College Sports

Prime Time: All The Ways Deion Sanders Is Revolutionizing College Football

Darren - October 6, 2023
College Sports

Prime Time: All The Ways Deion Sanders Is Revolutionizing College Football

Darren - October 6, 2023

The Denver Post

Business Model

We spoke about the contentious way that Sanders used the transfer portal to rebuild his roster. This won national attention and criticism, including from Connecticut State Senator Chris Murphy. The influential politician said this was bad for the sport because they treated scholarship athletes like employees.

CT Insider

Murphy said: “The NCAA says players aren’t employees except for their coaches all treat players like employees. Sanders is in the process of firing half of his team, kicking them off their scholarships because they aren’t performing. That’s employment (via The Ringer).”



Make no mistake, Sanders is a trailblazer. It says a lot that some people are putting him in the conversation to win National Coach of the Year. This is unlikely but not impossible if turns Colorado into a nine-win program after going 1-11 in 2022. However, his long-term impact on the sport’s culture is more important.


Black high school coaches say that Sanders gives them hope that they have a place in the sport. Meanwhile, young athletes also love it because they feel like Sanders understands them better than other coaches would. It’s amazing and one of the greatest ways he’s revolutionizing football (via Andscape).

Tulsa World

Taking Action

Coach Prime is also forcing the NCAA to address some of the flaws in the NIL system. None of the other head coaches in college football bring the same levels of fame or personality. He is using this to maximum effect by using photoshoots to promote Louis Vuitton and Lamborghini.

Gainesville Sun

Now the NCAA wants to shut him down by only allowing photoshoots on official visits. They don’t want schools exploiting loopholes and making money out of their potential recruits by flirting with luxury brands. It may not be easy to enforce but it’s something they never considered before (via Sports Illustrated).

Bleacher Report

Breath Of Fresh Air

Let’s be real for a moment: everybody loves to jump onto a bandwagon. Sanders is catnip for journalists and media members because he is revolutionizing football through his cult of personality. He is making the sport interesting again and that’s such an underrated quality.

NBC Sports

Some people love him while others hate everything that he represents. But they’re all tuning in and watching the Buffaloes play their games. It’s a remarkable story but the weirdest part is that it has never happened before. Sanders is here to stay and college football is better for it overall (via CBS News).