With the Colorado Buffaloes coming off a bye and set to face UCLA, head coach Deion Sanders took some time during his press conference to provide his opinion on the recent sign-stealing/sign-scouting allegations against the Michigan Wolverines football program.
A reporter asked for his thoughts in reference to the allegations against Michigan.
"I mean, everyone's trying to get an edge," said Sanders, rocking a new white-haired beard. "Everyone's trying to get whatever edge they can. You can have someone's whole game plan, they can mail it to you, [but] you still gotta stop it. You still gotta stop. In football, it's not as pronounced as baseball. If I know a curveball is coming, I got you. With football, I don't give a darn if you know a sweep is comin', you still gotta stop it. Physically."
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Sanders concluded that he doesn't buy into it all and you "still gotta play the game."
He then referenced his days playing in the NFL.
"Back in our glory days with San Francisco as well as the Cowboys, you know darn well Emmitt Smith is gettin' the ball. You know darn well Michael Irvin's runnin' the comeback. You know darn well Jay Novacek is gonna do what he's gonna do, and you couldn't stop it."
Specifically, the allegations against the Wolverines include having a particular person going to fellow Big Ten football games and scouting them from the stands.
It appears that Sanders doesn't think of that as being much a competitive advantage. He's right that football is a physical game, and you ultimately need to stop the player from making the play happen.
This week, his Buffaloes — 4-3 after a second-half collapse against the Stanford Cardinal — look to right the ship on the road against the UCLA Bruins in Week 9.
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