June 19, 2024

Addressing Willie Simmons’s departure; how it differs from Deion Sanders

The departure of Willie Simmons from Florida A&M has sparked discussions within the HBCU community, drawing comparisons to Deion Sanders’ exit from Jackson State.

Willie Simmons shocked the HBCU world when he departed Florida A&M to become running back coach at Duke University. Although Florida A&M fans as well as HBCU football fans in general are confounded by the move, Simmons has been met with almost unanimous love and support for his future.

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However, the support for the departing coach of the Rattlers has left a segment of the HBCU community perplexed. They are attempting to draw a parallel between Simmons’ departure and Deion Sanders’ exit from Jackson State, intertwining the two discussions. A small contingent of the community points to Simmon’s departure as a broader problem within HBCU programs to retain talent, as superstar coaching minds leave to go to predominately white institutions to continue to further advance their career.

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