Deion Sanders has been named the new University of Colorado football Head Coach, the school announced Saturday.
Sanders is leaving Jackson State University, where he coached the Tigers for the past three seasons, compiling a record of 26-5, including going undefeated this season.
Jackson State won the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship earlier Saturday, defeating Southern University 43-24.
Sanders told his team after the game he had accepted another job, but intended to coach Jackson State (12-0) in the Celebration Bowl for historically Black colleges on Dec. 17 in Atlanta against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina Central.
Known as “Prime Time” during his high-stepping, play-making NFL career, the 55-year-old Sanders prefers “Coach Prime” these days. Colorado will prove a challenge for the magnetic Sanders, who inherits a program coming off a 1-11 season. But he brings instant name recognition and a track record of being able to recruit top-level talent.
Sanders figures to bring a few players along with him, possibly even his son, QB Shedeur Sanders, a 6-foot-2 sophomore at Jackson State who’s thrown 36 TD passes this season and just six interceptions.
Sanders has been a big time recruiter at Jackson State, landing five-star defensive back Travis Hunter and four-star receiver Kevin Coleman for this year’s squad. Sanders told The Associated Press in an October podcast that both players chose JSU because he and his staff will prepare them for careers in the NFL.
Sanders plans to address the media on the decision and the new hire Sunday at 1:30 p.m. His first game for the Buffaloes is set for Sept. 2 against the TCU Horned Frogs next year.
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