North Carolina Central’s Trei Oliver Takes Last Shot At Deion Sanders After ‘Celebration Bowl’ Victory

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The ‘Celebration Bowl’ between Jackson State and North Carolina Central will go down as one of the best bowl games of 2022. After winning the HBCU National Championship last Saturday in Atlanta, NCCU head coach Trei Oliver wasn’t done with Deion Sanders.

The buildup to the game was all centered around it being Deion Sanders last game at Jackson State before taking the Colorado job. It started the night before when Jackson State athletic director allegedly addressed Oliver’s team as North Carolina A&T State. It carried over to Saturday, as North Carolina Central was preparing to take the field, according to Oliver.

Coach Deion “Prime” Sanders looks over the field of play prior to kick off of the Celebration Bowl. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/Jackson State University via Getty Images)

“Pregame, we’re supposed to come out at a certain time before the national anthem. For whatever reason, the team wasn’t ready, so they stopped everything. My guys sat in the tunnel for 10 minutes waiting to come out. But it didn’t matter. … They’re gonna put some respect on our name and Black colleges,” Oliver said following the win.

The game itself as fascinating, with NCCU winning in overtime and claiming the HBCU national title. Entering the game, the Eagles were anywhere from 15 to 17 point underdogs, only giving them further motivation for the game. But, along with all the attention being put toward Deion Sanders, rightfully so when it comes to television ratings, NCCU felt slighted.

The Eagles ended up stopping Jackson State on 4th and goal to win the game 41-34.

One Last Joke At The Expense Of Deion Sanders

Following the win and wrapping up the season, North Carolina Central’s Trei Oliver met with the media. During his zoom availability, the head coach had one parting shot or joke for Colorado officials in regards to Deion Sanders.

“I will say this right here, Colorado probably could have got me for half the price. So I don’t know if the ink is dry on the contract, because I know they had to wait after the game, but Colorado, if you’re having any second thoughts, contact my agent.”

Take it however you want, but the reigning national champions weren’t feeling the love in ‘Coach Prime’s’ last game at Jackson State. Now, Oliver can enjoy the offseason and we can only hope their path’s cross again one day on the field.

Written by Trey Wallace

Wallace started covering the SEC in 2012, as the conference landscape was beginning to change. Prior to his time in Knoxville, Wallace worked in Nashville for The Read Optional, where he first produced content that garnered national attention. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football’s biggest stories. His social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of SEC’s most trusted sources.


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  1. As close as that game was, it seems to me that Oliver should have exhibited better sportsmanship. If the shoe was on the other foot, I’m confident that Deion would have extended that courtesy. Making a dumb comment about Colorado and offering to take half of what Deion received at his press conference diminished his achievement. Not very classy.

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