Deion Sanders has been named Colorado’s new head coach after impressing at Jackson State

Deion Sanders has been named Colorado’s new head coach after leading Jackson State to the SWAC Championship on Saturday and posting a 27-5 record in three seasons

Colorado named Deion Sanders its new head coach Saturday night.

Sanders, 55, led Jackson State to the SWAC Championship earlier Saturday over Southern, culminating in a 27-5 record in three seasons.

“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming the next head football coach at Colorado, but none of them had the pedigree, knowledge and ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,” Colorado athletic director Rick. George said in a release.

Colorado named Deion Sanders its new head coach after impressing at Jackson State

Sanders and his son and quarterback Shedeur Sanders, 2, sing the school's song after the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in the NCAA game Saturday

Sanders and his son and quarterback Shedeur Sanders, 2, sing the school’s song after the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in the NCAA game Saturday

Sanders hoists the winner's trophy after the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship

Sanders hoists the winner’s trophy after the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship

“Not only will Coach Prime energize our fan base, I am confident he will lead our program back to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and character.”

Sanders has previously acknowledged that he was offered the Colorado job, and CBS News Colorado reported that the Buffaloes were set to pay him more than $5 million annually.

The 55-year-old had already previously acknowledged that he was offered the Colorado job

The 55-year-old had already previously acknowledged that he was offered the Colorado job

ESPN reported that Sanders and his colleagues had already contacted coaches and staff in Boulder about their availability, with a similar outreach being made to point potential recruits to a Sanders-led program in Colorado.

Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who also played Major League Baseball, was a broadcaster after his playing career until he was hired by Jackson State in September 2020.

He led the Tigers to a 4-3 record in the spring of 2021 (postponed from the fall due to COVID-19), then led Jackson State to 11-2 and a SWAC title in the fall of 2021. The campaign ended. with a loss to South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl.

The Buffaloes got off to an 0-5 start this season, leading to the firing of head coach Karl Dorrell.

Mike Sanford took over on an interim basis and led the squad to a 20-13 overtime win over Cal in his debut, but Colorado then lost its final six games to finish 1-11 (1-8 Pac-12).

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