Deion Sanders plans on putting his Jackson State football players on lockdown in Houston this weekend following the murder of rapper, Takeoff, who was killed early Tuesday morning in Texas‘ largest city.
Jackson State (8-0, 5-0 in the SWAC) is scheduled to play Texas Southern (4-4, 3-2) in Houston on Saturday, but as the NFL legend told his players Tuesday, they will be required to stay at the team hotel.
‘Takeoff was murdered in a dice game in Houston – where we’re going,’ Sanders told his players Tuesday, as seem in a YouTube clip. ‘So, that eliminates all of y’all from leaving the hotel because it ain’t happening until I give you further notice. Whatever her name is, whoever she is, parents and everybody they’re going to come to the hotel to visit you. Because y’all ain’t leaving.
‘Sooner or later we gotta start changing our addresses guys,’ Sanders said. ‘That’s an analogy saying ‘I know we’re this but we aren’t that’. We gotta leave that behind that we once did and that’s what you guys are. Now you guys are Jackson State royalty. You’re 8-0. You’re not whoever you were a year ago.’
Houston police said the 28-year-old member of Grammy-nominated trio Migos was killed around 2:30am. An argument had broken out among a group of 40 people who were leaving a party at a downtown bowling alley, police said.
Sanders asked his team to pray for the families, adding that he’s sick and tired of people ‘that are influential to you (that) are leaving us consistently.’
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders has his team at a perfect 8-0 entering play this week
Houston police said Takeoff, a 28-year-old member of Grammy-nominated trio Migos, was killed around 2:30am. An argument had broken out among a group of 40 people who were leaving a party at a downtown bowling alley, police said
Jackson State is coming off a 35-0 win over Southern on Saturday for the school’s best start in 40 years.
The son of ‘Prime Time’ Deion Sanders, now known as Coach Prime of Jackson State and the reason College GameDay was in town, ran for two scores and threw for another to lead the Tigers to a weather-delayed win.
After a scoreless first quarter, Shedeur Sanders took control in the second quarter with three scores for the Tigers (8-0, 5-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference). He connected with Sy’veon Wilkerson for a 3-yard touchdown to cap an 18-play, 80-yard drive. Then Sanders ran the final 42 yards of a quick three-play 71-yard drive and three seconds before halftime, Sanders scored on a 12-yard burst then added a two-point conversion pass.
Wilkerson scored on a 26-yard run for the only score in the third quarter and then the game was delayed by more than an hour because of weather.
Southern (5-3, 3-2) was held to 221 total yards with two turnovers.
It’s only the fourth time since 2005 that College GameDay featured an HBCU matchup.
JSUs Deion Coach Prime Sanders talks with celebrity Snoop Dog prior to the start of the Jackson State Tigers and Campbell Fighting Camels NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision game
Sanders says historically Black college football programs can be a path to the NFL for top recruits, but it is difficult to compete with the wealthier, traditional power schools.
‘Now with our emergence, kids feel like you have an option. I can still make it through there (an HBCU) and they can navigate me to the NFL,’ told the AP last month. ‘I don’t have to go to the one of the PWIs (predominantly white institutions) just to make it to the NFL.’
He spoke to The AP during a break in his visit to the Mississippi Children´s hospital in Jackson, where he was also representing the insurance company Aflac.
HBCUs, such as Jackson State and its SWAC rivals, were a goldmine of top talent for decades, in large part because of segregation.
Even as the Southeastern Conference schools integrated in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, many talented Black players ended up playing at HBCUs.
Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) sprints 42-yards to a first half touchdown against Southern during an NCAA college football game in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
There are 33 players from HBCUs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but many of the biggest stars such as Willie Lanier (Morgan State) and Walter Payton (Jackson State) played during the 1960s and ´70s.
The number of NFL players being produced by HBCUs fell off after the 1990s, but there have been signs it is on the uptick again as scouts pay closer attention to those schools.
Sanders said he was was able to land two of the most sought-after football recruits in the country (five-star defensive back Travis Hunter and four-star receiver Kevin Coleman) this year because they saw an opportunity to be developed into NFL players by Coach Prime and his staff.
‘So now it´s becoming an option,’ Sanders said. ‘But it’s not truly a balanced option because of facilities, because of the housing. Because of all the aesthetics at HBCUs. We´re underfunded and overlooked. So it’s not the same.’
‘So to convince a guy to leave the ‘hood to go to the ‘hood is pretty tough.’