December 14, 2021: Sanders wins the Eddie Robinson Award after leading Jackson State to their first 10-win season since 1996. He became just the second HBCU head coach to win the award in its 35-year existence (Henry Frazier III, 2009).
December 15, 2021: Defensive back Travis Hunter makes history by flipping from Florida State and committing to Jackson State, becoming the first five-star football recruit to commit to an HBCU program.
December 18, 2021: Sanders’ first full season with Jackson State ends on a sour note after losing 31-10 to South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl.
April 24, 2022: Jackson State becomes the first HBCU to have a nationally televised spring game airing live on ESPNU.
April 30, 2022: Former Jackson State defensive end James Houston is selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, becoming Sanders’ first-ever draft pick as a college head coach.
October 8, 2022: Jackson State defeats Alabama State 26-12 giving the team its 500th win in program history.