can deion sanders save prime prep academy from closing

With Texas recommending that the charter school he founded close for its past problems, 'Prime Time' looks to its future

August 8, 2014

by Timothy Bella

DALLAS — Deion Sanders has trust issues.

Within 20 minutes of arriving at Prime Prep Academy on a 96-degree July evening, Sanders stepped away from the herds of young players he was coaching and met with us on the edge of the school’s football field to set conditions for an interview he previously agreed to. Sanders, an NFL Hall of Famer and color analyst for the NFL Network, had agreed to an interview about the history and future of the charter school he founded in 2012.

The two-sport star known as “Prime Time” is a careful man. Wearing the black and red colors of the school and holding a whistle, Sanders summed up a new condition for any interview about Prime Prep in six words.

“You do me, I do you,” he said, pointing to the crew of his reality TV show shooting nearby.

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