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Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders hopes the team can be the city’s support system amid Mississippi flooding

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Deion Sanders’ Jackson State football team has faced numerous problems amid Mississippi flooding.

He said the team was in “crisis mode” ahead of its season opener against Florida A&M – which was moved from Mississippi to Florida – because many team members lacked reasonable living conditions. , most without drinking water.

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Jackson State coach Deion Sanders is introduced before a game against Alabama A&M at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi.
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Sanders also had to move some of his players from campus and put them up at a nearby hotel.

But Sanders is no stranger to turbulent times as the team’s head coach – he was signed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in September 2020.

“The DA brought me through the pandemic. It was a hectic time then,” Sanders said. via shadow league. “Touch and go. Whether you’re going to play this week, play next week. Whether we have eligible players or not. … Faced a snowstorm. Now we’re dealing with a water crisis. A thing I’ve trimmed and gathered, Jackson, Mississippi, is resilient.”

With many Jackson natives still in need of help, Sanders believes his team — a team that went 11-1 last year — can be the heroes their city can rely on.

Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders speaks onstage during the Big Homecoming Event at Clark Atlanta University on June 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders speaks onstage during the Big Homecoming Event at Clark Atlanta University on June 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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JACKSON STATE’S DEION SANDERS SAYS TEAM IS IN ‘CRISIS MODE’ AMID MISSISSIPPI FLOODS

“All they want is a little hope. Just let them take a look and see a little light, and they’ll go on until tomorrow,” he said. “And I promise you they’ll be there. Nobody’s complaining. Nobody’s tripping. They might be uncomfortable because they want information. The governor, the mayor is doing a phenomenal job for me to support that. “

“You get sound bites, so you really don’t hear the whole story. But all they want is hope and desire. And guess what? The Jackson’s football team State University gave them that. And we plan to give them that.”

Jackson State Head Coach Deion Sanders speaks during the 2022 SWAC Football Media Day at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama on July 21, 2022.

Jackson State Head Coach Deion Sanders speaks during the 2022 SWAC Football Media Day at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama on July 21, 2022.
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More than 160,000 inhabitants of the city are still deprived of drinking water.