Deion Sanders’ best power can also be his best weak spot.
“Prime Time,” who’s arguably the best defensive again to ever play soccer, was a world-class athlete. He single-handedly turned the cornerback place into the glamorous and high-paying place it’s as we speak. “Neon Deion’’ had to be loud, brash, and unapologetic to get fans, front offices, and marketers to pay attention to his skill set, as his position was overlooked in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It’s part of what made him great, besides his legendary talent, and it’s how he changed the game for the better.
But that doesn’t mean that recipe will work as a Division I football coach at an HBCU, where Sanders’ ego was on full display Sunday afternoon after his Jackson State Tigers defeated Edward Waters College 53-0 in their season opener.
“This is about to be the best news conference you’ve ever seen,” Sanders advised a bunch of reporters, in keeping with Sports Illustrated.
Watch that clip and take note of what you’re seeing and listening to. It’s all about Deion. It’s not concerning the offense, protection, or particular groups. It’s not about his group, which is enjoying within the spring resulting from COVID-19 wrecking collegiate sports activities. It’s not a few group of youngsters that took the sphere regardless of enjoying in a stadium that didn’t have working water and featured moveable bathrooms, due to the freezing temperatures that swept via Texas and Mississippi final week. It’s a few millionaire speaking about how his possessions had been stolen earlier than he may even take a query about how his group carried out of their first sport.
This is what occurs while you throw a coach — that earlier than Sunday didn’t have any faculty expertise — a pep rally-like introductory press convention that includes a marching band throughout a pandemic.
Now, what did or didn’t occur with Sanders’ issues will all the time be a thriller. There had been earlier stories that claimed that Sanders’s stuff wasn’t stolen, simply misplaced. It led to Jackson State releasing a press release.
Sanders, then again, is adamant that his possessions had been stolen.
Just final month, Sanders reportedly had a boombox stolen from his automobile. Days later, Sanders posted a video displaying that the radio had been returned, together with a observe from the thief. Two robberies in two months. And the one purpose we find out about them is that Sanders willingly made it public data.
Sanders has been within the news quite a bit these days, as he left NFL Network in August to affix a downmarket weblog, the place he plans on delivering “faith, motivation, and spiritual guidance.” That identical month, Sanders referred to as out the unpaid athletes who opted out of sports activities resulting from COVID-19.
But even when all of that wasn’t sufficient, together with what passed off on Sunday, to make even essentially the most optimistic particular person cautious about how Sanders’ tenure at Jackson State will prove, his previous already makes him a cautionary story.
Underneath the hype that’s include Sanders’ arrival in Jackson, individuals are ignoring the truth that a person with no data of the way to run a program has been handed the keys to one of the vital traditionally profitable colleges in HBCU soccer historical past and anticipated to immediately flip issues round. Sanders has already made the media rounds, discussing what he intends to perform at JSU with out anybody citing his troubled previous with regards to beginner sports activities.
In 2019, he was the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill when the varsity was kicked out of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools after a slew of probations and violations. In 2016, the Dallas Morning News examined Sanders’ “Prime Prep,” which was an epic failure, as he was as soon as fired, re-hired, fired, and re-hired once more at the varsity. And a couple of months in the past, the Washington Post profiled a number of student-athletes from the varsity that had their lives upended for his or her involvement with it.
In faculty sports activities, a head coach and their ego, prowess, and persona are synonymous with their packages and college. Think Coach Okay at Duke, John Wooden at UCLA, Nick Saban at Alabama, Eddie Robinson at Grambling, Geno Auriemma at UConn, and Pat Summitt at Tennessee. Kids come to their colleges to play their type and study from them.
The distinction between these coaches and what Sanders is doing is that they’ve all persistently gained over a long time, and he hasn’t. Because on Sunday, after Deion Sanders gained his first sport as a university coach, in a blowout victory over an NAIA college that went 1-10 final season, it took him almost two minutes into his postgame press convention to speak about something aside from himself.
Jackson State University is unquestionably getting a crash course in disaster administration.