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Mike Gundy praises Deion Sanders—Is it time we give Sanders the respect he deserves?

Deion Sanders hasn’t exactly had a smooth ride in Boulder lately. A surge of negativity has engulfed him, with player transfers, accusations of favoritism, and even rumors of coercing players to attend his son’s concert. Add to that the criticism of his flamboyant style for a team with a recent 4-8 record, and it’s easy to see why some might think Deion is struggling.

But hold on a minute, as not everyone sees the same. As Deion prepares to lead the Buffs into the Big 12 conference next month, some big names in the conference itself are singing his praises!

Just listen to Texas Tech’s head coach, Joey McGuire. He recently shared a personal anecdote at a press conference, calling Deion “the best dad of a player I have ever had” when he coached Deion’s son Bucky. McGuire admires Deion’s authenticity:He is who he is. He doesn’t make any excuses.” Bucky even reshared the story with a touch of nostalgia. But the compliments didn’t stop there. McGuire also acknowledged Colorado’s talented quarterback, Shedeur Sanders, and expressed excitement about their upcoming November matchup, adding, “It’s great to see Colorado back in the right conference.”

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Even Utah’s coach, Kyle Whittingham, echoed the sentiment. He commended Deion for “infusing excitement and talent into that program… essentially, he’s put Colorado football back on the map.” This is especially noteworthy, considering Utah has dominated the Buffs for the past seven years!

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Finally, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy chimed in with similar praise. He enjoyed Deion’s company at spring meetings earlier this year and pointed out how Deion “brings viewers to the Big 12 Conference.” Many acknowledge Deion’s positive impact, even amidst some minor setbacks.

Can Deion Sanders lead the Buffs to a winning season?

Deion Sanders might bask in the praise from fellow coaches, but reality just knocked. The Big 12 championship poll ranked the Colorado Buffaloes a lowly 11th, despite the star power of Coach Prime and 11 other big coaching names like Pat Shurmur on his team. Their past performance (4-8 record) is still a major question mark.

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But hold on, Deion’s not completely out. Football analyst Spencer McLaughlin slammed the ranking, calling it “ridiculous” for a team with close losses. This isn’t just coach-to-coach praise anymore — even experts are backing Deion! DNVR Sports host Ryan Koenigsberg even said, “I think it’s [Big 12] a 4 team race between Utah, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Colorado.” This support from experts should reassure you of Deion’s potential to lead the Buffs to a successful season.

Sure, the hype is building around Deion, but will it translate to wins? Buckle up because the upcoming Big 12 season is about to get interesting! This anticipation for the upcoming season should keep you engaged and excited about the Buffs’ journey under Deion’s leadership.