Deion Sanders will have no trouble making Colorado’s rivalry game against Colorado State this week seem “personal.”
“I don’t care if they hear this in Boulder,” Rams coach Jay Norvell said Wednesday during his weekly radio broadcast, referring to Sanders’ habit of donning a hat and/or sunglasses at press conferences. I informed them [ESPN] — I took off my cap and my spectacles. ‘When I chat to adults, I take off my cap and spectacles,’ I said. That’s something my mum taught me.”
The words attracted cheers from the live crowd and the show’s presenter, Colorado State football radio voice Brian Roth, and they didn’t take long to reach Sanders.
The Colorado coach is seen addressing his squad at practise in a video titled “Coach Prime & The CU Buffs Responds to Lil Bro,” which was released Thursday on YouTube by Well Off Media, which is managed by Deion Sanders Jr.
“I’m minding my own business, watching some film, trying to get ready, trying to get out here and be the best coach that I could be, and I look up and I read some bull junk that they had said about us, once again,” Sanders said to the players. “Why would you want to discuss us when we don’t discuss anyone?” On Saturday, all we do is come out here and work our butts off. But they botched it and made it [personal] when they gave us ammunition.
“It was just going to be a good game, and they messed it up and made it personal.” It was going to be a fantastic assignment — a battle of Colorado — but they bungled it and turned it [personal].”
Later in the film, Sanders is seen on a golf cart during practise, stating, “Now he’s messing with my mama,” alluding to Norvell’s remark about his upbringing.
Norvell first said on his weekly broadcast that he did not “really want to talk about [Sanders] right now.” However, as the discussion went, Norvell opened up about the attention this week’s rivalry game has gotten, including a visit from ESPN’s “College GameDay.”
Norvell and many Rams players performed on-camera interviews as part of GameDay’s visit.
“It was fantastic. “I loved the extra attention,” Norvell remarked of the extra attention. “However, our kids came away from those [interviews] with a chip on their shoulder.” They’re sick and weary of it all. They’re extremely sick of it.
“No matter what we say or do, they’re not going to like us.” It makes no difference. So let’s head up there and have some fun. That’s exactly how I feel.”
Sanders, who is in his first season as head coach at Colorado, has made it obvious over the last two weeks that the Buffaloes have been monitoring what has been said about the former NFL player and his programme.
“I keep the receipts,” Sanders remarked after the Buffaloes’ season-opening win against TCU.
Last week, Sanders reminded his troops that their game against Nebraska was “personal.” Shedeur Sanders, Deion Sanders’ son, claimed after Colorado’s 36-14 win that he didn’t like Nebraska coach Matt Rhule because, among other things, “[Rhule] said a lot of things about my pops, about the programme.”
Norvell’s comments regarding the Buffaloes were not entirely harsh, as he praised Sanders for his speedy turnaround of Colorado. Norvell also complimented Shedeur Sanders’ performance.
“They’ve got a good football team, and their quarterback has been the difference,” said Norvell. “He’s performing at a very high level. We’ll have to slow him down.”
During his weekly press conference earlier this week, Norvell was even more complimentary of Coach Sanders.
“Deion Sanders has a lot of public detractors.” According to The Coloradoan, Norvell told reporters, “I’m not one of them.” “I admire all head coaches and the sacrifices they’ve had to make to become head coaches, and I appreciate the journey they’ve had to take to get there, especially African American coaches.” I was glad to see Deion get his chance. I had to wait a long time for my.”
Colorado (2-0) has already quadrupled its victory count from last season and is placed No. 18 in the Associated Press poll heading into Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Showdown matchup. Colorado State (0-1) was defeated by Washington State in its season opener, 50-24.
The Buffaloes and Rams last met on August 30, 2019, and Colorado has won five consecutive games in the series. The Rams last beat the Buffaloes in 2014, and they have now lost 23 consecutive games against AP Top 25 teams. Their last road victory against a ranked opponent came in 1998.
On Thursday afternoon, Colorado was a 23-point favourite against Colorado State at Caesars Sportsbook.