King college football takes center stage this weekend, and there will be storylines everywhere.
But the glare of the spotlight will be no brighter than what happens when Colorado takes the field against TCU on the road in Ft-Worth.
Prime Time, Neon Deion makes his debut as the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, trying to fix what has been so wrong for years at Folsom Field in Boulder.
Deion Sanders was like a tornado landing on that campus, after 3-spectacular years at Jackson State, restoring pride to the once proud SWAC-black school.
But lining up to play Mississippi Valley State is very different than Saturday’s vs USC-UCLA-Oregon or even this weekend against the Horned Frogs.
Sanders told his players in the first meeting, be prepared to go into the Transfer Portal.
He brought with him his personality, his fiery personality, and a bundle of transfer players onto that campus.
The body bag count is staggering. When CU faces TCU there will be 86-new players wearing Black-Gold. There are only 10-scholarship players left from last year’s (1-11) disaster. He used the transfer portal to clean house, and to fill his roster slots.
Colorado has 56-transfers, including 22-who came in once spring football was done.
The reaction nationwide has been harsh. The Transfer Portal was not put in place to be a dumping ground for players after a coaching change.
Opposing coaches believe what Sanders did was unethical. It has created alot of ill-will that some teams may dominate and try to destroy CU in retaliation for what was allowed to happen.
Sanders has embraced it like some form of football free agency. He has rebuffed the mountain of criticism saying he deals in the truth. Those players were (1-11), they were losers, they should never have been here in the first place.
It was harsh, just like the treatment of the players they lectured in their exit meetings, that led to angry exchanges. Included was their leading receiver, who tore knee ligaments, stayed and rehabbed the final part of the season, the off season, then was told to leave as spring ball began.
When they break the huddle, his QB will be his son Shedeur Sanders, who put together great seasons at Jackson State. But he won’t be throwing against Alcorn State or Johnson C-Smith starting this week. He will have 9-teammates who transferred in from JSU.
So we see where this goes on Saturday against TCU and what transpires the rest of the season.
Coach Prime is popular in the Boulder area code. Whether he is across the PAC 12,or in the Big 12-where his team is headed in a year, remains to be seen.
He was a great high stepping player in the NFL. Interesting to see if the teams they play against will try to stomp them into the turf for what they did to alot of victim-like players at CU, and how they have acted since Deion Sanders got off the plane at Colorado.