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‘Prime’ did his job at Jackson State; now HBCUs must move forward


ATLANTA — Saturday’s Celebration Bowl marked the end of Deion Sanders’ time as head football coach at Jackson State University.

In his three years there, Sanders earned a 27-6 record, won back-to-back SWAC championships and coached his team to two consecutive Celebration Bowl appearances. 

His decision to leave after this season and head to the University of Colorado was a shock, with some erstwhile fans now calling him a sellout.

Don’t count me among his critics.

In fact, I believe Sanders’ departure from Jackson State was necessary — both for him and for HBCUs as a whole.

Let’s appreciate what he did

It’s rare for a man of Sanders’ status – NFL Hall of Famer with a personality and swagger to match – to even consider coaching a HBCU team. He could have easily gone elsewhere to start his coaching career.


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