JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders announced via Instagram that he will donate half his salary to help ensure renovations to the program’s football facilities are completed on time.
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According to The Clarion-Ledger, Constance Schwartz-Morini, co-founder of SMAC Entertainment which represents Sanders, suggested the coach donate a quarter of his salary to make up the difference needed to complete the overbudget project.
“This is your legacy we’re talking about,” Schwartz-Morini told Sanders, according to the newspaper.
Increasing his donation to half, however, means the facility could be completed one month before the season starts, motivating Sanders to up the ante.
“I’ll put more than that on it. I’ll put half on it to get this done. If you don’t believe me, check me. I will send you the receipts,” Sanders said, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
According to ESPN, Sanders signed a four-year deal worth an average of $300,000 per year in 2020 to coach at the historically Black university.
The NFL Hall of Famer wants the facility completed by Aug. 4, one full month before the Tigers’ opener against Florida A&M in Miami, Florida, BET reported.
According to the entertainment news outlet, Sanders, known as “Coach Prime,” led Jackson State to an 11-1 season in 2021, including sweeping all eight Southwestern Athletic Conference games.
Former Atlanta Falcon player Deion Sanders is seen on the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Dallas Cowboys’ Deion Sanders celebrates during first quarter play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday, Jan. 28, 1996. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFL – Former NFL player Deion Sanders presents the award for AP Coach of the Year at the 6th annual NFL Honors at the Wortham Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Houston. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders observes his players during an NCAA college football scrimmage in Jackson, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. This is Sanders first college head coaching position. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders yells during the first half of the Cricket Celebration Bowl NCAA college football game against South Carolina State, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Atlanta. South Carolina State beat Jackson State 31-10. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
FILE – This April 11, 2007, file photo shows Deion Sanders posing at "The Billies," a Women’s Sports Foundation Awards event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Deion Sanders, Curtis Martin, Marshall Faulk and Jerome Bettis are among the first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2011. In all, there are 113 modern-era nominees. From that list, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 as semifinalists; that group will be announced in November.(AP Photo/Phil McCarten)
NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders broadcasts after an NFL football game between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The Colts won 30-27. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR STATS PERFORM – Deion Sanders, winner of the Eddie Robinson Award, speaks at the FCS National Awards presented by Stats Perform, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Frisco, TX. (Richard W. Rodriguez/AP Images for Stats Perform)
Cowboys Deion Sanders, left, has his helmet knocked off as he is tackled by the Philadelphia Eagles Troy Vincent after Sanders caught a 39 yard pass from Troy Aikman in second quarter action in Philadelphia, Monday Sept. 30, 1996. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)
Deion Sanders arrives for the 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards in Los Angeles, Monday, July 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Florida State’s Deion Sanders, left, reacts as he sits with television reporter Andrea Kremer, at his agent’s suburban home in Winnetka, Ill., on April 23, 1989. Sanders was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFL draft. Sanders, a two-time All-American cornerback at FSU, was the fifth player selected in the first round. (AP Photo)
Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders credits the support of the community, city, state and its public officials for its success during a celebration at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, honoring the Jackson State football team and its undefeated SWAC season and championship under its coach, NFL Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Dallas Cowboys’ Deion Sanders plays to the crowd after his 59-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Giants Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Sanders scored two touchdowns in the Cowboys 31-7 victory. (AP Photo/John Greilick)
Deion Sanders, dressed as Leon Sandcastle talks to the media at the Kansas City Chiefs training facility Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. Sanders, an NFL Network analyst and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, starred in the network’s advertisement showing Sanders trying to become the next rookie sensation by donning a wig and mustache and participating in the NFL Scouting Combine as the fictitious Leon Sandcastle. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
NFL Network’s Deion Sanders reports from the sideline before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Former NFL player Deion Sanders preview the NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Former Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Sanders was one of 14 players and two coaches to be part of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Deion Sanders is shown on the set of the NFL Network before the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders smiles as he greets his defensive squad after they had recovered a Mississippi Valley State fumble for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
FILE – This Sept. 21, 1998, file photo shows Dallas Cowboys’ Deion Sanders celebrating after intercepting a pass from New York Giants quarterback Danny Kanell and returning 71-yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Dallas Cowboys’ Marc Colombo flubbed the landing on a chest bump following a touchdown last weekend. What started as a harmless stunt ended up leading to a loss and reopening the discussion about whether the NFL goes too far trying to stamp out showboating. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders watches his team as they play Prairie View during the first half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This Nov. 11, 2010 photo shows former Atlanta Falcon player Deion Sanders on the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Sanders is among 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Braves non-rooster outfield Deion Sanders, right, shares a light moment with teammate Ron Gant in West Palm Beach, March 3, 1991. Sanders, who is a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons, is attempting to become the first player in 30 years to play two sports in the same city. (AP Photo)
Former NFL and baseball player Deion Sanders, walks on the field during the second half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, left, and former NFL player Deion Sanders speak on stage at the 3rd annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
FILE – Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders watches on the sideline during the first half of the Cricket Celebration Bowl NCAA college football game against South Carolina State on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Atlanta. Deion Sanders had two toes on his left foot amputated due to blood clots stemming from a previous surgery. The Jackson State head coach and NFL Hall of Famer revealed the severity of his foot injury in an upcoming episode of his “Coach Prime” documentary series that will air Tuesday night, March 8, 2022, on Barstool Sports.(AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr., File)
Atlanta Braves’ Deion Sanders reacts after scoring in the third inning from third base on a sacrifice fly to tie Game 6 of the World Series at 1-1, at Atlanta, Oct. 24, 1992. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Former NFL player Deion Sanders, right, and guest arrive at the 3rd annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
Deion Sanders poses with a bust of himself during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Former NFL player Deion Sanders, right, and Tracey Edmonds arrive at the 7th Annual NFL Honors at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Peter Barreras/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
Deion Sanders acknowledges the crowd, Sunday, Jan. 15, 1995, as his San Francisco 49ers’ defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 38-28, to win the NFC Championship. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Shannon Sharpe, right, poses for photographs with Deion Sanders, poses for photographs with NFL commission Roger Goodell after he was selected as the xxx by the in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)