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Deion Sanders: Jackson State Coach to review Power 5 job offers

Deion Sanders is in the midst of a reclamation project with the Jackson State soccer program.

It was no easy task for Sanders’ first head coach, but he revolutionized a football program that was at rock bottom in FCS.

Could Sanders, who has proven he can turn an FCS program, be in line for an FBS job, and more specifically, one in the Power 5? Sanders’ name has started popping up for various coaching openings that schools will be looking to fill in the next cycle.

One rumor that keeps cropping up concerns Georgia Tech and the possibility of Sanders filling that coaching vacancy left by Geoff Collins earlier this month. Could Sanders, with close ties to Atlanta as a former Falcons and Braves player, spearhead a recovery project at a school like Georgia Tech?

Sanders addressed potential Power 5 speculation in a wide range 60 minutes interview with IF Jon Wertheim airs Sunday.

When asked what would happen when a Power 5 school called, Sanders was blunt in his response.

“I’m going to have to entertain him,” Sanders said. “…Frankly, I’d be a fool not to.” Let me tell you something. I ask the Lord – when I pause I am not lost for words. I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to tell you – This is my biggest concern: I have a few people in the staff who have been with me for the last 20 years since we started with youth football. I have a few people in the staff who have coached in professional football. Few people who have finished high school and some who were already in college. I think my highest paid coach might be [earning] $125,000; something like that.

“Am I a blessing to him? Or am I holding it? I really have to consider those things because those are my guys. The Bible says your rod and your staff comfort me. These guys comfort me, man. I wouldn’t be who I am without these men. And I have to make sure I’m doing what’s best for them at all times,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ research of his staff will likely play a role in whether or not he seriously evaluates more prestigious jobs at the FBS level. Only time will tell if a bigger program can entice Sanders to make the jump from Jackson State.

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