Incase y’all haven’t heard, legendary NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders has dipped his toes into the college football world, coaching at Jackson State the past three of seasons.
In that time span, he brought in a number of top talent transfers from high division one schools, and even brought in last year’s number one rated recruit, Travis Hunter.
Needless to say, he turned a bottom feeder football program into an HBCU powerhouse, leading Jackson State to a record of 27-5, including an undefeated season this year.
However, Sanders has dipped from Jackson State and taken the head coaching job at Colorado, after former head coach Karl Dorrell was fired for going 1-11 this season…
And boy, he’s not off to a great start… or, maybe a great start, depending on how you look at it.
When he met with his Jackson State players before leaving, he told them to not immediately jump into the transfer portal, and said he would speak with each player individually about their future at the school.
But, when he first met with his new team at Colorado, he did a complete 180.
In a military-style intro speech, Sanders basically told Colorado players that he’s bringing some serious changes to the program, a whole new coaching staff, new players that will take some of their jobs, and if they don’t like it, go ahead and jump into the transfer portal:
“We’re not here to compete but to win. Not to show up but to show out. Not to be among the rest but to be the absolute best.
We’re coming to work, not to play. We’re coming to kill, not to kick it. Baby, I got to believe that we’re coming.
We got a few positions already taken care of, because I’m bringing my luggage with me… and it’s Louis. Okay, it ain’t gonna be no more of the mess that these wonderful fans, the student body, and some of your parents have put up with … for probably two decades now.
I’m comin’ and when I get here it’s gonna be changed. So I want y’all to get ready, to go ahead and jump in that portal, and do whatever you’re gonna get, because the more of you jump in, the more room we make, because we’re bringing in kids who are smart, say that, tough.”
He also told them that this offseason is gonna be grueling and he’s trying to make every single one of them want to quit football… to weed out those who don’t have that dog in ’em. He also said a dress code will be strictly enforced and that this team will be focused on the NFL, not NIL.
Coming from a non-bias perspective, I can see what he’s doing here. He’s trying to make a statement early on that the culture won’t be the same as it’s been at Colorado for the past 20 years or so.
Do you wanna rise to the occasion? Or, do you want to jump ship? It’s gonna be up to the players to make those decision and if they’re fine with mediocrity, they can transfer out.
That being said, it’s not exactly a warm introduction… I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these boys run for the hills.
Not to mention, Prime Time is probably going to be bringing in a ton of transfers to Colorado, just like he did at Jackson State to make them a dominant team.
You can check out Sanders’ first meeting below:
And on top of that, he also basically said his son, Shedeur, who played quarterback at Jackson State the past couple of seasons, is coming with him to Colorado and will be starting (adding that he has to earn it of course). His other son Shilo will play safety.
So you have to wonder… how excited are the Colorado players right now?
I guess we’ll see…
Deion Sanders introduces his son Shedeur in his opening statement: