Deion Sanders not buying Jackson State's role in next matchup: 'We get paid to get beat, right?'
The Jackson State football team, coached by Deion Sanders, is ready to make a statement against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday - even if history suggests it.
"Usually you only get paid to get hit, right?" Sanders said Monday during a media conference call for the Southwestern Athletic Conference. "That's really the goal, isn't it? Somebody is paying you, your program makes more money than they usually get to kick your butt.
"I do not believe that."
The JSU (2-0) are aiming for their first win against an FBS program since at least 1978 when they face ULM (0-1) at 7 p.m., according to NCAA.com. Saturday in Monroe. ULM has lost 12 games in a row, the nation's longest losing streak, and Jackson State has become one of the premier programs at Historically Black colleges and universities.
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The juxtaposition makes Saturday's game a viable double-dip opportunity for the Tigers, who will receive $ 350,000 to play the game - win or lose - under the game contract received from USA TODAY Sports. The JSU will make $ 350,000 when they return to Monroe for a second game in 2024.
"Usually playing against a powerhouse helps the budget as I see some of the HBCU schools have taken, but it kills morale," Sanders said. "How can it help you as a team to get your butt kicked, I mean, really kicked? Financially, cool. All money is not good money. "
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An HBCU program has had no FBS frustration since 2018 when North Carolina beat A&T East Carolina at 28:23. But the trick becomes more common overall at the FCS level, which encompasses all of the SWAC's programs.
Eight FCS programs have beaten the FBS teams this season, including the final Jacksonville state win over Florida state - Sanders ‘Alma Mater - on Saturday.
"We just want to go out there and do what we're blessed to do," said Sanders. "Excel. We're going to find out who some players really are this week because they're going to have a really formidable opponent who we should definitely lose. We shouldn't be in this game. We're paid to be beaten, or ? "
JSU routed Tennessee State, 38-16 years old, in Saturday's Southern Heritage Classic. Sanders said his defense hadn't shown enough improvement, but offense made moves it hadn't made in the 7-6 win over Florida A&M at the start of the season.
Sanders signed the highest rated recruitment class in FCS and HBCU history in 2021, with a national recruitment rank that is 44 places ahead of ULM, according to 247Sports Composite. None of that changed his attitude towards Saturday's game against the Warhawks.
"If they don't train they won't play and if they don't perform well in training they won't start," said Sanders. “That's how we practice. Build the thought process by Saturday. Saturday starts today, man. It doesn't start on Saturday.
Contact Rashad Milligan at 601-862-6198 or Jmilligan@gannett.com. Follow @RashadMilligan on Twitter.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Deion Sanders is not a fan of Jackson State's role in the ULM matchup
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