I think we all knew when Deion Sanders was hired, that there would be some pretty unique things that happened out in Colorado during his first year. After going 1-11, there was a lot of work that needed to be done with that squad. But what’s happening is unprecedented…
Look, if you’ve read my stuff before i’ve always somewhat mocked publications like Phil Steele’s that give positive points to teams returning a bunch of starters, even if they are a bad football team. I always said does it really matter if you bring back a bunch of shitty players? It’s probably not a good thing.
But at some point you have to have players to play…
17 portal entries in one day? You are essentially making the entire spring practice period for nothing. You aren’t going to have anyone left that was here working on how you want things done for your spring ball. I understand they are bringing in a trillion transfers, but they basically have to figure it out over the summer and in fall camp. Then they start with a defending CFP team in TCU and we get them second game.
I know what people are saying, “Nebraska is going to have a ton in the portal too!” Right, because we have 98 scholarship players right now. We will have roughly a dozen hit the portal in total… the Buffs had 17 in one freaking day. Further, Colorado is sitting at 68 total scholarship players right now, so they are losing guys when they really don’t need to. In fact, some of these guys leaving aren’t bad. One of the players that just left already has SEC offers to come play, while Colorado is offering MAC and FCS players to come here.
I made this tweet a while back, and it’s starting to look so much closer to it than I thought:
For those not familiar, Frazier got to Doane and essentially just decimated the roster because it “needed a talent upgrade.” He was determined to bring in All-State players from Florida to give an immediate infusion to the lockerroom. But what happened next is what’s going to happen in Boulder. He ran everyone off, only ends up signing about a dozen guys, and all hell breaks loose. To be fair, he did pull in a few guys that were really good, just like Deion will in Boulder. He will grab 4 or 5 skill guys that are really good. But eventually he will figure out that you just can’t do that this way in Power 5 football. This isn’t Jackson State. Eventually they will just need bodies and bring in awful players after running off a lot of these guys. Literally no WRs left:
Look, this was always going to go unbelievably great in Boulder, or unbelievably awful. But it’s really starting to look like the latter. I get that you need new guys, but you also gotta coach up what you got. They are going to start 1-4 or something like that and the glamour will wear off. He will start blaming that they need more players. And don’t forget, anyone worth anything in the portal right now is looking for NIL. Colorado doesn’t have anywhere close to what Nebraska has laying around for NIL, let alone SEC schools.
This thing is going to be a disaster. And i’m here for all of it.
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