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December 12th

… CU in a few minutes …

Rashaan Salaam’s Heisman Trophy to be offered in an online auction

From the Daily Camera … The original Heisman Trophy presented to Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam in 1994 will be offered in an online auction, with a portion of the proceeds being donated for CTE research.

SCP Auctions announced Tuesday that the trophy won by the late Salaam will be a part of an exclusive online auction, which opens Jan. 8 and concludes Jan. 20 at www.scpauctions.com.

Salaam, CU’s only Heisman Trophy winner, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Dec. 5, 2016. He was 42 years old.

According to a press release from SCP Auctions, Salaam sold his Heisman Trophy to a sports memorabilia dealer in 2013, who then sold it to its present owner later that year.

The seller of Salaam’s trophy will donate an undisclosed percentage of the proceeds to the National Institutes of Health, to be used to support research on athletes’ medical conditions, including CTE and brain injuries.

Donating those proceeds is being done in honor of the late Salaam, as well as former NFL star Junior Seau, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2012.

It is estimated that Salaam’s Heisman will sell for at least $300,000.

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December 11th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Kicker James Stefanou named to freshman All-American team

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Freshman Placekicker James Setanou was named to ESPN’s 2017 Freshman All-America team Monday. He joins junior CB Isaiah Oliver as another Buff to earn national postseason honors after Oliver was named a second-team All-American by SB Nation last week.

“It’s a pretty big thing, but I just want to build on it really next year and years after that,” said Stefanou. “It is an honor to be recognized. There is good competition out there as well, there are plenty of freshmen kickers out there that are great. I know I am 30, but it is the first time I’ve really played football so I’m pretty happy with it.”

Stefanou totaled 86 points on the season, connecting on 17-of-22 field goal attempts and all 35 of his extra-point tries.

He started his freshman campaign off by connecting on 10 of his first 11 field goal tries, which was the third best start to a career at Colorado with one miss. Also, during the season he had a streak of nine consecutive field goal makes, tying the second-longest streak in school history.

Against Arizona State, he connected on a career-long 53-yard field goal try as well as 34-yarder and 28-yarder. The 53-yard field goal is the second-longest by a freshman in CU history, falling one yard short of teammate Davis Price‘s freshman-record 54-yard field goal in 2016. After this performance, he was named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week.

He became the third Buff to be named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, honoring the nation’s best placekicker, and joined Will Oliver (2013 semifinalist) and Mason Crosby, who was a semifinalist (2006) and the runner-up in 2005.

Wide receiver Johnny Huntley to transfer

From the Daily Camera … Colorado receiver Johnny Huntley III has decided to transfer, announcing his decision on Twitter on Monday.

Huntley, from South Plantation (Fla.) High School, recently completed his sophomore season with the Buffaloes.

He posted this statement on Twitter: “Thank you Coach Macintyre and the whole coaching staff for letting me play 2 years at this amazing University but I have decided to put myself in a better situation to be able to get where I want to go. I will be transferring.”

 

… This past season, he played in all 12 games, and was a solid contributor on special teams. He was targeted just once as a receiver and didn’t have any catches.

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Kahlef Hailassie becomes the third commitment from the Recruiting Class of 2018 to decommit

Kahlef Hailassie joins two other three-star commits to leave the Class, joining running back Max Borghi, who has since committed to Washington State, and offensive tackle Walker Culver, who remains uncommitted.

Hailassie’s tweet: Thank you to CU coaching staff for believing in me but at this time I will be decommitting and reopening my recruitment.

Hailassie is not showing any current offers from any Power Five schools, though he does have offers from schools like Fresno State, Wyoming, and Hawai’i. His bio …

Kahlef Hailassie – WR/CB

Just the facts … Committed July 22nd … Hailassie is a 6’2″, 185-pound wide receiver/cornerback from Elk Grove, California Rivals bio 247 Sports

What others say about Hailassie … Hailassie is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports. At 247 Sports, Hailassie is listed as the No. 97 cornerback in the nation, and the No. 109 overall player out of California.

2017 statistics: 13 receptions, 310 yards, 2 touchdowns … 40 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, 1 blocked FG

2016 statistics: 31 receptions, 614 receptions, 7 touchdowns … 64 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 7 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 forced fumbles

While listed by the recruiting services as a wide receiver for much of 2017, reports are that Hailassie will be a defensive back at Colorado.

Hailassie had other offers from … a number of other schools, though none from a Power-Five conference program. Many of the offers were from Mountain West schools, including Wyoming, Fresno State, UNLV, Hawai’i and San Jose State.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

 

 

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December 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Neill Woelk – Give Co-offensive coordinators Darrin Chiaverini and Klayton Adams a chance to work

From CUBuffs.com … As soon as news broke that Brian Lindgren was headed to Oregon State and Klayton Adams had been promoted to co-offensive coordinator at Colorado, a handful of fans began to voice their displeasure at the Buffs maintaining a co-coordinator system.

Hate to tell you folks, but that’s what more and more programs are doing these days. Other programs that have co-offensive and/or co-defensive coordinators? How about Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington and Oregon — just to name a few.

To me, it only makes sense. Two coordinators not only means different viewpoints, it also means more input in terms of figuring out what is working (and what isn’t), as well as much better information when it comes to who is practicing well (and who isn’t).

Meanwhile, I like the combination of Darrin Chiaverini and Adams.

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CU senior banquet awards – Phillip Lindsay named MVP

From CUBuffs.com … Senior tailback Phillip Lindsay was named the University of Colorado’s most valuable player at the team’s annual senior banquet Sunday afternoon at the Dal Ward Athletic Center.

He’s the first running back to win the honor, named for Zack Jordan, since Rodney Stewart in 2011, and the seventh overall.  He set 24 school records and tied two others in his career, in which he played in the maximum 51 games over the course of four years; he set all but four of those records this season.

The second-team All-Pac-12 performer by the Associated Press at the all-purpose position, he finished his career as CU’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (5,760) and in yards from scrimmage (4,683), while finishing second in rushing yards (3,707).  He set marks for the most receptions (110) and receiving yards (976) by a running back and is CU’s fourth all-time leading scorer (234 points).  This year, he rushed for 1,474 yards, the fifth-most in a single-season at Colorado, with five 100-yard games that included a high of 281 against Arizona when he also scored three touchdowns.   He led the Buffs in scoring with 90 points on the strength of 15 touchdowns (14 rushing), and earned 93 first downs.

The John Mack Award for the most outstanding player on offense was given to sophomore quarterback Steven Montez. He had 3,313 yards of total offense, including 2,995 passing, the second and third highest single-season totals in school history, respectively.  In completing 228-of-377 passes (60.5 percent), he threw 18 touchdowns against nine interceptions; he set several school marks this season, including the most consecutive passes without an interception (172).

The Dave Jones Award for the outstanding defensive player was presented to junior inside linebacker Rick Gamboa, who finished second on the team in tackles with 117 (45 unassisted).  He also had seven passes broken up, 10 third down stops, five quarterback hurries, and seven tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, including five tackles for zero.  He had at least seven tackles in all 12 games, including 10 or more four times, with a high of 17 at Arizona State.

The Bill McCartney Award for special teams achievement was given to sophomore tailback Beau Bisharat for the second straight year, the sixth player to earn the nod at least twice.  Bisharat again played on almost all of CU’s special team units and led the Buffs in special team points earned with 29; he was in on 13 tackles (three inside-the-20), with five forced fair catches, three knockdown blocks to free return men, two first downfield credits that altered the return path, two downed punts and one punt pressure.

CU’s inspirational honors went to senior safety Ryan Moeller (the Derek Singleton Award for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm); senior outside linebacker Derek McCartney (the Eddie Crowder Award for outstanding team leadership); junior tailback Kyle Evans (the Tyronee “Tiger” Bussey Award for inspiration in the face of physical adversity); and senior Andrew Bergner (the Tom McMahon Award for dedication and work ethic).

Senior tight end and defensive end George Frazier claimed the Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic achievement.  Frazier will graduate later this month with the second of two degrees, a master’s in Education Foundations, Policies & Practices; he earned his bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies.  He recently made the honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic Team with a 3.43 grade point average.

The Scout Team Awards were presented to walk-on performers, with the offensive honors going to tight end Brady Russell (the nephew of Matt Russell, CU’s 1996 Butkus Award winner) and the defensive nod awarded to lineman Nico Magri.  The coaches selected the players who contributed the most to the weekly preparation on their respective scout teams over the course of the entire season.

The Lee Willard Award for the most outstanding freshman went to placekicker James Stefanou, who was the nation’s oldest freshman at 30.    He set CU freshman records for scoring (86 points), field goals made (17) and attempted (22) while making all 35 of his extra point tries.

Lindsay also captured the “Best Interview” honor from CU’s beat media, for his availability and straightforward and thoughtful answers.  It was the second straight year he was recognized with the nod, the fourth to be twice since it was created in 1987.

In all, 71 players earned letters this season, including 21 seniors and 27 who were cited as first-year lettermen, with 16 of those players freshmen (nine redshirt, seven true).  The lettermen broke down into 32 offensive and 33 defensive players along with six specialists.

The complete list of CU award winners announced Sunday, selected by the coaching staff unless otherwise noted:

Zack Jordan Award (most valuable player): TB Phillip Lindsay
John Mack Award (outstanding offensive players): QB Steven Montez
Dave Jones Award (outstanding defensive players): ILB Rick Gamboa
Bill McCartney Award (special teams achievement): TB Beau Bisharat
Lee Willard Award (outstanding freshman): PK James Stefanou
Offensive Scout Player of the Year: TE Brady Russell
Defensive Scout Players of the Year: DL Nico Magri
Dean Jacob Van Ek Award (academic excellence): TE/DE George Frazier
Derek Singleton Award (spirit/dedication/enthusiasm): S Ryan Moeller
Tyronee “Tiger” Bussey Award (inspiration in the face of physical adversity): TB Kyle Evans
Tom McMahon Award (dedication/work ethic): CB Andrew Bergner
Eddie Crowder Award (outstanding team leadership): OLB Derek McCartney
Offensive Trench Award: OT Jeromy Irwin and OG Gerrad Kough
Defensive Trench Award: DE Leo Jackson III
Hammer Award (hardest legal hit of the year): OG Gerrad Kough
Best Interview (selected by team beat media): TB Phillip Lindsay

Previously announced:
Buffalo Heart Award (selected by the fans): TB Phillip Lindsay

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December 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Afolabi Laguda becomes third Buff to accept East/West Shrine game invite

From the Daily Camera … Colorado safety Afolabi Laguda has accepted an invitation to play in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20.

The Shrine Game, to be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., is one of the top events for seniors to showcase their talent for NFL scouts.

Laguda is the third CU player to accept an invite to the Shrine Game, joining receiver Bryce Bobo and running back Phillip Lindsay. Both accepted invites late last month.

Laguda started all 12 games for the Buffs this past season, finishing fourth on the team with 69 tackles (48 solo). He also had six tackles for loss, four pass breakups, a team-high three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception.

This will be the seventh consecutive year that CU will be represented at the Shrine Game. Last year, five Buffs — linebackers Jimmie Gilbert and Kenneth Olugbode, safety Tedric Thompson, defensive tackle Josh Tupou and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon — accepted Shrine Game invitations.

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December 8th

… CU in a few minutes …

Three Buffs earn Master’s degrees

From CUBuffs.com … Someday, George Frazier plans on having a family — and when the time comes, he will tell his children about his accomplishments at the University of Colorado.

There will be plenty to tell. The former CU tight end and defensive lineman will able to regale them with tales of how, in an era of extreme specialization, he was an ironman of sorts, playing offense, defense and special teams. He will be able to show them his 2016 Pac-12 South championship ring, then explain that he was part of a group of players who helped rejuvenate the program and bring the Buffs back to respectability.

But the first thing Frazier will tell them, the accomplishment of which he is most proud?

In his 4½ years at Colorado, Frazier managed to earn not only a bachelor’s degree, but also a master’s. Despite the rigors of playing Division I football for the last four years— spring conditioning, spring ball, summer conditioning and the fall season —  Frazier will leave CU this month with a bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies and a master’s in Education.

All in 4½ years.

“That’s what I will tell my kids first,” Frazier said recently. “One thing my dad always stressed growing up was education over everything. Football can be taken away from you on one play, but education will be there for you forever. Nobody can take that degree from you. I will always be proud of that.”

No doubt, an impressive accomplishment.

But even more impressive is the fact that Frazier is not the only member of the 2017 Buffs who will earn his master’s this month. Also walking away with advanced degrees will be defensive end Derek McCartney (bachelor’s and master’s in Integrative Physiology) and running back Michael Adkins II (bachelor’s and master’s in Business-Finance/Accounting).

That is three master’s recipients on one team, with all three being significant contributors to the Buffs over the course of their football careers as well as receiving All-Academic Pac-12 recognition in their careers.

While there are no statistics on such occurrences, having three master’s recipients in the same semester is without doubt a rarity.

“I can’t say it hasn’t happened, but I’ve certainly never seen it before,” said Katie Bason, CU’s Director of Football Academics. “To have three in one year makes me really, really happy. Those guys worked so hard. They set their mind to what they wanted to do, they set a goal and they achieved it. It is certainly rare — very rare. Sometimes student-athletes get a bad rap in terms of their identity on campus, but these are three guys who are the epitome of student-athlete.”

Bason and head coach Mike MacIntyre are clearly proud of their student-athletes’ accomplishments. What makes this year’s three master’s degrees even more notable is the fact that the three come in distinctly different fields.

Frazier will someday pursue a job in education. Adkins is already considering job offers in the financial industry. McCartney plans to apply to medical school.

“”I hear stories about other places where students get clustered, or pushed into majors,” Bason said. “It’s a case of the path of least resistance. Here, we want our students to find a passion. We want them to graduate from the University of Colorado knowing what they care about. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to major in something that you think is going to directly equal a job. If you’re doing it for that reason, you miss out on all the real cool stuff about college — the critical thinking, the classes that really open up your mind and give you a new perspective.”

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December 7th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU athletic director Rick George: “I’d like to have every game a sellout”

From the Daily Camera … Although the Colorado football team did not meet expectations on the field, the Buffaloes came away fairly pleased with the final attendance numbers.

CU (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) wound up averaging 47,056 fans for its six games at Folsom Field this past season, a slight increase from the 2016 average of 46,609.

“Any time you have growth in attendance, I think it’s important,” athletic director Rick George said. “One of the things that we did really well again is we got the students engaged and that was real important. Our fan base came out and bought tickets.”

CU sold all of its 11,500 student passes, and sold 20,808 season tickets to the public. There was a significant jump in season tickets, from the 18,011 sold in 2016. That’s the sixth-largest jump in season ticket sales since records have been kept post-World War II.

“Hopefully we’ll continue to grow our ticket base,” George said. “I’d like to have every game a sellout. I also know that we didn’t meet some of our fans’ expectations (on the field) and we’re going to work hard to keep them engaged and supporting our programs.”

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Former Buff Jim Hansen to receive NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

From CUBuffs.com … Jim Hansen, a University of Colorado football letterman and Rhodes Scholar, is one of six former college athletes who will receive the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, the organization announced Thursday.

The award is in recognition of their collegiate and professional achievements, and annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers.  The recipients are selected by representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes.  Hansen is the first former CU student-athlete to be recognized.

Hansen lettered four years at Colorado (1989-92), was a three-time Academic All-American, earned first-team All-Big Eight honors at offensive guard his senior season, and was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.  He earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was the recipient of the Draddy Award (since renamed for William Campbell), which is widely considered as the “academic” Heisman.

“It’s a wonderful honor, and I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with some amazing people,” Hansen said.  “While at the University of Colorado, I was fortunate to have excellent mentors and support, both athletically and academically as well as in the broader community.

“The foundation that was built and lessons learned during my time in Boulder has carried over to help me continue to be successful in my professional and personal life, and I’m thankful for the recognition the NCAA is providing.”

Hansen graduated from CU in 1992 with a degree in aerospace engineering and a 3.94 grade point average; he completed his master’s degree in Boulder the following year.  He later studied at Oxford, where he received a doctorate in atmospheric physics and dynamics.

Hansen has selected two of his collegiate professors, Dr. David Clough and Dr. Steven Chapra, to present him with the award, which will be occur at the annual honors celebration during the 2018 NCAA Convention on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.

He has held teaching positions at MIT and Navy, and now serves as the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Marine Meteorology Division, where he leads a team of 120 scientists, engineers and support personnel and oversees a $35 million budget annually.  In 2012, he received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his work identifying areas of the globe subject to pirate attack.

In addition to Hansen, the 2018 recipients include former Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam, Julie Foudy, Nnenna Lynch, David Morrow and Lance Pilch.

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December 6th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

“Non-Bowl teams That Will Improve Dramatically in 2018”

From Bleacher Report … A bunch of the teams that found themselves in a rut that spiraled deeper as the season progressed are too strong and storied to be down for long. They’ll rebound, and though most of them won’t be contending for any titles anytime soon, they’ll do enough to get back to the postseason next year.

Let’s take a look at some of 2017’s non-bowl teams that’ll hop right back into the end-of-the-year festivities in 2018.

Colorado

What went wrong in 2017

A season after the Buffaloes made it to the Pac-12 Championship Game, they found it difficult moving on from record-breaking quarterback Sefo Liufau and a high-powered group of defenders who were out of eligibility.

Coach Mike MacIntyre dealt with a 5-7 season, finishing last in the South division for the fourth time in his five years, a season after winning national Coach of the Year honors. While the offensive line was supposed to be a major strength this year, it was far from it.

Perhaps most importantly, the Buffaloes replaced eight defensive starters from 2016, and that didn’t go well, either, as they also had to replace coordinator Jim Leavitt, who left for Oregon. The Buffs finished 110th nationally in total defense, allowing 450.6 yards per game.

Why they’ll improve

Quarterback Steven Montez is one of the most talented signal-callers in a loaded conference, though you wouldn’t know it from his 2017 performance. If the Buffs can work out some O-line issues, he’ll improve dramatically as a junior.

Three of the elite quarterbacks who torched CU’s defense in UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Washington State’s Luke Falk will be gone as the conference faces a hefty rebuild next year.

Yes, replacing senior running back Phillip Lindsay will be tough, but the Buffs will fill that role by committee and have a stable of receivers for Montez. The defense will improve sheerly because the quality of opponents’ quarterbacks will decrease.

2018 outlook

It’s going to be tough to get to six wins considering the Buffs must face two of the hottest coaching hires of the offseason in Nebraska’s Scott Frost and UCLA’s Chip Kelly.

But those rosters have huge holes. CU will split with those teams, beat Colorado State and New Hampshire and find a few more wins to claw its way to bowl eligibility. Teams like Oregon State, California and Arizona State are going to be trying to find themselves.

MacIntyre is a good coach who will have a lot of pieces back, and he’ll do what it takes to make defensive tweaks.

… Other teams on the list … Baylor … Florida … Maryland … Nebraska … Pitt … Tennessee … UNLV …

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December 5th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Brian Lindgren resigns; Klayton Adams promoted to co-offensive coordinator

Related … “CU Buffs shake up offensive coaching staff” … from the Daily Camera

Press release from CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado co-offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren has resigned to accept a similar position at Oregon State, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre announced Tuesday.

Lindgren, 37, also coached the quarterbacks for the Buffaloes his five years in Boulder, with his top two performers,Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez, combining to set over 110 school records.  The two started 55 of Colorado’s 58 games under Lindgren.

He is expected to be officially hired by OSU later this week once the proper paperwork is completed.  OSU had contacted CU officials last week for permission to speak with Lindgren about the position on its staff under its new head coach, Jonathan Smith.

“Brian did a great job for us, and is moving on to Oregon State for his next journey,” MacIntyre said.  “We’ve been together for six years, which really can be a long time in the coaching profession.  I appreciate all he did for us at Colorado as well as at San Jose State.  Brian has been a big part of our successes at both San Jose and Colorado, he’s done a great job developing quarterbacks at both schools and has been extremely loyal.  I wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”

“He will also be closer to much of his extended family with this move,” MacIntyre noted, as Lindgren is a native of Walla Walla, Wash., and played his college ball at the University of Idaho.

MacIntyre also announced that offensive line coach Klayton Adams will be promoted to co-offensive coordinator with Darrin Chiaverini, who has served in that role the past two seasons with Lindgren.  Adams, 34, has worked under MacIntyre for seven years, coaching the tight ends for two seasons at San Jose State, and the running backs and tight ends at CU for his first three seasons in Boulder before shifting over to tutor the offensive line ahead of the 2016 campaign.

“Klayton is a really well rounded coach,” MacIntyre said.  “He’s coached multiple positions for us that has really helped our offense, I am excited about him being our co-offensive coordinator and having more input in our offense.”

Lindgren had called the plays on offense for his five years at Colorado, a role that will now shift to the 40-year old Chiaverini, who joined the CU staff last year.

“Darrin brings a lot of expertise to the table, and I’m looking forward to what he can do with the play calling,” added MacIntyre.  “He and Brian worked well together coordinating the offense, and I believe he and Klayton will develop the same kind of chemistry.”

MacIntyre has already started the process to hire a quarterback coach.  The Buffaloes have three scholarship players at the position, Montez (a junior), Sam Noyer (a sophomore to be) and Tyler Lytle (who redshirted as a true freshman this past season).

CU, as with all other FBS schools, will add a new 10th assistant that the NCAA has approved beginning for the 2018 season (those positions can be filled starting January 9).

Reports: CU offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren leaving for Oregon State

… Stay tuned … 

From FootballScoop.com … Oregon State: Source tells FootballScoop Colorado co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Lindgren has accepted a position on Jonathan Smith’s staff at Oregon State.

From the Daily Camera … Multiple reports Tuesday morning say that Brian Lindgren has left the Colorado football program to take the job as the offensive coordinator at Oregon State.

Lindgren has spent the past five years as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and play caller at Colorado. Over the last two years, Lindgren and Darrin Chiaverini have worked as co-coordinators on the offense.

CU has yet to confirm Lindgren’s departure, but him leaving could open the door for Chiaverini to take over as sole coordinator of the Buffaloes’ offense. Chiaverini also coaches the CU receivers.

This would be the first of what could be multiple changes to CU’s coaching staff following a disappointing season in which the Buffs (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) finished last in the South division for the fourth time in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s five years in Boulder.

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Anthony Julmisse enters into plea agreements

From the Daily Camera … Former University of Colorado cornerback Anthony Julmisse was sentenced to probation and community service after accepting plea deals in both his domestic violence and robbery cases.

Julmisse, 20, pleaded guilty on Friday in Boulder District Court to one count of harassment in one case and pleaded guilty to theft, false reporting and leaving the scene of an accident in his second case.

He was given identical sentences in the cases of two years probation and 24 hours of community service, but will serve the two probation sentences at the same time.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped additional charges of assault and robbery.

… Julmisse was dismissed from the team in September.

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December 4th

… CU in a few minutes …

Rick George: “I’m not one of those that likes to jump in and make changes right away”

From the Daily Camera … Around the country, the coaching carousel in college football is spinning like crazy.

So far, 18 Football Bowl Subdivision teams have made changes with their head coach, and with that comes widespread changes with assistant coaches.

After one of its most disappointing seasons in the past decade, Colorado (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) could be in store for staff changes, as well, but the Buffaloes won’t rush into anything.

“I’m not one of those that likes to jump in and make changes right away,” athletic director Rick George said Monday. “I think it’s important that we hash things out and at the end of the day, (head coach Mike MacIntyre) will do what he thinks is best for the program and I’ll do the same.”

One year after going 10-4 and winning the Pac-12 South division, the Buffs slipped back to the South basement for the fourth time in MacIntyre’s five seasons in Boulder, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of everyone involved with the CU program.

“We all had expectations to have a successful year and go to a bowl game and we’re not going there,” George said, “so it always gets you to now pause to look at it and say, ‘OK, what do we do to get better to ensure the consistency we want to have as a program?'”

George said that he and MacIntyre have had a couple of “candid conversations” since a 34-13 loss to Utah in the season finale on Nov. 25.

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N.J. Falo says he is returning to Colorado

I’d like to hear this from CU, but we’ll take any good news we can get … 

From the Daily Camera … Linebacker N.J. Falo could be coming back to Colorado.

Dismissed from the team over the summer for a violation of team rules, Falo posted on Instagram on Sunday that he will return in January.

“42 days and I’m back where I belong,” he wrote. “On the gridiron making plays and in the class chasing that degree.”

On Monday morning, CU said it has not been confirmed that Falo will return.

However, head coach Mike MacIntyre does have a history of giving second chances to players who show contrition and work their way back into good standing. Most notably, MacIntyre brought defensive lineman Samson Kafovalu back to the team in 2015, defensive lineman Josh Tupou in 2016 and safety Evan Worthington this past season.

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December 1st

… CU in a few minutes …

Isaiah Oliver declares his intent to forego his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL draft

Press release from CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado junior Isaiah Oliver, considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the nation, announced Friday that he will forego his senior season with the Buffs and make himself eligible for the 2018 National Football League Draft.

“I’ve been going back and forth with it over the last few weeks,” Oliver said.  “A lot went into the decision, but after having talks with my family, my dad and everybody, we felt like it was the best time after the season I had. We weren’t necessarily against coming back for another year — I loved playing for Colorado and I wouldn’t have minded another year, as well as another year of track — but we felt like where I am physically and mentally as a player, it’s time to take the next step. We’re really excited about it and looking forward to the next challenge.”

Oliver’s father, Muhammad Oliver, was a standout cornerback at Oregon and had a five-year NFL career.

He is the ninth CU player to declare early for the NFL Draft dating back to 1993, when defensive tackle Leonard Renfro was the first to do so; he would be a first round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles.  Rashaan Salaam was a first round pick by the Chicago Bears in the ’95 draft, and most recently, receiver Paul Richardson was a second round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.  All eight Buffs who came out early did so after their junior years and were drafted.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Oliver played in 10 games this season after missing two late in the year with a leg injury. He finished with two interceptions, 13 pass breakups, five third-down stops, four touchdown saves and 27 tackles (22 solo). Opposing quarterbacks made it a point to avoid him whenever possible and he was seldom targeted over the last half of the season.

For his career, Oliver finished with 71 tackles, three interceptions and 32 pass break-ups.  He also returned punts for Colorado, and had a 68-yard return for a touchdown in 2016 against UCLA.

Oliver said his family members have spent the last several months discussing his draft prospects with NFL front office officials, scouts and agents. While there is no guarantee where he will be drafted, Oliver said the general consensus is that he could be taken in the first two rounds.

“The main thing they’ve come back with is a lot of it is going to come down to testing,” Oliver said. “But most people seem to think I’m a top five corner … it could be anywhere from the first round to the mid- to late second round, all based on combine testing from here on out.”

Oliver was also a standout track athlete at Colorado.  Last spring, he finished fourth in the Pac-12 decathlon despite practicing only part of the spring. When he was being recruited out of Brophy Prep High School in Goodyear, Ariz., CU head coach Mike MacIntyre promised him that he could continue his track career at Colorado if he so chose.

“It was a huge honor to play for Colorado and Coach MacIntyre,” Oliver said.  “He had the trust and faith in me coming out of high school to give me a scholarship. He allowed me to run track, which was big for me. Everything he has done for me over these last three football seasons have helped me tremendously as a player and as a person as well. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done, and everything the staff has done. Everything he did helped prepare me for where I am today. He’s a great coach and a better person.”

MacIntyre obviously would have loved to see Oliver return for his senior season — but he also clearly understands the opportunity in front of his latest star defensive back.

“Isaiah is a model student athlete,” MacIntyre said. “He did well academically, he did well socially and he did well on the football field and track.  He’s a phenomenal person and a phenomenal athlete. We’re honored to have had him for three years and now he’s going on to the next chapter of his life. I’m honored and privileged and proud that I was able to coach him. He will represent the Buffaloes well at the next level — he always has.”

Oliver also cited the importance of Lindsey Malone, CU’s assistant track coach, that she had on him.

“It was a privilege working with coach Malone, she’s a tremendous all around coach, and I’ve always been a firm believer that track makes me a better football player.  I feel like she understood that as well, so I honestly believe a lot of my football success is a credit to her.  What she allowed me to do the last few years helped make me the football player I am today.”

In his career at CU, Oliver played with four defensive backs who are now on NFL rosters — Kenneth Crawley (Saints), Chidobe Awuzie (Cowboys), Ahkello Witherspoon (49ers) and Tedric Thompson (Seahawks). Awuzie, Witherspoon and Thompson were all selected in last April’s NFL Draft.

“It has a lot to do with Coach Mac,” Oliver said. “His defensive back history, his knowledge of the position and the game — look at the guys who have come through here under him. I feel like they all took his coaching really well, did the things he coached them up to do and it translated to the field. Along with that, he knows what to look for as recruits. He knows who is going to be a good defensive back in college football.”

The 2018 NFL Draft will be conducted April 26-28.  Late Friday afternoon, Oliver issued the following statement announcing his decision:

“After meeting with my coaches and family I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. The University of Colorado has offered me an incredible experience and will always be a part of who I am. I am extremely grateful for Coach MacIntyre, Coach Brown and the entire coaching staff, along with the support staff of the football program, for molding me as a person, player and student-athlete.

“Playing in the NFL has been a goal of mine and I believe it’s time to pursue this opportunity and provide for my family. This was an extremely difficult decision. The coaching staff has done an amazing job developing and mentoring me. If it weren’t for the incredible support I have received, this would not be possible. I will take everything that I’ve learned as a student-athlete at the University of Colorado and will work hard to become the best that I can be.

Being a part of this team was something special that I will always treasure.  I will miss my teammates. I am going to miss representing the University-this is a special place.  I am a better person because of my time here and I am forever thankful for the opportunities that were provided to me. Go Buffs!”

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November 30th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Derek McCartney; Isaac Miller Pac-12 All-Academic first-team

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Senior outside linebacker Derek McCartney and sophomore offensive tackle Isaac Miller of the University of Colorado football team were named Thursday to the 2017 Pac-12 Conference All-Academic first-team.

The duo become the ninth and 10th different Buffalo football players (14 overall selections, as four have been honored twice) to be named first-team Pac-12 All-Academic since Colorado joined the league in 2011.

In addition to McCartney and Miller being first-team selections, CU had four others selected as honorable mention. Lucas CooperGeorge FrazierAaron Haigler and Michael Mathewes all drew honorable mention selections; this was the second consecutive season Haigler has been on the list, but the first for the other three.

McCartney closed out his career as one of CU’s most distinguished all-around student-athletes. He was a 2014 All-Pac-12 Academic honorable mention selection and graduated in May 2016 after just three years with a degree in one of CU’s most challenging majors – Integrative Physiology – with a Pre-Med course of study. Now in graduate school, he carries a 3.71 GPA in his Integrative Physiology program.

McCartney is a semifinalist for the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year award (four finalists will be announced on Dec. 11) and last season he was named to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of just 12 Division I players honored on the 25th annual team that is one of the most coveted off-the-field honors in the sport.

He has made national headlines for his participation in the Be The Match program, where he donated peripheral blood stem cells that helped save a man’s life who was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. On the field, McCartney played in 38 games with 35 starts for the Buffaloes. A two-year team captain, one of just 10 Buffs in program history to serve as a team captain twice, he finished his career with 13½ sacks and that ranks in a tie for the 19th most in program history.

Miller, a third-year sophomore at Colorado, carries a 3.77 GPA while majoring in Integrative Physiology & Psychology. He saw his first career action for the Buffs this season, bouncing back from a knee injury that cost him his 2016 season. He ended up starting in six games on the year and was credited with five knockdown blocks, six touchdown blocks (direct) and eight perfect plays on passing touchdowns.

Miller becomes the first CU offensive lineman to draw first-team All-Academic honors from the Pac-12.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and appear in at least 50 percent of their teams games.

Colorado’s Pac-12 All-Academic First-Team Selections                                   

2011 Will Pericak, DE
Travis Sandersfeld, CB
2012 Nate Bonsu, DT
Justin Gorman, DB
Will Pericak, DE
Connor Wood, QB
2013 Nate Bonsu, DT
Will Oliver, PK
Connor Wood, QB
2014 Nelson Spruce, WR
2015 Michael Adkins II, TB
Nelson Spruce, WR
2017 Derek McCartney, OLB
Isaac Miller, OL

 

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November 29th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Phillip Lindsay and Bryce Bobo invited to play in East-West Shrine game

From the Daily Camera … Colorado’s Bryce Bobo and Phillip Lindsay have both accepted invitations to play in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20.

The Shrine Game, to be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., is one of the top events for seniors to showcase their talent for NFL scouts.

Lindsay, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound running back from Denver South High School, was one of the nation’s top running backs this season.

He currently ranks eighth nationally with 1,474 rushing yards, and 12th with 122.83 yards per game. He leads the country with a school-record 301 rushing attempts.

Lindsay averaged 144.3 yards from scrimmage per game, ranking seventh nationally, and he is the only player in the country with at least 1,400 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving.

For his career, Lindsay leaves CU ranking second in career rushing yards (3,707) and rushing touchdowns (36). He also had the most catches (110) and receiving yards (976) by a running back in CU history.

Bobo, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver from Covina, Calif., led CU with 62 catches, 693 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Bobo finished his career seventh on CU’s all-time list with 150 catches, and his 1,638 yards ranks 11th in CU history.

This will be the seventh consecutive year that CU will be represented at the Shrine Game. Last year, five Buffs — linebackers Jimmie Gilbert and Kenneth Olugbode, safety Tedric Thompson, defensive tackle Josh Tupou and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon — accepted Shrine Game invitations.

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November 28th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU loses two commitments 

Signing Day has been moved up to December 20th … and can’t get here soon enough. With a disappointing 5-7 season, the Recruiting Class of 2018 will not likely be that which Buff fans would have hoped for just a few short months ago.

With the two defections below, the CU Recruiting Class stands at 16 (or 17, if you are counting transfer wide receiver Tony Brown, who is already on campus).

Note … an update on all of CU’s remaining commits will be posted this weekend …

Davion Taylor – LB – Junior college

Decommitted November 28th … Reportedly committing to Ole Miss

Just the facts … Committed to Colorado June 22nd … Taylor is a 6’2″, 215-pound linebacker from Magnolia, Mississippi, who was coming to Colorado by way of Coahoma Community College Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Taylor … Taylor is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports. Last season, at Coahoma Community College, Taylor had 26 tackles (10 solo) in seven games. Taylor qualified for the NJCAA Championships with a time of 10.63-seconds in the 100-meter dash this spring. Taylor played safety at Magnolia high school, but played linebacker as a freshman, and was projected as an inside linebacker for Colorado.

Taylor had other offers from … only a handful of schools, like Mississippi, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi.

Here is a link to Taylor’s Hudl.com highlights.

Walker Culver – OT

Decommitted November 28th … Reportedly taking an official visit to Ohio State

“After a lot of soul searching, I have come to the realization that I need to decommit from Colorado,” Culver wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I will always be grateful to Coach (Mike) MacIntyre and Coach (Klayton) Adams for believing in me and offering me the chance to play at Colorado. … Colorado has first class facilities, academics and fans and I will always hold a special place in my heart for the Buffs.”

Just the facts … Committed November 21st … Culver is a 6’5, 245-pound offensive lineman from Chattanooga, Tennessee  Rivals bio Scout bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Culver … Culver is considered to be a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports. He was initially rated as a two-star prospect by Scout, but was bumped to three stars after he started accumulating offers from around the country. Rivals lists Culver as being the No. 21 player overall out of the state of Tennessee, while 247 Sports has Culver as the No. 22 player out of Tennessee, and the No. 28 tight end prospect in the nation.

Analysis from Rivals: “Great size, good feet, and great use of his hands coming off the football. Has displayed strength as well as balance during pass protection and while he is not overly athletic and looks young on film, you have to think his talent ceiling is almost limitless. He finishes every play, moves his feet laterally very well and we feel it’s a great land for the Buffs going forward”. 

Culver had other offers from … only Vanderbilt and Wake Forest at the time of his commitment (before the end of his junior year in high school), but Georgia Tech, Indiana, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville and Virginia Tech all offered after the spring evaluation period.

CU senior class – “They understand now what it takes”

From the Daily Camera … While the football season didn’t go the way the Colorado Buffaloes wanted, several of the seniors believe they are leaving the program in good hands.

CU wrapped up a disappointing 5-7 season with a 34-13 loss to Utah on Saturday, turning the page to the future.

“It’s going to be good,” running back Phillip Lindsay said of CU’s future. “There’s a lot of young talent and they’re going to put some good stuff together this next year. They understand now what it takes.

“It’s about offseason work; it’s about how hard you’re going to work in the offseason. They know that now. Sometimes it’s hard to get young kids going because they don’t understand it. You have to come to play every time. They’re going to be all right.”

Left tackle Jeromy Irwin, who just completed his sixth year at CU, said he felt the Buffs had a good offseason, but the future of the program depends on making this offseason even better.

“The thing they have to know is that it’s won in the offseason and if they’re not willing to work in the offseason, it doesn’t matter how much time you have (at CU),” he said.

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Neill Woelk: An off-season of soul searching awaits Buffs

From CUBuffs.com … Now begins a long, long offseason for the Colorado Buffaloes.

In some ways, the Buffs have been here before — far more often than they would like. A 5-7 finish that includes a 2-7 mark in Pac-12 play and a spot in the Pac-12 South basement is nothing new.

But this year’s finish also provides a different feel for Colorado. For the first time in the five-year Mike MacIntyre era in Boulder, the Buffs have taken a step back. A season that began with the Buffs riding the wave of a 10-4, Pac-12 South title finish a year ago ended with a thud. With one last chance to earn a bowl bid and extend their season, the Buffs played maybe their worst half of the season Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium, falling behind 28-0 in the first two quarters before finally dropping a 34-13 decision to Utah in the season finale.

That’s nowhere close to what the Buffs envisioned when the year began. Now, they have a long winter, spring and summer ahead to look deep within themselves and begin the process of fixing the problems that plagued them for much of the season.

It’s a process that will begin at the top. MacIntyre and his staff will hit the recruiting trail beginning Sunday night in an effort to wrap up their early signing class (Dec. 20), while at the same time carefully dissecting all the details that turned this season south.

It won’t be an enjoyable task. There’s not a position group on the team that performed up to expectations this season, and fair or not, that is an issue that begins at the entrance to every CU coach’s office. Whether it is technique, game plans or a combination of both, CU’s coaches will carefully evaluate the season — then figure out how to improve those areas.

Meanwhile, CU’s returning players should have no lack of incentive to get back to work, first in the weight room, then on the field when spring ball begins. If ever an offseason required a little soul searching, this one fits that bill.

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74 Responses to “Colorado Daily”

  1. VK Berlin

    Should put this here.

    Huntley is transferring.

    Buffs

    • ep

      I knew there would be some damage from the overstock at WR and regardless of AZ’s post about CSS you have to wonder. I will follow Huntley wherever he goes and am betting he will succeed.

  2. Glenbuff95

    Good points VK.

    Just read that article over on the Buffzone. Encouraging to hear that they want to go up tempo again. Was it just me, or did the pace slow way, way, down in 2017? I remember asking myself, what he heck happened to the speed and catching the opposing D off guard?

    Also, there was mention of rushing the ball…with who? Yes, in theory I am ALL for that. That’s what the Buffaloes should do. But do we have the line or the RB for that? If Bisharat puts on 20-30 more lbs?

    Last thing regarding the article, i am conflicted about the statement that the plan is to simplify the offense. On one hand, football is about execution, it doesn’t matter if the defense knows what you are about to throw at them if they can’t stop it – that is to say, we out execute them. On the other hand, predictability factor. didn’t we just boot the guy that just HAD to call that screen constantly, and the guy that loved that 1st down slant every series, and the guy that love to run it 3 times up the middle from the 3 yard line? Do they mean they want to simplify the blocking schemes and the routing tree? if so, ok.

    Side note: N.J Falo coming back? That would be great in my opinion. We may have an edge rush OLB again!

  3. VK Berlin

    The facts.
    *For the last 5 years Lindgren has called the plays and run the scheme.
    *For the last 5 years the offense has been middling
    *For the last 5 years the offense has been at the bottom of the pac12 in scoring.
    *In the last 5 years the Buffs have had one gone season. The offense was the same. Middling Won by the defense. Fact

    * For the next year the offense will have a different thought process, a different scheme, and most importantly a different play caller. Yup including adjustments during the game.

    You heard Chev. He nicely put the Offense got lost after the beginning of 2016. If you watched the games you saw it. If you watched the 2016 championship game and bowl game and saw the repeated shots of the dear-in-the-headlights you knew then and there.

    Still Mickey kep his loyal dog/firend/dog/protege calling the plays and designing the offense. And even with a talented QB (Lindgren said) and the best oline in a long while (Mac and Adams) the the top recieving corps in the country (Mac and Chev) the offense was a frigging disaster. Disaster.

    And he had the pieces too. He couldn’t get it done ( And they haters say well Leavitt had all the pieces blah blah…..Yup and he got it done…….Mac could not stand that since his loyal serf could not.)

    Hurry 2018

    Note: And and I am telling you there are at least 6 better receivers on the buffs than Mac’s kid. And playing him this year over some of those freshman was a problem. And if it happens again next year the problem will be magnified.

    In 2016 they showed 3 starting wr positions.

    And in 2017??? there was an additional one……….and who was in it…Yup the kid of mac.

    Them be facts.

    And the kids they put behind him……….amazing.

    You can ignore it. The team did not.

    It was crap.

    MickeyMac is not a savant. He is closer to a HWSRN coach from the past.

    Buffs.

    • It’s your opinion. Please state your facts. I’m not sure that I agree or disagree, but I do not see the “facts.” I would like to have you state them. What is your position? That young McIntyre is 7th best receiver and deserves not to play st all,?,,,

      • Marcus

        From today’s chat:

        Dec 11 2017 11:02 AM

        I always say of JayMac that he is really good in his role. He’s not as talented as Winfree, Ento, Shenault, Nixon, etc. But, in that slot role, he is really valuable and often very dependable. So, because of that, I think he ranks right up there with them. I would think he’s no worse than 4th on the team in catches next year.

        Brian Howell

  4. KevinMac

    Has there been any speculation that Lindgren was suggested by MM or RG to seek alternate employment?

  5. KevinMac

    Bleacher Report: “The defense will improve sheerly because the quality of opponents’ quarterbacks will decrease.” Apparently the writer didn’t watch any of our games in 2017. Our run defense made it so the quarterback could have been Mickey Mouse and they’d still roll all over us.

    • Chirality

      I was continually baffled by the number of teams that seemed intent on passing the ball against us. It really only worked for USC.

      Like…why? What are you doing? Line up heavy, run it. Bring out your inner Georgia Tech. Run-pass balance should only exist when your opponent has competent run *and* pass defenses!

  6. ep

    Sure glad I’m not a tight end at Oregon State. That may be one area where the new Co OC situation might help….make the tight ends a threat to receive again. Maybe it will work so well we can save a little money on Bernardi

  7. Glenbuff95

    Off topic, but below is an interesting read regarding the dominance of Alabama over the last decade (starting with a win against the buffs in 07′). The part that struck me the most was when talking about how the program was turned around the author made the assertion that:

    “It took former university president Dr. Robert Witt and Moore to make football a priority again, and nearly every athletic facility was upgraded, including Bryant-Denny Stadium with the north-end zone expansion for $45 million. ‘This has been a university commitment,’ ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill said. ‘Not an athletics commitment, not a football commitment. That university has committed to athletics as a whole and as a result everything on the campus, from enrollment to things that have nothing to do with athletics have benefitted.'”

    https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/decade-dominance-nick-sabans-success-transformed-alabama-not-just-football

    Maybe one day CU will step up as well.

    Go Buffs

    • That’s a good story, Glenbuff. I read something similar about Saban’s influence on the SEC, and thus the whole “business” of college football.

      The other things that strike me are that Saban apparently has an army for his recruiting staff. Some ridiculous number. Why? Because he was allowed to spend the money on an army of admin staff to target recruits for the coaches to go get. I don’t recall the exact count, but it may be north of 10-20 people. And, apparently, Saban’s put at least two first round picks into the NFL each of the last 10 years. I wonder if that helps win games? And… get more NFL caliber recruits? And… win more games?

      That, and… apparently now Mark Richt is the longest tenured coach, at a whopping 2 years, of any D1 football program in Florida. That’s pretty crazy, too.

      As to CU, for all the hand wringing, I do still think Mac is a good coach (and yes, a DB savant) and a good fit at CU, who can make 2018 another good year. If, on the other hand 2018 goes like 2017? I may start to change my tune on that. But to me, one step back this season isn’t indicative of a trend that shows he’s “only” a turnaround guy, but cannot sustain success.

      Already looking forward to 2018.

      Go Buffs.

      • Glenbuff95

        Don’t the Buffs have some sort of admin. staff now as well? I thought I remembered reading that they had implemented that?

        • Yes. Mac made a point of beefing up that side of the program, and I think we’re seeing the caliber of commits increase, at least in part, as a result. It’s not ‘Bama robust, obviously, but they built more infrastructure, hired more staff, and Chev is the head of that recruiting piece, too. I think that’s a good fit, and largely why he was brought in.

          Hopefully he’s growing to be as good an OC as he is a recruiter. The WR’s overall performance this year was hopefully an aberration, as well (maybe more to do w/ Montez’ chemistry and timing, or lack thereof w/ them), rather than a reflection of Chev’s position coaching ability.

          And, since I’m on another tangent, getting into Montez, I do think this year was a good kick in the pants for him, too. He should be pissed off, fired up, and very, very focused on stepping up his pre-snap reading, post snap reactions, timing and touch during this off season. As well as taking a page from the “book of Sefo” on leading a team.

          They’ve definitely got a stable of talented players in that mix coming back on offense. Should be fun to watch.

          Hopefully that friggin’ D line gets shored up, too. I think Big Sexy Javi will be much improved, as will Mulumba. No idea about the young guys coming up. But they need to be ready for Pac 12 play, as well.

          Go Buffs.

    • KevMc

      Couldn’t agree more. The way things are going, the chasm between “football schools” and non football schools will only widen. I don’t see that sort of university commitment ever happening at CU, however.

      • VK Berlin

        Kev it appears you and the bankerboy are a perfect fit., Congratulations

        • KevMc

          My reply was to Glenbuff’s post. Congratulations to you too VK, for making an incorrect assumption.

          • VK Berlin

            nah the assumption is correct. I new what I was answering. And that’s okay. Really it is. I really mean it.

            And clearly I was not looking at just that response.

            ‘It’s all good. Your are all good.

            Banker babbler too.

  8. Yo Stuart,

    Everybody should chill out about having the O-line coach being promoted to co-offensive coordinator. Remember the heydays of glory under Bill McCartney? His offensive coordinators were Gerry DiNardo and Elliot Uzelac sandwiched around Gary Barnett’s lone year as coordinator. DiNardo and Uzulac were both offensive line coaches.

    The offensive line coaches know their guys and can help design calls to cover weaknesses and take advantage of strengths. The key to a good offense is the line. Not sure if Lindgren gave the line a second thought in his time here. That’s why the QB’s took such a beating.

    Congrats to Klayton. And I can’t wait to see Chev call plays. Time for the TE coach to go as well. Maybe Oregon State can take him off our hands too.

    Mark
    Boulderdevil

  9. Glenbuff95

    My guess with the Co-Coordinators is that not only is it a collaboration tactic but also neither have time to be a position coach AND run the offense?

    Can someone tell me if Adams is still the O-line coach or are we looking for one to take his spot?

  10. What the hell is with this Co-off coach crap Stuart!!!??? I don’t get it. Why this disrespect to Darrin!!! Do they want him to leave, because this is a slap in the face and a ticket to interview elsewhere. Getting real tired of these idiotic moves.

  11. VK Berlin

    Wow, what a CO-OC pair.

    The receiver and the Oline coach.

    Wow.

    But Chev is gonna be calling the plays. And now you have the OL guy involved in design and blocking etc etc and the WR guy calling the plays.

    So on the O side you still have Hagan and that old te guy than needs to go.

    Ya got two open spots and you could have 3. But nah MickeyMac is a homespun dudette and a bit cluless to the ways of the world. Maybe coaching too.

    The telling tale……………… On Lindy LU

    he’s done a great job developing quarterbacks at both schools and has been extremely loyal.

    Okay then Mackaroo, ya get one more year to prove you ain’t a one year wonderlick failure.

    Buffs.

    Note: The OC team is interesting.

    Note 2: That loyalty to the old guy has cost ya and is gonna cost ya.

    • VK Berlin

      Chev was forced on him.
      Lindy was the Mickey spy
      Adams is the new spy.

      Loyalty buddy.

      Mickey………..one more year…………one more year………..one more year

      • VK Berlin

        Maybe some of the offensive problems for the last 5 years have totally been identified.

        The 5 year OC and 5 year Play caller has been replaced by an OL coach.

        Buffalo Up.

        • Yeah. Terrible work by Lindgren. Clearly. That’s why a Petersen protege, who’s been running his offense forever, hired Lindgren to run his offense. Because he’s a terrible offensive coordinator. Riiiiiight.

          Now, let’s see what Chev and Klayton can do. Onward and upward.

          And, for all the harping on Bernardi, now that they’ve had/found/developed some TE’s who can catch a ball consistently, they seem to be using them more in the passing game. Regardless, they’re key to the running game. And, VK, you’re the recruiting beatnik, so you can check this out and see who he’s brought in to CU, but it seems like Bernardi’s been key in recruiting, with deep ties in So Cal.

          Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            A Joke. You check it out. This assumption is the same as that dumbarse one you made about MickeyMac being the one and only,.

            Mein Gott. Remove thy nose.

  12. Rob

    Sefo for QB coach. We need some leadership on this team.

  13. Bufftrax

    OKAY NOW…… What is this CO-Crap !

    We’ve had enough of this CO-Coaching. When it’s like this no one knows who’s in charge. If someone is in charge, then it’s CO-Nothing.

    Let’s have no CO-Coaching, period.

    C’mon MM. Afraid someone won’t be happy ? Make someone answer the bell.

    • KevMc

      Agreed! Do other teams do this? When I see other OCs shown up in the booth on TV, I sure don’t recall hearing the “Co” label mentioned. Seems like it’s either reluctance to give Chev too much power or independence (or potential credit if the offense improves) or another lame “thanks for sticking with me all these years” gesture. Can you imagine if MM had told Leavitt he needed to be Co-DC! I’m beginning to think that MM stands for MicroManager…

      • KevMc

        OK, just read elsewhere on this site (Oregonian article about Taggart leaving U of O… thanks Stuart!) that Oregon has Co-OCs. Guess I need a “college coaching for dummies” book

      • VK Berlin

        MickeyMac is a funny dude.

        Now about those teams that have co-coordinators

        Clemeson
        Alabama
        Oklahoma
        Auburn
        TCU
        Washington
        Louisville
        Ole Miss
        Ohio State

        To Name a few

    • ep

      My first reaction as well. Sounds like a bone thrown to MM for letting his sleepy good buddy go. My hope is Adams does have some valid ideas that have heretofore been squelched by the hopelessly unimaginative Lindgren. If not we may see MM’s loyalty drag himself (and the Buffs) back down

    • cjbuffco

      I agree, enough of the “co” stuff. All that does is create “co”nfusion. It feels like MM has difficulty with hard decisions so makes placating arrangements like this thing to soothe things over, with an over emphasis on rewarding long-term loyalty. Just make the call, put one accountable person in charge. But that will obviously not happen. I feel that having Chev calling the plays should turn out to be a good thing, particularly for more aggressive, TTech like schemes using the talents of receivers like Shenault, Nixon, Winfree. Plus his passion should help. We will see if the fan favorite produces next season but this is an encouraging move.

  14. VK Berlin

    Dang it MickeyMac, don’t let your boss push you around.

    “I don’t think (the offense) met any of our expectations,” CU athletic director Rick George told Buffzone.com on Monday. “We had thought our offense would be explosive……………..our expectation was that our offense would be powerful and we’d score a lot of points and the fact that we didn’t, again, didn’t meet our expectations.”

    Interesting how the whole coaching staff shakes out. People say it ain’t done.

    Dang those people.

    So basically 2 open spots now with the extra coach being added.

    Gonna be interesting.

    Buffs.

  15. Marcus

    OK now, assuming Chiaverini will be named OC the good news will be CU won’t have to go out and look for a new OC; while new blood can be brought in to a position of need. Does Chiaverini take over both the QBs and WR while play calling too? Or will there be a new QB coach?

    • BuffGold2006

      Sounds like we are again going the Co-offensive coordinator route with Adams/Chev.. Yuck.. i really dislike that

      • Chirality

        Slap in the face to Chev?

        • VK Berlin

          Co coordinators are the rage in the big time schools. With each one having a different skill set. Could be interesting. This could work. But MickeyMac will be having his nose in there so there is that. And ‘that’ is not an upside.

          Chev calling the plays………….which means everything……….. but..

          And like the past 5 years, assistant coach loyalty counts a lot. A real lot.

          Meaning loyalty to MickeyMac not loyalty to CU.

          So there is that.

          Ya know………..

          Does lingren no longer being the Co-Oc player caller improve the Buffs? Yep.
          Does Chev being the Co-Oc play caller improve the Buffs. Maybe/Maybe not.
          Does Adams being the Co-Oc improve the Buffs..Maybe Maybe not.

          So as a famous coach once yelled.

          What the Hell is going on out there?

          Is this a shell game presented by the Flimflam man consortium.

          Lindren gone was predicted Good

          Chev + Adams is a bit of a mind blowerk, though if chev takes charge it could work.

          Need a qb coach desperately.

          Gonna sleep on it.

          Buffs.

          Note: They need to get rid of the MickeyMac defensive scheme. And get a scheme to fit the players. something Lindgren never did

          Note 2: Maybe with 5 years OJT at Colorado and finally being out from under the dominating dictating thumb of MM, Ol Lindy will blossom.

          Note 3: And if it is true OSU called for permission to talk to Lindy and that is really what happened…MickeyMac is dancing a jig………… A frigging lightning bolt.

          Good luck Coach Lindgren and may your next five years be much better than your last 5

  16. ep

    well hush ma mouth.
    probably minutes after my last post decrying the procrastination Lindgren is no longer Lingering.
    OSU is a win for him. The new HC at OSU is an ex QB and will have a lot more to say about the play calling. Maybe BL will learn something.
    Hopefully the new guy here doesnt have to match MM’s lifestyle to get on board

    • Chirality

      My first thought was: “VK will be so happy”.

      This is a true wait-and-see kind of thing. I think that Lindgren will be moderately successful at Oregon State. Every week he has a few extremely tricky, impossible-to-prepare-for plays that work well. The problem with Lindgren isn’t his play design, it’s a tendency to stick to one game play too long, throwing the offense out of balance.

      Chev? We’ll see. We’ll see how much of a CO-OC he was real quick.

      All that said: Linebackers and Defensive Line coaches are the ones we need to be looking at.

      • VK Berlin

        Yo Adrian,

        I am never happy when someone loses his job. But in this case since he got a nice little lateral move to a team that finished worse than the Mighty Buffs…………well okay then………..Happy Happy Happy on all counts.

        The Mighty RJ Paw at work don’t ya know. Funny no quotes from Mac in the paper.

        And may I remind you that RG said they would take the time for the right decisions to be made

        (Dang nabrooney, why could’t those Rebels have pulled the trigger like OSU.

        And I am happy for the Mighty Buff Faithful……….including you………..to some others………….I probably be gloating with all my withdrawn cash from the sidewalk bank………….heha heha.

        Buffs.

        Bernardi needs to retire. Don’t need know TE coach………They just ol guys anyway……..and if ya got come that can catch…………pur em with the WR’s MickeyMac would never even notice.

        Hmmm2pm…………….Lindy on a jet plane…………Dilly Dilly…….

  17. Geez, early posting before I gotta get the real day going…

    But, as it relates to Saban, I heard a statistic recently – and stats hounds, please feel free to correct me on this – but I believe Alabama, under Saban, has had at least two first round draft picks in each of the last 10 drafts.

    Jimmies and Joes? X’s and O’s? A bit of both, really. But, Saban also has like a 50-person recruiting team, too (that may be a slight exaggeration).

    Either way, my money’s on Mac to keep the rebuilding going at CU. Well, at least until he moves on to his next gig…

    Go Buffs.

    • ep

      “….a bit of both?” No kidding?
      There is a scale in that respect, Eric. If you have the J&Js that Saban has routine and otherwise predictable X&Os can look spectacular.
      Conversely the fewer or less talented J&Js you have the more the X&Os matter. Guess where the Buffs fall on that scale?

  18. Found this gem: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21644578/nick-saban-dominance-sec-alabama-crimson-tide-coach-enters-new-era

    Of course, it’s from ESPN so SEC focused, but… could pretty much apply to the whole industry.

    Classic.

    Go Buffs.

  19. Oh boy! Lindgren to OSU? Kelly in Westwood. Maybe, just maybe, Leavitt replaces Taggart at UO, since I’m betting he’s gone (although I see UO going in a different direction)?

    Talk about the centrifuge!

    I guess, if coaching matters, that would mean Leavitt/UO and Kelly/UCLA will run the Pac 12, along w/ Petey, with Shaw always a contender, and everyone else will be left in the dust?

    I don’t see it playing out that way. But sure will be fun to watch.

    As to GlenBuff’s comment? Yeah, sadly, CU blew itself into football oblivion (and yes, McCartney had a direct hand in that process starting, unfortunately).

    I’m still at a loss as to why we don’t have the major donor (or many minor donors) that other programs have. It’s not like CU alumni are paupers, by and large.

    Either way, I still think MacIntyre’s more than a turnaround guy. One under achieving year doesn’t make a trend. Will be really interesting to see – presuming reports of Lindgren “moving on” are accurate – how the Buffs’ offense takes shape next year, as well as OSU’s (and UCLA’s etc.).

    In my eyes, if Montez gets his head in the game, and O-line can actually block for three seconds, the offense will be just fine, regardless of who’s calling the plays (mostly regardless).

    But then again, I’m clearly more in the “jimmy’s and joe’s” camp, than the X’s and O’s camp. And, the jimmy’s and joe’s have come a long way under MacIntyre, and I believe will continue doing so. And, the X’s and O’s will cruise along too.

    Go Buffs.

    • VK Berlin

      lindgren to OSU and Kelley to UCLA and you oput them in the same sentence.

      You are a howler nose bleeder.

      So dang funny.

      Go Big new OC”SSSSS

  20. Glenbuff95

    I’ve been indifferent to VK’s rambling about coaching over players for about 4 years. But I must say he’s on to something.

    I like what Mac has done for the Buffs. I get it. He (not Chev or Leavitt) has brought in better athletes. But Look who is coaching in the Pac 12 now. Look at the salaries. ASU just Hired Herm Edwards. Are the Buffaloes REALLY competitive even? Mmmm not so much I don’t think.

    I guess what really bothers me at the end of the day is that the Buffs really are a 2nd tier school now. Why? Because clearly it takes lots of money and fan support to be a contender. The Buffs have neither. The day McCartney walked out the door, the Colorado football program slowly took a nose dive into mediocrity.

    Would someone like Les Miles immediately turn CU into a contender? Probably, yes. Does CU, the boosters, and the fan base have the urgency? No. Does the program have the money? doubt it.

    But Honestly folks, lets take a good hard look into the mirror. If CU were really committed to contending for national championships they would be buying out Macs contract right now and going for a top tier coach. They are not. Its acceptable apparently for CU to expect some sort of bowl appearance every year, attempt to contend for the PAC 12 south every couple years, maybe win it every 5-10 years. win the Pac 12 every 10-15 years, so on so forth.

    Disheartening, but then again, I don’t have the deep pockets, i’m just an old fan.

    • VK Berlin

      What Rambling?

      • buffalobilly

        Glen, there are a lot of 2nd tier coaches in the pac 12. Fortunately, these things are cyclical. The Pac 12 IS one of the power 5 conferences, however due to late games, most of the east and midwest don’t see a lot of the games. Now that being said, the cyclical aspect is : throughout the 50’s, and 60’s it was all Oklahoma Sooners and Big Red in Lincoln. Then Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and the like, changed that. Now we have most of the slanted news and coverage by most sports outlets, on the SEC and the ACC, Big Ten. Coaches like Bowden, Spurrier, Broyles etc, made that possible.So, until we start dominating other teams and conferences, we will be sucking eggs.
        Hopefully good showings by USC, Stanford, Washington and Washington State will help us.

  21. VK Berlin

    Jan 20 2015 Daily camera

    Colorado athletic director Rick George said Tuesday the search for a new defensive coordinator on the football coaching staff is taking longer than expected but he and coach Mike MacIntyre are hoping to hire someone soon.

    Hmmmmm Jan 19 2017

    The school officially announced Thursday that D.J. Eliot, who spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Kentucky, has been hired with a proposed three-year deal to fill the same position for the Buffaloes.

    Welp it is such a fine art don’t ya know.

    “I’m not one of those that likes to jump in and make changes right away,” athletic director Rick George said Monday. “I think it’s important that we hash things out and at the end of the day, (head coach Mike MacIntyre) will do what he thinks is best for the program and I’ll do the same.”

    Go Buffs.

    So they are both doing what they think is right for the program and they are not the same things, Which one wins.

    Asking for AZ and EP

    • ep

      Looks like all the heehawing and procrastination is somehow connected to getting recruits signed before eliminating, at least, the most glaring example of failure at a coordinator position…..even though I think it would help recruiting more to have done it a week ago.
      And that includes recruiting coaches as well as players. If all the good ones are gone by the time RG forces MM’s hand are we going to wind up with another OC around Eliot’s level? Can some one tell me exactly how he wound up in Boulder?
      I hope I didnt just jinx everyone by automatically assuming Lingering is going to be gone.

  22. Eric Grathwol

    Hi vk. How’s the putt putt going?

    Four db’s drafted in Mac’s tenure. I will not be surprised to see worthington, wigley and udofia get drafted either, when it is their time. Moeller may have a shot too. I stand by my claim that he is a db savant. Whether he is good at finding and recruiting them, or developing them, or even having a little luck with them, I cannot say, exactly. But whatever the combination, continually getting db’s into the NFL says something.

    Now, about that d line? Gripe away. They need to find similar success there, that is for sure.

    Go Buffs.

    • ep

      maybe MM should just stick to being the DB coach

      • VK Berlin

        Good point. That’s what “Lending Lou” says he is good at it Bet it takes a lot of ol MickyMacs time though.

        But it does go along with “Ya can’t take the mailroom guy our of the mailroom guy even if you make him delivery driver.

        Buffs.

        Note: fine display of peter.

        • Eric Grathwol

          The rise is real.

          Two steps forward, one step back. They were four dropped touchdowns from 8-4. Without being able to stop the run.

          Enjoy the rebuilding as it continues.

          Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            And 3 dropped touchdowns from 3 and 9

            What if What if What if……….Lotta what if’s out there.

            Rebuilding. Thought after last year it was a reload?

            Reality and facts………tough to handle………and Wait until next year hehaheha…………

            Buffs.

        • Eric Grathwol

          Oh yeah. How could I forget? At what point did you hit your Peter principle ceiling, oh wise one?

          Go Buffs.

  23. ep

    Phil’s selection for a post season all star game is a no brainer. Actually so is Bobo’s. I am willing to bet Bryce will spend some time on an NFL roster. Here at CU he was always the complete receiver.

    • buffalobilly

      It is too bad Fields couldnt stay focused. He had a lot of potential. Or, he would have also been in a post season game like Phil and bryce.

  24. ep

    VK beat me to the punch on Mac’s incredibly lame damage control over no bowl by saying he would have more time to recruit. He is going to need it. Pretty much the definition of irony.
    Other than the running back recruits, who are looking at Phil, I wouldnt be surprised if the next guys to go away will be players on offense.

  25. WarBuff

    The fallout begins. This is the result of the poor appearance that an apparently not very secretive about it interviewing HC can have on a program. MM may have torpedoed his career….

    He failed to understand that he either needed to make the school change after last year with all of the accolades, or have a successful followup campaign this year. 5 years of losing culminating in 2016 was great, but falling back into last place in 2017 (esp losing what many speculated as the reason for the success – JL) means that 2016 was an aberration, not a trend.

    Recruiting will be at best…interesting.

    • Cjbuffco

      Agree with this post. Last year, I felt that Mac2 should leave at the top of his turnaround achievement, his second one including SJSU, and CU should have either promoted JL or brought someone else in to run things at a high level. Mac is now stuck, as is CU and their fan base, in an unenviable position. I feel the only way out of this are some staff coaching changes. When building teams of any kind, A players bring in A players, B players bring in C players. I hope to see changes. Otherwise, I’m having a hard time envisioning a bounce back year in 2018.

  26. Hey Stu,

    How many kids that have committed have typically flipped away from CU each year (or to the Buffs)? And, was last year’s # any different, after their sweet turnaround year?

    I don’t pay close enough attention, but it seems there’s always movement w/ kids opting out, or opting in, pretty much regardless of record. Although, there’s not much recent history of recruiting season following winning records around here, sadly.

    Go Buffs.

    • ep

      both these kids decommitted right after the Utah loss. They probably wont be the last. You can fool some of the kids some of the time.

  27. VK Berlin

    Mac said he needed time to recruit. So not getting to that bowl was not a big deal.

    What a deek.

    That bowl would have been the recruiting pop he needs.

    Damn it. And there will be more… Hope MickeyMac has some good 2 star replacements lined up.

    This has turned out be whatever the opposite of rise is. Mac took all the credit last year so he gets all the blame this year.

    Just peeses me off some of those blind arse supporters just can’t see “He just ain’t go it” The real life one year wonder.

    Oh well it is Buff football now ain’t it?

    Buffs.

    Gonna cut it loose for a while roun here. A break is needed. Recharge. Go to AZ/FL do some golfing. Watch a little Bocce Ball. You know relax get away.

    And then this time next year GROUND HOUND DAY

    With maybe a firing. Cleansing is a great thing

  28. Stuart:

    Are we hot on the trail for any top flight recruits?
    Trying hard to get excited for next year…

    Patrick

    • Stuart

      In a word? “No”.
      In two words, “Not really”.
      You never know, but I’m not seeing any big splash commitments between now and December 20th.
      I will be posting an update on the CU Recruiting Class of 2017/18 this weekend, so stay tuned!

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