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Jackson State football adapts amid second water crisis in two years

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For the second time since becoming head coach at Jackson State, Deion Sanders’ program is being forced to adapt and thrive due to a water crisis in Mississippi’s capital city.

In an Instagram posted by Sanders on Monday, the NFL Hall of Famer explained how Jackson’s ongoing water pressure issues are affecting his team.

“Water means we don’t have air conditioning. We can’t use toilets,” Sanders said. “We don’t have water. Therefore, we don’t have ice, which pretty much places a burden on the program. So right now, we’re operating in crisis mode. I’ve got to get these kids off campus — the ones that live on campus, the ones that live in the City of Jackson — into a hotel and accommodate them so that they can shower properly and take care of their needs. Make sure all our kids are fed and all of our kids have the necessities of life for the next several days until this crisis resides.”

As for preparing for the season opener versus Florida A&M, Sanders said that his staff is currently looking for a place to practice, adding that his team will be ready for the Rattlers.

“We’re going to find somewhere to practice,” Sanders continued. “Find somewhere that can accommodate every darn thing that we need and desire to be who we desire to be — and that’s dominant. The devil is a lie. You ain’t gonna get us today.”

In February 2021, Jackson State faced a similar problem when Veterans Memorial Stadium lost running water going into Sanders’ first game as head coach. The Tigers eventually defeated Edward Waters by a score of 53-0.

Jackson State kicks off the 2022 season on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT when it takes on Florida A&M in the Orange Blossom Classic.

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