CU Coaching Moves: Grading the Hires


Two promotions and a new strength and conditioning coach isn’t always news, but in the case of Karl Dorrell’s staff, the hiring of Shannon Turley, and the promotion of Chris Wilson to defensive coordinator and Brett Maxie to defensive passing game coordinator will have long term implications …

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Random Thoughts – Vol. IV

//posted 1.29.2021

When is a $20 million deficit a blessing? When other Pac-12 schools are reporting deficits between $30 – $65 million … Lest We Forget: 18 school records were set during the 2020 season … Other oddball numbers from the 2020 campaign … Notes on Boyle’s Buffs …

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After opening Pac-12 play with a 1-2 record, the Buffs use a 79-72 win over No. 17 Oregon to launch a four-game winning streak … Then, just when it looked as if the Buffs were on their way to a Top 25 ranking, CU lost to winless Washington (going 1-18 from three-point range), then topped that frustration with by blowing a 19-point lead (with 8:45 to play), before falling at home to Utah …Tad Boyle on the Utah loss: “I’m not sure I’ve ever been more disappointed in a loss in my career” …

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Will Rick George be a candidate for the soon-to-be vacated position of Pac-12 commissioner? (Speculation is that he will) … How does George’s resume fit in with criteria mentioned by Pac-12 Presidents? … If Rick George leaves, will CU turn to George’s heir apparent, Lance Carl? …

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So much for a quiet off-season … Players will again be adjusting to new coaches, while CU’s Transfer Portal numbers are on the rise … Still, you can’t call Karl Dorrell complacent, as the Buffs move into 2021 with changes aplenty …

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Mustafa Johnson’s decision not a surprise (though Dorrell’s comments were) … Transfer Portal not hurting CU (yet) … Dissecting Karl Dorrell’s Friday post-season/pre-season press conference – time for hand-wringing over assistant coaching moves? …

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Random Thoughts – Vol. II

//posted 1.10.2021

David Bakhtiari becomes the first Buff with five All-Pro selections … The significance of Landman’s return (even if he doesn’t play a full season) … Return of other defenders makes the 2021 CU defense “salty” … The importance of the strength and conditioning coach hire …

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The required post-mortem on the Alamo Bowl, with the positives Buff fans can take from the game … Taking Florida’s Dan Mullen to task … Reasons to keep the end of the 2020 season in perspective, and look forward to the 2021 campaign …

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Would you take Karl Dorrell over a coach with 98 career wins, with eight or more wins in 12 seasons? … The Nate Landman Effect: Stats bear out how much the Buffs missed their leading tackler … Bowl Woes: CU last in the Pac-12 in bowl winning percentage …

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TBA – Bowl Game

//posted 1.1.2021
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