Colorado hires Deion Sanders to turn around program

Deion Sanders takes over as Colorado head coach and brings his charisma to a struggling Pac-12 program that has tumbled to the bottom of college football.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Deion Sanders takes over as head coach in Colorado, bringing his charisma and towering personality to a beleaguered Pac-12 program that has crashed to the bottom of college football.

The deal was announced by athletic director Rick George on Saturday night.

Since 2020, the Pro Football Hall of Famer has been at Jackson State, a historically black college that plays in the second division of the NCAA Division I — leading the Tigers to back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference titles.

The Tigers defeated Southern in Saturday’s SWAC championship game in Jackson, Mississippi, and a few hours later Colorado announced he was coming to Boudler.

The Tigers went 27-5 in the Sanders era and he has been named SWAC Coach of the Year for the last two seasons.

Known as “Prime Time” during his fast-paced, gaming NFL career, Sanders, 55, prefers “Coach Prime” these days. Colorado will be a challenge for the magnetic Sanders, who inherit a program stemming from a 1-11 season. But he brings with him an instant notoriety and a track record of recruiting top talent.

The Buffaloes have won just one full-length season since joining Pac-12 in 2011. They fired Karl Dorrell in October and interim coach Mike Sanford ended the season that culminated in a 63-21 loss to No. 12 Utah at home.

Colorado is a far cry from its glory days under Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney, who led the Buffaloes to a national championship after the 1990 season. Colorado hires Deion Sanders to turn around program

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