Deion Sanders named head football coach at Colorado, leaves Jackson State after 3 seasons

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Deion Sanders is leaving Jackson State after three seasons with the program to become the head football coach at Colorado. The Buffaloes confirmed the hire on Twitter.

After days of speculation, Sanders accepted the Colorado job Saturday night after Jackson State won its second consecutive SWAC championship by defeating Southern, 43-24. JSU (12-0 this season) is 27-5 in Sanders’ three-year run as head coach. Sanders said he will still coach Jackson State in its Celebration Bowl appearance Dec. 17 against NC Central.

"Coach Prime" will take over for Karl Dorrell at Colorado. Dorrell was fired Oct. 2 after an 0-5 start to the season and an 8-15 record overall at the school.

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The Pro Football Hall of Famer will owe Jackson State around $300,000 to buy out of his contract, according to a copy of the agreement he signed in 2020 that was obtained by the USA Today Network. The contract, which ran through Dec. 15, 2024, required Sanders to pay half the remaining salary on his deal if he left for another job while Ashley Robinson was still athletics director at JSU.

Sanders said he interviewed for three Power Five coaching jobs last season before returning to Jackson State. In recent weeks, he interviewed for the Colorado and South Florida jobs.

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The 55-year-old heads to the Pac-12 after Sanders and his associates spent the past week recruiting on-field staff and transfer portal players to Colorado, ESPN reports. Sanders’ son and sophomore quarterback, Shedeur, is expected to follow his father to Boulder.

The eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback helped turn around a Jackson State program that hadn’t had a winning season since 2013 before his arrival. Sanders pulled in the highest-rated signing class in FCS history in 2021, and this year followed that up by landing Travis Hunter, the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation.

Colorado hasn't had a winning season since 2016.

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This article originally appeared on Fort Collins Coloradoan: Deion Sanders named head coach at Colorado. 'Coach Prime' leaves JSU