Jackson State’s hometown newspaper, the Clarion-Ledger, interviewed Sanders. Nick Suss, the Ole Miss beat reporter, represented the paper in Alabama instead of Rashad Milligan, the JSU beat writer.
“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion. If you call Nick [Saban], Nick, you’ll get cussed out on the spot,” Sanders said, “so don’t do that to me. Treat me like Nick.”
Since coming to JSU he has branded himself as “Coach Prime” but the emphasis has been more on the “Coach” than “Prime.” Coaches want to be respected as coaches. And, as journalists, trust and respect are likely to help you go further.