A rumor is going viral on social media that former NFL stars and University of Miami alumni Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin have been banned from their alma mater for openly supporting Deion Sanders, the head coach of the University of Colorado.
The rumor alleges that the University of Miami administration was unhappy with Sapp and Irvin for endorsing another college football team instead of their own, and decided to revoke their privileges as former players and donors.
The rumor has not been confirmed or denied by any official sources, but it has sparked a lot of debate and controversy among college football fans and analysts.
Some have criticized Sapp and Irvin for being disloyal to their school and betraying the legacy of the Miami Hurricanes, one of the most successful and prestigious programs in college football history. Others have defended Sapp and Irvin for showing their friendship and admiration for Sanders, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest NFL cornerbacks of all time and a trailblazer for Black coaches in college football.
The situation shows that the support for Deion Sanders is so deep that it goes beyond the realm of staying loyal to your college. Sanders, who is in his first season as the head coach of Colorado, has already made a huge impact on the college football landscape, leading the Buffaloes to a 3-0 start and a No. 18 ranking in the AP poll.
He has also attracted national attention for his charismatic personality, his flashy style, and his outspoken advocacy for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Sanders previously coached at Jackson State University, an HBCU in Mississippi, where he won two Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles, and the Eddie Robinson Award as the best coach in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
If University of Miami really banned Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp just for showing love to Deion Sanders, that would be super petty, and tarnish the school’s sports legacy.