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Deion Sanders Fires Back at Nick Saban After Alabama Coach Prompts Major Heat on Jackson State Recruiting Process

Published 05/20/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

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Just when NFL fans thought the offseason couldn’t get any more dramatic, the college-level football told them to hold up their drinks. The 2022 offseason brings in a multitude of news waves, be it NFL or collegiate standards. Nick Saban ignited the debate by making an outright claim about Deion Sanders’ Jackson State team. This not only prompted the NFL Hall of Famer, but he also responded.

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The plethora of names, images, and likeness (NIL) in collegiate/university athletics is wreaking mayhem. If things weren’t already turbulent, Nick Saban’s latest inflammatory remarks add more and more gasoline to the fire. He steps out of the zone and goes on criticizing other coaches and institutions with massive accusations.


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Alabama mentor Nick Saban specifically called out the Jackson State Football for acquiring its highest signing category and focusing attention on the unforeseen effects of name, image, and likeness privileges on recruitment and selection. He made some critical comments during an occasion with local corporate executives in Birmingham.

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He mentions in the gathering, “I mean, we were second in recruiting last year. A&M was the first. A&M bought every player on their team, made a deal for name, image, likeness. We didn’t buy one player, all right? But I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”

Saban also contends that Jackson State paid a reasonable Division I player $1 million to arrive at the university the year before. They boasted about that in the newspaper as well. While it’s uncertain, Travis Hunter is most likely the player Saban was referring to.

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As massive as the assumption appears to be, it clearly did not sit very well with Sanders, who quickly responded on Twitter whilst also giving out a lengthy reply during his interview with Andscape on Thursday.

Deion Sanders took to Twitter, addressing the lies that coach Saban told. He debunks the claim of getting Travis Hunter for a Million to join JSU Tigers. He also mentions that “We as a PEOPLE don’t have to pay our PEOPLE to play with our PEOPLE.”


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After Nick Saban’s statements prompted some major responses, he attempts to fine-tune his critical statements. He claims he had been incorrect to single them out. Apart from that, he has no regrets about everything he said on Wednesday.


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The Alabama coach made some inflammatory remarks, which could spark fierce competition among the coaches. Moreover, from now, it would be odd for both of them to collectively agree on something.

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Written by:

Pavitra Shome


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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.
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Deepika Bhaduri