Jackson State announces Deion Sanders as its next head football coach

brianwr112

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I understand that. Jackson State will have no problems raising money for upgrades. The other HBCU are also receiving large donations. DO a little google search on HBCU players who ended up in the Pro Football HOF. Call it a sign of the times but HBCU have seen interest in their institutions really grow this year. I think it's a positive thing that will continue to grow. The Power 5 will still get plenty of guys to fill their rosters.
 

cjb56

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I understand that. Jackson State will have no problems raising money for upgrades. The other HBCU are also receiving large donations. DO a little google search on HBCU players who ended up in the Pro Football HOF. Call it a sign of the times but HBCU have seen interest in their institutions really grow this year. I think it's a positive thing that will continue to grow. The Power 5 will still get plenty of guys to fill their rosters.
Most of the HOF's from the HBCU's are from the era where southern blacks had to either go up north to play college football or play at an all-black school in the south.

The money and facilities gap from Power 5 to HBCU's in football is enormous. Now basketball could be interesting. Say a couple 5 stars go to Texas Southern or Bethune-Cookman, they could lead the program to a Final Four. Football is not so easy, though. Hey, I wish Prime well. I just see it as a passing fad that will end when Covid ends and people have more to do and less to protest about.
 

Omar

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I understand that. Jackson State will have no problems raising money for upgrades. The other HBCU are also receiving large donations. DO a little google search on HBCU players who ended up in the Pro Football HOF. Call it a sign of the times but HBCU have seen interest in their institutions really grow this year. I think it's a positive thing that will continue to grow. The Power 5 will still get plenty of guys to fill their rosters.
I see. I thought you were saying they’d be able to compete with P5 directly. That’s not going to happen in Football. Basketball is an entirely difft story. If Loyola & George Mason can get to a FF, an HBCU could as well.
 
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brianwr112

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I see. I thought you were saying they’d be able to compete with P5 directly. That’s not going to happen in Football. Basketball is an entirely soft story. If Loyola & George Mason can get to a FF, an HBCU could as well.
Not at all. I think they can make some national noise based on all the media attention and big names supporting things. I'd imagine big companies will also provide sponsorship money. I think you'll see the HBCU really grow in the next few years.
 

TriangleMan

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Since May, black athletes [that did not attend these HBCUs, nor did they ever consider them when they were being recruited by non-HBCUs] have been encouraging kids to go to HBCU. It's definitely gaining momentum and this will do nothing but help. it's widely thought that Bronny will go the HBCU route if he plays college bball. I'm not saying it'll turn into the SEC but some highly ranked recruits are giving HBCU series looks now. We'll see
Fixed it for you.
 

Orin Swift

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Check what's going on in basketball...top recruits are going to HBCU. He also just left a very successful career in television to go to Barstool which is the fastest growing media company. Especially around the college age group. He's had NFL and NCAA opportunities but turned them down. Amazing how kids just started showing up at the HS he's coaching at. They play a national schedule much like IMG. He's also coached the All-American games for years. I might be wrong. Time will tell
One top recruit has chosen an HBCU, not top recruits. Basketball is also very different from football - he can go to Howard and leave after a year for the NBA, G-league or overseas and still make a very good living. Basketball doesn't have nearly the same impact on the body that football does so the facilities issue at Jackson State vs. P5 or even G5 is a significantly more important issue than it is for Maker and Howard. And I may very well be totally incorrect as well. I just think there's a lot going against him and he doesn't exactly have a long track record for sticking around.
 

Orin Swift

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Update. He's already grabbed a Mississippi State (Mike Leach) commit and it looks like a high LSU commit will do the same.
I don't know about the LSU kid. From 4 days ago:

Smith, who is ranked No.1 in the state in the 247Sports Composite Rankings for the 2021 class, and 88th nationally, says he still plans to honor his LSU commitment.

But yes he did get a freshmen at MSU, who was not recruited by Mike Leach, to transfer.
 

Orin Swift

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I understand that. Jackson State will have no problems raising money for upgrades. The other HBCU are also receiving large donations. DO a little google search on HBCU players who ended up in the Pro Football HOF. Call it a sign of the times but HBCU have seen interest in their institutions really grow this year. I think it's a positive thing that will continue to grow. The Power 5 will still get plenty of guys to fill their rosters.
You are right that HBCU's profile have grown on the national level lately, especially in the last year. I think that is a great thing.
 

14Red

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I give Deion a year or two, tops. Here's a guy who's lived off his God given talents, he's not used to working 12-16 hour days, recruiting, dealing with students issues, coaching issues, etc. For Jackson State, there's no downside, they've got more attention the last week than they've had in 10 years.
 

brianwr112

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I give Deion a year or two, tops. Here's a guy who's lived off his God given talents, he's not used to working 12-16 hour days, recruiting, dealing with students issues, coaching issues, etc. For Jackson State, there's no downside, they've got more attention the last week than they've had in 10 years.
Except he's been putting 12-16 hours a day when he was coaching high school football while also working for the NFL Network. Literally flying back and forth between the two so he could be to as much as possible. Saying he lived off his God Given Talents? Probably one of he top 5-10 athletes of all time. Hope he can sleep at night....he's always been considered a hard worker though which continues today.

Deion's mentored high school/college football players for years. He'll do fine communicating with them. That's why he's always a popular coach for All-Star games.

Oh, and his contract was released the other day. He's basically working for chump change. Jackson State and Coach Sanders could end up being a great match.
 

14Red

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Except he's been putting 12-16 hours a day when he was coaching high school football while also working for the NFL Network. Literally flying back and forth between the two so he could be to as much as possible. Saying he lived off his God Given Talents? Probably one of he top 5-10 athletes of all time. Hope he can sleep at night....he's always been considered a hard worker though which continues today.

Deion's mentored high school/college football players for years. He'll do fine communicating with them. That's why he's always a popular coach for All-Star games.

Oh, and his contract was released the other day. He's basically working for chump change. Jackson State and Coach Sanders could end up being a great match.
Thanks for the update. It's still going to be different for him. And I figured Jackson State couldn't pay much. And all I'm saying about the God given talents is he didn't have to work hard to be a great athlete, it came naturally.
 

eastside_purple

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Thanks for the update. It's still going to be different for him. And I figured Jackson State couldn't pay much. And all I'm saying about the God given talents is he didn't have to work hard to be a great athlete, it came naturally.
I’m sure Dion didn’t work hard at all to be possibly the best corner in nfl history. Good call.
 
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