Deion Sanders will coach Jackson State on Saturday in the Celebration Bowl, his last game as the Tigers’ head coach before moving to the University of Colorado.
Trainer Prime’s move has been criticized as much, and perhaps more, than it has been celebrated.
Sanders, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has heard all the noise since he made his departure official.
But he set the record straight during a news conference Friday in Atlanta.
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Sanders noted that he never claimed he would stay at Jackson State forever.
“I never once said they were going to put my name on a headstone at Jackson State. So I wasn’t going to die here. Everybody knows that,” he said.
But Sanders also had to make it known that he accomplished everything he said he would when he took his first job as a college head coach. Sanders made headlines in recent years for helping to revitalize a much smaller football program at the historically black university.
“Everything I said I would do, I did. Everything I said I wanted to happen, I did everything I could to make it happen. We’ve exceeded, I think, expectations, in some area,” Sanders said.
“But when I don’t fit into someone else’s plan and purpose, now it’s ridiculous. But you forgot my plan and God’s purpose. That’s where the dysfunction comes…
“At what point do we continue to dominate, that you don’t get mad at us for dominating? Because it’s a level of dominance when you start to spin. And I felt like we started to get tension from our own people, because you’re dominant… But it comes a time when that’s not what it’s about for me. I am a winner. I have always won. I’ll win…
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“I’m a football manager and a very good one. Name one thing in football that we haven’t achieved and I said we would. But it’s bigger than that. And until we address these underlying issues that nobody wants to talk about, nothing is going to change.
“I’m a change agent… When we’re gone, you’ll find out everything we did. Because they don’t really talk about positivity until we’re gone. You’ll find out everything we did for Jackson.” State and everything we wanted to do for Jackson State. I just pray to God that in whatever we get, we get some understanding about change and where change really begins. It doesn’t start in the football department.”
So despite the criticism he’s received, Sanders appears to be at peace with what he did for Jackson State and historically black universities.
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With Jackson State, Sanders has gone 27-5 and his team is 12-0 for the second straight season.
Colorado’s program has fallen on hard times and fired head coach Karl Dorrell after an 0-5 start to the season.
The Buffs finished their 2022 campaign 1-8 in the Pac-12 and were busted by utah in their final game, 63-21.