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Deion Sanders downplays effectiveness of sign-stealing: ‘You’ve still got to stop it’

The University of Michigan football program has found itself in a sign-stealing controversy, but Deion Sanders isn’t paying much mind to it.

The Colorado head coach says sign-stealing practically means nothing if you don’t execute.

“Everyone is trying to get whatever edge they can. You can have someone’s whole game plan. They can mail it to you. You’ve still got to stop it, you’ve still got to stop it…” he said on Tuesday to reporters.

“You’ve still got to play the game. Back in our glory days with [the] San Francisco [49ers] as well as the [Dallas] Cowboys, you know darn well Emmitt Smith is getting the ball, you know darn well Michael Irvin is running a comeback, you know darn well Jay Novacek is going to do what he’s going to do, and you couldn’t stop it. It is what it is. Stop it.”

Head coach Jim Harbaugh says he does not have “any knowledge or information regarding the University of Michigan football program illegally stealing signals nor have I directed any staff member or others to participate in an off-campus scouting assignment.”

Michigan has been dealing with NCAA discipline already this season, with Harbaugh serving a self-imposed three-game suspension amid an investigation into impermissible contact with recruits.

The Wolverines are No. 2 on the AP Top 25 poll with the Purdue Boilermakers on the schedule for Nov. 4 in Ann Arbor.

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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