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Deion Sanders appeared on “The Pivot Podcast” this week where he and the hosts, former NFL stars Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor, shared their philosophies on life, parenting, and coaching.
As the new coach of the Colorado University Buffaloes football program, Sanders revealed that he’s already cut several players for having low grades.
“Same model we did in Jackson State. We’re going to get rid of a whole bunch of them. I just had five or six of them let go because of grades,” Sanders explained.
“When I get a report and they in the red, I bring them right in. We ain’t gonna do this. This is not going to happen here. It’s not like when we went to school. Most of their classes are online. How are you flunking something you get to do at home? You don’t care. If you don’t care, why should I? You can’t play for us. If you don’t want it for yourself, you sure don’t want it for me,” he continued.
Sanders previously caught heat over comments he made about his recruiting process for young Black male athletes. During an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show,” Sanders said the ideal quarterback should come from a “dual parent” home.
“Well, we have different attributes. Smart, tough, fast, disciplined with character. Now, quarterbacks are different,” Sanders said.
“We want mother, father. Dual parent. We want that kid to be 3.5 [GPA] and up. Because he has to be smart. Not bad decisions off the field, at all. Because he has to be a leader of men,” he added.
When it comes to choosing defensive linemen, the former Jackson State University coach said he prefers athletes who are raised by single mothers.
“Defensive linemen is totally opposite. Single mama, trying to get it, he’s on free lunch,” Sanders continued. “I’m talking about just trying to make it. He’s trying to rescue mama. Like mama barely made the flight. And I want him to just go get it.”
He added: “It’s a whole different attribute that you look for in different positions. And we have that stuff just chronicled. We know what we want, and we go get it.”
When asked by Clark to clarify his recruiting process, Sanders said: “We stereotype everything. You know, I just got in trouble for being honest about stereotypes, but it’s the truth… if you look over the history of our game, and you look at the quarterbacks and look at the defensive linemen…”
Sanders added, “Number one, you have to have a quarterback that can throw the darn football to win… Number two, the recruiting now is absurd. Now, people are saying they’ll go to an HBCU. Ain’t nothing wrong with an HBCU. I could do that because now there’s a navigational system that leads you from an HBCU to the NFL. Once upon a time, it was diverted. It didn’t happen. There are so many things we left behind you can glean from. I honestly believe that.”