Coach Jay Norvell’s Comments Add Fuel to the Fire for the Upcoming Colorado Rivalry Game
In a surprising turn of events leading up to the highly anticipated Colorado rivalry game between the Buffaloes and the Rams, Colorado State’s head coach, Jay Norvell, took a playful yet pointed jab at Deion Sanders, the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. The friendly banter adds an extra layer of intrigue to an already exciting showdown.
Norvell’s Light-Hearted Dig
During his weekly radio show, Coach Jay Norvell couldn’t resist the opportunity to poke fun at Deion Sanders, known for his distinctive style, which often includes wearing hats and sunglasses during news conferences. Norvell quipped, “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.'”
The live audience and the show’s host, Colorado State football radio voice Brian Roth, responded with applause, indicating that Norvell’s comments struck a chord with the crowd. It didn’t take long for Sanders to catch wind of the playful jab.
Sanders Fires Back
In a video titled “Coach Prime & The CU Buffs Responds to Lil Bro,” posted on YouTube by Well Off Media, Deion Sanders addressed the situation. He expressed his bemusement at why Colorado State would engage in verbal sparring, given that Colorado’s focus has primarily been on their game performance. Sanders stated, “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].”
Sanders also mentioned that the rivalry game was initially going to be a challenging but good-natured battle, but Norvell’s comments had made it personal. He playfully added, “Now he’s messing with my mama,” referring to Norvell’s comment about how he was raised.
Respect Amidst the Banter
While Coach Norvell’s comments added a touch of playful rivalry, it’s worth noting that he also expressed respect for Coach Sanders and the job he has done turning the Colorado program around. Norvell recognized the impact of quarterback Shedeur Sanders and acknowledged the transformation of Colorado into a formidable football team.
“I really respect all head coaches and the sacrifices they’ve had to make to become head coaches, and I appreciate the path they have to go through to get there — especially African American coaches. I was happy to see Deion get his opportunity. I had to wait a long time to get mine,” Norvell stated during a weekly news conference.
A Rivalry Renewed
Colorado (2-0) enters the Rocky Mountain Showdown game ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press poll, already doubling its win total from the previous season. On the other hand, Colorado State (0-1) looks to bounce back from a season-opening loss.
The rivalry between these two teams has seen its share of dramatic moments, and with Coach Norvell’s playful comments and Coach Sanders’ response, this year’s matchup promises to be as intense as ever. The game is scheduled to take place in front of an eager audience, reigniting the long-standing football rivalry between the Buffaloes and the Rams. Colorado State will look to break their losing streak against AP Top 25 teams and secure a memorable victory, while Colorado aims to extend its dominance in the series. According to Caesars Sportsbook, Colorado was a 23-point favorite over Colorado State, setting the stage for what could be a thrilling showdown on the gridiron.