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Deion Sanders not interested in private conversation with Nick Saban after accusation: ‘We need to speak publicly’


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Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders has no interest in speaking privately with Alabama’s Nick Saban following comments he made about name, image and likeness (NIL).

Saban alleged at a conference in Birmingham on Wednesday that Jackson State paid top rookie Travis Hunter $1 million to go to the HBCU and reverse his commitment. He also accused Texas A&M of essentially buying players using NIL offers.

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Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders reacts during the 2021 Celebration Bowl against the South Carolina State Bulldogs, Dec. 18, 2021, in Atlanta.
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Sanders has repeatedly denied that was ever the case. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher also reacted strongly to Saban’s accusations. The Alabama coach later told ESPN he reached out to Fisher and Sanders to try to clarify his remarks. Fisher said he and Saban were “done.” Sanders said he didn’t feel like talking to Saban privately.

“I haven’t spoken to Coach Saban. I’m sure he tried to call. We need to speak publicly – not privately. What you said was public. It doesn’t require a conversation. Let’s talk publicly and everyone hears the conversation,” Sanders told Andscape.

“You can’t do this publicly and call it private. No, no, no. I still love him. I admire him. I respect him. He’s the magna cum laude of college football and that’s what it is. going to be because he deserved it..

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Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders during warmups before the Alabama State University game at Hornet Stadium in Montgomery on March 20, 2021.

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders during warmups before the Alabama State University game at Hornet Stadium in Montgomery on March 20, 2021.
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“But he took a left when he should have stayed on the right. I’m sure he’ll come back on his path. I’m not tripping.”

Sanders said Hunter didn’t come to Jackson State, a school in the football championship subdivision, to chase after a dollar.

“I don’t make a million. Travis isn’t built like that. Travis isn’t looking for a dollar. Travis is looking for greatness. Travis and his family don’t fall apart like that. looking for the bag. They’re not built like that. This kid wants to be awesome.

Saban said on Thursday he should not have singled out anyone in his remarks, but remained opposed to the way NIL agreements are done.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban leaves the field after the South Mississippi game, Sept. 25, 2021, in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban leaves the field after the South Mississippi game, Sept. 25, 2021, in Tuscaloosa.
(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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“Look, I never should have pointed fingers at anyone, and I wasn’t saying that either of these schools did anything wrong,” Saban said. “I didn’t mean they were buying players, but more than you can buy players now, and that’s totally legal. You just use name and image and likeness to do it. What I’m saying it’s not good for the game and it’s only going to get worse unless there’s federal legislation.”


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