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Deion Sanders to be the next head football coach at Jackson State University

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Former NFL player Deion Sanders will be the next head football coach for Jackson State University.

Multiple sources have confirmed of Sanders hiring Thursday. A source told HBCU Sports that a press conference will be held Monday to confirm Sanders as the new head coach of the Tigers.

Sanders is currently the offensive coordinator of Trinity Christian High School in Texas where his son is the starting quarterback. He is also coaching two players from Vicksburg, Shardez Taylor and Marvin Martin Jr., who joined Trinity Christian this summer.

This will be Sanders first year as a head coach on any level, and many fans are looking for him to turn the Tigers into a winning program.

He replaces former JSU coach John Hendrick who was let go by the Tigers just a few weeks ago.

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Bethune-Cookman cancels all sports due to COVID-19

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Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Florida, has opted out of all sports for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year including football and basketball due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university has ceased all student athletic activities until further notice out of an abundance of caution.

“In the face of a surging COVID-19 spike across much of the country and the State of Florida, we have concluded that the risks are too great for our student-athletes and staff to travel and compete at this time,” university President E. LaBrent Chrite said in a Thursday press release. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches, staff and fans will always be our top priority.”

Bethune-Cookman is in its final year playing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and will be joining the SWAC conference in July 2021.

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Bolton and Taylor scored two touchdowns each for the Golden Eagles

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YMCA flag football players Noah Bolton and Jordan Taylor each scored two touchdowns Tuesday for the Golden Eagles.

On the second play of the game Bolton scored on a long touchdown pass from Taylor making the score 7-0 against the Vikings. In the second half of the game, Bolton caught an interception on defense and returned it for a touchdown.

Bolton is a fourth grader at Bowmar Elementary and is in his second year playing for the Golden Eagles.

Taylor scored twice for the Golden Eagles as well, including the pass to Bolton. He ended up scoring his second touchdown from a 56-yard run in the third quarter.

Taylor is a fourth grader at Warren Central Intermediate and is also in his second year with the Golden Eagles.

Peytin Jackson also scored a touchdown for the team when he caught a short pass and ran for 97 yards just before halftime.

Bolton and Taylor led the Golden Eagles to a 5-2 record last season, but this year they are undefeated standing at 4-0.

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Hardiman entering his fourth season as VJHS head basketball coach

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Vicksburg Junior High boys basketball coach Jerdon Hardiman is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Gators.

Hardiman will lead the Gators onto the floor Thursday for their season opener playing the Warren Central Junior High Vikings. The Gators finished last season with a 18-1 record and played in the Little Six Championship game against Clinton where they had their only loss.

Hardiman is known for leading his teams to greatness, and the Gators have been successful ever since his arrival. Every year the roster changes for his young team, and he still manages to prepare them to be one of the best teams in the state.

This season will be Hardiman’s ninth year coaching and he plans to keep his winning streak going.

The games Thursday will be held at VJHS beginning at 5 p.m. with the girls team. The boys will play at 6 p.m.

 

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