Colorado football coach Deion Sanders is trying to set the record straight. Coach Prime says there's no truth to the rumor that he forced his players to attend a Lil Wayne concert this spring.

“This is one of the best lies I’ve heard. God bless u and I pray u sleep well tonight because we are. Lawd JESUS,” Sanders posted to his X account. This was in response to a report that alleged the coach made players attend the rap star's event in Boulder. The report originated from Athlon Sports on June 12, per Sporting News.

The Lil Wayne saga

The report used unnamed sources to make the claim. Speculation began because Sanders' son, Colorado football quarterback Shedeur Sanders, also performed at the concert. Shedeur was the opening act to Lil Wayne, per Sporting News.

Shedeur performed an original song at the concert, called “Perfect Timing.” He was joined onstage by some members of the Colorado football team, including his brother Deion Sanders Jr. Some members of the Colorado football offensive line were also there, per Sporting News. Shilo Sanders, a safety on the team and Shedeur's brother, was also present.

Coach Deion Sanders did not provide any more detail as to why his sons were present at the event. It is unclear if the NCAA will investigate the incident, but Coach Prime is certainly making it clear that there was no mandate to show up. Shedeur is expected to be a NFL Draft pick in 2025, and he is certainly building his brand.

Colorado football outlook for 2024

Deion Sanders, Colorado football head coach.
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Colorado football is joining the Big 12 Conference for 2024, along with Arizona, Arizona State and Utah. The Buffaloes are trying to improve from a 4-8 season in 2023. There are a lot of expectations for the team this season, and a lot of pressure on Deion Sanders to win. Prime started the 2023 season with a 3-0 record, but the team stumbled in Pac-12 Conference play. The Colorado football defense got smoked frequently in conference games, leading to those eight losses in the final nine games.

Despite the 4-8 record, Colorado football looked much better than what it was before Prime got there. Deion Sanders inherited a 1-11 team from the year before, and rebuild nearly the entire roster through the transfer portal. He's approached recruiting this season in a similar way, although he is also poaching freshmen from some of the best high school programs in the country. Deion also has arguably the best quarterback in the Big 12 in Shedeur Sanders, although some schools will argue otherwise. Still, Shedeur is likely to be considered a First-Team All-Big 12 Preseason selection.

Colorado football opens their season against North Dakota State on August 29. The Buffaloes also have non conference games scheduled against Nebraska and Colorado State. The team plays its first game in the Big 12 on September 21, against Baylor. Deion surely doesn't appreciate all these rumors swirling about him, but he can at least prove his doubters wrong with the team's play on the field.