Deion Sanders decision lands former college Jackson State with an exorbitant $800,000 bill

Deion Sanders has saddled his old team, Jackson State University, with a $800,000 debt after deciding to pull them out of a game two years ago. 

Sanders led the JSU Tigers to a 12-1 season in 2022 before leaving to become the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, completing a successful spell in his first head coaching position. 

However, his departure appears to have had a financial impact on Jackson State 

as he withdrew the school from their annual Southern Heritage Classic game versus Tennessee State during his second season. 

This historic matchup between two HBCUs is often played on neutral ground in Memphis.  

Sanders, however, decided to withdraw the institution from the game, so terminating the contract with Summit Management Corporation, the Southern Heritage Classic's organizers. 

He announced his choice on Instagram at the time, stating, "Seven buses for the band."  

Sanders has stated in previous interviews that the decision was correct and supported by the school 

The decision occurred after the school was believed to have inked a contract with Summit Management Corp. for two more years of participation in the game. 

The aforementioned are reportedly suing Jackson State for $1.8 million in damages. 

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