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Deion Sanders coached from wheelchair during Jackson State win

Deion Sanders in a motorized wheelchair

Deion Sanders on Saturday returned to the sidelines after missing Jackson State’s last three games due to a serious medical issue. But “Prime Time” was back as Jackson State defeated Southern 21-17 to improve to 9-1 this season.

Sanders couldn’t be missed on the sideline. He was moving around on a motorized wheelchair.

Even though he was on the motorized wheelchair, Sanders still had some swag thanks to a red beanie and black sunglasses.

Deion had a great moment with his son, Shedeur, after the win. He was in tears giving a long hug to Shedeur, who threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes to help the comeback win.

Deion’s son, Shilo, also had an interception in the game.

Why was Deion wheeling around? The 54-year-old, who is in his second season as Jackson State’s head coach, underwent foot surgery Saturday. He endured complications and was said to have fought “significant trauma” over the last month. His left leg and foot were covered with a blanket as he rolled around the sidelines. Prime Time pushed himself too hard after his surgery and did not sit back and rest as was recommended. Rushing back and pushing himself too hard backfired and led to the complications. But Sanders is back now and Jackson State has now clinched a spot in the SWAC Championship Game.

Deion Sanders gets head coaching endorsement from star player

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders was released from the hospital this week after battling some health complications, and it may not be long before he has to respond to a new round of coaching rumors.

Sanders is reportedly being considered as a candidate for the TCU head coaching job. While he may not be the school’s top choice, at least one Horned Frogs star wants Coach Prime to lead the program. Running back Zach Evans took to Twitter on Friday with a very clear message.

If you notice, Evans said “we.” That would seemingly indicate that he is not the only TCU player who wants Sanders to be the team’s next head coach.

The endorsement is noteworthy coming from Evans. The sophomore was a five-star recruit in 2020 and the highest-rated recruit TCU has ever landed. If hiring Sanders would help the Horned Frogs land more players like Evans, it is something they have to seriously consider.

Sanders is in his second season as the head coach at Jackson State. He missed the team’s last three games while in the hospital. The 54-year-old was released on Wednesday and shared some info about the health issues.

Sonny Dykes, who has led SMU to a 7-2 record this season, is reportedly the top target for TCU. He was also said to be the top choice for Texas Tech after they fired their head coach. Texas Tech then hired a different head coach this week. That may signal that Dykes is planning to take the TCU job. Either way, Sanders is someone to watch.

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 shares positive health update

Deion Sanders wound up in the hospital with what he said were serious complications from foot surgery, but the Hall of Famer had some good news for his fans on Wednesday.

Sanders announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he has been released from the hospital. The Jackson State coach thanked his supporters and said he is “going to be smart and continue to adhere to my wonderful team of doctors’ orders.”

While he has not revealed many details of his health issues, Sanders has hinted that he tried to do too much after undergoing foot surgery recently. He said in a previous update that his recovery from surgery took longer than anticipated “mostly because I could not sit my butt down somewhere.”

Sanders missed his third consecutive game on Saturday, and a report said he has dealt with significant trauma. It’s certainly a good sign that he has finally been released from the hospital.

Sanders, 54, is in his second season as Jackson State’s coach. There has been talk of him being in the mix for a much more prominent coaching job.

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 ‘squarely in the mix’ for TCU job

Deion Sanders in a suit

Deion Sanders is in just his second season as the head coach at Jackson State, but the Hall of Famer is reportedly drawing interest from a much bigger program.

Sanders is considered a candidate for the TCU head coaching job, according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. One source told Davison that Sanders may not be the leading candidate but that he is “squarely in the mix.”

TCU surprisingly parted ways with longtime head coach Gary Patterson a little over a week ago. There have been signs that they already have a top candidate in mind, and it’s not Sanders.

Sonny Dykes, who has led SMU to a 7-2 record this season, is reportedly the top target for TCU. He was also said to be the top choice for Texas Tech after they fired their head coach. Texas Tech then hired Baylor assistant Joey McGuire as its head coach this week. That may signal that Dykes is planning to take the TCU job.

Sanders was linked to at least one high-profile job before he was hired at Jackson State. He is 9-4 overall with the Tigers, and it’s safe to assume he would welcome the opportunity to move to a more prominent school.

Of course, Sanders is focused on his health at the moment. He has missed Jackson State’s last two games due to an undisclosed medical issue.

Report: Deion Sanders has dealt with ‘significant trauma’

Deion Sanders in a suit

Deion Sanders has been dealing with a health issue that has caused him to miss coaching Jackson State for the last three games. Not much about his condition has been shared publicly. Even interim coach Gary Harrell said that they are somewhat kept in the dark about Deion’s status.

Sanders’ absence signifies that the matter is serious. On Monday, we got another clue about how serious the matter is.

Football Scoop has been at the forefront regarding reporting about Sanders. They tweeted on Monday night that Deion has dealt with “significant trauma.”

Their story says that Sanders could return to coach at some point during Jackson State’s next two games.

Sanders even shared an inspirational message on Twitter Monday.

Sanders had some complications in his recovery from September foot surgery. But Jackson State was very guarded about Sanders’ condition and the nature of his recent illness. At least for now it sounds like he is heading in the right direction. But the “significant trauma” verbiage from Football Scoop signals just how bad the situation has been for Coach Prime.

Jackson State has gone 3-0 without Sanders and is 8-1 this season.

Photo: Jan 27, 2020; Miami, FL, USA; NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders during Super Bowl LIV Opening Night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Defelice-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders provides health update after missing second straight game

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders has missed Jackson State’s last two games with an undisclosed health issue that has left him hospitalized. While we still don’t know exactly what is going on with “Coach Prime,” he did issue a statement over the weekend.

After Jackson State’s 28-19 win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday, Sanders sent a message on Twitter about how proud he is of his players and coaching staff. He also said recovering from the “recent surgeries” he had has taken longer than expected.

Sanders did not go into detail about his medical condition, but his positivity is a good sign. The 54-year-old previously confirmed that he was recovering from foot surgery. Reports then indicated he was also dealing with a “very serious” illness.

Running backs coach Gary Harrell has served as interim coach in Sanders’ absence. Jackson state won both games and is 7-1 on the season.

Deion Sanders not coaching Jackson State due to significant health issue

Deion Sanders

Jackson State coach Deion Sanders is poised to miss his second consecutive game this weekend amid health concerns.

Sanders did not coach Jackson State’s win against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, and is expected to miss this Saturday’s contest against Mississippi Valley State, according to John Brice of Football Scoop. Sanders is still recovering from foot surgery in September, and is now hospitalized in a Jackson-area hospital due to an unspecified illness.

Running backs coach Gary Harrell served as interim coach last weekend and is set to do the same on Saturday.

The nature of the illness is the most concerning part of the story. The report characterizes Sanders’ health situation as “very serious,” but no one, including the school, has offered any comment.

Sanders has Jackson State at 6-1 and has brought national attention to the program, not to mention a lot of very famous visitors. Hopefully he makes a full recovery and is able to return to the sideline soon.

Reggie Bush names his surprise pick for USC head coach

Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush weighed in on the USC head coaching search, and the former running back has a somewhat surprising candidate he’d like to see considered for the role.

Bush vouched for Jackson State coach Deion Sanders to take over at USC, citing his ability to recruit and bring quality players to the Trojans.

“I do believe there is a coach out there that can help restore USC to its greatness,” Bush said on FOX’s “Big Noon Kickoff,” via Matt Howe of 247 Sports. “I believe Deion Sanders can be that person. He can be that person. When you think about what he’s done at Jackson State right now, Jackson State has the No. 55 recruiting class in the nation. They’re one ahead of Kansas State, which has a significantly much-larger budget than Jackson State does.

“But what does that tell you? That tells you Deion knows how to recruit. Let’s just use this as an example. Deion Sanders is the head coach at USC. He walks into your house and says, ‘Matt (Leinart), I want you to come play and be the starting quarterback at USC.’ What are you going to say? … You’re gonna say yes.”

There is no question that Sanders has succeeded in elevating Jackson State’s profile and bringing in a higher caliber of player there. However, he’s still very inexperienced as a head coach, untested at a higher level, and prone to somewhat strange controversies.

It seems logical that the Trojans would target someone a bit more experienced at a higher level of college football for a longer period of time. That fits with the name that is reportedly at the top of the school’s list.

Ron Rivera appears to troll Jason Garrett, Deion Sanders with ‘coach’ comment

Ron Rivera

New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett had an awkward exchange with a reporter this week, and Ron Rivera may have thrown a friendly jab at him on Sunday. It’s also possible that the Washington Football Team coach was trolling Deion Sanders.

As Rivera was exiting his Sunday press conference, a reporter thanked him and called him “Ron.” Rivera joked that he would rather be called “coach.”

Garrett was wrapping up his press conference with the media earlier this week and said “good to see you guys” before walking off. He then needled reporters for not showing the same type of enthusiasm.

Some interpreted that to mean Garrett wants to be called “coach,” but ESPN’s Todd Archer said that was not the case. He said Garrett always greets the media like that and was giving them a hard time for not saying “good to see you” back. Still, Rivera may have been taking a shot at his division rival.

Or, Rivera could have been trolling Sanders, who recently made a huge fuss about being called by his name rather than “coach.” Sanders later sent a cryptic tweet in which he appeared to deny being angry.

Whatever the case, Sunday’s quip from Riverboat Ron was well timed.

Deion Sanders sends cryptic tweet after creating bizarre controversy

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders walked out of SWAC Media Day on Tuesday for a very surprising reason, and the Jackson State coach appeared to address the issue in a tweet.

Sanders was apparently upset that a reporter called him “Deion” while he was fielding questions. On Wednesday morning, the Hall of Famer sent a cryptic tweet about “respect.”

A story from the Mississippi Clarion Ledger’s Langston Newsome said Sanders scolded a reporter for calling him “Deion.” Sanders told the reporter that he would not call Nick Saban “Nick” and that Sanders should be treated with the same level of respect. On Tuesday night, Sanders shared a video of the exchange between him and Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger. The clip showed the coach laughing about the situation, though he did appear to stand up and leave the video conference.

It’s possible that Sanders simply has a problem with the Clarion Ledger. The news outlet claimed in a later story on Tuesday that one of its reporters has been barred from covering Jackson State football in the wake of a story about a domestic violence charge against a recruit.

Whatever the case, it was quickly proven that plenty of reporters call Nick Saban “Nick.” The video compilation below shows that:

There was some speculation that Sanders may have been cracking a joke, as a reporter flipped out last year over the way someone addressed Saban during a news conference. However, it appears there is a lot more to it than that.