Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was introduced as the new Jackson State football coach Monday, with a ceremony that fittingly involved a marching band and motorcade. He now serves as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian in Cedar Hill, Texas, where he intends to finish the season before fully taking control in Jackson.
Jackson State competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which announced in August that it will play a six-game conference schedule between February 27 and late April.
The excitement and electricity resonated throughout the building more and more as "Coach Prime" continued to deliver.
"These things just come together", Hudson added, crediting athletic director Ashley Robinson and alumni.
Monday, Sanders was dressed in blue and sporting a Jackson State hat as he addressed a crowd spread out for social distancing, made smaller by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"I believe this is going to be a marriage made in heaven", Sanders said, "and I can not wait to get started". "We're just so very fortunate to really be in this space and have a man like this joining us".
Sanders replaces John Hendrick, whose contract was not renewed this summer after going 6-9 and 5-5 in SWAC play.
Sanders vowed in January to become a college head coach, after failing to will his way into becoming a candidate for the head coaching job at Florida State.
One of Sanders' teammates on the Super Bowl XXIX-winning San Francisco 49ers, longtime National Football League wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, was hired in December as the head coach at another FCS program, Big Sky Conference member Northern Colorado, despite not having coached above the high school level. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Sanders has also worked as an analyst for NFL Network and CBS Sports.