Deion Sanders and the University of Colorado football team will take the field on Saturday, September 16 at at 10 p.m. EST. Who is their opponent this week? After taking down two Power 5 programs, Sanders and the crew will attempt to take down their cross-state rivals at Colorado State. Adding to the weekend’s festivities, ESPN is sending First Take and College Gameday to Boulder, Colorado. At first, it appeared that the focus would be on the ascension of Sanders and his team, but it looks like things have taken a bit of a turn as this interstate rivalry heats up. During a recent media appearance, Colorado State Head Coach Jay Norvell had a few things to say about his new coaching peer in Colorado.
“I don’t care if they hear this in Boulder. I told them [ESPN] — I took my hat off, and I took my glasses off. I said, ‘When I talk to grown-ups, I take my hat and my glasses off. That’s what my mother taught me,'” he said, referencing Sanders’ propensity to wear sunglasses and hats during interviews.
As expected, Sanders channeled his inner Michael Jordan and took Norvell’s comments personally.
“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,” he told his team.
Why would you want to talk about us when we don’t talk about nobody? All we do is go out here, work our butts off and do our job on Saturday. But when they give us ammunition, they done messed around and made it [personal].
Colorado and Colorado State have a football rivalry spanning decades, but Sanders feels that Norvell’s comments elevate the game from a friendly competition to a “personal” showdown.
“It was just gonna be a good game and they done messed around and made it personal,” he continued.
“It was gonna be a great task — a battle of Colorado — but they done messed around and made it [personal].”