'This is never going to happen on your watch:' What Deion Sanders told his son during loss

Rashad Milligan
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Deion Sanders had a message for his son, Shedeur, in the final minutes of Jackson State's 52-43 loss to Alabama A&M on Saturday.

A photo captured Sanders pointing to the scoreboard in an interaction with his son, who's not eligible to play this spring season because he played in the fall.

When asked what he was telling his son, Sanders was candid.

"This is never going to happen on your watch," he said. "I promise you that, and you're not going to allow it to."

Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders, right, and his son, Shedeur Sanders, take a look at the scoreboard during JSU's game against Alabama A&M at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, April 10, 2021.

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Saturday's defeat at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium was the third straight loss for the Tigers (3-3, 2-2 SWAC), eliminating them from title contention.

Shedeur Sanders, who is the highest-rated signee out of high school in program history, was an early enrollee for the spring semester. The Trinity Christian (Texas) graduate is on campus and has practiced with the team this spring.

In addition to Shedeur Sanders and a historic signing class, JSU has brought in transfers from Power 5 programs who also haven't been eligible to play this spring. One of those transfers is another one of Sanders' sons, former South Carolina cornerback Shilo Sanders.

Shilo Sanders, who joined JSU for the spring after finishing his freshman season in the fall, told his father how Jackson State's latest loss made him feel at dinner after the game.

"He said, 'It's like seeing your homeboy, your best friend get beat up, and they tell you, you can't jump in and help them,'" Sanders said. "That was pretty good. I liked that. I liked the visual. I liked all of that. It was almost like that carnivore mentality he has was coming out."

Sanders said he can tell a difference in the players he wants to build his program around by how they reacted to the losing streak. 

"You can look in the eyes of the room," he said. "You can look in the eyes on the sideline. With some of them, it's cool." Sanders said. "Losing is no thing, but some of them, they have tears. They're upset. They don't like the feeling or that taste. Those are the guys you can build a program upon."

Jackson State has an open week after Alcorn State, which was on the schedule for Saturday, opted out of the season. The Tigers are set to return to the field against Prairie View A&M on April 24 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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