Colorado football coach Deion Sanders can add Jay Norvell to his list of detractors, as the Colorado State coach criticized Sanders’ proclivity for appearing in news conferences wearing a hat and sunglasses.
“I sat down with ESPN today. I don’t care if they hear it in Boulder. I told them, I took my hat off and I took my glasses off,” Norvell said on his Wednesday night radio show. “I said when I talk to grown-ups, I take my hat off and my glasses off. That’s what my mother taught me.”
“I don’t care if they hear it in Boulder.” 😳
Colorado State’s head coach Jay Norvell seems to take issue with Deion Sanders wearing a hat and sunglasses during his pressers.
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Norvell’s Rams take on Colorado on Saturday for a rivalry game between the two schools for the first time since 2019, and if ESPN’s “College Gameday” and Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff ” being in town wasn’t enough juice for the rivalry’s renewal, Norvell added a bit more.
Sanders has made a habit throughout his coaching career of conducting news conferences wearing sunglasses, hoodies and hats. He’s also made a habit of utilizing any and all disrespect — perceived or real — to motivate his team.
Norvell joins Oklahoma’s Brent Venables and Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi as major college coaches who verbally sparred with Sanders, whose Colorado team upset TCU as a 20-point underdog in its season opener and routed rival Nebraska 36-14 in Week 2.
Sanders seemed to brush off the comments, saying about Norvell, “I haven’t met this gentleman but I hear he’s a good man. I know he’s a great coach, I mean, he has those guys playing hard.”
Saturday’s game between Colorad0 and Colorado State will kick off at 10 p.m. ET in Boulder.
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