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Deion Sanders is expected to be a candidate to become the next head coach at Jackson State, sources told FootballScoop on Monday.

Jackson State dismissed head coach John Hendrick earlier today, along with most of his staff. Offensive coordinator TC Taylor, retained from the previous staff, is also a candidate for the job, sources say.

The Tigers are not playing this fall along with the rest of the SWAC, allowing the program plenty of real estate to run a full search for their next head coach.

Sanders, of course, would be the most high-profile name in any candidate pool.

The Pro and College Football Hall of Famer has been steadfast in pursuing his goal to become a college head coach, sooner rather than later.

“I’m going to be a head coach in college football next year,” he said in a live appearance on Dan Patrick’s radio show at the Super Bowl in January. “I’m that definite. I’m that assured that I am.”

“This is something that is my calling,” he said later in the interview. “I’m going to coach college football. Head coach, not coach. Head coach.”

Though he has no college coaching experience, Sanders is the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hill, Texas. His youngest son, Shedeur, is the Tigers’ quarterback and a member of Florida Atlantic’s 2021 recruiting class.

Sanders graduated from Talladega College last month with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration–organizational management.

He also recently allowed his contract with NFL Network to expire in order to join Barstool Sports, an agreement in which his reps touted was compatible with his coaching aspirations. “He still has aspirations to coach at the college level and Barstool is fully on-board with that,” his agent said.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.


Update: Trey Mongrue is reporting out of Jackson that Deion visited with JSU leadership about the opportunity already.

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