What Deion Sanders owes as a buyout for leaving Jackson State

Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders was named Colorado football's new head coach on Saturday night following the Tigers' SWAC Championship victory.

Sanders, 55, is in his third season as JSU's coach. He has compiled a 27-5 record with consecutive SWAC championships and berths into the Celebration Bowl. The Tigers head into the 2022 Celebration Bowl in two weeks with a 12-0 record after Saturday's 43-24 victory over Southern in the SWAC Championship Game.

Sanders will owe Jackson State about $300,000 for a contract buyout, according to a copy of the agreement he signed in 2020 that was obtained by the USA TODAY Network. Sanders' current contract expires on Dec. 15, 2024.

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The contract requires Sanders to pay half the remaining salary on his deal if he leaves for another job, so long as Ashley Robinson is still the athletics director at Jackson State.

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders surveys his players during warmups prior to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Southern University, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders surveys his players during warmups prior to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Southern University, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback has been instrumental in building a talented JSU roster that included FBS transfers and top recruits, the most high-profile being 5-star freshman Travis Hunter.

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