College football has never seen anything like this Colorado run under Deion Sanders. Let's all take a moment to appreciate it.
The Buffaloes are huge underdogs at Oregon and will likely be so again next week against USC. Regardless of what happens, Colorado has already given us a show for the ages.
The big-name coach wasted no time reminding everyone that there was a new sheriff in town. He was a controversial hire this past offseason, a guy who would be bringing no shortage of baggage, so he made sure to thank his new administration for taking a chance on him.
He churned out cheesy one-liners, saying he had a PHD (Passionate, Hungry and Driven) and that he has made lives better everywhere he has coached. He said getting elite players wouldn’t be difficult, because there was no difference between the school he was taking over and the bluebloods who have run his sport.
And he offered a warning to all who were responsible for the failures of last season.
“The one thing that I want to be honest with is that a lot of players probably won’t be back on this team, because they are probably not a good fit for me,” he said in front of the cameras, because there has never been a shortage of cameras for the coach.
He added: “I have to meet some of the other young men, but there will be other guys that don’t fit.”
It was bold. It was magnetic. It got his fan base, and much of the sport, fired up to see his act play out.
That was Rick Pitino’s introductory news conference at St. John’s.
The message was on the same wavelength as Deion Sanders’ introduction at Colorado, but the reception could not have been more different.
Through three games, though, the tenor around Coach Prime has changed drastically. No doubt, Colorado starting 3-0, and winning three different games against three very different opponents in three vastly different ways, has something to do with that.
But it’s been more than just the on-field results.