After years of working in broadcasting, Sanders took his first college head coaching job last fall. The Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back has plenty on his plate ahead as he tries restoring the Tigers to relevance.
Before the team installs its playbooks, Sanders has his players working on how to use the toilet. You read that correctly.
Deion Sanders is now at Jackson State
Deion Sanders had long said that he wanted to eventually become a college football head coach.
Rather than achieve his dream of taking over at Florida State, Sanders is beginning at the FCS level. Jackson State hired Sanders, who turns 54 in August, as the program’s 21st head football coach last fall.
Sanders had never held a college or NFL coaching position before arriving at JSU. He spent several years coaching his son, Sheduer, at the Trinity Christian School in Texas.
Sheduer originally committed to play for Florida Atlantic before flipping to sign with his son. Another of Sanders’ sons, Shilo, transferred to JSU from South Carolina.
Sanders is beefing up the roster in a big way
Deion Sanders didn’t need long to attract big-name players to Jackson State.
According to 247 Sports, Jackson State had acquired 14 players through the transfer portal as of Jan. 28, 2021. That includes Keith Corbin, a receiver who caught 94 passes for 1,467 yards and 13 touchdowns at Houston from 2016-20.
Former Florida State defensive back Isaiah Bolden, who had 10 tackles and an interception in 2019, also transferred to JSU. Bolden is expected to play receiver for the Tigers.
Jackson State also added Auburn defensive lineman Coynis Miller Jr., who had nine tackles from 2018-19.
Deion Sanders is creating toilet rules at Jackson State
Before Jackson State begins installing plays or scrimmaging, Deion Sanders has them working on something more practical.
Sanders posted a photo on Instagram of a toilet with two taped messages above it. One of those statements read, “Treat this toilet like your Mama got next! — Coach Prime.”
Sanders explained why he is enforcing better toilet habits at JSU.
“This is 1 of my Pet Peeves so I had to leave a message to get my point across. Stop taking for granted kids know certain disciplines & etiquette. A lot of young men & woman [sic] hadn’t been taught a THANG.. Real Coaches don’t ever stop coaching”
Another member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame agreed with Sanders’ advice.
“Lol but so true!!” wrote legendary former Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Jackson State opens its 2020-21 season on Sunday, February 21, against Edward Waters. The Tigers are scheduled to play eight games from late-February through April 17.
Jackson State’s 2021 fall season will tentatively begin on Sunday, September 5, against Florida A&M at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.