For Coach Deion Sanders, the hits keep coming. As a proven NFL and collegiate-winning player, his impact as an A-1 recruiter and head coach only enhances his legacy.
According to Jackson State University’s head football coach and “Primetime” performer, it’s time for a new stage.
Coach Sanders is overdelivering and then some.
Since Coach Sanders’ 2020 arrival, his leadership and influence have been apparent, and the wins keep stacking. Under his watch, the 2021 Tigers football team had an 11-1 overall record and were undefeated in the SWAC conference at 9-0.
At Tuesday’s Jackson City Council meeting, an agenda item addressed a new JSU stadium proposal for the booming football program.
According to WAPT, Mississippi lawmakers approved a quarter of a million dollars to study the possibility of building the new stadium last year. The current site at Veterans Memorial Stadium has been in use since the 1970s.
While details are hatched out behind the scenes, Coach Sanders remains adamant that JSU’s football program’s investment into their city needs to be returned.
“It is for the city. Our mayor is here. We are not paying for it. I’m letting you know. It’s going to be free because we made a lot of money for this city and we want some of it back,” said Coach Sanders.
“Sports Reparations” should definitely be a thing.
“President (Thomas) Hudson and myself are working closely to get that study done, and should have that out in the next month, or so,” said JSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson.
Robinson said the study will involve a plan to build an on-campus football stadium in the next 3 – 5 years.
“We are looking at suites for our alumni. We are looking at locker room space, the parking, the tailgating for our alumni and of VIP areas to support the needs of Jackson,” Robinson said.
State lawmakers typically decide spending plans for a legislative session in April.
Coach Sanders – more than most – understands if you feel good, you play good. Providing a state-of-the-art arena would only entice new recruits even more and increase the growing value of Jackson State University. And people say football players are dumb.