By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Colorado Buffaloes have hired Deion Sanders as their new head football coach. He was officially announced as the Buffaloes’ head coach on Saturday night.
Sanders informed his players at Jackson State that he was leaving the team after the SWAC Championship game. The Tigers concluded their season with an undefeated season.
They defeated the Southern Jaguars 43-24 in the SWAC Championship game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi.
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“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming the next head football coach at Colorado, but none of them had the pedigree, the knowledge and the ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,” Colorado Athletic Director Rick George said. “Not only will Coach Prime energize our fanbase, I’m confident that he will lead our program back to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and high character.”
There were reports on Friday night that Sanders was offered a deal worth more than $5 million annually to take over the program.
The 55-year-old Sanders guided the Tigers for the last three seasons. He went 27-5 as a head coach at the FCS level.
This hire will bring a spark to the Buffaloes team that has not been seen for a long time.
He replaces Karl Dorrell, who lasted parts of three seasons at the school. Mike Sanford was named the interim head coach once the school parted ways with Dorrell.
The team went 1-11 this past season. Their lone win came on October 15th against the California Bears in a 20-13 overtime win at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.
The Buffaloes ended their season on a six-game losing streak.
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Dorrell was 8-15 with the team.
The team has not had a winning record since the 2016 season. Mike MacIntyre guided the team to a 10-4 mark.
The 10-4 mark in 2016 was their first winning season since 2005 when Gary Barnett and Mike Hankwitz guided the team to a 7-6 record.
“Deion Sanders’ stature transcends sports, and his hiring elevates not only the football program but the university as a whole,” said CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano. “I’m thankful Deion has chosen to join our Buffalo family and I applaud Rick George for a truly inspired choice. This is an exciting new chapter in the long, storied history of Colorado football and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our students, supporters, and fans to cheer on “Coach Prime” and our student-athletes next fall.”
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