It was not the way Deion Sanders wanted to go out at Jackson State. The Deion Sanders era at Jackson State is over after the Tigers fell to North Carolina Central in the Celebration Bowl, 41-34.
Following the game, a video of Deion Sanders consoling the player who dropped the potential game-tying pass in overtime.
“It ain’t on you, that’s on us. We lost together,” Deion told the player in the video.
Sanders now leaves for the head coaching job at Colorado, one accepted earlier in the month. The move gives Sanders his first head coaching job at the Power Five level.
Sanders told reporters after Saturday’s loss that “legacy” and “money” are non-factors in his coaching career.
“I don’t play or coach for legacy,” Sanders said, via HBCU GameDay. “I coach for kids. I coach for resolutions, love and passion. It’s not a job to me. I read the stuff now and then. I don’t read everything like I used to when I had that kind of time. But to even fathom I would do something for money — and God has been good to me financially — blows my mind. You didn’t say that when I was in the hospital for a month and then I came in the sideline in the wheel chair. Did I do for that money? When I’m reaching in my pocket and doing stuff, did I do that for money? When I’m loving on kids and doing stuff you would not even fathom a coach would do, did I do that for money? Money doesn’t move me. I move money.”
Jackson State was undefeated in the 2022 regular season, winning the SWAC title, before their loss on Saturday.
The former NFL star turned head coach departs with a 27-6 mark, which included a 23-3 record since the start of the fall 2021 season.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.