Deion Sanders says 'I don't know who he is' when asked about Pat Narduzzi's criticism
By Kevin Borba,2023-06-09
Being criticized is something that has been synonymous with Deion Sanders throughout his career.
While he has always excelled great at what he does whether it's football, baseball, or now his current endeavor; coaching. The Colorado head coach has always drawn criticism. Whether it was prior to him being drafted and him refusing to take a written test given by the New York Giants because he said he'd be gone by their pick (he was), or his flash high-step celebration he'd do when scoring. Sanders has always been somewhat of a controversial figure that people either love to watch or love to hate.
That notion has translated to his brief time as a college head coach, and especially at his new head coaching gig at Colorado. Rather than sticking with the roster he would have inherited from Karl Dorrell that went 1-11 last season and looked like one of the worst college football teams in recent memory, Sanders opted to rebuild the roster in a new way. Well, one that no has else has done at the Power 5 level, as he did something similar at Jackson State.
Sanders heavily relied on the transfer portal in both directions, urging players from last year's dreadful team to hit the road so that way he could bring in their replacements from the portal. It worked, as the Buffs brought in nearly 50 players and rank as the No. 1 transfer class in the country. It wasn't the nearly 50 new players that upset people like Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi , but more so how Sanders freed up those roster spots, which as later revealed by players who left, were cut.
Narduzzi has avidly spoken out against the way the transfer portal is being used, as prior to last season he was enraged by USC landing his former receiver and Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison. When asked about Sanders' methods at the ACC's spring meetings, Narduzzi went as far to say that it "looks bad on college football coaches across the country".
Narduzzi cited his experience at Pitt when he took the job in 2015, and how he didn't get to just choose who was on the team and who wasn't. It is worth noting the portal was enacted in 2018, and he inherited a team fresh off a bowl game.
Regardless of whether you agree with Narduzzi or not, Sanders was recently asked for his thoughts on what the Pitt head coach had to say and needless to say, he didn't care. In fact, the Buffs head coach told 247Sports he wasn't even familiar with Narduzzi channeling his inner Keke Palmer.
"What was his situation when he came to Pitt? He had a different situation than me. He is not mad at me, he is mad at the situation in football now that allowed his best player to leave a year ago. He’s not mad at me, he’s using me to shoot bullets at another coach who he has an issue with. I don’t know who he is; if he walked in here right now I wouldn’t know him."
Narduzzi isn't the first coach to publicly criticize Sanders, as Matt Rhule appeared to take a jab at him a while back when the spring portal window opened, and UConn's Jim Mora also expressed his displeasure with how Sanders used the portal.
Regardless of how other coaches, you, and even fans around the country feel, we know one thing for certain when it comes to Sanders, he's going to do him.
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