Deion Sanders named new coach at Colorado

Deion Sanders is the new head coach at Colorado, and he’s promising to bring wins to the struggling program.

Sanders, who went 27-5 at Jackson State, accepted the Buffaloes head coaching job over the weekend.

“I have the best coaching staff assembled, some of the best scouts, some of the best kids that we’re recruiting, some already coming on the way as I speak,” Sanders told the large crowd that gathered among reporters at his introductory press conference.

“And now that I’ve gotten here, I see it, and understand it, and I can grasp it and I can touch it, I can feel it, I can taste it. I truly understand what you want — all you want is the opportunity to win. To compete. To dominate. To be amongst the elite. To be amongst the best.”

Sanders said he will coach the unbeaten Tigers in the Celebration Bowl, the championship for HBCU football programs, on Dec. 17 before turning his full attention to his new job.

The AP is reporting that Sanders’ contract is worth $29.5 million plus incentives over five years beginning at $5.5 million in the first year. Annual incentives include $150,000 for six wins and $100,000 for each win after six, $150,000 for a bowl berth and $200,000 for a New Year’s Six bowl invitation.

If he wins a national title like Colorado did under Bill McCartney following the 1990 season, Sanders would get an extra $750,000.