Jackson State's Tomekia Reed rips ‘60 Minutes' Deion Sanders feature: ‘Ashamed of yourselves'

19:21 18.09.2023 - New York Post, Ryan Glasspiegel

Jackson State women's basketball coach Tomekia Reed fired shots at CBS' 60 Minutes for the way the Mississippi capital was portrayed in the program's recent feature on Deion Sanders.

Sanders left Jackson State after three seasons as head coach of the football team for Colorado last year.

60 Minutes correspondent Jon Wertheim presented Jackson and Boulder as stark contrasts.

"The distance between Jackson and Boulder is a thousand miles, and immeasurably further culturally," Wertheim said in the feature.

"Sanders went from a city that is 83 percent black to one that is one percent black. From a place with a water crisis to a kind of hipster college town where there's a shop devoted to kites."

During the narration, the video cut to a shot of a ramshackle house, to which Reed took exception.

"@60Minutes y'all made Jackson, MS look horrible," Reed tweeted Sunday night.

"You should be ashamed of yourselves for showing the worst house you can find in America and make it like that describes us. I'm not even sure if that abandoned house you showed is even in Jackson. #ThisisHome."

Reed has coached Jackson State since 2018 and under her leadership the Tigers have won the SWAC regular season four times and the conference tournament twice.

Wertheim did not immediately respond to an email from The Post seeking comment.

A source with knowledge of CBS told The Post that the image of the house was shot during last year's feature on Sanders, and that it was near the Jackson State football facility.

Elsewhere in the feature, Sanders disputed the characterization that he left Jackson State "quick," saying he accomplished his coaching mission when the team won the SWAC title last year, and explained what he told his players after making the decision to coach Colorado.

"Opportunity called. Sooner or later in life there will be opportunity that knocks at your door," Sanders recalled telling them.

"At this juncture in my life I felt like the opportunity for not only me but for my kids [defensive back Shilo Sanders and quarterback Shedeur Sanders] was tremendous."

Sanders' 3-0 start at Colorado has captivated the nation, to the point where the Buffaloes' game versus Nebraska last week drew comparable viewership at noon on Fox to the blue-blood battle between Alabama and Texas got on ESPN that night.

Colorado's next two games, against No. 19 Oregon and No. 5 USC, will undoubtedly draw lots more intrigue.

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Deion Sanders defends bolting Jackson State for Colorado: 'I finished the task'

Sanders took over Colorado at the end of the 2022 college football season.

Deion Sanders spent three seasons at Jackson State before bolting to Colorado before the start of the 2023 season.

A coach like Sanders moving up the ladder in college football is not something new. Coaches around the sport do it all the time and not only when it comes to football. In an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, Coach Prime defended moving from the FCS school to the Power 5 program.

"I didn't leave quick," Sanders said. "I left when I was supposed to leave. We finished. Most coaches get a new job and they leave expeditiously. I finished the task."

Sanders was asked about what he told the student-athletes when he left.


"Not only did we take several kids from that team - three trainers, maybe 12 of the 14 staffers. So, we afforded to give people tremendous opportunity here."

Sanders took over a program that only had one win in 2022 and had not had six or more wins since the 2016 season. The team has two bowl game appearances since the 2008 season. Colorado made a bowl game with a 4-2 record during the 2020 coronavirus-impacted season.

He suggested a higher calling brought him to handle the task at Colorado.

"God wouldn't relocate me to something that was successful - that don't make sense, do it? He had to find the most disappointing and the most difficult task," Sanders said. "And this is what it was and this is what it is and I love that."

Sanders immediately faced criticism when he entered Colorado as he brought several transfers with him.

However, he brushed off all the noise around him.

"That's fear. Yeah, that's fear," he said of others who hurled criticism his way. "That's like, 'hey man, shoot we don't want the engine that could get going because if that engine that could get going he's gonna start saying I think I can, I think I can, I think I can and sooner or later he's gonna start saying I know I can, I know I can, and then sooner or later he's gonna start saying I did that.'"

Sanders has Colorado at 3-0 and halfway to locking in a bowl game appearance, but the schedule gets more difficult over the next two weeks.

Colorado heads west to Oregon on Saturday and will welcome USC to Boulder next week.

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