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Reports: Jackson State to name Deion Sanders head coach

Field Level Media
19 Sep 2020, 01:40 GMT+10

Pro Football Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders will be the head football coach at Jackson State, according to multiple reports.

School officials have denied the reports.

Jackson State is expected to hold a news conference on Monday morning to announce the replacement for coach John Hendrick, who was let go last month, according to Kendrick Marshall of HBCU Sports.

Sports Illustrated reported on Thursday that Sanders wasn't a candidate, but Marshall said all signs point to Sanders taking over at Jackson State, one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Sanders has said he is interested in becoming a head coach and has experience as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian High School in Desoto, Texas, where his son, Shedeur, plays.

Marshall said one point that has slowed negotiations between Sanders and the Mississippi university is that Sanders is under contract with Under Armour and that Jackson State is a Nike-sponsored school, but it is not expected to be a deal-breaker.

Hendrick was 24-34 in two seasons at Jackson State, which competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The league postponed the fall football season until the spring and plans to start play in February.

In the interim, offensive coordinator and alum T.C. Taylor is running the program. The school has said he is a finalist for the job.

Sanders, 53, played 14 seasons in the NFL after a standout career at Florida State. He was a six-time All-Pro defensive back and an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He also is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jackson State has a football pedigree that includes producing three Pro Football Hall of Fame members, three College Football Hall of Fame players and two Hall of Fame coaches. Walter Payton, Jackie Slater and Lem Barney are among the former players for the Tigers.

--Field Level Media

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