Deion Sanders Excited To Be Alabama State’s Homecoming Opponent Despite Calling It A Money Game

Deion Sanders Excited To Be Alabama State’s Homecoming Opponent Despite Calling It A Money Game

BIG DRIP /  Sports   /   Oct 6th, 2022   /   0 COMMENTS

The arrival of Deion Sanders as the head coach of the Jackson State Tigers in September 2020, had made them the premier attraction in all of FCS football, not just the SWAC. The Tigers have routinely played infront of sellouts at home or on the road. As a result a lot of their opponents are looking to capitalize on having the Tigers game moved ti a bigger facility or scheduling them for homecoming. Last season the Alabama A&M Bulldogs scheduled JSU for their annual homecoming game losing 61-15. This year it’s the Alabama State Hornets who are doing the honors. 


Never one to hold his tongue, Sanders is now calling out teams for what he calls “money games.”


During Monday’s weekly SWAC media day, Sanders had this to say about the festivities in Alabama last year, and this upcoming week.


“Oh, it was so beautiful. It was so energetic. It was heartwarming and lovable. It was just peace in the air. I love it. So now to go to another school in Alabama, to see their homecoming. I can’t wait. And my team can’t either.”


Sanders also mentioned his Tigers are anticipating their trip to Alabama. 


“We can’t wait to get to Alabama to open up this gift.”


Sanders Says He Loves Opponents Homecomings: But He Calls It A Money Game


When someone schedules you for the their homecoming, it’s usually because they feel they can win that game. For Sanders it’s all love as far as the bells and whistles of the game go. 


“I love going to homecomings. I get to see all the pageantry. I get to see the alumni. I get to see all the dignitaries. I get to see the dance teams. The bands — everybody all dressed up and all beautiful and all the theatrics that surrounds homecoming. I love it.”


Most teams would look at being a team’s homecoming opponent as disrespectful or they think we’re an easy win. But Coach Prime sees it another way. 


“The man that’s not thinking would say — that’s disrespectful. But the man that does would say you know what? This is like a money game isn’t it? This is one of those games that you invite the opponent so you can make a lot of money. Because Jackson State travels deep. They come with all the fanfare, all the love…”


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For the Hornets to invite JSU as their homecoming opponent was smart from a business standpoint, but they still have to play the game, and they don’t matchup well at all. 


“It was brilliant to invite us there because, you’re going to make some money. But what comes with money? All money ain’t good money. But we gon learn.” Hornets are facing a dominant JSU team that’s outscored opponents 190-37 in their first four games. 


In July Sanders also called out Bethune-Cookman for moving their game against his Tigers to the Jacksonville Jaguars home stadium, with the expectancy of having JSU fans travel and fill the stadium.

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