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CU football father accuses Deion Sanders of ‘favoritism’

Son apologizes; father deletes post
Colorado head coach Deion "Coach Prime" Sanders watches during a warm up before an NCAA college football game between the UCLA and the Colorado, Oct. 28, 2023, in Pasadena, California. (Photo credit: / Ringo Chiu)

Deion Sanders has caught the ire of the parent of a soon-to-be-former University of Colorado Boulder football player.

In a post now deleted on X, formerly known as Twitter, Alton McCaskill III spoke about his son, Alton McCaskill IV, entering the transfer portal.

“If my son’s not RB1, we gotta go,” McCaskill III’s post read.

“RB1” refers to McCaskill IV being the starting running back.

“He was ready last year!” McCaskill III’s post read. “He’s 100 percent this year. Unfortunately, have to find another home where there’s no favoritism and he is valued, appreciated and has no doubts about RB1. He is the best [running back] in Colorado, but he is not settling. We’re [leaving]! Thank you, Colorado, for your hospitality!”

When the father’s post began to gain traction, the son quickly denounced it.

“Please do not condone any of this,” McCaskill IV posted as he quoted his father’s post. “This is not me, and not a part of me at all . False opinions.”

“The only person that has any input or any influence with my decisions is me. My apologies some opinions were voiced that may leave people appalled. Please do not let that be a reflection of my character and the integrity of my career.”

McCaskill IV began his career at the University of Houston, where he rushed for 961 yards on 189 carries in 2021 as a true freshman. He missed the 2022 season with an ACL injury, and only played in four games in 2023 for Colorado before being redshirted. In those four games, which included one start, McCaskill IV had 59 rushing yards on 14 carries and two catches for 19 receiving yards.

As other players have transferred from Colorado after spring practices, most notably Cormani McClain, Sanders said in a press conference he wishes nothing but the best from the student-athletes moving on.

“I don’t dislike any of the kids that may leave, man,” Sanders said. “Because I just want the best for them. I really do. I’m just crazy like that. I really want the best for all of these kids.”

He also said the Buffaloes should be fine regardless.

“When a guy’s a starter and he transfers, you’ve got to really think about that,” Sanders said. “I mean, is he really ‘that?’ I don’t know how many starters have really transferred around the country. I think we have some coming in for visits pretty soon, maybe even this weekend, but we can attract those type of players. I don’t think we’re losing those type of players.”

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