What does Deion Sanders’ departure mean for SWAC, HBCUs?

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The day we all knew was coming actually came this past weekend. Celebrated Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion “Prime Time” Sanders left Jackson State to take over at Power 5 conference school University of Colorado. It was a move that was expected to happen at some point. Coach Prime was never in Jackson, Miss. to stay. So what does Jackson State, SWAC and HBCU football do now? For the past three seasons, Sanders and his giant personality showed us not just what long-struggling Jackson State football could be but what HBCU football could be in general. There hasn’t been a bigger more well-known football personality strolling the HBCU sidelines since the late-great Eddie Robinson did so at Grambling State. There is an argument to be made that nobody, not even Robinson, has done it bigger. Coach Prime brought his million-watt persona to Black College Football and with it came the national cameras and media attention that has never been seen in the history of HBCU football. “Good Morning America” came through, so did “60 Minutes” and who can forget about ESPN’s GameDay traveling show making a rare HBCU stop this football season? Snoop and other celebrities also made their...

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