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Deion Sanders just received about the highest praise a coach could get courtesy of Shaquille O’Neal, who tells TMZ Sports Coach Prime reminds him of 11x NBA champion Phil Jackson during the epic rivalry game with Colorado State this weekend.

“When they were down 15, there was a camera that panned to Deion’s face, and it reminded me of Phil Jackson. And I’ve always said, if the general doesn’t panic, the troops don’t panic,” O’Neal said.

TMZ Sports also had a conversation with O’Neal regarding “The Event” happening on October 7th. This marks the third year of Shaq’s annual fundraiser, which has successfully generated over $6 million to support underprivileged children in both Atlanta and Las Vegas.