use some work. He shuffled more than high-stepped it, but we appreciate the effort. Sanders seemed to appreciate it too.

Deion received the Eddie Robinson Award for the top coach in FCS after his team went 11-2. Losing the bowl game wasn’t the ideal finish, but the 11-2 season was better than most people expected from them.

Video: Deion Sanders’ special scooter is totally epic

Deion Sanders scooter

Deion Sanders travels in style, no matter what he’s doing or where he goes. Still, his choice of scooter for Saturday’s Celebration Bowl was something even for him.

Sanders has been using a motorized scooter to get around on the field before games as he continues to recover from foot surgery. In the past, he’s been using a more traditional scooter, but things were very different Saturday. Sanders’ vehicle of choice looked a lot more like a motorcycle than just a scooter — and yes, it had his name on it, too.

As if Sanders would want to get around in any other way.

The Jackson State head coach is flying high after delivering an absolute stunner to open the early signing period this week. It’s easy to see why players love him so much.

Deion Sanders addresses rumor that top recruit flipped to Jackson State for money

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders pulled off the most shocking upset in college football recruiting history on Wednesday, and many immediately assumed it was only made possible by the NCAA’s new policy on name, image and likeness. The Hall of Famer finds that narrative to be insulting.

Sanders somehow managed to flip Travis Hunter, the No. 1 recruit in the country, from Florida State (Deion’s alma mater) to Jackson State. Since Sanders also works for Barstool Sports, there were rumors that Barstool and founder Dave Portnoy helped Sanders land Hunter by offering the high schooler a seven-figure NIL deal.

Sanders was asked about the NIL deal talk during a Thursday appearance on the “Keyshawn, JWill & Max Show.” He laughed it off.

“We ain’t got no money! A million and a half? I heard a million and a half and I heard Dave Portnoy from Barstool Sports — that’s the biggest lie I’ve ever heard,” Sanders said. “You know what that is? That means we kicked your butt. We took what was ours, and now you have to make up an excuse why. Ain’t nobody got a million and a half. I wouldn’t pay my son a million and a half (through) NIL. How am I gonna coach a guy that’s making more than me?”

You can hear Sanders’ comments below at around the 3:20 mark:

Sanders’ denial checks out, at least according to one report. Khari Thompson of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger was told Hunter does not have any NIL deal in place with Barstool. It should also be noted that Georgia law prohibits student-athletes from profiting through NIL deals unless they are enrolled in college.

Most people find it impossible to believe an FCS school landed the best recruit in the country without a massive NIL deal. Whatever the case, Hunter certainly seemed to enjoy spurning top programs to play for Sanders. He made that clear with the way he trolled the other schools while announcing his decision.

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

Deion Sanders pulls off most shocking move in college recruiting history

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Deion Sanders has pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football recruiting history.

Travis Hunter, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the country, has informed the Seminoles he is backing out of his commitment with them to play for Sanders at Jackson State. Hunter, who previously had Florida State logos plastered all over his Twitter bio, has confirmed the massive news.

Sanders, who also has a deal with Barstool Sports, said on Friday night that Jackson State was going to “shock the country” on National Signing Day.

He wasn’t lying.

The story is remarkable for several reasons. The most notable is that Jackson State is an FCS school, and those schools are never in the hunt for the top recruits in the country. Florida State is also Sanders’ alma mater, and he was even mentioned as a Seminoles head coaching candidate in the past.

There had been speculation that Hunter might flip to Georgia, but the possibility of him going to Jackson State was never considered.

Hunter can play multiple positions and is considered an incredibly rare talent. He had over 3,600 receiving yards, 46 touchdowns catches and 19 interceptions during his prep career.

Sanders was linked to another big FBS job recently, and it seems inevitable that he will land one eventually. We can’t think of a better way for him to help his case than by landing the top recruit in the nation.

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 has weird Twitter interaction with Georgia Tech

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders appears to have a bone to pick with the Georgia Tech football program.

The Jackson State head coach had an unusual and amusing interaction on Friday. Sanders was apparently having little luck reaching head coach Geoff Collins or anyone else associated with the Yellow Jackets. He subsequently did the natural thing in that situation: he took his complaints to Twitter.

Sanders did, in fact, get a response.

This does not solve the mystery of what Sanders is trying to get in touch with the school over. Maybe he’s trying to schedule a game. Believe it or not, that has been done before on Twitter.

Whatever the case, the fact that Sanders can easily get a reply from an ACC school is probably one of the reasons Jackson State hired him. He may still have bigger jobs in his future.

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

Deion Sanders reportedly received interest from 1 Group of Five school

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders’ exploits at Jackson State continue to garner attention from FBS schools across the country.

The latest evidence of that comes from Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, who offered some inside information on the Colorado State Rams’ coaching search. Forde reported Monday that Colorado State inquired about Sanders before ultimately hiring Nevada coach Jay Norvell.

Sanders is a big name, which will inevitably help get him noticed by bigger schools. However, his accomplishment at Jackson State certainly warrant their own assessment. He just led the school to its first division title since 2013, and has led the Tigers to an 8-1 record on the year.

Coach Prime has also been linked to some other jobs that are even more prestigious than the Colorado State opportunity. As long as Sanders keeps the success coming, it sounds like he’ll have the opportunity to advance quickly in his coaching career if he wants to.

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

Deion Sanders had notorious figure speak to Jackson State program

Brittany Renner next to Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders being involved in the college football world is a game-changer. We got another glimpse of that on Thursday.

Sanders did something highly unconventional and invited a notorious figure to speak to his Jackson State football program. The first-year head coach had social media star Brittany Renner speak to his players.

Renner is notorious for targeting athletes and using their fame and status to cash in. She dated and has a child with Charlotte Hornets player PJ Washington and faced accusations that she preyed on him when he was in college.

Sanders brought in Renner so she could tell the young players about what it’s like dealing with social media stars similar to her. The experience helped teach the young players about the “game” involved between famous people.

Sanders shared video on social media of some of what Renner had to say. The video is a 4-minute clip that really doesn’t contain much of a message, but you can see how locked in the players were.

Deion is and has always been an unconventional guy. Prime does things his way. Is it any surprise that he would bring in Renner to talk with his team? This is the kind of education you can’t get in a social studies class.

Just wait until programs from across the country are flying in Brittany to speak with their players.

H/T Barstool Sports

Video: Deion Sanders brings the energy ahead of home return

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Coach Prime is back home following foot surgery, and he’s finding a way to lift the team even as he recovers from foot surgery.

Deion Sanders posted a video of himself on the field Saturday prior to Jackson State’s rivalry game against Alcorn State. Sanders is still moving around in a motorized scooter, but he’s still very much engaged with the team and finding a way to bring energy prior to the contest.

This is Sanders’ first home game on the sideline since undergoing surgery in September. He was back last week for a road win.

Sanders dealt with significant issues stemming from his surgery, and he’s had to fight hard to get back on the sideline. It’s quite obvious how much he’s enjoying it.

Jackson State sits at 9-1 on the season, and Sanders has done a good enough job to be linked to bigger programs.

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

Surprising favorite listed for Deion Sanders’ next coaching job

Deion Sanders on the sidelines

Deion Sanders is in his first full season as Jackson State’s head coach and has already had success.

“Prime Time” has Jackson State at 9-1 this season and 7-0 in conference. This comes after they went 4-3 in the shortened spring season.

Between his immediate success at Jackson State and his strong name value, Sanders has already drawn attention as a candidate for bigger jobs. TCU interviewed Deion for their head coaching job, and he was said to be a candidate for their position. But that’s not actually the school that’s favored to land him.

SportsBetting.ag sent the betting odds to Larry Brown Sports regarding Sanders’ next head coaching job. They have Neon’s alma mater Florida State as the favorite to be the next school where he coaches. They also have four Texas-based schools among the other favorites.

Here is the list:

Florida State +350
TCU +500
Texas +700
SMU +800
Rice +900
USC +1000
Virginia Tech +1000
North Texas +1200
Texas State +1200
LSU +1600
Nebraska +2000
Florida +2500

The surprising part about FSU being listed as the favorite is that they have a new head coach themselves. Mike Norvell is in just his second season with the Seminoles. He struggled in the COVID-shortened season, during which he caught COVID, and his team is 4-6 this season. The Seminoles just fired Willie Taggart during his second season and might not want to fire another coach so quickly. The Seminoles might also want Sanders to have more experience before hiring him. Even TCU seems to want Sanders to have more experience. Between Norvell being early in his tenure and Sanders not having more experience, FSU might be more of a realistic landing spot later rather than sooner.

One of the smaller Texas schools like SMU or Rice might make more sense for Sanders. Those would be intermediate stepping stones before jumping to a bigger program like some of the ones listed — Florida State, Texas or USC.

Sanders, who played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1995-1999, coached high school ball in Texas for most of the last decade, which likely explains why so many Texas colleges were listed.

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