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Colorado Head Coach Deion Sanders Keeps No-Red Rule Alive For Game Against University Of Nebraska

Since Deion Sanders became the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes football team, he has made many changes, including turning over almost the entire roster.

However, The Denver Post reports Sanders left one rule at Colorado intact.

“Coach Prime doesn’t like us wearing red in the facility,” freshman wideout Omarion Miller told the Post during the Buffaloes’ fall sports media day. “I didn’t know it was that bad. No red in the facility.

The long-standing rule is in place due to Colorado’s rivalry with the University of Nebraska, whose school colors are scarlet (or red) and cream.

The official colors of CU Boulder are gold, silver, and black. No word on if Nebraska’s Cornhuskers have banned the Buffaloes’ school colors.

The two schools have a long and storied history against each other. They first met in 1898 and have played each other 70 times since, with Nebraska leading the series with a 49-20-2 record. The schools last met in 2019, with Colorado winning 34-31 in overtime.

The no-red rule started in 1982, when Colorado head coach Bill McCartney told Colorado students not to wear red during the week the team played Nebraska.

The rivalry could be renewed as Nebraska has a new head coach in Matt Rhule, who joins the Cornhuskers after coaching the Carolina Panthers. Sanders and Rhule have come to their respective campuses with high expectations and have reintegrated the school’s fan bases. It won’t be long before the two men see each other across the sidelines as the schools are set to play Sept. 9 at Folsom Field in Colorado.

Sanders, who left HBCU Jackson State University last December for Colorado, has bought into the rivalry and the school’s dislike for the color red, which is something many of the incoming players have noticed as well.

“They don’t like their red here,” Miller said. “They do not like their red. Crazy, huh?”

Sanders will make his coaching debut on Sept. 2 against TCU, which made the College Football Playoff semifinals last season. Rhule will make his Nebraska debut against the University of Minnesota on Aug. 31.


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