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Deion Sanders set to leave Jackson State for $5 million salary in Colorado

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  • Deion Sanders has reportedly left Jackson State after three years as head coach, according to ESPN.
  • Sources say Sanders will join the Colorado Buffaloes for a roughly 40% pay raise, CBS reported.
  • Football fans don’t seem to agree on how they feel about this potential transfer.

Deion Sanders is reportedly preparing to leave Jackson State just three seasons into his college football coaching career, and opinions are divided on his potential move to the University of Colorado.

Sources say Sanders and those close to him “asked questions of both potential members of his field staff and Colorado support staff,” ESPN reported. Sanders’ salary in Colorado would start at more than $5 million a year — a nearly 40% pay raise, according to CBS News.

News of Sanders’ possible departure surfaced Friday night ahead of Jackson State’s Southwestern Athletic Conference title game against Southern University on Saturday, according to the ESPN report.

College football fans shared mixed reactions when Sanders left SWAC, a conference made up of HBCU sports teams. Sanders is often praised for bringing mainstream attention to the conference during his three seasons coaching the Tigers.

Some criticized the former NFL star for using Jackson State as “a launching pad for his coaching career” while others praised him for the new Power 5 job.

The unofficial news sparked recruiting questions after a source told ESPN that Sanders encouraged a ‘prominent player’ on the NCAA transfer portal to wait until he moved to Colorado before committing to a move. other school.

Similar concerns have been raised about Sanders’ son and Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders possibly following his father to Colorado. In the past, Sanders has not denied the possibility of bringing his son with him to another school.

Under his leadership, the Tigers went undefeated in the 2022 season and Sanders won SWAC Coach of the Year in 2021 and 2022, according to BET.

If hired, he would replace Karl Dorrell as Buffaloes head coach. Dorrell had an 8-15 losing record in his three years in charge.

Colorado fired Dorrell in October and will buy out his contract for an estimated $8.7 million, according to CBS.

Sanders would announce his presumed departure from Jackson State after Saturday’s game.

“They really weren’t hiding anything,” a source told ESPN. “It seemed like a done deal.”



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