What a way HBCU week was brought in a few months ago with Deion Sanders’s hiring; a move that can change the landscape of college football. Jackson State University hired hall of fame cornerback “Prime Time” Deion Sanders, as its next head coach. We’ll delve into the significance of this hire in a bit but it’s safe to say this is some of the most exciting sports news of 2020.
By the way for those who may not know HBCU stands for Historically Black College or University. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tigers’ season didn’t start until Sunday, February 21st to be exact. As you can imagine, Coach Prime had his team tuned and ready for the extended season. Keep reading, you’ll see the results later.
Deion Sanders Could be a Game-Changer for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
A Significant Hire
HBCUs have never been short of talent. Some of the greatest players of all time are products of these schools, here are just a few names you may recognize. Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State), Richard Dent (Tennessee State), the late Steve McNair (Alcorn State), and the late Walter Payton (Jackson State). What they have been short on is exposure.
You probably don’t know many if any of the schools other than Grambling State University of the ’80s and ’90s coached by the late great Eddie Robinson. College football has always been dominated by the power five conferences; the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 12, and SEC. Most notably some of the household names Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, and Clemson.
Sanders should be able to start a new lineage of great players coming from HBCU programs. As the Hall of Famer leads the Tigers into this unprecedented season with all the focus on the FCS and probably his team, the pendulum of power in college football may start to swing. The success of Jackson State’s season will determine how far of a swing it could be. Will we see more high-profile hires like this? We’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out.
Ready for CFB Season 2
Last month, on a Monday night, was the culmination of act one of the 2020-2021 FBS season. Ending with the CFP National Championship with Alabama defeating Ohio State 52-24. In the words of Digital Underground, it was the “same song,” with the same teams in these playoffs. Now it’s time for act two of a bonus football spring season for the FCS. Who’s excited? I know I am!
The season kicked off its conference regular-season schedule on Friday, February 19th. Season play will go on through April 17th followed by a four-week, 16-team playoff ending with the FCS National Championship on May 15th. Now that we got the dates out the way, you should know our featured team, Jackson State Tigers defeated Edward Waters 53-0.
Can Deion Sanders Recruit Top-Ranked Players to HBCUs?
This spring football season can also be a game-changer for high school recruits. I believe Jackson State will be a hotbed for elite talent which could translate to more elite talent landing in the HBCU atmosphere. Some guys may not want the big campus or pressure of D-I institutions. If a smaller school can give you the same opportunities of a great education and NFL exposure why not go there.
Now it’s not likely that five and four-star recruits will automatically start going in that direction but it feasible that three-stars may strongly consider that option. This would definitely bolster the talent pool of those schools. Sanders’s success will definitely determine how that goes, remember that pendulum mentioned earlier, let’s see how far it will swing.