Deion Sanders Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders walks up and down the sideline in the Southern Heritage Classic between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Hpt Southern Heritage Classic 14

Jackson State head football coach Deion Sanders announced that he has added former Minnesota Gophers head coach Tim Brewster to his coaching staff as assistant head coach.

“These men will significantly impact JSU football,” Sanders said. “We are not building a coaching staff. We are building a program that can be dominant and have sustainability.”

Brewster was with the Gophers for three years and will now coach wide receivers and tight ends as senior assistant head coach. He also coached in the NFL from 2002-04 with the then-San Diego Chargers.

He was credited with developing All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates. Brewster also served as an assistant at Mississippi State, Florida State, and Florida.

Sanders came under fire from Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently about his recruiting practices, which Sanders took offense to. Saban later tried to call and apologize, but reports are that Sanders didn’t take the call.

Although the pair apparently did kiss and make up, Sanders still says he was hurt by Saban’s words.

“The thing that stung was that, so you feel like there’s no connectivity for the culture, for our people so that the only way we could do that is if we’re paying them,” he said. “So that’s how you feel? So it’s no way that I could secure a Power Five-caliber player … like he chose something less to participate in than what they could offer?”

Many people thought Saban went too far going after Sanders, but after all that was said and done, Sanders hired a former Power 5 head coach, not a former HBCU coach or assistant as his top assistant- and the response has been interesting.

Brewster seemingly has a reputation of blocking a few reporters in the past.

It seems as if some Minnesota fans and the press weren’t impressed with his time with the Gophers, maybe he has changed since his time there.

[Mississippi Clarion Ledger]

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.