City Approves ‘Resolution’ For New Jackson State Football Stadium

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The Jackson State football program is hoping to keep Deion Sanders around for a long time.

After finding success in the FCS under the leadership of the Pro Football Hall of Famer and luring top recruits in the country, the HBCU is now ready to go the extra mile in an effort to keep Sanders from making the jump to the FBS.

This week, the Jackson city council unanimously approved a resolution that backs the construction of a new football stadium for the school.

Kenneth Stokes, a councilman, says he hopes the move can keep Coach Prime in the capital city for the foreseeable future.

“It’s just the perfect time, if we’re going to get a new stadium, to start talking… and let’s try to make it a reality,” Stokes told WLBT-TV in Jackson. “We’re all hoping that Coach Prime stays in the city for a long period of time. … Maybe if we can show, as a state, that we are committed to him staying, and to the new stadium, maybe it would help encourage him to stay.

“The atmosphere for football has not been this high in a long, long, long time. He’s a good coach. He’s good for the community. He’s good for the SWAC.”

There have been reports linking Sanders to Power 5 programs like Georgia Tech and Auburn this season, but Jackson State is ready to do whatever they need to do in order to keep the coach who has turned around the program.

Throughout his time at Jackson State, Coach Prime holds a 20-5 record which includes a SWAC title. This season, the Tigers are sitting at a perfect 5-0.

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