ESPN made a enterprise resolution. Montana Lemonious-Craig did too.
When the “worldwide chief” selected Deion Sanders’ program to be the lone school soccer staff who would have their Spring Sport aired on ESPN — over Alabama and LSU — on Saturday, on account of 45,000 fans buying ten-dollar tickets to attend, it meant that the main focus of the faculty soccer world can be on Boulder, Colo. Lemonious-Craig understood the stakes, gambled on himself, and received.
After going 1-11 final season, Lemonious-Craig was supposed to be one of the holdovers Sanders was conserving on this staff, as he caught 23 balls for 359 yards, and three touchdowns. On Saturday, he caught a 98-yard landing go from quarterback Shedeur Sanders — in opposition to an atrocious secondary — and completed with three grabs for 154 yards.
However very like his coach, who likes to make the most effective resolution for himself always, Lemonious-Craig left Sanders excessive and dry a day later when he entered the switch portal, utilizing Sanders’ huge day in opposition to him. “I hope this letter finds you in good well being and spirits,” Lemonious-Craig wrote in his social media post asserting his resolution. A few hours later, Chase Sowell — one other extensive receiver — took to social media to announce that he was additionally leaving.
And similar to that, Sanders — a clown in his personal proper — grew to become the butt of his personal joke, reaping what he so publicly sowed.
“We received a couple of positions already taken care of as a result of I’m bringing my very own baggage with me,” Sanders told players in a staff assembly — which he recorded and launched to social media — after his introductory press convention. “And it’s Louis, OK?”
“I’m coming. And after I get there, it’s gonna be modified, so I need y’all to get able to go forward and leap in that (switch) portal and do no matter you’re gonna get as a result of the extra of you leap into (the switch portal), the extra room you make as a result of we convey children which can be sensible, robust.”
In case you aren’t conscious why that is hilarious, let me clarify. Sanders, a coach who’s misplaced two of the most important video games he’s ever coached (2021 & 2022 Celebration Bowl), publicly embarrassed a staff that had simply gone 1-11, and when a few of the gamers he’ll want confirmed indicators of progress, they determined to make use of his day within the highlight as an audition for different colleges.
And that is the way you play “the sport.” Perhaps Sanders can faucet again into his days as a pseudo-minister and pray for some extensive receiver depth, like in that social media clip that dug up some previous footage of him praying over R. Kelly.
Nevertheless, what Saturday proved greater than something is that individuals, and networks, are extra enamored with flash than substance. Colorado is coming off a 12 months during which an additional time victory in opposition to Cal is the one purpose they didn’t go 0-12. It is a program that has solely had two successful seasons since 2005 and has the likes of TCU, Oregon, USC, UCLA, and Utah on their schedule — amongst others. However but, followers packed a stadium on a chilly day whereas ESPN rolled out the pink carpet for a “coach” that couldn’t beat the likes of South Carolina State and North Carolina Central, and is scouring for gamers his son can throw the ball to since they’re leaving on account of him publicly encouraging them to.
That is going to be a memorable season for Deion Sanders and Colorado, however not in the way in which they’re hoping for.