Among the many media entities reporting Thursday that Sanders is ready to get the vacant Jackson State job was Sports activities Illustrated, which initially cited a college spokesman as saying the record of candidates had been narrowed to 3 however did not include the two-time Tremendous Bowl winner. Shortly thereafter, Sports activities Illustrated up to date its reporting to quote a number of Jackson State sources as saying a cope with Sanders was being finalized.
SI additionally reported that one subject nonetheless to be ironed out was that Sanders is an Beneath Armour endorser, whereas the JSU Tigers have a contract with Nike. WAPT-TV in Jackson, Miss., corroborated that reporting whereas noting that faculty officers had been denying Sanders was a candidate, however sources on the college claimed he was “in place to be the following head coach.”
Jackson tv station WLBT additionally reported an obvious distinction between what JSU officers had been saying in public and what sources on the college had been telling it. A journalist on the station posted what he described as a leaked itinerary from JSU that confirmed a number of occasions set for Monday associated to the hiring of a brand new coach. The itinerary featured a picture of Sanders on it. The Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported that it additionally obtained the itinerary.
A spokesman for the Tigers didn’t instantly reply to a request from The Washington Publish for remark.
JSU declined to resume the contract of former head coach John Hendrick in August and put in offensive coordinator TC Taylor as interim coach. With the Southwestern Athletic Convention suspending fall sports activities amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Tigers’ first soccer recreation is scheduled for Feb. 19.
Requested earlier this month about rumors that Sanders was serious about changing Hendrick, JSU Athletic Director Ashley Robinson said, “It exhibits how huge we’re.”
Sanders, who starred at Florida State, has been linked to teaching jobs at that faculty up to now. In January, Sanders confirmed to the “Dan Patrick Show” that he wished to teach the Seminoles, and he promised, “I’m going to be a head coach at school soccer subsequent 12 months.”
Requested the place that may occur, Sanders replied, “Someplace. I’m not particular.”
He added on the time, “This can be a need, that is one thing that’s my calling. I’m going to teach school soccer. Head coach, not coach. Head coach.”
Sanders, who was chosen for eight Professional Bowls and was a six-time first-team all-pro over a 14-year NFL profession, first coached at a constitution college he helped present in 2012, Prime Prep Academy. The varsity closed in 2015 after surrendering its charter amid allegations of economic mismanagement.
Information that Sanders was no less than near touchdown the JSU job sparked hypothesis that he may attempt to get his son Shedeur, who dedicated to Florida Atlantic after throwing for 3,477 yards, 47 touchdowns and 4 interceptions as a junior final season (per MaxPreps), to observe him to the Tigers.
If Sanders is employed, he would add one other outsized character to a neighborhood school soccer panorama that already options Lane Kiffin at Mississippi and Mike Leach at Mississippi State. It could even be a coup for sports activities packages at traditionally Black faculties and universities (HBCUs), that are gaining consideration from some beforehand out-of-reach recruits amid the nationwide reckoning with racial injustice.