Deion Sanders Offers to Help Jackson State's Rival Secure Trainers for Players: 'They Deserve to Play'

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Deion Sanders may be the head coach of the Jackson State football team, but his passion for college sports extends beyond campus.
During a call to the Southwestern Athletic Conference on Monday, the former NFL star, 54, offered to help his school's rival find full-time coaches for its student athletes after Alcorn State Braves coach Fred McNair announced that his players recently missed training due to lack of available resources.
"If I can help, I'll help. Immediately. This is bigger than the little rivalry," he told reporters on a tape from HBCU Sports.
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During the call, Sanders also said he would like coaches to "have the relationship we could call each other" during a time of need, adding that the student athletes of Alcorn State "deserve to come down".
"They deserve to play," said Sanders, who described the 52-year-old McNair as "a damn good coach".
"My brother McNair, if you can beat me now if you have a problem, give me a call," added Sanders in a message to his fellow coach. “This is about these kids, man. And I love this brother.
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Last week, McNair said on his radio show that the NCAA requires a certified athletic coach to be present during practice, but his team "didn't have one" on campus when they were due to practice on Sept. 13, according to Football Scoop.
"This needs to be fixed. This is an administrative problem," McNair said at the time, according to the outlet. "That has to be fixed. We have to be able to pay someone to be the Alcorn State sports coach and we don't have one. It's daunting."
Local news broadcaster WLTB previously reported that the Braves had to miss training due to COVID-19 complications with their current coaches. In a statement to the point of sale last week, ASU Sports Director Derek Horne confirmed that "the school's teams have changed their training plans due to a COVID-19 problem".
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Alcorn State has only used part-time coaches this season and does not have a full-time coach on its staff, according to Clarion-Ledger.
When asked about Alcorn State's situation during Monday's virtual press conference, Sanders said the school's lack of full-time coaches was not McNair's fault.
"Well that's a problem upstairs. It's not him," Sanders said. "This is a problem elsewhere, this is a problem for him. We have to address this and whoever allows it to be checked."
Sanders added from McNair, "This is one of our treasures at HBCU. We have to have his back."
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