Deion Sanders has been one of if not the most talked-about figures in college football this offseason. Everyone has an opinion on Coach Prime and his Colorado team. The Buffs wielded the transfer portal in a way no one else has in college football to immediately overhaul a roster that went 1-11 last season.

In an exclusive interview with FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt — a former CU quarterback — Sanders touched briefly on the hate he’s gotten for the way he’s gone about building his first roster.

Klatt asserted that the folks who have been the most outspoken about Sanders’ methods may not even understand the depths to which the program had fallen when Sanders took it over last December. Sanders disagreed.

“They just want to take a shot at me, and I’m good with that. They (know),” he said. “They know what it was. But this is their opportunity to take a shot. But they better shoot now, because in a moment you’re not gonna be able to shoot.”

It’s not too dissimilar a statement from the one former Nebraska coach Scott Frost made at the start of his tenure. “We’ll see how the first year goes,” Frost said during his first trip through the Big Ten’s media day event. “But people better get us now, because we’re going to keep getting better and better.” Nebraska opened Frost’s first year 0-6, finished 4-8, and then Frost was gone after three more losing seasons and a 16-31 overall record.

Nebraska never got there. And the Huskers welcome a new head coach to the program this season — Matt Rhule.

And he’ll be waiting in Boulder for Deion Sanders’ official home debut as the Colorado coach.

CU has a daunting schedule in Year 1. It opens the year in Fort Worth against a TCU team that went to the College Football Playoff National Championship a year ago. Then it opens the home slate against Nebraska a week later. Pac-12 play opens on Sept. 23 on the road against Oregon. A week later, CU hosts USC. The Buffs have road games against UCLA and Utah later down the line.

Virtually no runway for Sanders to get things off the ground.

Most expect CU to struggle out of the gates. Sanders message? Enjoy the jokes while you can.

We’ll see if his message ages a bit better than Frost’s.