Deion Sanders leaves SWAC Media Day after being known as by first identify: ‘Deal with me like Nick’

Deion Sanders’ first in-person look on the SWAC Media Day ended abruptly on Tuesday after a reporter referred to the second-year Jackson State coach by his first identify.

Nick Suss, a reporter for the Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), known as him “Deion,” prompting Sanders to say that he needed to be handled like Alabama coach Nick Saban.

“You do not name Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Do not name me Deion,” Sanders instructed Suss (per the Clarion Ledger). “When you name Nick, Nick, you will get stubborn out on the spot, so do not try this to me. Deal with me like Nick.”

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Suss, whom the Clarion Ledger says has lined a number of beats through the years, instructed his publication that he routinely makes use of first names throughout interviews. He stated that features conversations with Saban, in addition to Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State baseball coach Chris Lemonis, who led the Bulldogs to the college’s first-ever nationwide championship with a win within the 2021 Faculty World Collection.

“Once I interview folks, I name them by their first identify,” Suss instructed the Clarion Ledger. “Whether or not it is somebody I have been working with for years or somebody I am speaking to for the primary time. That is true of the coaches and gamers on the Ole Miss beat, the coaches and gamers at Mississippi State and Southern Miss after I assist out protecting their groups and, as lately as January, even Sanders, too.”

Sanders addressed the interplay on Twitter after he left the occasion, calling Suss’ alternative of phrases “foolishness.”

This isn’t the primary time Sanders has been on the heart of a weird incident whereas serving as Jackson State’s coach.

Sanders, whose workforce went 4-3 in his first yr with the Tigers, claimed that his private objects have been stolen throughout his teaching debut in February 2021. A Jackson State official stated the objects had been misplaced, then recovered, however Sanders publicly denied that report, saying his objects had been stolen.

Say this for Sanders: His Jackson State tenure has by no means been boring.

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