Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders made a shocking comment this week on how his staff handles fights between players during practices. The Buffaloes reportedly have had a few fiesty practices recently as the team is hitting a stretch of three straight losses and five losses in their previous six games.
Deion Sanders comments on fights at practice
Speaking on The Colorado Football Coaches Show Thursday, Sanders said the team had multiple fights break out at practice. Sanders said he “loves” the fights and even keeps records of who wins each fight:
“We’ve had a great week of practice. We had a couple of fights, which I like,” Sanders said. “It’s a great thing. I always want to know who won because I keep records. I don’t break them up. Some coaches break them up. I don’t. Some guys fight hoping for the break up. No, we’re going to let you go.”
“So, we did have a couple fights this week, and I love it. They’ve been getting after it. It’s almost like a rededication. It’s almost like a refocus. I love where we are. We’ve had great practices this week, offense, defense, as well as special teams.”
Is this a good practice for the Colorado Buffaloes?
Sanders’ take on the fighting issue is extreme in college football. Many colleges have rules that allow fights until the helmets come off, and then the staff breaks up the fight. Fights can be seen as a good thing, as coaches want players to show passion and competition during practice.
However, coaches are responsible for players safety. They should step in after a while to break up a fight so a player’s health is not at risk.
Allowing a practice to become the Wild West isn’t a good way to sell your program to parents on recruiting trips. And on that note on family, would Deion break up a fight if his son, Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders, were involved in a fight with a defensive lineman?
Sanders’ comments scream liability for the Buffaloes program. It’ll be interesting to see how fights will be dealt with after Colorado’s administration hears Sanders’ comments.
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