Deion Sanders has a new job as a college football coach. The Colorado Buffaloes announced Saturday that they had hired Deion Sanders to be their new college football coach. Sanders will become the new head coach. Since 2020 Sanders has been the Jackson State Tigers head coach. He led the team to a 27-5 mark and two consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles. The Tigers are currently 12-0 in 2022 and beat Southern University 43-24 in Saturday’s SWAC title match.
“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming the next head football coach at Colorado, but none of them had the pedigree, the knowledge and the ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,”Rick George, Colorado’s athletic director, made the statement. “Not only will Coach Prime energize our fanbase, I’m confident that he will lead our program back to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and high character.”
Earlier this week, Sanders revealed that Colorado contacted him about the head coaching position. Karl Dorrell was fired by the team in October, after a 0-5 record and an overall 8-15 record in three years as head coaching. Mike Sanford was appointed interim head coach. He finished the season with a record of 1-6. Colorado hopes Sanders can help turn around a team that hasn’t won a conference championship since 2001.
“Deion Sanders’ stature transcends sports, and his hiring elevates not only the football program but the university as a whole,” Colorado Chancellor Philip DiStefano said in a statement. “I’m thankful Deion has chosen to join our Buffalo family and I applaud Rick George for a truly inspired choice. This is an exciting new chapter in the long, storied history of Colorado football and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our students, supporters and fans to cheer on “Coach Prime” and our student-athletes next fall.”
Sanders is one the greatest athletes in American sports history. He was a member of the NFL for 14 years and won two Super Bowls. He played for several MLB clubs from 1989 to 2001, and was a member the Atlanta Braves’ 1992 World Series team. This made him the only player to participate in both a Super Bowl as well as a World Series.