The highly anticipated matchup between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado State Rams is set to take place on Saturday night. However, the game itself is not the only thing that has captured the attention of the media and fans alike. The ongoing feud between Colorado head coach Deion Sanders and Colorado State coach Jay Norvell has been a topic of discussion leading up to the game.
The feud began when Norvell took a dig at Sanders' signature look during a radio show. Norvell stated, "When I talk to grown-ups, I take my hat off and my glasses off. That's what my mother taught me." Sanders, never one to back down from a challenge, decided to embrace the comment and gifted his entire team a pair of sunglasses. This move was seen as a way for Sanders to show solidarity with his players and a subtle dig at Norvell.
However, the feud escalated further when Sanders appeared on FOX Sports' "Big Noon Kickoff" and was asked about the upcoming post-game handshake with Norvell. Former NFL running back Mark Ingram II questioned Sanders about the handshake, to which Sanders responded by removing his hat and sunglasses and extending his hand with a glare. Sanders even got the crowd involved by calling out Norvell for talking "about my mama." The crowd responded with a resounding "Personal!" indicating their support for Sanders.
Norvell attempted to clarify his remarks on social media, stating that his comments were meant to motivate his own team. However, the media and fans saw it as fuel to the fire that has been burning bright in Boulder this season. Sanders, in his first year as head coach of the Buffaloes, has led the team to an impressive 2-0 record, including victories over TCU and Nebraska.
Sanders addressed his team, stating that the feud with Norvell had made the game personal. He expressed his frustration with the comments made about his team and their hard work, emphasizing their dedication to their craft. Sanders' players responded with enthusiasm, echoing their coach's sentiment that the game had now become personal.
The matchup between the Buffaloes and the Rams is expected to be one-sided, with Colorado being heavily favored to win. The Buffaloes have dominated the "Rocky Mountain Showdown" in recent years, winning the last five games. It remains to be seen if the team will walk onto the field wearing the sunglasses gifted to them by Sanders, further adding to the drama surrounding the game.
As the kickoff approaches, all eyes will be on the field to see not only the outcome of the game but also the post-game handshake between Sanders and Norvell. The ongoing feud between the two coaches has added an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to an already highly anticipated matchup.
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