Over three seasons in Jackson State and a 27-5 record, Tigers coach Deion Sanders has accepted the vacant coaching job at Colorado, the school announced on Saturday night.
Sanders informed his team at Jackson State on Saturday night that he has agreed to become the next head football coach at Colorado. After Sanders told the players at JSU, Colorado made the news official. Hours after the news came out, he released video of him informing his players.
“OK time for the nitty gritty,” Sanders began. “I know you all have been hearing the rumors and everything that has been transpiring about my whereabouts and what I’m going to do. I’d like you all to hear it from me and not from anyone else.
“In coaching, you either get elevated or you get terminated. … I’ve chosen to accept the job elsewhere next year. I’m going to finish what we started. We’re gonna dominate. I’m going to be here until that end and that conclusion and then upon that conclusion, I’m going to move on.”
ESPN’s Pete Thamel later reported Sanders is “still slated” to coach the Celebration Bowl on December 17 in Atlanta against NC Central.
Sanders will be tasked with quite the rebuild on Boulder, as the program finished 1–11 this season with a 1–8 record in the Pac-12. In October, Colorado fired Karl Dorrell after an 0-5 start and an 8-15 overall record in three years as head coach.
This season, Sanders has coached the Tigers to a 12-0 record, including a 43-24 victory over Southern in the SWAC title game Saturday.