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Prime Job: Deion Sanders Preparing to Leave Jackson State for Colorado

As Jackson State prepares for Saturday’s SWAC Championship, its head coach is preparing to accept the same position at Colorado.

According to ESPN, Deion Sanders has been reaching out to potential coaching staff members to inquire about their interest in joining him in Boulder, as well as players he had been recruiting at Jackson State and Colorado commitments.

On Monday, Sanders confirmed a report that he had been offered the Colorado job. The offer, according to CBS Colorado, is for a salary of $5 million with a dozen incentives that could increase the value of the contract by up to 40 percent.

Things picked up steam this week as Jackson State prepared to take on Southern in the SWAC title game. According to ESPN, all signs point to Sanders formally accepting the job and Colorado announcing it in the days following Saturday’s championship game.

In three seasons at Jackson State, Sanders has gone 26-5, including 11-0 this season. After a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, Sanders went into broadcasting and spent a decade and a half at CBS and NFL Network as an analyst before taking the job at Jackson State, his first college coaching gig.

Sanders would replace Karl Dorrell, who was fired in October after starting the season 0-5 and replaced on an interim basis by Mike Sanford, who went 1-6 to close out the season.

 

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