Coach Prime brings change to Colorado

Deion Sanders has brought headlines to the University of Colorado Boulder’s football team when he became the new head coach of the Buffaloes this summer. 

Sanders is an NFL Hall of Famer who played 14 seasons with 8 Pro Bowl selections, 2 Super Bowl rings and a Defensive Player of the Year selection in 1994. He arrived in Boulder, CO with many recruits to revamp a team who finished last season with a 1-11 record.

CU Boulder’s last two games were against ranked opponents, #10 Oregon and #8 USC. They lost both games, but there are still signs of growth. 

Against Oregon, Sanders, nicknamed Coach Prime, and his team talked to the media and generated excitement for the game. Despite the media’s coverage, when the teams played on Saturday, September 23, the Buffaloes lost 42-6. 

Although the loss was a major disappointment for the team, some fans still believe that the team will improve.

“I predict that the team will do well in the rest of the season, with only 1 or 2 losses to Washington State and Oregon State,” senior James Triaca said.

Triaca believes that the losses the team suffered were partially due to star wide receiver and defensive back Travis Hunter’s injury following the Buffaloes’ game against Colorado State in mid September.

“I think the future is very promising,” Triaca said. “The environment [Sanders] has created at Colorado will drive in a lot of new recruits. With an already super talented team, after they play more with each other and develop better team chemistry, they can become a top team easily.”

On Saturday, the USC Trojans, ranked first in the Pac-12 Division, defeated the Colorado Buffaloes 48-41. Another loss, but a major improvement from their last week.