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June 2nd

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Postponed Bolder Boulder now cancelled 

From the Daily Camera … In March, when the Bolder Boulder reacted to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and announced the postponement of its traditional Memorial Day 10K road race, organizers turned their focus to a Labor Day event on Sept. 7.

But on Monday, Bolder Boulder officials announced that this year’s event has been canceled for the first time in its 41-year history.

“It’s funny how quickly time has passed (since March), but the landscape as it relates to COVID-19 is still very much an unknown,” race director Cliff Bosley said. “The determination at the end of the day is that canceling the race from Labor Day was probably the safest thing for us to do.”

The Fort Collins FORTitude, which had been combined with the Bolder Boulder for this year’s Labor Day event, will also be canceled. Plans are for both events to return to their normal dates and venues in 2021.

In making the decision to cancel, Bosley and officials were in regular contact with Boulder and the University of Colorado Boulder, which opens Folsom Field for the finish line and post-race Memorial Day tribute each year.

“It wasn’t an independent decision,” Bosley said. “(Boulder and CU) are our two most integral partners that allow the race to be the terrific experience that it’s been. At the center of this is an overabundance of caution related to COVID-19.”

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June 1st

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CU Announces “Buffs with a Brand” to coordinate NIL programming

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado athletic director Rick George announced Monday the creation of “Buffs with a Brand,” a department program that will coordinate NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) programming for the school’s student-athletes.

“Buffs with a Brand” will provide this comprehensive program for student-athletes focusing on three key pillars: personal brand management, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.  Programming will be created by industry professionals, academic units and the CU athletic departments, and will include workshops, videos, one-on-one meetings and mentor sessions.  This programming will educate CU’s student-athletes to be provided with the tools and resources to enable them to capitalize on their name, image and likeness given the NCAA legislation that takes effect in January 2021.  The program will be open to all current CU student-athletes in the school’s 17 intercollegiate sport programs.

“‘Buffs with a Brand’ will be an extremely impactful program for all of our current and future student-athletes, George said.  “Building a personal brand, and developing the skills to be a successful entrepreneur will help our student-athletes capitalize and build on their time at CU and beyond.”

Student-athletes can voluntarily participate in the program, creating cohorts.  Each academic year cohort will complete the program from August through April within the academic year.

Those who choose to participate will gain hands-on, real world experience in building their brand, developing their entrepreneurial skills and understanding finances.   To complete the program, student-athletes must accomplish the following:

  • Brand Management: develop their own personal brand and marketing plan;
  • Entrepreneurship: create a mock company and pitch the key facets of the company to the cohort at the end of the semester;
  • Financial Literacy: create profit & loss statements.

The three pillars above will be complemented with a compliance session that will go over extensive “Do’s and Don’ts.”

The effort will be coordinated by Lauren Unrein, CU’s assistant director of the department’s SCRIPPS Leadership and Career Development Program.  CU is partnering with Jeremy Darlow of Brands Win Championships, who is an experienced brand consultant to athletes, coaches and teams, and will participate in his program, “The Darlow Rules.”  The school has enlisted the services of Erick Mueller, an award winner adjunct professor and faculty director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives in CU’s Leeds School of Business.

“In deciding which Pac-12 school to admit into the program first, my focus centered on each university’s mission as it relates to the future of their student athletes,” Darlow said.  “What became clear in our conversations is that the University of Colorado is committed to providing the tools necessary to set their athletes on a path for success in life after sports, making them the ideal partner.”

“Buffs with a Brand is going to blaze the trail and foster amazing entrepreneurial opportunities for our student-athletes,” Mueller said.  “I’m thrilled to be a part of it in supporting our students to create great value in the world from their athletic careers and beyond.”

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May 31st

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Rick George: “You’re making decisions not knowing what the future looks like”

From the Daily Camera … Rick George is no stranger to challenges. Since he was hired as CU athletic director in July of 2013, he’s led the charge for record-setting fundraising and a $168 million facilities overhaul; gone through two football coaching changes and one in women’s basketball; and seen many ups and downs on and off the playing surfaces.

George and the athletic department also dealt with domestic violence charges against a former assistant football coach in the winter of 2016-17. That led to George, former head coach Mike MacIntyre and chancellor Phillip DiStefano being reprimanded for how they handled the situation.

Through it all, George has been widely praised by his peers, his staff and his student-athletes for his leadership in good times and bad.

The past 10 weeks have presented George with his biggest challenge as a leader, however.

… CU is scheduled to open its football season in 98 days – Sept. 5 at Colorado State – but doesn’t know if the game will take place. And, if it is played, will fans be there to see it?

“A lot of times, the decisions that are made from a campus level, a state and county level, you’ve got to kind of wait for all those things in this environment, so it’s been challenging but  I think we’ve done a good job at keeping this moving in the right direction,” George said. “But, it has been challenging because you’ve got to make a lot of decisions. You’re making them daily, and you’re making decisions not knowing what the future looks like. It’s starting to become a little clearer, but you still don’t know.”

Some of the decisions made by George and other athletic directors around the country have included budget cuts. A few non-Power 5 conference teams have even cut some sports, but George said that’s not on his radar for CU. George and the head coaches have taken pay cuts for the next year, however, while some in the athletic department will be furloughed.

“Our staff and student athletes obviously are important and part of my family,” George said. “I have to make those difficult decisions and it is emotional.”

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May 30th

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CU hosting a Miracle at Michigan Virtual Happy Hour this Thursday

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes will host a Miracle at Michigan Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m., one hour ahead of the game 1994 Colorado at Michigan football game being rebroadcast by ESPN. The Virtual Happy Hour will be a Zoom webinar hosted by Mark Johnson with players joining from that team.  Fans are encouraged to sign up for the webinar ahead of time. The Happy Hour will also be streamed live by the CU Buffs Football Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Buffs are also encouraging fans to set up their own Zoom Watch Parties for the game after the webinar is over. Let us know if you plan to host your own personal zoom watch party for the game and we will try to have a special guest stop by and send you some fun virtual backgrounds, information from our restaurant partners for takeout food options that day and more!

The game will be the only game broadcast on the main ESPN network that day.  Be sure to follow along on the football social media accounts as guests are confirmed (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

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May 29th

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Antonio Alfano no longer with the team

From the Daily Camera … Antonio Alfano’s brief time as a Colorado Buffalo has come to an end.

A former five-star recruit who transferred from Alabama last winter, Alfano is no longer enrolled in school and therefore is not a part of the football team, CU confirmed to BuffZone on Friday.

Alfano, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive lineman, enrolled at CU in January, recruited to Boulder by former head coach Mel Tucker. In early March, new head coach Karl Dorrell told BuffZone that Alfano had been suspended indefinitely for a violation for team rules. Now, he is no longer on the roster.

Alfano, who grew up in New Jersey, went to three different high schools, playing two years at Bergen Catholic, his junior year at Rahway High School and his senior year at Colonia High School.

In the 2019 recruiting class, Alfano was once rated the nation’s No. 1 prospect by 247Sports.com and he signed with Alabama, enrolling in January of 2019. He had two sacks in the Crimson Tide spring game last year and went through fall camp before leaving the team in September and entering the NCAA transfer portal in October.

Tucker, who spent just one season at CU, recruited Alfano while at Georgia and reached out to him in October. In November, Alfano announced he was transferring to Colorado, becoming the most highly-anticipated newcomer to the program in more than a decade.

Ceal Barry’s position may be filled internally

From CUBuffs.com … With retirement of long-time administrator and former coach Ceal Barry now barely a month away, George must figure out how best to fill her shoes.

Thursday, he said he will likely divvy up Barry’s responsibilities to several current staff members instead of hiring one replacement.

“Ceal had a number of different roles and I’ll be filling those all internally,” he said. “We’ve got an incredible staff … I think in this case I’ve identified people that will fit those roles. It won’t be one person having all the different roles that she had. She served as a deputy (athletic director) and a senior women’s administrator and a sports supervisor for all of our sports. I’m looking at taking those to different people in our department that are really good people I think can fill those roles. I’m hopeful by the middle of next week at the latest we’ll be able to announce what that looks like.”

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May 28th

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Rick George: “Every day I get more optimistic” 

From the Daily Camera … Nobody knows if college sports will be played in the fall, or what the season could look like because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past 10 weeks, however, Colorado athletic director Rick George has spent countless hours in national, Pac-12 and staff meetings and he remains hopeful that the Buffaloes’ football, volleyball, soccer and cross country teams will compete this fall.

“Every day I get more optimistic,” George told BuffZone on Thursday. “What that looks like, it’s not totally clear yet, but I get more optimistic daily as I see maybe different sports coming back like the NHL and the NBA and Major League Baseball and those kind of things.

“I think another positive was the (CU chancellor Philip DiStefano’s) announcement a couple days ago that students are going to be coming back on campus. All those things, I think, are positive things that gives me optimism for the fall. My optimism is tempered until it becomes clear and we know exactly what we’re going to do and we’re not there yet.”

CU announced earlier this week a plan for students to return to campus in the fall. It was a  major step – but one of many to be taken – in allowing fall sports to be played in Boulder.

George serves on several national committees, including as the Pac-12 representative on the NCAA’s Division I Council, and has been a part of numerous discussions on a variety of topics over the last 10 weeks.

The Buffs’ athletic director said he’s been busier than ever during the pandemic.

“It’s almost three months now … 10 weeks since the COVID (shutdown) kind of started,  so it’s been a hectic ride, but an interesting one,” he said.

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Despite losses on the field, Buffs a Pac-12 leader in attendance

From Pacific Takes … No stranger to flying under the radar, the Pac-12 football teams oftentimes go unnoticed by the general media because of their time slots on the east coast. And though they don’t have the notoriety of say those massive Big Ten stadiums, the Pac-12 football teams pack their stadiums just like any other conference in America.

Thanks to the fine people at College Football News, we can take a look at how the Pac-12 football teams rank on 5-year average attendance per game and their percentages at which they fill their stadiums.

… As nice as it is to sit here and point at the total number of fans in the seats for each team, it’s also important to note that every stadium capacity is different, save for USC and UCLA, who famously share a hometown.

So, with that in mind, we take a look at the percentage in which those figures fill their stadiums.

1. Oregon — 102.79%

2. Utah — 101.18%

3. Washington — 94.85%

4. Washington State — 92.67%

5. Colorado — 91.04%

6. Stanford — 86.53%

7. USC — 85.50%

8. Arizona — 84.73%

9. Oregon State — 81.61%

10. Arizona State — 77.67%

11. UCLA — 70.80%

12. Cal — 69.57%

So, there we have it.

Those diehard fans in Eugene quite literally pack Autzen Stadium to the brim. Those Utes throw themselves into Rice-Eccles Stadium better than most.

In fact, those two figures from Oregon and Utah are good enough to rank 3rd and 6th, respectively, among teams nationally.

Only Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA and Cal find themselves outside of the top 50 schools for percentage of stadiums filled.

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May 27th

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The Day “Mork and Mindy” took over Folsom Field

… Those were the days! … 

From The Athletic … An alien was 20 feet away, on the other end of a mostly stable steel and aluminum bar. She couldn’t reach it, but even if she could, there was no hope of corralling it, rainbow suspenders and all.

Pam Dawber was having the time of her life. No moment with Robin Williams that close by was ever dull. This particular one would be captured on film and has now been seen by millions.

The shot would become the ending of the opening credits of the sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” which ran from 1978 to 1982. The actors filmed it at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado, standing on the south end zone goal posts.

A year earlier, Dawber and Williams had taken part in a similar shoot before the series first aired. By the time they were up on the goalpost together in 1979, “Mork & Mindy” was the third-most-watched show in the United States, and the two actors had gone from unknowns to bona fide stars. And for Colorado, whose football team was about to hit a dry spell, the show gave the school and the town a weekly spotlight for millions of eyes.

“Can you imagine nowadays letting anyone do that?” Dawber told The Athletic. “No harnesses or anything, it was just kind of like, ‘Get up there, don’t fall.’ ”

Mork first appeared in a February 1978 episode of “Happy Days.” On the heels of the character’s popularity, a spinoff series spotlighting him was fast-tracked to air the coming fall. Williams wasn’t the first choice for the role, but the show’s co-creator Garry Marshall was immediately wowed when he did a headstand after being asked to sit for his audition. Marshall cast Dawber, who had mostly done commercial work, after seeing her audition for another show.

Marshall and Dawber both had a hand in setting “Mork & Mindy” in Boulder. Marshall’s niece, Penny Lee Hallin, was a student at Colorado. Dawber, who later married former UCLA quarterback turned actor Mark Harmon, was dating a ski instructor from Boulder at the time. They had driven together from there to Los Angeles as the show was coming into focus.

“The producers said they wanted it to be young and hip,” Dawber said. “I said, ‘I just came from Boulder, it’s a very cool place.’ They also just kind of looked at each other, because apparently, Garry had suggested the same thing.”

Although the show was primarily filmed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, exterior shots were taken in Boulder. Williams and Dawber drove around town and up Boulder Canyon in a Jeep, stopping in front of a now-famous house at 1619 Pine Street, with Williams upside down in the passenger seat. A shot of Dawber walking into McConnell’s Music Store, the business Mindy’s family ran on the show, was shot on the new Pearl Street Mall nearby.

As producers searched for other places to film in town, Folsom Field was an obvious choice. Located right on campus, with the Flatirons to the southwest, it was spacious and scenic.

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“Mork and Mindy”, Season 1 Opening credits …

“Mork and Mindy”, later years Opening credits …

 

Chris Fowler: Karl Dorrell “has to be given a bit of a pass” this season

From the Denver Post … No Laviska Shenault. No Steven Montez. No spring practice. Even before the coronavirus shook his best-laid plans like a snow globe, new CU football coach Karl Dorrell was pushing a boulder in Boulder upslope, against the wind.

“With any new coach, the jury’s out until you see,” Chris Fowler, the esteemed ESPN host and CU alum, told The Post on Tuesday. “But I will say this: Any new coaching staff has to be given a bit of a pass in their first season after COVID-19.”

Dorrell and his staff, especially. Hired on Feb. 23 to replace Midnight Mel Tucker, the man’s honeymoon lasted about six hours before COVID blew in and reset the chess board.

“Every coach I talked to has said (this spring), ‘At least we have an established staff,’” Fowler continued. “Or, ‘At least we don’t have to put in a new offense or defense with live reps during this incredibly unorthodox, uncomfortable offseason program.’”

… “It’s a young team, new leadership, new staff, new offensive and defensive system. You check every box. The reality is, if you were going to be patient before, now you have to be even more patient with the new staff.

“Things can be overcome. But I think people have to understand that a lot of the difficulties we’re dealing with as a society will have a lot more impact on CU football and will create challenges.”

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May 26th

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CU-Boulder announces fall plans – students will return to campus

From the Daily Camera … University of Colorado Boulder’s fall semester will be a balancing act of new policies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while still trying to provide students with the experience of being on campus, according to new guidelines released today.

CU Boulder will still have on-campus housing and in-person classes in the fall, but new formats and guidelines to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 will be in place — including moving all classes online after Thanksgiving.

Other new policies include mandatory safety training for everyone on campus, mask-wearing requirements, smaller class sizes and creating small groups of on-campus students who live, socialize and go to class together.

“This is a moment in our history in which our imperatives to lead, innovate and impact humanity are coming together for the future of our university,” Chancellor Phil DiStefano wrote in a letter to campus. “Our vision to be a leader in the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of the 21st century is embodied by all of us right now. Our success is dependent on all of us working together.”

The switch to remote learning after Thanksgiving allows students to travel home for the holiday while eliminating the need for them to travel back to campus, thus reducing potential spread between their homes and the campus.

The release also stated CU Boulder will ramp up its on-campus testing capability for students, faculty and staff “both to continuously monitor for potential spread and to test individuals with symptoms,” according to a campus news release.

Other measures include a campus response team to track, notify and isolate “infected individuals,” changing the student code of conduct to include compliance with COVID-19 public health requirements and increased sanitation.

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May 24th

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Pat Rooney: Ceal Barry deserving of a rousing retirement party

From the Daily Camera … On Feb. 24, 2005, Ceal Barry announced she was stepping away from coaching.

For 22 seasons she led the Colorado women’s basketball program. When she made the end of her coaching career official, Barry still had two home games in which to say farewell to the CU faithful, including the last of her 427 wins with the Buffs that weekend against Nebraska.

This time Barry is slipping out the back door, if not exactly quietly, at least somewhat under the radar.

No one could predict the immense fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down NCAA athletics two months ago and kept the CU men’s basketball team from enjoying its return to the NCAA Tournament. It also may have robbed CU of Barry’s services, as this week she announced her retirement following 15 years as an associate athletic director.

Barry said the idea of retiring didn’t suddenly emerge in March, yet the stay-at-home orders of the past two months nonetheless accelerated Barry’s thought process regarding life after CU. Stepping aside from a closed campus also meant avoiding the inevitable office parties and farewell cakes celebrating her 37 years in Boulder.

That part, Barry won’t miss. Not in the slightest.

“I’m so thrilled. You talk about timing? I don’t have to do any of it,” Barry said with a laugh. “With all due respect, I’ve had all that. I’ve had enough feting of Ceal Barry. I’m done with that. So you can write a one-paragraph article and put it on C7 and I’d be fine with that.”

Barry won’t like to hear this, but CU shouldn’t let her off the hook so easily. When the time comes — at a half-empty Folsom Field if needed or, more appropriately, at a women’s basketball game — Barry deserves a more fitting farewell. And at some point a more permanent honor in Barry’s name should be christened on campus. The court at the CU Events Center already bears Sox Walseth’s name, but in this instance some sort of co-ownership of that timeless memorial would be appropriate.

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May 22nd

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Pac-12 Presidents to decide next week on return of voluntary workouts

From Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News … Every program wants as many players back as soon as possible, but whether the return unfolds on June 10, June 20 or June 30 is not a make-or-break issue for Pac-12 football.

What matters is the players be allowed back at some point in the next six weeks.

And that’s the issue the presidents must address next week.

We do not expect the conference-wide suspension to be extended, at least not all the way through June.

Most likely, the presidents will allow schools to bring players back to campus for voluntary workouts next month in phases, as long as certain safety guidelines are met and the process fits within the framework of state restrictions.

What we expect, in other words, is a staggered approach that is heavy on common sense but potentially low on equity.

We could see limits set on the number of players allowed back at any one time.

We could see Utah, Colorado and the Arizona schools have more players on campus by June 20, for example, than the California schools.

But equity isn’t reasonable, at least not now.

Equity is required for the onset of training camp, not for this first phase — not for the voluntary workouts.

Safety is the central issue, in more ways than one.

Yes, the schools must have the protocols in place for social distancing, hygiene, temperature checks, Covid-19 testing, quarantine/isolation, etc.

But make no mistake: The coaches, athletic directors and presidents believe campus is a healthier environment than what some players will experience in their hometowns with restrictions lifted.

Would Utah, for example, rather have a player working out at a gym in a strip mall in Salt Lake City or in the Utes’ facility, with eyes fixed on him and everything he touches?

On campus, nutrition can be controlled for athletes who don’t, or cannot afford, to eat healthy.

And from the standpoint of mental health, some players are far better off on campus, surrounded by teammates and coaches.

With that in mind, we fully expect the Pac-12 presidents next week to sign off on the gradual return of football players — of all athletes — by the middle of June (assuming safety precautions are in place).

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May 21st

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For your watch party … 

1990 Orange Bowl: “Opportunity Lost”

1991 Orange Bowl: “National Champions”

NBC Sports Network will air the complete 1990 and 1991 Orange Bowl games between Colorado and Notre Dame on Thursday, May 21. The 1990 game (1989 season) will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the 1991 game (1990 season) will air at 10 p.m. Check in with CU social media channels for more information on some special events during the broadcasts, including interviews from Voice of the Buffs Mark Johnson … appearing will be Gary Barnett, Eric Bieniemy, Chad Brown, Rick George, Gary Howe, Charles Johnson and Jay Leeuwenberg. 

NCAA vote to reopen just the first hurdle for CU athletics

From CUBuffs.com … College sports fans received their first bit of good news in a while Wednesday when the NCAA Division I Council voted to allow the return of football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball student-athletes back to campuses from June 1 through June 30.

Other sports will be addressed in the near future.

The move ended a moratorium on all athletic activities instituted by the NCAA in March through May 31 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is no doubt seen as the first positive step toward the resumption of college athletics

But there are plenty more hurdles to clear, even when it comes to taking that first step.

While the NCAA decision does allow for the return of student-athletes to campuses for voluntary workouts, it does not mean every school will be able to do so. All universities must still follow the rules set forth by their respective conferences, as well as those set forth by their respective states, local municipalities and universities before they can bring student-athletes back.

In Colorado’s case, it means the CU Athletic Department will first wait to see whether the Pac-12 presidents decide next week to lift the conference moratorium on in-person athletic activities, which is currently set through May 31. The league could vote to end the moratorium on May 31 or extend it.

But even if the league votes to end the moratorium, it would still mean each Pac-12 school would have to act in accordance with state and local rules and regulations concerning the Covid-19 shutdown. With the 12 schools spread across six states, it could mean a number of different scenarios for each school as they move forward. Such a situation could see some schools in states with still-strict stay-at-home orders be unable to conduct workouts, while schools in other states that have relaxed their orders could host limited workout sessions.

For CU, it would mean adhering to regulations and guidelines set forth by the state of Colorado, Boulder County and the City of Boulder; while also establishing a strict protocol that would meet the approval of medical professionals and university officials.

Currently, gyms and fitness centers in Colorado are not allowed to be open, although they have been preparing in recent weeks for a lifting of that shutdown. Gyms and fitness centers are also still closed under City of Boulder and Boulder County rules.

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Sports Illustrated: Folsom Field “The best setting in college football”

From Sports Illustrated … Stadiums are one of the best things about college football. There is nothing like a packed stadium on a Saturday.

Hopefully, we will get back to that feeling soon but, for now, at least we can reminisce.

I’ve traveled to just about every Pac-12 stadium and I wanted to rank them as I view them now. I would not be surprised if this changes over the years.

My criteria are mostly about answering the question of what makes that stadium so unique?

Let’s get to it.

  • 12. Stanford
  • 11. Arizona
  • 10. Washington State
  • 9. Oregon State
  • 8. Arizona State
  • 7. California
  • 6. USC
  • 5. UCLA
  • 4. Utah
  • 3. Oregon
  • 2. Washington
  • 1. Colorado … There isn’t too much I have to say. The place speaks for itself. It’s the best setting in college football. It has some unique traditions, and the ‘COLORADO’ in the back of the end zone is iconic. It is the perfect size. It’s the loudest 50,000 fan stadium in the country. If you look at a picture of each direction, each of them is recognizable even if you changed the colors. Do I need to say any more?

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May 20th

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1990 and 1991 Orange Bowls Watch Party with CU stars on Thursday night

From CUBuffs.com

Editor’s Note: NBC Sports Network will air the complete 1990 and 1991 Orange Bowl games between Colorado and Notre Dame on Thursday, May 21. The 1990 game (1989 season) will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the 1991 game (1990 season) will air at 10 p.m. Check in with CU social media channels for more information on some special events during the broadcasts, including interviews from Voice of the Buffs Mark Johnson … appearing will be Gary Barnett, Eric Bieniemy, Chad Brown, Rick George, Gary Howe, Charles Johnson and Jay Leeuwenberg. 

BOULDER — Without question, they comprise the most successful two-year stretch in  Colorado Buffaloes football history: the 1989 and 1990 seasons.

Under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney, the Buffs produced consecutive Big Eight titles, two Orange Bowl appearances, a national championship and a No. 4 overall finish, a plethora of all-conference and All-American players, and the first 11-win seasons in CU history.

It was a two-year stretch of success not seen before — or since — in Boulder.

The names from both squads are familiar to anyone with even a casual interest in Colorado football.

Defensively, linebacker Alfred Williams, the Butkus Award winner in 1990, was a standout both years. Linebackers Kanavis McGhee and Chad Brown were mainstays both seasons, as were defensive lineman Joel Steed and defensive back Tim James.

Offensively, quarterback Darian Hagan — who never lost a Big Eight start in three seasons — was the straw that stirred the drink both years. J.J. Flannigan led CU in rushing in 1989; Eric Bieniemy turned the trick a year later. Mike Pritchard led the team in receiving both seasons, while linemen Joe Garten, Jay Leeuwenberg and Mark VanderPoel anchored the trenches in 1989 and ’90.

Even the special teams were outstanding, with an All-American punter (Tom Rouen in 1989) and a pair of All-Big Eight return specialists (wide receiver Jeff Campbell in 1989; defensive back Dave McCloughan in 1990).

There were, of course, many more great players on the squads. All told, the Buffs had eight first-team All-American honors in those two years; a second-team All-American; and 22 first team All-Big Eight picks (10 in 1989; 12 in 1990).

But while there is no argument about those years being the best back-to-back stretch in CU history, there is still to this day a sometimes spirited debate about which of those two squads was actually the “better” team.

In the strictest sense, the debate is settled by the final rankings. The 1989 team finished 11-1 and No. 4 in the final AP and UPI polls after losing to Notre Dame, 21-6, in the Orange Bowl. The 1990 Buffaloes finished 11-1-1, and first in the AP poll and second in the UPI final rankings after collecting a 10-9 win over Notre Dame in an Orange Bowl rematch.

But while the names and results were quite similar over the two seasons, the paths the two teams traveled were vastly different, even though they both ended in the Orange Bowl with a national championship on the line.

1989 regular season dominance — Not only did the ’89 Buffs march through the regular season with an unbeaten record, they did so in road grader fashion. CU outscored its regular season opponents by an average of 41-14 over 11 games, gave up 20 or more points just three times, and scored at least 38 points an astounding eight times.

Only one opponent — Nebraska — came within a touchdown of the Buffs in the regular season, with Colorado collecting a 27-21 victory in Boulder in a matchup of the nation’s No. 2 (CU) and No. 3 (NU) teams. The next-closest regular season win for those Buffs was a 17-point victory over Oklahoma, 20-3, in Norman.

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Pro Football Network: Mustafa Johnson could be a first-round pick in 2021

From Pro Football Network … It has been a long time since we have discussed a defensive tackle from Colorado as a high draft pick. The Buffaloes have had players at other positions selected fairly high in recent memory, including wide receiver Laviska Shenault, who was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Mustafa Johnson is set to be the first defensive tackle from Colorado who could hear his name early in the draft.

Johnson has demonstrated plenty of versatility along the line

Colorado likes to move Johnson around the line, as he will line up on either side of the line as well as at multiple different techniques. On top of that, he has even stood up at times to rush the passer. His athleticism and hand usage have been part of what allowed him to succeed in various positions. Additionally, he will read his keys and find the football, which is an extremely valuable trait.

Johnson is also aggressive when attacking the quarterback on pass-rush situations, which has helped him rack up 12.5 sacks, on top of 20.5 tackles for a loss, in his 20 games for Colorado since coming over from junior college for the 2018 season. Injuries did limit those numbers in 2019, but he did have 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss in his first year with Colorado.

He can enjoy similar success in the NFL, either as an undersized three-technique or as a five-technique setting the edge and rushing the passer. This is because he is disciplined on the line and has a nose for the football. He is not out of position very often and can also free up his linebackers to help make plays as well.

Johnson is already a proven leader

Even though Johnson has only been with the program for two years, he is already showing excellent leadership qualities for the team, both on and off the field. Johnson has fought to come back from injuries he suffered in 2019, as he was limited to just eight games last season including an injury that knocked him out of the Arizona State game very early on.

That willingness to fight back and try to play through injury has meant that the younger players on the Buffaloes are already looking to Johnson for motivation. That, combined with his ability and willingness to play at multiple positions across the line has cemented his spot as a leader for this defense, a trait that NFL teams covet highly. Just in his first year with the team, he started all 12 games and played nearly 80 percent of the defensive snaps for Tucker.

Johnson also already has some valuable accolades to his name, including first-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press in 2018 and he was also named to the third team All-Pac-12 by Phil Steele and an honorable mention by the coaches in 2018. He was on his way to more of the same, if not higher levels, had he not been injured in 2019. Expect to see him on many preseason teams later this summer.

2020 should be an interesting year for Johnson, who was hoping to hit 10 sacks and 24 tackles for loss (which would tie the school record) in 2019. However, after his injuries put a stop to that ambition, he certainly will have the same motivation in 2020. Entering his senior season, where he will be firmly in the sights of NFL scouts, that motivation could set Johnson up well to enjoy the biggest spotlight of his football career.

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May 19th

… CU in a few minutes …

End of an Era: Ceal Barry announces retirement

Press release from CUBuffs.com …  Legendary University of Colorado coach and administrator Ceal Barry announced her retirement Tuesday, effective July 1, after 43 years in college athletics, including the last 37 on CU’s Boulder campus.

Barry took the reins of the women’s basketball team on April 12, 1983 and built the program into a national power.  After retiring from coaching following the 2004-05 season, she was named CU’s associate athletic director for student services and then a year later also senior woman’s administrator (SWA).  She has been the department’s deputy athletic director since August 1, 2018.   She retires as the fifth-longest employee in CU athletic department history.

“It’s the right time.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in intercollegiate athletics, and I couldn’t have picked a better place than the University of Colorado to spend the vast majority of my career,” Barry said.  “It was a perfect fit – CU, Boulder, Colorado.  Not everybody gets to stay at the same place for 37 years.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to all the chancellors, athletic directors, so many support staff, the fans, and of course, the student-athletes.”

She worked for six athletics directors, hired by the late Eddie Crowder as head coach at the age of just 27, and went on to work under Bill MaroltDick TharpJack LengyelMike Bohn and Rick George (and in fact served as the interim AD between Bohn and George).  She credited all of them in looking back over her career.

“I grew as a professional from the guidance of all the directors, so I have been very fortunate,” she said.  “I spent over half my life in a beautiful place, a great community and in a department that mentored me from a young coach to a senior level administrator.  It was a privilege to remain at CU for 15 years after retiring from coaching and be involved in so many aspects of athletics and working to make a variety of things better for the student-athlete.”

“I can’t express what Ceal has meant to this University, department and to me personally,” George said.  “Ceal has represented all of us in such a dignified way throughout her career.  She has accomplished more than most as both a coach and then as an administrator and has had a career that will leave its mark on CU for years to come.

“She and I worked together in the late 80’s and she was the first person I saw when I came back as the AD in 2013,” he continued.  “Ceal is a dear friend and an incredible confidant.  She will be greatly missed but she will always have a home in our athletic department.”

Barry retired in April 2005 as CU’s winningest coach in all sports, recording a 427-242 record over 22 seasons that included 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including advancing to the Sweet 16 on six occasions and to the Elite 8 three times.  Her teams posted 13 20-win seasons, won four conference championships and became a regular in the nation’s top 25, including a run of 140 straight games from the end of the 1991-92 season into the ’96-97 season.  She was the Big Eight coach of the year on four occasions, also earning the district nod twice.

Including four years as head coach at Cincinnati, her career record was 510-284; she was the 24th coach at the time to win 500 games.  After a four-year career as a player at the University of Kentucky, Cincinnati hired Barry as an assistant coach for her first foray into coaching, and two years later at the age of 24, made her the youngest Division I head coach in the nation.

She remained heavily involved in basketball after her coaching days, working five years for Fox Sports Net/ROOT Sports as a color analyst for men’s and women’s basketball games, mostly CU contests, but including a handful of regional games, and also for CBS College Sports for the WNIT semifinals and championship games.  She has been a member of the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Championship Committee the last three years.

Her first season at Colorado was officially the first year the Big Eight Conference sponsored women’s basketball; she remained at the helm when the league merged with four Southwestern Conference schools to form the Big 12 in 1996 and then helped transition CU’s move into the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.

CU Boulder chancellor Phil DiStefano was at the university in some capacity during her entire time at the school.

Ceal Barry‘s positive impact on our student-athletes and this university have proven immeasurable, both as a coach and an administrator,” DiStefano said.  “Her legacy is one of an innovator, mentor and pioneer whose work elevated the opportunities for female athletes and inspired countless student-athletes to reach their full potential both on and off the court.”

Barry was inducted into the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame in 1994, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, CU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

(Ceal’s full biography can be found here: https://cubuffs.com/staff-directory/ceal-barry/266).

CU APR scores released – football APR score 103rd in the nation

Press release from CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado Academic Progress Rate (APR) report based on information for the four-year period from 2015-16 through 2018-19 released Monday by the NCAA, along with those of all other Division I schools, shows the women leading the way in another generally strong academic showing for the Buffs.

Two-thirds of CU’s squads earned a perfect 1000 score for the 2018-19 academic year, tying the all-time department high previously attained in 2016-17, as eight of the nine women’s squads reached this pinnacle. In addition, CU had five programs earn perfect 1000 scores for the four-year period, fifth-most in the Pac-12 behind Arizona State, Cal, Stanford (all 10-plus) and Southern California (6), but all of whom sponsor several more sports than Colorado.

The four-year APR average of CU athletic programs – 984 out of a possible 1000 – came within two points of the department’s 2015-16 high of 986, and far exceeded the 973 it has averaged over the 15 years of APR calculations since the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program was introduced in 2003.

Here are the significant accomplishments that CU student-athletes recorded in the latest NCAA report:

  • Of CU’s 15 programs (the NCAA combines indoor and outdoor track), nine teams have averages that met or exceeded the multiyear national average for their sport, with the other six comfortably above the 930 minimum required to avoid any penalties;
  • The women’s golf team earned its seventh straight perfect single-year score of 1000, and for the fourth straight year, won the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award by landing in the top 10 percent of its sport. Women’s skiing earned the accolade for a second straight year and is now on a five year run of APR perfection, while men’s skiing, women’s cross country, and women’s lacrosse join them in earning the Public Recognition Award. With five squads at a four-year 1000, the department has far surpassed its previous high of three, last attained in 2013-2014;
  • Overall, 10 programs scored a perfect 1000 in their 2018-19 annual APR. Men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s track all joined the above squads in the 1000 club for this report;
  • Ten squads achieved multiyear scores over 970, including eight of 990 or higher. To compete in the 2020-21 postseason and to avoid penalties, teams must achieve a minimum four-year APR score of 930, a number which predicts, on average, a 50 percent graduation rate. All CU squads remain firmly above this multiyear benchmark.
  • Nine programs maintained or increased their multiyear APR figures, with men’s golf showing the largest improvement at 9 points.
  • Football and men’s basketball are the two sports most scrutinized. Football’s multiyear APR of 955 dropped a bit from the last report, partially due to the head coaching change and roster fluctuations. At a 961 multiyear APR, men’s basketball is just a shade below the Division I national average for public institutions by two points.

“In a fast-changing intercollegiate athletics landscape,” said third-year Faculty Athletics Representative, Dr. Joe Jupille, “CU student athletes continue to excel academically. The 2018-19 annual APR scores, as well as the multiyear performance, fall right in line with our historical averages. Steady excellence in a turbulent world merits our recognition and appreciation.”

“We continue to have an excellent APR report overall, a testimony to the commitment of our student-athletes and the coaches and our academic counselors and staff members in the Herbst Academic Center who support them,” CU athletic director Rick George said. “For 10 of our 15 programs to record perfect 1000 scores for the latest academic grading period is a great achievement, and the fact that eight of our nine women’s teams to attain perfection truly shows their hard work and dedication. We continue to create the proper culture and atmosphere for them to succeed, and that’s a credit to everyone who comes into contact with our student-athletes.”

Starting this year, these APR scores, Graduation Success Rate (GSR) or Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) metrics can earn additional revenue for the athletic departments nation-wide. CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano was on the committee that created the concept of new academic money, or “Values-Based Revenue Distribution” (VBRD), designed to reward institutions for their accomplishments in the classroom.

Funds for the VBRD will come out of the revenue for the men’s Division I basketball championship, and will be awarded based on any of three achievements: single-year team average APR of 985, a Graduate Success Rate (GSR) of 90 percent or higher or a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes 13 percent or higher than the general student body. CU is one of eleven Pac-12 institutions to earn such an academic unit for the conference this year, based on its GSR of over 90%.

The reporting covered all 17 of CU’s intercollegiate sport programs (team-by-team statistical data; once again, indoor and outdoor track teams are combined; team GPA is cumulative value as of the Fall 2019 semester. The cumulative GPA of all 352 student-athletes was 3.006, on par with the university average of 3.01 (#—nine programs saw their cumulative numbers improve over the previous year; the other six dipped only slightly, all .050 or less):

Program2018-19 APRFour-Year APR
2015-16 to 2018-19
Team GPA
(Cumulative)
Men’s Basketball9429612.671 (up)
Men’s Cross Country9069562.914 (up)
Football9349552.636 (down)
Men’s Golf10009813.094 (down)
Men’s Skiing100010003.351 (up)
Men’s Indoor/Outdoor Track9419692.935 (up)
Women’s Basketball10009852.865 (down)
Women’s Cross Country100010003.484 (up)
Women’s Golf100010003.372 (up)
Women’s Lacrosse100010003.436 (up)
Women’s Skiing100010003.290 (down)
Women’s Soccer10009973.260 (up)
Women’s Tennis10009913.150 (down)
Women’s Indoor/Outdoor Track10009963.342 (down)
Women’s Volleyball9579643.199 (up)

APR Rankings & Scores for Football through 2018-19

1. Washington, 999
6. Stanford, 990
11. Utah, 988
35. Arizona State, 978
38. California, 977
41. Oregon State, 975
58. USC, 970
66. Oregon, 968
75. Arizona, 964
80. Washington State, 963
103. Colorado, 955
123. UCLA, 944

All-American linebacker Chad Brown endows a scholarship: “I’m not super wealthy … But I can participate in some way”

From CUBuffs.com …  Chad Brown still remembers the recruiting visit in 1987.

Colorado football coach Bill McCartney sat in the living room of Brown’s home, first talking to Chad, then to his parents.

Of course, McCartney talked football. That’s what Brown wanted to hear. But the Buffaloes’ head coach then turned to Brown’s parents and told them that being a Colorado Buffalo would be the springboard to the rest of his life. McCartney told Brown’s parents he would make sure that springboard would provide every opportunity possible.

“After he finished with his football thing and started talking about the bigger stuff, I tuned out a little bit,” Brown admits with a laugh. “That was for my parents.”

But some 30 years later, Brown still remembers — and he knows exactly what McCartney was talking about and why his parents listened so intently. Even though his long and illustrious playing career is in the rearview mirror, Brown is still reaping the benefit of his CU experience — and now he wants to provide a similar opportunity for current and future Colorado Buffaloes.

He is doing so by giving back and endowing a scholarship for the CU football program. He would no doubt love to see the Buffaloes return to the elite level at which they played when he was part of the program, and he also wants to help current and future Buffaloes understand that there will be more to their lives than playing the game they love.

“I’m at the age that this kind of thing is super important to me,” Brown said recently.  “No doubt, I want the kids who go to college to play football to be incredible football players and have incredible success on the football field because that’s what they came there to do. But at the same time, you are going to be a regular citizen and an alumni of the University of Colorado for far longer than you will be a part of that particular team or longer than you play football. So use that experience at Colorado as a springboard to literally the rest of your life.”

Brown has no doubt done that, in every regard.

A starter on CU’s national championship team in 1990 and two-time All-Big Eight linebacker, Brown was also a second team All-American selection in 1992 before becoming a second-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1993 NFL Draft. He went on to play 15 years in the league with Pittsburgh, Seattle and New England, earning All-Pro honors twice as well as being selected to play in three Pro Bowls.

… “I’m not super wealthy,” he chuckled. “I can’t build a whole new athletic complex. But I can participate in some way. I think to fund a scholarship will go along with that process of helping the business. You don’t need to be T. Boone Pickens. You can just be a guy who has a little extra that you can give back to the place that gave so much to you.”

Black and gold no doubt runs deep in Brown’s blood. His wife, Kristin, and his daughter are also CU grads; and his son is on target to earn his degree next year.

“We’re a Buff family,” he said. “The University of Colorado has been great to all of us. I just appreciate the people there in the athletic program, the people outside the program, and what they’ve done for me and what they’ve done for my family. If I can help in some way provide that to someone else, then that’s gonna feel really good.”

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Colorado governor: “Socially distanced” fans at sporting events a possibility

From YardBarker.com … Many states are playing by their own rules when it comes to reopening their economies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For example, California Gov. Gavin Newsom does not envision fans being in attendance for sporting events throughout the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. The NFL is hoping to have fans on hand when its season starts Sept. 10.

With these different policies and outlooks, there’s no way to know how the sporting scene will look when live events get going again.

Colorado Gov.  Jared Polis added more intrigue to that conversation, indicating he sees a way fans could attend sporting events in his state with social distancing protocols in place, according to a report from 92.5 FM radio in Denver.

Governor Polis told us at the end of the program today that he does see a way that fans can be socially distanced and go to Rockies/Avs/Nugs/Broncos games. Doesn’t see it being “packed”, but there is a way to let some fans attend while keeping social distancing guidelines.

It’s not yet known how realistic this plan would be. Polis did say venues obviously wouldn’t be at full capacity. In reality, that doesn’t seem possible until a vaccine for COVID-19 is available in a widespread fashion.

The governor’s comments would not impact the NHL or NBA. Both leagues are looking to resume their seasons in bubble cities without fans in attendance.

This would impact MLB’s Colorado Rockies and the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Major League Baseball is looking at an early July start to the season at home ballparks. Meanwhile, the NFL is still planning on its season starting Sept. 10.

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May 18th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Jon Wilner: Numbers which show why the Pac-12 will play football this year

From the San Jose Mercury News … As the situation stands today — three months from the start of the fall semester — the campuses are preparing to open and the conference is preparing to play.

The economic impact of staying closed and not playing is too great.

After all, the calculation involves risk exposure and mitigation efforts.

The health of the students is essential, of course, but schools believe they can implement measures to keep the students safe.

The greatest downside risks for the universities, one could argue, are the health of the faculty and the state of the budget.

The Hotline plowed through the data available from numerous resources and uncovered five potentially significant numbers that could help frame the decisions.

Here we go:

300: Millions of dollars the schools stand to lose, on average, if students are not on campus this fall.

That figure, an approximation, was taken from published estimates provided by ColoradoArizonaCal and Stanford.

Stay closed, and it’s economic catastrophe — perhaps for years to come.

21,021: Covid-19 deaths nationally for ages 45-74, according to the Centers for Disease Control (through May 9).

Which campus cohorts fall into that age range? The faculty … and the coaches … oh, and don’t forget the officials.

Schools must find a way to protect the faculty — eliminating large lectures is one step — while the coaches and officials will need safeguards, as well.

But those issues aren’t insurmountable, not by any stretch.

80: Percentage of athletic department revenue that can be attributed to football.

While the exact number varies by the school, use this as a framework:

For a typical department generating $100 million in annual revenue, $30 million comes from football-related media deals, $20 million to $25 million comes from football ticket sales, and another $25 million to $30 million comes from football-related donations.

If there’s no football, it’s devastation for certain Olympic sports and for hundreds of across the conference.

1: Number of outdoor outbreaks of coronavirus in a large-scale study of transmission by researchers in Hong Kong.

After examining thousands of cases in China, they found a single example of transmission outside:

“Our study does not rule out outdoor transmission of the virus. However, among our 7,324 identified cases in China with sufficient descriptions, only one outdoor outbreak involving two cases occurred in a village in Shangqiu, Henan.”

That’s encouraging for football games, and practice.

0: Number of Covid-19 deaths reported by the CDC for ages 15-24 in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington (through May 9).

That’s right: Not a single reported death in the Pac-12 footprint for people of college age.

(The CDC does not provide an option to narrow the range to 18-22.)

Does that mean no one of college age has died from Covid-19 in the six states?

No, because reporting methods aren’t airtight and the definition of a Covid-19 death isn’t consistent across states and counties.

But even with some margin-for-error baked into the calculation for universities, the data points to a low fatality risk for students.

(The numbers seemingly would become more favorable if students with underlying health concerns are given extra protection.)

That’s the framework, it seems:

The economic risks indicate the campuses must open and the teams must play.

Protect the most vulnerable cohorts, and the public health component might be manageable if the testing and tracing pieces are in place.

In that regard, the Pac-12 is no different than its Power Five peers.

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May 17th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Dorrell success projection “very good”

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer … Today, my goal is to take a closer look at only those coaches who are new in the PAC-12 and Mountain West conferences this season.

Of course, it’s relatively easy to predict things when teams hire guys who have head coaching experience at the FBS level.  But, what about those who don’t?  And what about teams like Colorado that settled on Karl Dorrell who hasn’t head coached anything for nearly a half-decade?

How do you rate them?  Is it even possible?

Actually, it is. There are scores of clues and methods that can build a reliable resume’ for coaches who seem to have none.  We can talk about that methodology at a later time.  For now, let’s project the success expectations for each new coach the PAC-12 and we’ll throw in those from the Mountain West since those include former PAC-12 personalities.

Colorado, Karl Dorrell—   success projection: very good but a tough situation

Karl has 30 years as an offensive coach at both the college and professional levels.  He was the head coach at UCLA for five years and produced a 35-27 record and was PAC-12 coach of the year in 2005.  If Colorado is patient, Dorrell will return the Buffs to competitiveness.

Colorado State,  Steve Addazio  —   success projection: solid but not spectacular

Former head coach at Temple and Boston College with a 57-55 record.  Addizio will bring the Rams up in 2020 but he doesn’t rate as a long-term counterweight to CSU’s massive facility expenditures.

Washington,  Jimmy Lake — success projection: better than average

Lake has spent most of the past 20 years as a defensive backs coach in college and NFL programs before becoming defensive coordinator at Washington in 2018.  Although it seems most analysts believe he is a great hire for Washington, our system projects him as only a little better than average.  Lake will return energy to a program that was losing momentum.

Washington State,  Nick Rolovich — success projection: solid

Nick didn’t need much time to turn Hawai’i around and he will do well in The Palouse.  But, the PAC-12 North is getting stronger so he will have his hands full.  He’s resourceful enough to lift this program but not enough to go Duck hunting anytime soon.

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CU, along with other Pac-12 schools, is turning to virtual visits for recruits

From the Daily Camera … During the past two months, Zoom meetings, working remotely and all sorts of virtual interaction has become normal.

The college football world has been quick to adapt, particularly when it comes to recruiting.

“I think we’ve all had to adjust as coaches,” Arizona State’s Herm Edwards said this week.

College football coaches across the country often talk about recruiting being an ongoing, every day process. That hasn’t stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the fact that campuses are closed and coaches aren’t crisscrossing the country to visit high school players.

“We’ve just had to pivot,” UCLA head coach Chip Kelly said. “We’ve all had to use the technologies available to us to continue to stay in front of these kids and go through the whole process.”

The greatest challenge for coaches and recruits has been the inability to meet face to face. Coaches have been unable to show off their campus and facilities, and recruits have been unable to take visits to physically see where they might spend the next four or five years of their lives.

“Not having people on campus and actually seeing your place is difficult for every coach,” Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said. “Facilities are great and videos are fine, but to be able to sit with people face to face and get to know those people and take a deep dive into one another and build relationships, there’s nothing like that. It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge for everybody.”

Coaches have done their best to provide recruits with virtual campus tours. Colorado has given virtual tours to several recruits in recent weeks, and the Buffaloes aren’t alone.

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May 16th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Pat Howell: Regional conference “could be fun” (and disasterous)

… Unless you are a fan of CU becoming a dominant force … after being relegated to the Mountain West … this is not a good idea … 

From the Daily Camera … At this point in time, pretty much every option is on the table. It’s possible there is no college football season in 2020. Maybe it’s pushed back to January. Maybe it’s shortened to a conference-only slate that starts in October or November.

One thing we do know is that each state – and each university system – is going to set its own guidelines and they might be drastically different from state to state or school to school.

Earlier this week, the governors of Arizona and Florida announced that pro sports can return to their states, without fans. What that looks like in August or September remains to be seen, but it certainly opens the door for CU’s Pac-12 rivals, Arizona and Arizona State, to play.

Meanwhile, the California State University system, which includes 23 schools, announced its campuses will remain mostly online in the fall. That doesn’t impact Pac-12 schools, but it does affect Mountain West Conference teams San Jose State, San Diego State and Fresno State. It’s possible that California’s Pac-12 schools – Cal, Stanford, UCLA and Southern California – follow similar guidelines.

… A possible solution for CU: How about a temporary, regional football conference that includes teams from the mountain states and Arizona?

Assuming football can be played in the Centennial State, we’ll start this Rocky Mountain Conference with CU, Air Force and Colorado State.

COVID-19 numbers are relatively low in Idaho, New Mexico Utah and Wyoming, so they might have a better shot of playing than the California schools. With that, invited to this party will be: Boise State, BYU, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Utah, Utah State and Wyoming.

Unless the state of Arizona reverses course, the Wildcats and Sun Devils could be open for playing, as well, so we’ll add them to the mix.

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Buffs4Life golf tournament postponed until early fall

From Buffs4Life …

Greetings!
Thank you for being a part of Buffs4Life. I know that all of you have been anxiously awaiting answers of what will happen with our Buffs4Life Weekend, June 28-29. While it was a difficult decision made out of an abundance of caution and care for our extended Buffs4Life family, our team has decided not to have any of the planned in-person events scheduled for June. Although we won’t be gathering in person soon, Buffs4Life is offering these alternatives to replace the events that were to happen next month.
  • “Run with the Herd” Buffs4Life Virtual 5K Fun Run/Walk-June 20-30, Anywhere, USA. Details and Registration links will be sent the week of May 18. We hope that regardless of where you are, that you will participate and get some great B4L swag!
  • 15th Annual Golf Tournament and BBQ is postponed until early fall. This is subject to change based on local, state and CDC mandates and guidelines.
  • “Friday Night Buffs”-Live webinar series each Friday night in the month of June featuring former Buffs and the clips of some of the most notable games in recent history. The final webinar will feature new CU football head coach Karl Dorrell on Friday, June 26. Look for details to come out soon.
On behalf of all of us at Buffs4Life, thank you for being a part of “Buffs Helping Buffs”. We wish you and your family health, safety, and happiness.
Buffs Are One!
Sean Tufts
President
CC: The Buffs4Life Board of Directors

What a CU “Pac-12 only” schedule might look like

From College Football News … No Notre Dame vs. USC? No Ohio State traveling to Oregon? No USC dealing with Alabama?

The Pac-12 might want to blow off that last one, but discussions really are happening among conference members about the possibility of going to a Pac-12-only 11-game season.

And why? Ease of travel for one, but mostly because it would eliminate a whole slew of logistical headaches as everyone tries to figure out how to play a college football season through a pandemic.

Forgetting all the various parts to this – like the College Football Playoff, the bowls, and what this would do to the contracts and the budgets for the FCS programs on the various schedules … how would an 11-game all-Pac-12 schedule look?

Here are all the Pac-12 schedules as they stand right now, along with how they might end up changing if the conference really does go through with this.

Colorado … 

Pac-12 Teams Added To Possible New Schedule: Cal, Oregon State
Non-Conference Games Lost: at Colorado State, Fresno State, at Texas A&M

So new head coach Karl Dorrell doesn’t have to go to Texas A&M – that’s not a bad thing. Getting Cal and Oregon State isn’t all that horrible, and the Stanford games would be moved so there’s a late season week off.

Sept. 5 at Colorado State OPEN DATE
Sept. 12 Fresno State at Cal
Sept. 19 at Texas A&M Oregon State
Sept. 26 Oregon
Oct. 3 OPEN DATE at Stanford
Oct. 9 at Arizona
Oct. 17 UCLA
Oct. 24 Arizona State
Oct. 31 at USC
Nov. 7 Washington State
Nov. 14 at Stanford OPEN DATE
Nov. 21 at Washington
Nov. 28 Utah

 

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May 15th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU Sports Information Department recognized (again) as one of the best in the nation

From CUBuffs.com … For the sixth time in seven years, Colorado’s Sports Information Department has been honored as one of the nation’s best, earning “Super 11” recognition from the Football Writers Association of America.

The honor, given to the nation’s best performing sports information departments in the Football Bowl Subdivision, was first bestowed by the FWAA after the 2009 season.

It is the seventh time overall for CU to be recognized. The only other Pac-12 school to be honored for 2019 was Cal, which won the award for the first time.

Clemson and Colorado each won for a seventh time. It was Clemson’s fifth straight award and Colorado’s sixth award in seven seasons. Navy won for a fourth time, Mississippi State a third time and Kansas State and San Diego State each for a second time.

Along with Cal, the other first-time recipients were Appalachian State, Iowa, Memphis and North Carolina State.

This year’s winners were deemed by FWAA observers to have provided good accessibility during the week of the game and after the game – with a program’s players, coaches and assistant coaches – along with the other listed criteria.

“That was a special point of emphasis for 2018 and 2019,” Richardson said. “Our membership wanted access to players after games, of course, but also for human interest and analytical stories during the week. It is encouraging that SIDs were being allowed to do their jobs by coaches at these schools. Obviously, as we move into uncertain times in college football, there may be developing standards and protocols which become prominent.”

With its seventh designation, Colorado continues to be among a select group of consistent Super 11 designees.

“This is something we are extremely proud of because this recognizes a total team effort, not only on the part of the SID office, but so many others,” said Colorado Associate AD/Sports Information Director David Plati. “We host six games a year, and we want to do our best.  From great access to coaches and players, in-depth game notes, extensive postgame notes and quotes to innovations we started like halftime quotes from the field, our top priority is to service all the needs of the media.  Our student assistants play just as big a role in this award as anyone.”

In January 2009, the FWAA formed the first Super 11 Committee. The concept has been supported and endorsed by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), many of whom are members of the FWAA. The FWAA has awarded Super 11 to 70 different schools in this program over the years.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America teams.

2019 Super 11 Award recipients — Appalachian State, California, Clemson, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Navy, North Carolina State, San Diego State

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May 14th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Athlon: LB Nate Landman one of the Pac-12’s top prospects

From Athlon Sports … The Pac-12 has long been known for producing skill-position talent, and 2020 continued the trend with offensive playmakers like Justin Herbert, Michael Pittman Jr., and Laviska Shenault Jr. among the players selected. Initial forecasts for the Pac-12’s place in the 2021 NFL Draft landscape, however, illuminates some of the shift in emphasis in the league.

With programs like Stanford, Washington and Oregon emerging as the standard-bearers, combining for four of the last five Pac-12 titles, the conference is now built on defense and line play. That’s reflected at the top of the 2021 draft class, which includes perhaps the best offensive tackle in the draft …

14. Nate Landman, LB, Colorado (Sr., 6-3, 230) 

When it comes to having a linebacker involved with any play, few do it quite as well as Landman. Entering his fourth season as a starter, Landman’s been among the most active linebackers in the Pac-12 throughout his time in Colorado.

Read full list here … (Top 15 breakdown by school: USC – 3; Oregon – 3; Stanford – 2; Oregon State – 2; Washington State -2; Colorado – 1; Washington – 1; Arizona State – 1 … No players listed: Utah; UCLA; Arizona; and Cal (which is being promoted as a potential sleeper in the Pac-12 North this year) …

Karl Dorrell praised by fellow Pac-12 South coaches: “A man of great character and integrity”

From the Daily Camera … During a Pac-12 webinar on Wednesday, Arizona State’s Herm Edwards and UCLA’s Chip Kelly both had high praise for Dorrell.

“I thought it was a great hire by (CU athletic director) Rick George,” Kelly said. “I don’t get the out of the box (perception); I get that he went out and hired a really good person and I think Karl is going to do a really good job there.”

Kelly said he’s known Dorrell, who was head coach at UCLA from 2003-07, for a long time.

“He’s got an unbelievable reputation, just as a person,” said Kelly, who coaches in the NFL from 2013-16 before returning to college football. “He’s a good human being. I’ve never heard anybody say anything negative about Karl. He does things right. He holds people accountable; he holds himself accountable. He had an unbelievable reputation as a position coach in the National Football League.”

Edwards also said he’s known Dorrell for many years. An NFL coach from 1992-2008, Edwards said he has watched Dorrell grow as a coach.

“A man of great character and integrity,” Edwards said. “I watched him as a young coach progress and go up the food chain of becoming a head coach and all that kind of good stuff and I just watched him work from afar.

“You couldn’t get a better guy to lead that football team.”

Read full story here

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  1. BTW, was never a big fan of Alfano, he seems like one of those who has a ton of talent and zero motivation. I’ve always thought that three things will guarantee success in whatever you want to do 1. Intelligence(substitute extreme athleticism for athletes) 2. work ethic 3. social skills. Seems he might have been missing two of the three.

    1. Pretty hard for the average person to understand. Here is another guy who had the very real extraordinary physical gifts to be one of the great winners in life but appears to be throwing it away and becoming nothing but another loser.
      Almost has to be a short circuit in the brain that wont allow him to analyze what his own behavior
      is leading to. Maybe a double Y chromosome?

  2. The universities and every other sector of society woke up one day, ran the financials and figured out pretty quickly that if we don’t open up we will be permanently closed. No surprise here that football is back on. Once we get this behind us, it will be interesting to see all of the post-mortems and who gets blamed, aside from Trump, of course. I also guarantee that if there is a surge in the Fall or Winter absolutely no one will go along with another shut down. Anyway that is one man’s opinion.

  3. Anyone else try to watch the NU game watch party and only get 5 minutes of it before getting cut off? So much for free to anyone and that it could be watched unauthenticated. sheesh. The Pac-12 Network should be a case study on how to mismanage a media network.

    1. Jenda, I have Dish so I recorded it and watched it a little later that evening. I hadn’t watched it in a long time and obviously it wasn’t in HD which we are mostly used to now. But I must say it was Grrrrrreat!!!

      Even though I knew how it ends I still became a little nervous when NU started a small comeback. That game I feel had a lot to turning around the NU program as just another pretty decent program but a program that has never fully recovered to the juggernaut level that they were for so many years. The people there still can’t figure out “What the Hell Has Happened to our great (not so great now and going forward) football dynasty.”

  4. Sure hate to see the news that NU is being sued for protecting thug athletes. Oh for the good ole days when Tom Osborne was King and no one, I mean no one in the state would even think of upsetting the greatest show on earth right there in little Linkin Stinkin.

    As for Mich. St. I guess Mel will still be paid the bribery salary that he was given for leaving CU without a look backward regarding principles, and even a modicum of loyalty to the people that finally gave him a chance as a head coach………..KARMA!!!!!!

    1. ok
      You and VK cant be dissing Nebraska….without leaving me behind.
      Stuart’s last posted article about the dormant Whorn/Gaggie rivalry (which I dont give a flip about) also mentioned other past discontinued rivalries….like OU and the cobs.
      Can you imagine that game being played recently? Nebraska would have their own cobs rudely shoved into every orifice. They cant even beat the l’il ol Buffs.
      I know, I know …..what the point spread is going to be before the Buffs face the gaggies in a stadium where most of the homies vent their frustrations from never experiencing a girl friend. Please keep it at least respectable KD.

      1. ep, and I thought that the Gaggie’s as you have cleverly referred to get to kiss their girlfriend every time after they make a touchdown. Now I learn during this quarantine period and at my semi advance age that they just get to kiss whoever is next to them because most of them don’t have girl friend?????????….. YIKES, UGG, YECK, and GAGGIE ME with a spoon!!!!!

        1. I like the Aggie band.
          EP is just about total stir-crazy. Think about where he lives.
          And you AZ, should leave out the “semi” cause we all know better

          Go Buffs………….Beat everybody

          1. Ok VK, there you’ve done it. Finally exposed how you really are living in Retirement, and Quarantine. Slow Slow Slow, as in how the Aggie Marching Band marches. They march and play at the speed of an old hand cranked Victrola running down.

            Give me the Florida A&M Marching band who changed the way bands march and perform at Halftime or in Parades.

            I’ll bet that the Marshall on the golf course is always yapping at you to quit lollygagging, and to pick up the pace as you are most likely 1 1/2 to 2 holes behind.

          2. Dim all the lights sweet darling
            cause tonight it’s all the way
            turn up the OL VICTROLA
            gonna dance the night away…

            You were probably already using knee braces when this came out EH??

            Ol AZ

        2. maybe its kiss their girlfriend whenever they get one. All I know the few times I have watched a gaggie game all I see in the stands is nothing but a bunch of guys in what looks like ROTC shirts

  5. Well Well Well,

    Kornkob Kommunity Kollege is floating them corncob offers everywhere.

    Guess they know nobody knows who the little pinkies are.

    Go Big Rape Go Big Rape Go Big rape.

    Gawd those friggers are the worst.

    GEHEN MEINE Büffel

  6. That recruiting offer thing is interesting. Petersen was always a relatively low offer volume guy. I think around 100/class, if I recall correctly. Maybe Lake is applying the same tactic.

    Stanford is low offer volume due to academic rigors, I would guess.

    I think chip was relatively low offer volume, too.

    That may be somewhat consistent for the pac 12 as a whole too, bc most schools in the pac seem to have higher academic standards than other conferences.

    The other school of thought is, it’s a numbers game. The more offers, the more likely you get some good recruits?

    As long as they get future nfl talent to cu that is all that really matters, however they get them.

    Go Buffs

  7. What a surprise to read that William Anglen has signed! I thought he was gone for good without Tucker being the couch. Rereading his Bio, looks like a good recruit that can be a real player here in years to come. Good for you son, to recognise the real things in picking a school over the “safe connection” of knowing the head coach. I moved way out to CO from back East for college 50 years ago and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I hope it works out equally well for you to. Welcome aboard new Buff!

    1. That was a great surprise. Hell of a job by that staff keeping the class together. 100% success rate.

      Buffs

      Note: Is this finally the real turnaround??

  8. RESEARCH IN THE TIME OF COVID: When will PAC 12 Universities ooooooooooooopen !!?!!
    This is my attempt to determine what each school is proposing as the earliest possible date that students will be returning for at-least-some-direct classroom contact as of 4/30/2020. If they are determining that athletes might be onsite earlier I have no idea as to their criteria for that process.

    CAL All summer classes and programs are online only. 1st day of class FALL Aug. 19.
    CU All summer classes and programs online. If they open up the Augmester it is Aug. 3rd.
    UCLA All summer classes and programs online. They may open their C Session on Aug. 3rd.

    AZ Online until the Second 5 week session which opens July 13 (that would be their earliest )
    AZS Online until the Session B component which opens July 1 (that would be their earliest )
    USC Online for the summer. Campus may open on Aug. 24th for the Fall Term.
    STAN All programs online only for the summer. The first day of Fall Term Sept. 21st.

    OSU All early Summer Sessions are online only. Summer Session 4 opens July 20 ~ Session 5 opens Aug 17th ( They are going to wait until June to decide if online only)
    OU All summer classes are online. The campus does not open until Sept. 25th 1st day of class is Sept. 29th.
    WA All summer classes online until the B Session on July 23rd [ They will announce the status of this session in late May]
    WAS All summer classes are online, they have a Intersession term that begins Aug. 1st no determination as to online ES/NO at this time.

    Ute’s I was unable to determine exactly what the UofU is doing for their summer sessions.

    BE WELL ~ BE SAFE my friends !

  9. That’s an awesome letter from Viska. Well played. I would be surprised if he’s not taken in the first round after that. He may have been anyway, but that sure didn’t hurt.

    Go Buffs

  10. I found it interesting that CU is going to gear the star to be more of a DB. That’s a good idea. I think what he was trying to say is, there is going to be more than one hybrid role; one for a CB and another for a Safety or LB.

  11. Regarding the “Star Position,” it has really been something to see the trend for that type of player. Isaiah Simmons from Clemson is thought to be one of the top players taken early in the draft.

    Had Davion Taylor played football since he was a freshman in HS he might have become as proficient at the position as Simmons. If he stays committed and is taken by a team that develops him he could just become quite an NFL pro.

  12. Got the bills paid (not easy these days) then turned on the tube to a sports channel whereupon I got bored with the redundant blah blah blah on the draft. btw Kiper gets more annoying every year. He talks in a rapid fire squawk with his head jerking around indicating he is annoyed knowing you are annoyed with him. So I killed another hour going though several mocks I didnt have to pay for.
    Most have Viska going late in the 2nd round. The only other Buff I saw in any of these pundit panderings was Hambright going very late in the last round…..reminding myself to consider the sources most of which have had their vision clouded by team diversionary BS and their own lack of any in depth knowledge of any of the players that have a chance of being picked past the first 2
    rounds.
    Interesting is that few of these “sages”agreed on who the Broncos were going to take.
    Back to the bills. My profession has been rendered obsolete by the virus. I wonder if there is room for another mouth breather in and on the sports channels and magazines…..if we have any sports in our near future. I will probably be competing with those guys for busing tables.

  13. What do you guys think a roster with video game style ratings (50-100 / A+ – D-) for each player would look Ike? Stuart? Maybe a podcast discussion Topic with your buddy?

  14. Regarding the O line I heard a few glowing reports on Jake Wiley. The article Didnt mention him as possibly being in the mix. The article did seem to concentrate on the likely starters. Hopefully thats all it was. I plan to keep an eye on him and the 3 incoming freshman Lee and Wray. I already like Wray because of his unity statements after Mel pell melled out of town. All 3 are over 300 lbs including the kid with the German name who is a monster at 6’9″ and 325

  15. Regarding Rodrigue and the O Line:
    I do think the O line could be a strength. Thanks to the tufts podcast, I watched highlights and games from yesteryear and it was clear that for the successful buff teams, it began with the lines.

    I had been wondering where Rodrigue came from, so when I saw the school name, I dug it up on google.
    Rodrigue was not the head coach, and I didn’t see him mentioned anywhere.
    It is a very successful 6A school, and in 2019 they lost in the championship game. They have won a good number of championships and have an eye popping playoff win %. They have Only existed since ‘06 and made the playoffs every year from their third year on.
    I didn’t find much on the o line, but they did have an all state OL each of the last two years.

    http://www.ahsfhs.org/Teams2/teampage.asp?Team=spanish%20fort

  16. From Sports Illustrated:

    Peters said Dorrell and Chiaverini sold him ( Jake Peters) on the offense they are planning on running.

    “What they want to do is kind of run an offense similar to what the New England Patriots ran,” Peters said. “And that in doing so they need a big, tight end, which I kind of fit the bill for. They want the tight end to be a big part of the passing game, which I kind of take pride in being able to block and catch and going from a pro-style, run-first offense, play-action, bootleg stuff like that.”

    Okay that sounds good

    Buffs

  17. Now this tight end deal is interesting.
    5 on the roster
    2 that are hurt and then get hurt and probably get hurt again
    1 and ex coaches sun
    1 you never heard off.

    so

    Two added in the draft class
    3 upper classmen added this week.

    So another section of the bare cupboard filled up.

    And you wonder why tight ends weren’t used a lot? So keep on wondering.

    Appears someone finally noticed.

    That new tight ends coach must be a hell of a recruiter.

    Buffs

    Note: Not all seeds planted by a gardener grow nor survive.
    Note 2: But 26% (CGO) success rate probably means you are out of business or fired.

  18. Interesting comment by Montez about DChiv possibly running a Spread RPO offense, wonder if he knows/heard something…
    Could be a very interesting article (new O) in itself that I look forward to reading.
    Definitely would be a departure from the bruising run game philosophy of last year…

  19. I’d sure never want to have a drink with Pat Rooney. After the table was served he most likely would be bit..ing and moaning about the glass only being half full. It’s a little to early to be the voice of total doom just yet. Let’s see what Apr. & May bring.

    1. Sam never really had chance. He was always in mop up with little chance to succeed . Needs to clean up the int. rate but hopes he gets a legitimate chance to use his athleticism and ball skills.

  20. Glad to see Sam Noyer is back in the fold. I understand how the previous staff saw a position of need and requested his move to safety. Being a team player he accepted the move but deep inside I’m sure his heart was broken in that they didn’t see Sam as the #1 backup to Montez since he was the most senior of the backup QB’s. Time heals old wounds and I for one am glad to see him back competing at QB. Good luck young man!!

    Go Buffs and as always Nebraska sucks!!!!

  21. Wow
    the George/Boyle quote sounds rather ominous. I didn’t expect George to ignore the end of season flatulence. Will he just grill Boyle for the reasons or does he already know of other issues factoring into the flatulence that we don’t?

    1. I have no control over the advertising. It is a rolling list of advertisers which are geared toward the person accessing the site.
      For example, right after the first podcast went up, all of my ads were for buzzsprout, the place where we posted the podcast.
      If you are getting political ads to pop up, it’s most likely because they are targeted to you based upon your browsing history, not due to anything being promoted by the website.

      1. stands to reason I suppose. I have a pretty diverse browsing history on the political front. I will be patient to see if the ads come from both directions. I guess the practice of slamming the other side as opposed to arguing the positive aspects of your own policies is something that aint going away n my life time.

        1. Ep on the bright side, maybe the current situation can bring a turn back to civil discourse vs bombastic polarization. That would be a good thing.

          Go Buffs. And stay well.

      2. Their algorithms are doing a terrible job targeting me. I’m getting tons of pro trump ads. Never clicked on a single one, and no one outside the algorithm would think such ads would get my attention. 🤷🏼‍♂️ And my browsing history wouldn’t hint to such ideas either. Internet ads in general strike me as so unrefined to begin with. It’s 2020… c’mon, lol.

  22. There will be on this years team
    39 freshman and redshirt freshman
    33 sophomores
    32 juniors
    8 Seniors

    Hmmm. Lot of coaching up to do eh?

  23. The new coaching staff
    HC Karl Dorrell Previous experience at CU HC experience 5 years 5 bowl games
    OC DARRIN CHIAVERINI A Buff. Previous OC experience. WR coach Great recruiter
    DC TYSON SUMMERS. Previous DC and HC experince. Defense improved all last year
    RB Coach DARIAN HAGAN A Buff. Excellent experience in coaching RB’s Excellent recruiter
    QB DANNY LANGSFORF Great experience as an OC and qb coach. Excellent recruiter
    TE TAYLOR EMBREE Excellent coaching mentors. Inexperienced. Remains to be seen
    CB DEMETRICE MARTIN Major DB coaching experience. Long recognized as a top recruiter
    DL CHRIS WILSON. One of the very best in the Business. Excellent recruiter
    Olb BRIAN MICHALOWSKI. 2nd year doing it in the big time. Recognized and a great recruiter
    S BRIAN MICHALOWSKI Excellent DB experience playing and coaching.
    S&C DREW WILSON Really good and really glad he stayed. He was being recruited
    OL MITCH RODRIGUE. Interesting experience at the lower levels of college football. While there he was named one of the top recruiters in non bcs conferences. Also in case you didn’t know, Kap, last years OL coach did not want to leave. But with the uncertainty of who the new Buff HC would be he took the MSU deal. But on the way out he personally recommended MITCH RODRIGUE. Kap was well respected in the Champions center.

    So IMNSHO This is the best coaching staff since Barnett………….bar none.

    Go Buffs.

    Note: Recruiting. Fill the cupboard

    1. Good analysis VK. As I sit here in AZ I still think this team has a lot to look forward to with the new staff and the players coming back and their attitude. I guess as in most cases it will depend on the offense and mainly because the QB position will obviously be the real question as to the success of this coming season. I hope that Tyler L. is able to live up to expectations, but if the freshman Brendan can be as good and effective as the freshman that ASU had last year that will answer a lot of the big questions. If this will be a season that at least will get us to a bowl and we have a near future of vaccine for COVID-19, the Buffs will maybe finally become a consistent contender in the PAC 12 South. Yes Vaccine, as you have alluded to in the past, I probably am somewhat more vulnerable then most who post on this great Web Site. I’d sure like to see some success like we enjoyed under Mac I before I join all those wandering Buffaloes looking down on what has been a very frustrating number of years, I wonder what brand of Champagne they serve up there on those green pastures where the Buffalo roam. Gimmee some of that for the next 10 years.

    2. Sheesh
      I wrote above…..S BRIAN MICHALOWSKI Excellent DB experience playing and coaching.

      Of course I meant BRETT MAXI…………………sheesh again.

      Buffs

      Note: Interesting all the coaches sound a like…………eh?

      1. Sheesh. No excuses VK. Admit it, you’re just becoming an old fart like me. (This from the class of ’56). I’ll cut you some slack, but get used to it….and get used to 220 yd drives. It’s better than no drives at all. (Just hope you don’t have to have any spinal fusions. No fun).

        Stay Safe. GO BUFFS…..ASAP

  24. I hope Langsdorf can give Ciccarone, a walk on QB, enough development to put him in the mix. He didnt see much action in High School but when he was in he had a 63% comp percentage in spite of a team around him that was not a Mullen, Valor, Cherry Creek etc.

  25. Hey you know who the Buffs assistant coach/DB’s was last year???

    TRAVARES TILLMAN

    Do you know where he is now?

    Yup he is at Michigan State.

    Know what his title is?

    Senior Defensive Analyst.

    Well there ya go. Good enough to be the DB coach at CU, but not at MSU.

    And you wonder why the DB’s were such a problem last year.
    OJT training for the DB coach.
    the midnight leaver may have been the biggest flim flammer of em all.

    Buffs

    1. Maybe former dc Tressel who was to be let go until he wasn’t is now the bd coach there? Whatever. Who cares? Onward and upward.

      I hope all you old timers and geezers and yours are well, and stay well. The rest of all y’all too.

      Go Buffs

      1. But they still brought in Barnett to coach the backfield. Didn’t give it to tillman. Who cares? Reduced his position. (probably got a raise though)

        The midnight mover was sneaky. Gave the Buffs a rookie to coach the DB’s

        But he is gone now.
        so there is that.

        Sko Buffs eh?

        Note: Info as to why things were for sure not as good as they should have been is interesting.

        Note 2: Demotion !! Even for Tressel.

      2. He was the rook…………..
        He failed
        Demoted back to his ol job…………..you just never know………..so

        Tillman, 41, came to CU after spending the previous three seasons (2016-18) at the University of Georgia. He was a graduate assistant working with the defensive backs the first two years before transitioning into a quality control role with the defense for the 2018 season. …………..
        Prior to joining Kirby Smart’s staff at Georgia, he served as the defensive backs and head track coach for four years (2012-15) at Calvary Day School in Savannah, Ga……

        The dude couldn’t recruit either..The midnight guy must like him though.

        Buffs…………………..Never forget or push under the safe

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