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Deion Sanders has Jackson State rolling in his first season as head coach. The Tigers haven’t been perfect, but with a 3-1 record to start the year, they’ve been close. Their first loss came against Alabama State on Saturday.
It was a hard-fought game, but Jackson State was outscored 21-7 in the fourth quarter to lose 35-28. Sanders was disappointed in the outcome, but there was something else that grabbed his attention too.
After the game was over, the Hornets put an old photo of the NFL Hall of Famer on draft day back in 1989 on the big screen. According to Sanders, it was a “childish” move on Alabama State’s part. Here’s a look at the postgame picture in question.
Final: Alabama State beats Jackson State, 35-28, giving Deion Sanders his first loss in the SWAC.
— Nick Alvarez (@nick_a_alvarez) March 21, 2021
“Childish,” Sanders said when asked about the photo, per Anthony McDougle of The Clarion Ledger. “It is what it is. They know they messed up.
“I’m going to call them out on it. That’s what it was. They tried to respond with a bit of foolishness. We’ve got to keep it on the field and make it about the kids, make it about the fans. It’s not about me.”
Donald Hill-Eley, the Hornets head coach, says he was unaware of the stunt.
What do you think? Is Sanders overreacting here, or does the former NFL star have a point? Either way, Jackson State continues to make headlines, which is exactly why Sanders was brought in to coach the team.
Next up on the schedule is a home game against Southern University on April 3.
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