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Deion Sanders recently sat down with Shannon Sharpe during his show, Club Shay Shay, and addressed a few questions since his departure as head coach at JSU.

During the Q&A, the pair touched on why HBCUs are underfunded as opposed to Predominantly White Institutions.

Sanders, who was drafted in the NFL in 1989, attended and mostly played cornerback for Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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The Jim Thrope Award recipient started off saying,

“Let’s talk about the overall funding of school.”

He continued,

“I wanted to bring solvency to ‘How are we broke? How are we always asking? Why are we always in a deficit?’ You mean everybody? That’s a problem for me. Let’s investigate and let’s find the faults. Is it the state is it the government? Where is this coming from? Let’s find it. I was willing to hire a team to audit and find this because it’s impossible for all of us to be in the same situation.

Check out the clip below:

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Another key point mentioned was that HBCU alumni donors only account for seven percent who give directly back to their alma maters.

According to HBCUSports, schools such as Alabama State, Southern, and Florida A&M, were all given a financial stipend ranging between $450,000 to nearly $600,000 only to lose games against top ranking football teams in the SEC and Pac-12.

“If we gone get our butt kick shouldn’t it be worth it,” Sanders said during Facebook Live with other Black coaches. “How in the world are we settling for the peanuts in the little minute droppings that they giving us when everybody’s darn near $500,000-600,000?”


For some Black alumni, their stance on money contributions are more so related to wealthier and elite population of the world. With the likes of Denzel Washington, who donated $1 million to Wiley College, Spike Lee giving money to Morehouse’s journalism program and countless others, consistent donations of any amount are important.


Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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