Tony’s Take: The Colorado Buffaloes are cool again

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Buffaloes fans who were around for the national championship-level teams of the late 1980s and early 90s have seen a dramatic shift in the past few months that should remind them of the swag that Colorado once possessed.

These fans have seen Colorado drop from a national powerhouse to a team that has gone 69-134 since 2006. As ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg and Kyle Bonagura wrote about earlier this month, Colorado had to bottom out in order to attract a coach like Deion Sanders to lead a turnaround the program sorely needs.

Sanders brings an unmatched level of confidence and a line of stud recruits following him to Boulder. But he also has connections with several notable figures (h/t ESPN):

“A celebrity is now coaching Colorado, and other celebrities are talking about the Buffs. Last month, Sanders hosted rapper Lil Wayne, who toured the team’s facility while cameras rolled. He marveled, “That’s the f—ing locker room?” upon seeing where the players suited up.”

This feels like a blast from the past for anyone associated with CU during those championship years, especially for someone like Darian Hagan who remembers seeing guys like Ice Cube rocking the CU colors (h/t ESPN):

“After unsuccessfully rummaging through his desk, Hagan did a Google image search. A picture of rapper and actor Ice Cube wearing a Colorado hat appeared on the screen.

“When we started dominating college football, I’ll never forget this right here,” Hagan said, smiling. “This made a whole lot of sense to me and made me understand that Colorado was special. When you see celebrities and they’re supporting a program like Colorado, that lets you know you’re being talked about.”

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