Deion Sanders confirms job offer from Colorado Buffaloes: 'They're not the only ones'

Deion Sanders confirmed Monday that he has received an offer to become the next head football coach at Colorado but also said “they’re not the only ones.”

The Jackson State football coach also said he was focused on his team’s game Saturday against Southern, implying that he wouldn’t announce a decision before then.

“Yeah, definitely the report is true,” Sanders told reporters Monday when asked about the Colorado job and if there was mutual interest. “They’re not the only ones. The report is true. I’m not going to sit in here and tell all my business, but they’re not the only ones. And I would be a liar if I told you they didn’t. You know they did. I know they did. Everybody there know they did. So it is what it is.”

Colorado is coming off a 1-11 season and is seeking to regain the national relevance it had in the late 1980s and 1990s, when it was a national powerhouse program under coach Bill McCartney. To win, the Buffaloes need to recruit nationally, as they have in the past. Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and celebrity pitchman, could help them do that, instantly bringing national attention to CU after so many years as an underperforming program.

And now it’s up to him.

“That’s not my focus right now,” Sanders said. “My focus is to win and to be dominant and then to not even go on to the Celebration Bowl. My focus is right here in this beloved stadium to be dominant on Saturday. That’s my focus, and I keep the main thing the main thing. And everyone that knows me know that about me. I have an innate ability to focus and keep the main thing the main thing.”

Sanders has compiled a 26-5 record in three seasons at JSU, including 11-0 this season. His team plays Saturday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Football Championship.

Colorado fired coach Karl Dorrell last month after he went 8-15 in three seasons in Boulder.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Deion Sanders confirms job offer from Colorado, hints at others