What a weekend it’s been for Colorado football.
The Buffaloes had one of their best spring game showings in recent memory with nearly 50,000 fans in attendance to see the new-look Deion Sanders-led program and then his son, Shedeur Sanders, had a big game along with receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig who was the star of scrimmage.
On Monday, 13 players announced their intentions to transfer from the program, including Lemonious-Craig who was expected to be a starter next season.
Many wondered if there was something wrong in Boulder with how the players felt about their new head coach. Was there a problem with players buying in?
Is there a reason to panic if you’re a Colorado football fan?
Is there a reason for Colorado football fans to panic?
There was an immediate panic from some fans after the transfers were announced but that’s to be expected in today’s social media age. Fans jump to conclusions.
But this isn’t a huge deal nor a cause for concern.
And here’s why.
Colorado is bringing in over two dozen transfers from the early part of the offseason and the recent wave of departures were probably expected by Sanders. It’s his first offseason with the team and he’s been very vocal about not sticking around if you don’t buy in and if you’re not willing to put in the work. He has said from the beginning that he’ll find players who do want to be there.
That’s exactly what he’s going to do.
Right now, Sanders is constructing his own roster at record speed, it feels, and he’s done a pretty good job of flipping it and landing his own guys.
With 13 guys leaving, that just means he’s going to find more in the portal after spring ball to make up for the open spots.
No need to panic, the roster is only going to get stronger.
Is this sustainable for years? No, but you can’t fault a first-year coach for making big-time changes after a 1-11 season.