Deion Sanders is a man of many names: Prime Time, Neon Deion and Coach Prime, to name a few.
But, as the Jackson State Tigers’ head football coach, Sanders appears to only accept one name (at least from the media).
On Tuesday, the Hall-of-Fame cornerback walked out of a SWAC Media Day event after a reporter referred to him as “Deion.” He reportedly left the press conference after he was called by his first name for the second time.
Sanders demanded the same respect reporters give to six-time NCAA champion Nick Saban.
“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion,” Sanders said, via Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger. “If you call Nick (Saban), Nick, you’ll get cussed out on the spot, so don’t do that to me… Treat me like Nick.”
In his first season as a head coach, Sanders led the Tigers to a 4-3 record.
The college football world took to Twitter to react to Sanders’ frustrations.
This is a bad look by Deion and I’m sure it put the SWAC in an awkward position. https://t.co/3E8JJrkdXQ
— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) July 20, 2021
I probably wouldn’t expect to be treated JUST like Nick Saban until I was 6 deep in national championships…but that’s just me. And I’m definitely not an Alabama fan lol. https://t.co/9TP2G5ximC
— Mary Grace (Eppes) Bonner (@mg_eppes) July 20, 2021
In his only season as a college coach, Deion finished … 4-3 🧐 https://t.co/X0Awg2Y1KW
— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) July 20, 2021
Sounds like someone isn’t ready for prime time https://t.co/eb1bRkKFiV
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) July 20, 2021
This is absurd behavior https://t.co/tytIPu3O5c
— Lee Sanderlin (@LeeOSanderlin) July 20, 2021
Deion Sanders couldn’t be more inaccurate. Nick Saban doesn’t “cuss out” reporters who call him “Nick” like Deion says. What a clown move to walk out of media days over that. https://t.co/HF3lyWrIF6
— John Talty (@JTalty) July 20, 2021
Let’s be real: no one was ever going to pay attention to Jackson State’s depth charts or practice habits.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 20, 2021
Did you have any idea SWAC media day was today? Did you need reminding what school Deion Sanders coaches?
Thanks to his tirade, Deion has accomplished what he set out to do and make the national news.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 20, 2021
I call every coach I cover by his or her first name because I’m an adult and so are they. Never been a problem with Bob Stoops, Lincoln Riley, Nick Saban or anyone else. Deion Sanders ain’t the president. https://t.co/BZkfToOl7n
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) July 20, 2021
While Sanders didn’t exactly get off to a hot start in his college football coaching career, he certainly has a lot to look forward to. Heading into 2021, the Jackson State head coach has the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the SWAC and the No. 54 class in the nation.
Headlined by his son Shedeur (No. 24 QB in the country) and De’Jahn Warren (No. 1 CB in the country), this class should bring the Tigers to new heights this coming season.
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