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'Prime Time' at Jackson State

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

The rumor mill had been churning for weeks, but the official press conference was today. NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is the SWAC’s Jackson State new head football coach.

“I am truly blessed to be the 21st head coach of Jackson State University,” Sanders said. “This amazing HBCU has always enjoyed a high level of commitment academically and athleticially. It’s my desire to continue this storied tradition and history of JSU, and prayerfully bring more national recognition to the athletes, the university, the Sonic Boom of the South, and HBCUs in general.”

Sanders played 14 NFL seasons for five teams, earning two Super Bowl rings and eight Pro Bowl selections. The Florida State All-American was named to the 2020 NFL All-Time Team.

Million-dollar man

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen has signed a three-year extension. According to ESPN, the deal is worth $17.2 million ($5.7M per year) with a chance to increase it to $18.2M at $6.6M a year. The extension includes $9.5M in guaranteed money.

Cohen, 25, was a superstar running back at North Carolina A&T and set a slew of records in the MEAC He was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He earned a selection to the 2018 Pro Bowl on special teams.

 

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