New Colorado coach Deion Sanders is urging the current Buffaloes players to enter the transfer portal

Deion Sanders arrived in Boulder Sunday, where he was officially announced as Colorado’s next head coach.

He also came up with a very clear message for the current Buffaloes players.

Sanders has already picked his quarterback – his son Shedeur – and they need to hit the transfer portal.

“It won’t be a mess that these wonderful fans, the student body and some of your parents have endured for probably two decades. I’m coming, and when I get here, it’ll be changed,” Sanders told a roomful of Colorado players. “So I want you to prepare to jump into the portal and do whatever you’re going to get, because the more of you that jump in, the more space you make.”

Hearing a coach openly tell a room full of players that they had better go doesn’t happen that often. While it’s hard to imagine the entire returning team deciding to switch, Sunday’s speech from Sanders certainly pushed at least a few players who were on the fence over the edge.

He also assured that Shedeur, his son and current Jackson State quarterback, will lead the team next fall.

After his unbeaten season capped three impressive years at Jackson State, Sanders decided to make the jump to Colorado on Saturday night. He compiled a 27-5 record and won two SWAC championships while at Jackson State, including a 43-24 win in Saturday’s SWAC title game.

The Buffaloes also obviously need someone like Sanders to overhaul their program. Colorado fired coach Karl Dorrell earlier in the fall after starting 5-0 in his third season. The team finished with a 1-11 record. Colorado has had just one successful season since moving to the Pac-12 conference in 2011.

“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming Colorado’s next head football coach, but none of them had the lineage, knowledge and ability to connect with student athletes like Deion Sanders,” said Rick, Colorado athletic director said Georg. “Coach Prime will not only energize our fan base, I am confident that he will restore our program to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and character.”

There’s just one small catch in George’s plan to reshape his football program around Coach Prime.

He doesn’t have the money yet.

Colorado coach Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders didn’t hold back when he addressed his new team in Boulder on Sunday. (Helen H. Richardson//The Denver Post/Getty Images)

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