Deion Sanders named new Colorado head coach after impressing at Jackson State

Deion Sanders is named Colorado’s new head coach after guiding Jackson State to the SWAC Championship on Saturday and posting a 27-5 record in three seasons

Colorado named Deion Sanders its new head coach Saturday night.

Sanders, 55, led Jackson State to the SWAC championship earlier Saturday on Southern, culminating in a 27-5 record in three seasons.

“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming Colorado’s next head football coach, but none of them had the pedigree, knowledge and ability to connect with students- athletes like Deion Sanders,” said Colorado athletic director Rick. George said in a statement.

Colorado named Deion Sanders its new head coach after impressing at Jackson State

Sanders and his son and quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) sing the school song after the NCAA championship game at the Southwestern Athletic Conference on Saturday

Sanders and his son and quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) sing the school song after the NCAA championship game at the Southwestern Athletic Conference on Saturday

Sanders hoists winner's trophy after Southwestern Athletic Conference championship

Sanders hoists winner’s trophy after Southwestern Athletic Conference championship

“Not only will Coach Prime energize our fan base, but I am confident he will bring our program back to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and character.”

Sanders has previously acknowledged that he was offered the job in Colorado, and CBS News Colorado reported that the Buffaloes were set to pay him more than $5 million a year.

The 55-year-old had previously acknowledged that he had been offered the job in Colorado

The 55-year-old had previously acknowledged that he had been offered the job in Colorado

ESPN reported that Sanders and his colleagues have already reached out to Boulder coaches and staff about their availability, with similar outreach underway to direct potential recruits to a Sanders-led program in Colorado.

Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who also played Major League Baseball, was a broadcaster after his playing career until he was hired by Jackson State in September 2020.

He led the Tigers to a 4-3 record in the spring of 2021 (postponed from the fall due to COVID-19), then guided Jackson State to an 11-2 mark and a SWAC title in the fall of 2021 This campaign has ended. with a loss to South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl.

The Buffaloes got off to a 0-5 start this season, which led to the firing of head coach Karl Dorrell.

Mike Sanford took over on an interim basis and led the team to a 20-13 overtime win over Cal in its debut, but Colorado then lost its final six games to finish 1-11 (1-8 Pac- 12).

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