Travis Hunter responds to Dan Lanning's comments about Colorado
Travis Hunter has no ill will toward Oregon head coach Dan Lanning over his pointed comments about Colorado leaving the Pac-12 for the Big 12.
At the time CU made its intentions known, Colorado was the first of the four Big 12-bound schools to announce their departure. Oregon had yet to finalize a move to the Big Ten and the Pac-12 conference hadn’t yet collapsed.
There were some who wondered if Colorado leaving would start a domino effect while others questioned just how much of a loss it was for the Pac-12 on an individual level. Lanning was asked about the move when Oregon opened fall camp and didn’t mince words.
“Not a big reaction. I’m trying to remember what they won to affect this conference and I don’t remember,” Lanning said. “Do you remember them winning anything? I don’t remember them winning anything.”
Hunter, the first-year Colorado defensive back and receiver who hosts a show on Bleacher Report called “12 Talks,” reacted to the clip earlier this week with nothing but respect.
“That’s a very good guy,” Hunter said of Lanning. “He recruited me at Georgia when he was there. I like him. But what he’s saying is we still gotta prove ourselves. Just because we got a lot of guys, it don’t mean anything. We’ve still got a lot to prove to people.
“He just can’t be like, ‘Oh, yeah, we’re afraid of them because they’ve got a lot of players. Nah. Like he said, we didn’t win anything so right now we’re the underdog. We’ve gotta take over no matter what they say. We’ve just got to go out there and show them, basically make them eat their words. We can’t pick at them. He’s not saying anything bad, he’s just saying we didn’t win anything. Yeah, we know we didn’t win anything, but we coming.”
The Buffs went 1-11 last season before Deion Sanders took over as head coach. With Sanders in Boulder, players flocked to campus in droves. Sanders hit the transfer portal in a way no one else ever has.
And CU has been a popular topic ever since. Everyone wants to know what the Buffs will look like when the season opens. Hunter is gunning for the Heisman Trophy. The team believes it can win right away and a long list of doubters they are looking to silence.
The new year begins Saturday against No. 17 TCU in Fort Worth.