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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

Deion Sanders addresses rumor about TCU job

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders on Monday addressed the rumor that he is a candidate for the TCU head coaching job.

A report last week said that Sanders interviewed for the TCU job and impressed officials to the point that he might make the second round of interviews. However, when talking with the media on Monday, Sanders was less convincing about his interest in the job.

“Well, TCU is not the only one interested in my services,” Sanders said, via the Clarion-Ledger. “(Jackson State athletic director) Ashley Robinson is interested in my services and finishing out what I completed. Never believe rumors, especially when I’ve been in the hospital for darn near a month. So never just go out there and believe what you hear, my man.”

Sanders offered more comments for the Clarion-Ledger. He noted how he has been in a health struggle, which consumed more of his focus than the possibility of switching jobs.

Though Deion makes a good point, none of that explains why he would have interviewed with TCU. He may have been in the hospital, but if the original report is accurate, Sanders wasn’t too busy to interview.

The 52-year-old coach is recovering from setbacks from a foot surgery that left him in a concerning health condition.

Maybe Sanders, who is in his first full season on the job, recognizes that it wouldn’t reflect too well on him to leave Jackson State so quickly after they gave him an opportunity to coach. He might also recognize that it might not be the best time for him to take on a higher pressure job given his health. Additionally, Sanders has two sons on the team at Jackson State. If he leaves, would his sons transfer to follow him?

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 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.