On Saturday, September 16, all eyes were on Folsom Field as Colorado prepared to take the field for a showdown with Colorado State. While the outcome of the game would be decided on the field, fans were eager to see what the sidelines would look like. Yes, Offset, Lil’ Wayne, Chauncey Billups, Kyle Lowry and several other celebrities were in attendance, but the stars of the sidelines were Colorado Head Coach Deion Sanders and Colorado State Head Coach Jay Norvell.
Leading into this weekend’s showdown, Jay Norvell made headlines when he spoke openly about Sanders’ attire.
“I sat down with ESPN today. And I don’t care if they hear it in Boulder. I told them, ‘I took my hat off, and I took my glasses off.’ And I said, ‘When I talk to grown-ups, I take my hat and my glasses off.’ That’s what my mother taught me,” Norvell said during a recent interview.
“They’re not going to like us, no matter what we say or do. It doesn’t matter. So, let’s go up there and play.”
Norvell’s comments prompted Sanders to fire back by launching his own sunglasses brand and gift a pair to every plan on his team.
“I didn’t like that it happened because it’s another [Black coach],” Sanders said while speaking to Pat McAfee earlier this week.
“We started out right. He was complimenting me, I was complimenting him, but it just took a quick left. What happened?”
In the end, Sanders’ son, Shedeur, led Colorado to a 43-35 thrilling victory in double overtime. After securing the team’s third victory of the season, Sanders was asked about his recent back-and-forth with Norvell.
“I could be petty if they [are] petty, but I ain’t got time for that man. I’m on to bigger things,” Sanders said during a post-game conference.
“I’m happy for the brother. I really am and I’m happy that they played a good game. I’m happy he’s a head coach. I’m happy for any brother [who] is doing it and successful. Man, I truly am. I don’t know where all this stuff [comes] from. I have to respond because my mama taught me that, you know? You just don’t attack me and [think] I’m going to sit back and I ain’t going to say nothing.”
Next week, the Colorado Buffaloes will make their Pac-12 debut against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Oregon.