Deion Sanders’ nascent football coaching career at a Mississippi HBCU has already made him a favorite of some for higher-profile jobs — but the feeling isn’t mutual.
Sanders, who took the reins as head coach at Jackson State University in September 2020, has been floated as a contender for jobs at both his alma mater Florida State and University of Southern California, particularly by Fox Sports analyst and USC alum Reggie Bush.
But Sanders said during a media call Monday that while the talk is flattering, he’s already at home at the historically Black school.
“If I believe that they all clapping, I believe when they all booing, if it’s for a reason. I don’t get into that, man,” Sanders said, HBCU Gameday reported. “I’m so darn tunnel-vision and focused and locked in on what we’re trying to accomplish here at Jackson State. That’s who I am, that’s what I am, that’s how I get down. That’s how I’ve been successful, being able to lock in — focus on what’s at hand.”
Speculation of Sanders making a move to a Power Five school gained traction in recent weeks amid USC’s ongoing search to fill its coaching vacancy and Florida State stumbling to an 0-3 start this season under second-year head coach Mike Norvell.
Bush notably suggested Sanders as someone who can right the ship at USC, mainly because of his experience as a player and his recruiting skills.
“I do believe there is a coach out there that can help restore USC to its greatness,” the former Heisman Trophy winner said during Fox Sports’ “Big Noon Kickoff” Saturday. “I believe Deion Sanders can be that person.”
But Sanders said while he’s appreciative of Bush’s support, he’s staying put at the Mississippi school.
“I’m thankful that Reggie mentioned me, I’m thankful that he thought as much of our friendship that I could be a candidate or whatever,” Sanders said Monday, HBCU Gameday reported. “But I’m locked in. … I’m coaching my sons. I’m loving this culture.”