February 3, 2023

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Deion Sanders is preparing to accept a coaching job in Colorado

Deion Sanders is preparing to accept a coaching job in Colorado

Jackson State coach Deion Sanders is preparing to move out in order to take the head coaching job at Colorado, sources told ESPN on Friday.

With Jackson State on the cusp of Saturday’s SWAC game, Sanders and his buddies spent the week making inquiries to both prospective members of his field team and Colorado support staff, urging them to join him in Boulder, sources said.

A source told ESPN Friday night that Sanders’ communication included a call to a top player in the NCAA transfer gate, who encouraged him not to make a decision because Sanders was headed to Colorado and wanted to recruit him there.

Another source close to a player committed to play in Colorado said that earlier this week a current employee contacted Jackson State to verify the player’s commitment to Colorado. He also asked him for a film about the player for his evaluation.

“They didn’t exactly hide anything,” the source said. “It looked like it was a done deal.”

Internally in Colorado, according to sources, support staff have been seen preparing materials to hire Sanders. There is widespread expectation in the building that Sanders will be there this weekend, though the staff has not been officially told.

“They don’t do a great job of hiding this,” said a source from the staff. “If he backs out of this deal, it will be a huge problem for Colorado.”

Sanders has said publicly that he has been offered the job in Colorado. All signs point to him being accepted in the next 48 hours, as all the other candidates Colorado fielded were suspended after being interviewed weeks earlier.

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Sanders has gone 26-5 his past three seasons at Jackson State and 22-2 the last two. Jackson State (11-0) plays South (7-4), a team it beat 35-0 earlier in the year, for the SWAC title on Saturday. Sanders is expected to inform his team that he will be leaving shortly after the game.

Sanders is in only his third season as a college football coach.

Colorado fired Carl Durrell in October after he got off to an 0-5 start and posted an 8-15 record in three years as coach. Mike Sanford filled in as caretaker and went 1-6 to close out the year.

Sanders is a famous American athlete and a member of both the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame. He played in the NFL for 14 seasons, won two Super Bowls and also played for five different Major League Baseball teams from 1989 through 2001.