Earlier this year, Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders got into it with a reporter after being called “Deion” instead of “Coach.”
Sanders was upset at the reporter’s refusal, comparing himself to Nick Saban.
“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion,” Sanders told Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger. That’s not all Sanders said, as he told reporters that he wants to be treated like all the veteran college football coaches.
“If you call Nick [Saban], Nick, you’ll get cussed out on the spot, so don’t do that to me. Treat me like Nick.”
Sanders appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Friday. He further addressed why he insists on being called “Coach.”
Deion Sanders explains why he insists on being called "Coach":
"I've never stood for foolishness, so why would I stand for it now." pic.twitter.com/sKZ7khyigt
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 10, 2021
“To just call someone by their name to try to belittle what I’ve accomplished and what I’ve worked for, that’s just not right and I wasn’t going to stand for it,” Sanders said on the ESPN show.
Jackson State is set to play the Tennessee State Tigers, coached by Eddie George, on Saturday evening.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN3.