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Deion Sanders rips NCAA’s handling of mental health issues amid denial of double transfer eligibility

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Deion Sanders rips NCAA’s handling of mental health issues amid denial of double transfer eligibility

Coach Deion Sanders has spoken out about the recent NCAA decision denying immediate eligibility to Colorado Buffaloes player Tyler Brown.

Brown, an offensive lineman, began his college football career in Louisiana, then transferred to Jackson State to play for Sanders.

Brown has faced many mental health issues during his playing career and has spoken about those challenges in hopes of being cleared for immediate eligibility to play at Colorado – even as part of a doubles transfer.

The NCAA’s decision to deny Brown the waiver didn’t sit well with Coach Prime.

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Deion Sanders speaks with reporters

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders answers questions during a press conference after a practice August 4, 2023 in Boulder, Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“It doesn’t make sense,” Sanders said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Sanders added that the NCAA decision effectively ostracizes Brown.

“Some things just don’t make sense,” Sanders said. “You say you really care about mental health, but when you have someone who really cares about mental health, there’s a problem. Then ostracizing them and not allowing them to do that what he has the luck and the gift for and what brings him peace is trying for a young man.

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Earlier this year, the NCAA voted to limit waivers for second-time transfer players.

Under the new guidelines, athletes are only immediately eligible for their second transfer for reasons of physical or mental health or “demanding circumstances”.

Deion Sanders speaks to reporters

Colorado head football coach Deion Sanders during a press conference at the UCHealth Champions Center in Boulder, Colorado on August 4, 2023. (Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Brown posted a video detailing some of the mental health battles he has faced.

“I don’t want to be in a dark place again because I don’t have football,” he said in the video this week. He also mentioned that he had been taking anti-anxiety medication and anti-depressants since he was a teenager.

Brown performed well in his final season under Sanders at Jackson State, earning first-team All-SWAC honors last year. He was also named to the All-American Third Team.

Deion Sanders at Spring Game

Head coach Deion Sanders of the Colorado Buffaloes watches his team warm up before their spring game at Folsom Field on April 22, 2023, in Boulder, Colorado. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

When Sanders decided to take the head coaching job at Boulder, Brown decided to follow him.

“It’s like, ‘Wow, do you really care, or are you just saying you care?'” Sanders said of how the NCAA decides to treat mental health problems. “Do you care when it suits you? Or when it pays off?”

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North Carolina wide receiver Tez Walker’s waiver was also denied, along with Florida State defenseman Darrell Jackson Jr.’s waiver.

The Buffaloes open the season against TCU on September 2.

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