CU Men’s Basketball
// Dec 30 - 2012 Season
Jimmy Smith: “I’m glad to be representing the Buffaloes” in the Super Bowl
From cubuffs.com … For most NFL players, the idea of playing in the Super Bowl is only a dream, but for Jimmy Smith, it’s reality. In only his second year in the National Football League, Smith will participate in his sport’s biggest event – and arguably the sporting world’s biggest.
Smith, a former cornerback at the University of Colorado, already has competed in five playoff games, including two AFC Championships. His 29th career game will come on the biggest stage of all when Super Bowl XLVII kicks off on Sunday in New Orleans.
“Having the opportunity to play in the AFC championship game last year really prepares you for such a big moment,” Smith said in a telephone interview for CUBuffs.com. “And then going out there again this year, you don’t get the same feeling because you have already been there.”
Smith, now 24, is accustomed to contributing at a young age. As a freshman at CU he played in all 13 games during a season (2007) that included a trip to the Independence Bowl, contributing largely on special teams and …
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Coach Mac’s Coaching Staff
Introducing Dave Forman, Director of Sports Performance
From cubuffs.com … There are a couple of things you’ll notice (or won’t) in the strength and conditioning domain at the University of Colorado under new guy Dave Forman.
There won’t be a “big lift board” – no names posted alongside outlandish numbers in the bench press, squat or whatever. There will be piped in tunes, but probably not Metallica. And for additional purposes of improved perception, there will be assistant coaches wearing CU shirts with collars. No muscle T’s with cut out sleeves, please.
Oh, and Forman won’t slip you a business card identifying him as Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning. Rather, it will read Director of Sports Performance.
Why the changes? Let Forman explain:
“The change to sports performance, while it might seem like semantics, I think it better reflects the all-encompassing aspects of performance and what we’re trying to do. We’re more than just running around and lifting heavy weights. There are the aspects of recovery, there’s crossover with what the athletic training staff does – and not just in a rehab setting but in reconditioning, where maybe you’re out of rehab …
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Closing the Books on 2012
For most fans in the Buff Nation, 2012 is a year we would like to put behind us – and as soon as possible. The 2012 CU football team was the worst in school history, and not just in losses. New school records were set in points allowed, yards allowed … well, you know the rest.
Still, the words inscribed upon the wall above the main entrance to CU’s Norlin library ring true: “Who knows only his own generation remains always a child”. While that phrase served me well in my years in Boulder defending myself as a history major, it also is important for Buff fans. Even though we just lived through a tough 2012, it bears looking back at what happened, and how it unfolded.
Recruiting Class of 2012 … Though Jon Embree got off to a rough start in his first season as the 24th head coach in CU history, optimism was still the word of the day. The Buffs went 3-10 in 2011, but endured a murderous schedule in getting there. The 2012 season offered a much easier slate of games, and hey, didn’t Dan Hawkins go from 2-10 in …
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The Colorado Daily
Coach MacIntyre “in tears” watching former team win bowl game
From the San Jose Mercury News … Mike MacIntyre said he was in tears as he watched from home on television as San Jose State captured its 11th win Thursday by beating Bowling Green in the Military Bowl.
“It was just awesome, it really was,” MacIntyre, who left the Spartans on Dec. 10 to take over as coach at Colorado, said in a phone interview with this newspaper.
“When we won it, I was in tears, and so was my wife. We were all jumping around. From where we came from, who would’ve thought we’d be the best Division I team in San Jose State history.”
Leaving San Jose State wasn’t easy for MacIntyre, whose paycheck was quadrupled by the move to Colorado. He wants to push for a change to NCAA policy that would prohibit coaching changes from happening until after the season.
He watched this game feeling every bit as though it was a team he still was a part of. “I’m just so proud to be associated with them,” MacIntyre said.
The players still feel connected to MacIntyre for the work he …
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To Buff Club or not to Buff Club?
The University of Colorado boasts 30,000 students on its Boulder campus. CU cranks out thousands of new alumni each year.
Tens of thousands of former Buffs live along the front range. Tens of thousands of non-alumni have taken up the cause of cheering on their local team and/or the state’s flagship university.
This past fall, even with a team spiraling towards a school record seventh consecutive losing season, almost 50,000 fans found their way to Folsom Field for each Saturday home game to cheer on their Buffs.
The Buff Club boasts a membership role of … just over 6,000.
Why is the number so low? It’s not due to the high cost of joining – $100 is all it takes to become a member. So it has got to be something else.
The topic has been raised on both AllBuffs and BuffStampede.com this week, as the BuffClub renewal statements went out to season ticket holders.
Some of the comments made:
- “I give the required amount every year, so I’m a Buff Club member, but I have had no luck getting in touch with the group. The website has nothing …
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Introducing the Pistol Offense
At his introductory press conference, new Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre indicated that he would be bringing the pistol offense with him from San Jose State.
“We will run out of a pistol alignment,” MacIntyre said. “Basically we are in the gun; that allows us to be able to run downhill runs, inside zone, outside zone, gap and power. We’re also able to get the ball out of our hands quick, able to throw the ball to our receivers for all of the bubble screens, quick screens, so a spread principle.
“I want to be able to have a run playaction conflict on the defense. Therefore, when I have that hard downhill run, I get the linebackers in on it. Our [San Jose State] tight end was up for the Mackey Award, he was the leading tight end in the WAC so we were able to utilize him.”
So, what is the pistol offense?
The pistol offense is an offensive strategy developed in 2004 by Chris Ault, head coach at the University of Nevada. It is a hybrid of the traditional shotgu and single back offenses. In the pistol offense, also commonly referred to as …
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Mike MacIntyre – 25th CU head football coach
Mike MacIntyre press conference
Notes and quotes from the introductory press conference … with some of the better quotes highlighted …
“I feel very blessed, and honored to be the head football coach at the University of Colorado. I just left a program of young men who cared deeply, who went from 120th in the nation to 24th in every poll in 2 1/2 years, raised their APR (Academic Progress Rate) from 930 to 981, and committed to being successful, and a coaching staff that was relentless”.
On his coaching staff: “I look forward to bringing a lot of those guys here to build something special here at Colorado. I’m honored to be a Pac-12 coach. All my life, I’ve wanted to be a football coach. I grew up a coach’s son, and it’s in my blood.”
“I will make you proud, I promise you. I will work tirelessly, we will work correctly, and we will work with passion … We’ll win a lot of football games, but at the same time, these young men will learn a lot of life lessons.”
“We’ve got a long way to …
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Coaching Change at the University of Colorado
What others have to say about Mike MacIntyre
New York Giants Quarterback
MacIntyre recruited Manning to Mississippi while on the Rebels’ staff.
“As good a coach as Mike MacIntyre is, he is an even better person. He recruited me to Ole Miss with a little help from my mother and father, and I was fortunate enough to work with him on both sides of the ball.
“He coached our wide receivers my freshman year, so I worked closely with him on our passing game, and then for the next two years I got to throw against his secondary every day in practice when he coached the defensive backs, which was invaluable in my preparation.
“He’s a great coach and a great recruiter, and he will not be outworked. I wish Mike all the best at CU.”
San Francisco 49ers Linebacker
MacIntyre recruited Willis to Mississippi while on the Rebels’ staff.
“Coach MacIntyre is a great guy, a guy who knows how to recruit. A guy who knows how to get guys to play, get guys on one accord. He proved that at San Jose State this year, …
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Hoping Head Coach No. 7 is Lucky
Colorado will soon name the 25th football head coach in its history.
It will be CU head football coach No. 7 for me.
Of the previous six, three have been amongst the most successful in CU history. The other three are – by winning percentage – the worst three coaches who ever patrolled CU sidelines for at least two seasons.
Bill McCartney won more games (93) than any other Buff coach, and won CU’s only national champsionship. Rick Neusheisel has a better winning percentage (.702) than coach with four or more seasons at the helm except legendary Fred Folsom. Gary Barnett won division titles in four of his last five seasons in Boulder.
Meanwhile … Dan Hawkins (.320), Chuck Fairbanks (.212) and Jon Embree (.125) have the worst winning percentages of all of CU’s head coaches in history with two or more years in Boulder.
Which category will head coach No. 7 fit into?
Time will tell, but for today, the story is how the previous six transitions went down. For five of the six, they were not the first choice of the fans and/or the CU administration. Only one was a “home …
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Butch Jones – CU Head Coach (?)
Introducing Butch Jones … Just in case
Offensive philosophy: The University of Cincinnati Spread Offense is a no-huddle, up-tempo offense that utilizes multiple personnel groups and formations to attack and wear down the defense. We will make the defense defend the entire width of the field not only with our formations, but also with our run game, our short and intermediate pass game and with our screen passes. Additionally, we will keep the defense on its heels and threaten the entire depth of the field with our vertical passing attack. While the offense is built to get the ball in the hands of our playmakers, it is important to make the defense defend all the offensive skill positions, often times resulting in nine or ten different players having receptions in a game.
Defensive philosophy: We are an attacking 7 or 8 man front D, our base being a ‘4-3′ alignment. The front seven uses a variety of simple alignment variations to create assignment problems for the offense, limiting their efficiency and overall effectiveness. Our pass coverage philosophy combines multiple zone coverage with all the defenders reading …
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Coaching Change at CU – Week One – November 25th to December 1st
From Jon Embree Firing to Flirtations with Butch Jones
Cincinnati closes out season with a 9-3 record
Okay, now it’s time to talk with Butch Jones.
Cincinnati earned a share of the Big East title with a 34-17 victory over Connecticut. The Bearcats finished the regular season with a 9-3 record, and at least a share of the Big East title for the fourth time in five years.
Jones out … or still in? Doeren a favorite … or already packing for Raleigh?
Truly the silly season.
Adam at BuffStampede.com has as much information as anyone with respect to the search by Colorado for a new head coach. Saturday morning, at 11:00 a.m., Adam posted, with regard to Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren, ”His name is picking up steam in conjunction with CU’s opening from what I’ve heard”.
Three hours later, Doeren is the new head coach … at North Carolina State.
Football Scoop has posted … We have confirmed that Debbie Yow interviewed Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren earlier today. Update> Sources tell us Doeren has accepted the job. Further Update> The …
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Verbal Commitments – 2012
Team Rankings (January 31st – does not include Christian Powell):
Rivals: 30th nationally / 9th in the Pac-12
Scout: 25th nationally / 5th in the Pac-12 (does include Powell)
24/7 Sports: 39th nationally / 9th in the Pac-12
ESPN: Outside of the top 25 nationally
The Make-up (28 verbal commitments):
Quarterbacks: 1 (not counting Connor Wood, who enrolled in August)
Running backs: 5 (counting fullbacks Clay Norgard and Christian Powell)
Wide Receivers: 3
Tight Ends: 3
Offensive linemen: 2 (not counting Alex Kelley, a grey-shirt from the Class of 2011 who enrolled in January)
Defensive tackles: 4
Defensive ends: 4 (not counting Derek McCartney, who will join the team in January, 2013)
Defensive backs: 6
The Class of 2012:
CHRISTIAN POWELL – FB
Just the facts … Committed January 31st … Powell is a fullback prospect from Upland, California. Powell is 5’11″, 250-pounds. Upland teammates Donta Abron, a running back who committed December 12th, and Marques Mosley, a cornerback prospect who committed December 20th, also plan to sign with CU. Rivals bio Scout bio
What others had to say about Powell … Powell is considered to …
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