Freshman Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders He hasn’t shyed away from the spotlight in his first two months in Boulder, Colorado.
Buffs have gone from being a college football afterthought to a team on the rise with the arrival of “Prime Time”.
The soccer program has fallen on hard times in recent years, fire head coach Karl Dorrell after a start to the 2022 season with 0-5 and ending the year with 1-11.
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Still, Sanders’ arrival has energized a program that hasn’t won more than five games in a season since 2016.
With that energy comes expectations for the players in Sanders’ locker room.
«It’s a whole different level of expectation around here, and you have to be able to play the game,» Sanders told ESPN on Friday. «So a certain level that might have been welcome, that level is no longer welcome here. It’s a whole different game now.»
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Sanders has brought a number of Jackson State players with him, including five star cornerback Travis Hunter and quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Sanders’ son.
Colorado earned a whopping 24 confirmations via the transfer portal, good for a top-five transfer portal class, and placed in the 21st class on National Signing Day.
«He’s brought a lot of energy and passion back to this program,» Colorado athletic director Rick George said on Signing Day. «It’s what we desperately needed.»
While Sanders is certainly infusing Colorado’s roster with talent, it will continue to be an uphill battle for the Buffaloes.
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Colorado kicks off the 2023 college football season against TCU National Runner-upbefore facing Nebraska in their non-conference slot.
The start of their Pac-12 slate is brutal, as the Buffs go to oregon before welcoming USC to Boulder.
However, Sanders plans to win immediately.
“We will not settle for mediocrity,” Sanders said. «It is what it is. You’re going to get into this show, or you’re going to get out of here. We plan to win, and we don’t have time to procrastinate.»