No one masters the art of talking without saying something like coaches. It’s called ‘coach speaking’. However, Deion Sanders is his own man. Instead of saying as little as possible, he always seems to find a way to say too much — even if it contradicts things he’s said in the past.
During his playing days you could always count on Sanders for a juicy quote or a sound bite. The same was true when he switched to TV. That skill has followed him into the coaching world where his latest quote disproves things he’s said since he showed up at Jackson State.
“I applied for three Power Five jobs. I should have had them’ Sanders bragged to Dan Le Batard on his show last week† “I was very, very, very good, may I say in the interviews. In one of the interviews, I was so damn good that the guy asked me when I could start. “When can you really start?” I told him when it was possible and they went in a different direction. I wasn’t upset. That just means God needed me to stay in Jackson State.”
Well, that’s interesting. Because that’s not how Sanders tried to make it sound in November when he was peppered with interview questions for the TCU job after claiming he was “locked up” in Jackson State.
“I’m so damn tunnel vision and focused and locked in on what we’re trying to accomplish here in Jackson State,” Sanders named in September† “That’s who I am, that’s what I am, that’s how I come down. That’s how I’ve been successful, being able to hold on – focus on what’s at hand.”
Sanders must have super powers. Because, he says, he could have tunnel vision on his duties at Jackson State, while also knocking out interviews at Power Five jobs out of the park while in the hospital recovering from a very serious foot injury.
“Never believe rumours, especially if I’ve been in the hospital for almost a month. So never just go out and believe what you hear,” said Sanders in November when he originally tried to downplay TCU’s interest in him by making it look like the reports were false. “Think about this, dude. I’m in a hospital bed fighting, in a real fight. You and no one on this line have no idea what I’ve been through. You’re just going to assume, and guess, and analyze this and analyze that. You have no idea.”
When Sanders first showed up in Jackson 12 months ago, he said:I’m happy where I am† Less than a year later he was talking about how“you have to go to bed with this program (Jackson State) in your head … because this isn’t a time clock that you just turn on and off.”
If you are confused, join the party. I’ve always been taught that a man is only as good as his word, but when it comes to Deion Sanders and his time at Jackson State, it’s impossible to determine who gets the things he’s said and done in public.
Is he the guy who wants to make things better for HBCUs, or is he the guy who? a black reporter had been banned from beating his team because he knew he and his team would be faced with tough questions after a report came out earlier this week that said one of his most desirable recruits was accused of sexually assaulting a woman?
Only time knows if Deion Sanders is really trying to build something in Jackson State, or if he’s using the school and program to promote himself to get one of those Power Five jobs he keeps applying for. I just know that when that day comes, it will be hard to believe what Sanders is giving us. Not because it won’t be true, but because he’s the one who has made himself an untrustworthy source.