Deion Sanders on sign stealing in college football: 'You've still got to stop it'
Deion Sanders made some wide-ranging comments about sign stealing in the wake of the NCAA investigation into the Michigan program.
The comments came after a report surfaced that a Michigan staffer reportedly purchased tickets to more than 30 Big Ten games during the last three seasons. The scope of the alleged sign-stealing operation includes video evidence of electronics prohibited by the NCAA to steal signs and “a significant paper trail.”
Sanders was asked for his take on the issue at his weekly news conference on Tuesday.
“Everyone’s trying to get an edge,” the Colorado coach said. “Everyone’s trying to get whatever edge they can. You could have someone’s whole game plan, they could mail it to you, you’ve still got to stop it. You’ve still got to stop it. In football, it’s not as pronounced as baseball. If I know a curveball is coming, I got you. With football, I don’t give a darn if you know a sweep is coming, you’ve still got to stop it physically. It’s a physical game. You’ve got to stop it. So that’s a little tough. I don’t buy into a lot of stuff that someone is stealing this, stealing that. I don’t buy into that stuff. You’ve still got to play the game.”
Sanders then recalled how the Dallas Cowboys in their “glory days” had seemingly predictable plays from Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Jay Novacek, but opponents struggled to stop them.
Coach Prime on the Michigan sign stealing
“You can have someone’s whole game plan, they can mail it to you, you still gotta stop it”
— Barstool Colorado (@CUBarstool) October 24, 2023