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February 25th

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CU hiring an Athletics Director of Digital Content

From CUBuffs.com … The Athletics Department at CU Boulder now encourages applications for an Athletics Director of Digital Content. The primary responsibility is to serve as the Director of Digital Content for the University of Colorado Athletics department which includes management and direction of the primary social media channels of CU Athletics, as well as the channels associated with football and men’s basketball. Your job will be to facilitate a positive social media presence for the CU Athletic Department through a variety of digital media platforms. You will also assist with strategy, execution, and analytics for all other CU Athletics social media properties.

In collaboration with Buffvision, Marketing, SID and other departments build and maintain a social media calendar for short-term initiatives and long-term campaigns:
  • Lead all aspects of and execute day-to-day operations, including management of the digital content team.
  • Create engaging content and storytelling (both written and video) in support of University of Colorado athletic events, coaches, staff and athletes.
  • Work closely with other departments for partner promotions across all platforms. Perform duties as vital including photography, graphics/audio/video editing, website content management.
  • Monitor relevant social media conversations, including identification of hot topics and fan sentiment, communicating with administration as vital.
Responsible for promoting the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletics program. This shall include adhering to the principles of the Athletic Department’s Mission Statement, Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement, Core Values, Policies and Procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the University, the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA.

The Daily Camera posts its pre-spring roster analysis

From the Daily Camera … On Tuesday, Karl Dorrell marked the one-year anniversary of the day he was introduced as the head football coach at Colorado.

In a little over a month, Dorrell and the Buffaloes will return to the practice field. CU is scheduled to start spring practices on March 29, with a spring game slated for April 30.

At this point, the Buffs, coming off a 4-2 season, have their spring roster set. With the 2021 recruiting class complete and movement in and out of the transfer portal slowing down, the fall roster is taking shape, as well. CU currently has 91 scholarship players projected for the fall and can have 88 in the fall, so some post-spring attrition is expected.

Although there could be some players leave or others brought in between now and the fall, here’s a look at the projected scholarship roster for the 2021 season.

Quarterbacks

Players (4): Sam Noyer, Sr.; JT Shrout, So.; Brendon Lewis, Fr.; Drew Carter, Fr.

Analysis: Noyer, who started all six games last year, had shoulder surgery and isn’t likely to participate in spring drills. Shrout, a transfer from Tennessee, will look to compete with Lewis and Carter – an incoming freshman who enrolled in January – this spring. Although Noyer is the returning starter, the job is up for grabs this offseason.

Running backs

Players (6): Alex Fontenot, Jr.; Jarek Broussard, So.; Joe Davis, So.; Deion Smith, So.; Ashaad Clayton, Fr.; Jayle Stacks, Fr.

Analysis: Broussard is coming off a great season in which he was named Pac-12 offensive player of the year, while the Buffs are expecting Fontenot to be ready to go. The 2019 leading rusher missed this past season with an injury. Clayton, a 4-star recruit last year, is aiming for a bigger role, as well. Davis and Stacks played backup roles last year and will compete for more playing time. Smith missed the season with a knee injury and it’s unknown if he’ll participate in spring.

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February 24th

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LaVontae Shenault picks up another traffic citation (going 93 mph on the Turnpike)

From the Daily Camera … University of Colorado Boulder football player La’Vontae Shenault was ticketed for speeding and driving with a revoked license in Boulder County this month, the third traffic case the Buffs’ wide receiver has picked up less than a year.

Shenault, 19, was ticketed for driving 25 to 39 mph over the limit and driving with a restrained license on Feb. 1 by Colorado State Patrol in Boulder County, according to online court records.

Online court records show Shenault was reportedly driving 93 mph in a 65 mph area on U.S. 36 between Boulder and Denver.

Because his license was restrained for an alcohol-related case, Shenault could be facing up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 on the driving with a restrained license charge, a misdemeanor.

CU Boulder released a statement saying Coach Karl Dorrell “is aware of the circumstances” surrounding Shenault’s case.

“We hold all of our student-athletes to high standards of conduct, and the university and athletic department will address follow-up steps related to the matter internally as more details become clear,” the statement read.

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CU Spirit Squad sets its sights on a national title

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … You can’t begin to describe a gameday of Colorado Athletics without mention of the spirit squad. Comprising the cheer, dance and mascot teams, the spirit squad’s invaluable Buffs are at the heart of bringing the passion and enthusiasm that is so often thought of when imagining being at a Colorado game.

One of the things that makes college athletics so unique is the pageantry and the energy at Folsom Field and the CU Event Center on gameday is a perfect example. The spirit squad is largely responsible for dazzling and creating an experience that is hard to mimic and like many things during Covid-19, has been greatly missed.

Everyone, especially the spirit squad themselves, will be more than ready to return to their posts on game days to continue the great tradition of Colorado Athletics, whenever that time may be, but they have their sights on something much closer. The UCA National Championships usually take place in January but have been pushed back to the end of April this year because of the pandemic. The Buffs have become a perennial competitor at the event that takes place at Walt Disney World Resort and have high expectations for this year’s competition.

After a long layoff, the spirit squad resumed official practice last week for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began last March, but the teams have been putting in the work independently. Encouraged and guided by the coaching staff along the way, the student-athletes took pride in staying in proper shape. They sent updates to coaches of individual workout regimes but were largely on their own for how they chose to go about their business. After having no team activity for such a long period, this was key so when it was finally time to get back to practice, the teams could hit the ground running.

Practices today look like how you would expect them to look amid the pandemic, masks on from start to finish and extensive surveillance screening, but the Buffs are determined to not have this interfere with their nationals quest.

Things will certainly look different at nationals this year and, like most things in current day, will take place virtually for the dance and cheer teams. Neither the dance or cheer teams will be headed to Florida for the event but will rather be doing their routines via camera. The dance team will take part in the Jazz division, with the All-Girl cheer team competing for the Buffs.

Chip will be making the physical trip to nationals this year and will be doing so to defend his crown of National Champion. Chip took home the top prize in the mascot division in 2020 and will be looking to bring it back to Boulder again.

The repeat quest will begin this week when a qualification video is submitted to be considered for the main event. The qualification is typically a highlight reel of Chip at games and CU events, but this year it will be a skit showcasing qualities like energy, entertainment, and other staples of mascoting.

Many, especially the spirit squad themselves, will be anxiously awaiting the return of fans at CU games so they can get back to doing what they do. However, right now the cheer, dance and mascot teams have their eyes on the national championships with the full intention of taking advantage of the great opportunity to dazzle once again.

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February 23rd

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One year ago today: Karl Dorrell hired – “The Inside Story” (a must read!)

From Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News … One year later, the relationship seems preordained.

Karl Dorrell has instilled his brand of calm and cool into a Colorado football program that was in dire need of both — a program that had been ditched by its head coach, a program that was forever one win short, that had a fragile roster and lacked momentum and was consumed by uncertainty as the pandemic descended and society lurched to the edge.

One year later, the skeptics have been silenced.

Unflappable as the Flatirons, Dorrell provided instant stability, kept the roster intact, managed his staff, navigated the local health restrictions, demanded accountability, identified a quarterback, guided the Buffaloes to unexpected success and was named the 2020 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

“He has done everything I thought he would do, and he has been exactly who I thought he was,’’ Colorado athletic director Rick George said recently as he reflected on the process that led to Dorrell being named head coach on Feb. 23, 2020.

“We wanted somebody who could stabilize the program, who cared about young men and shared the same aspirations for this program that I did and could bring back the success we had in the 1990s and early 2000s.”

Those shared aspirations formed the bond between George and Dorrell that sealed the deal on a pleasant Friday afternoon in an immaculate home in Lafayette, Colo., a few miles from the CU campus.

George extended the job offer while standing in Dorrell’s living room, near a giant container of Hershey’s Kisses, following a five-hour conversation, lunch from Jersey Mike’s and a timely interruption by Federal Express.

That conversation — the conversation that changed CU football — came approximately 12 hours after Dorrell’s name first appeared on George’s radar.

The 27th head coach in Colorado history went from zero-to-hired in one day.

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Neill Woelk: How CU Bowl teams struck a blow against segregation

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on CUBuffs.com several years ago. We are reposting the story again to serve a reminder that CU Athletic Department programs actively engaged in the civil rights movement by taking a stand against segregation when such stands were not popular in much of America.

BOULDER — They came as moments of team solidarity, statements during a critical time in America, situations when brothers in arms simply refused to allow their teams to be divided.

In an era when racial segregation was still the norm in the United States, teams from the the University of Colorado delivered their message. While not celebrated on a major scale, the CU Athletic Department nevertheless played a significant role in the turbulent times of the 1950s and ’60s, making it clear that civil rights would not be denied to young men who had eaten, trained, sweated and bled together.

Put another way, “shoulder to shoulder” has been much more than just a snappy fight song phrase in the annals of CU history. Colorado’s history is peppered with key moments involving African-American athletes.

CU’s first All-American — in any sport — was discus thrower Claude Walton, who earned the honor in 1936, followed quickly by high jumper Gil Cruter in 1937.

Colorado’s first Olympian was track star David Bolen, who competed for the USA in the 1948 Olympics in London.

CU was also among the first teams in the Big Seven (later the Big Eight) to integrate its basketball and football teams, with black athletes joining the rosters of both sports by the mid-1950s.

And it is in that era the Buffs made statements that reverberated throughout the landscape of college athletics — and as a result, helped move the integration needle throughout the country.

Three of those moments came via the football team.

Following the 1956 regular season, the Buffs were invited to play Clemson in the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl. At the time, the Buffs had two African-American players, Franke Clarke and John Wooten. Clemson — as was the case with many schools in the Deep South at the time — said it would not play a team with black athletes.

The Buffs refused to relent, however.

Wooten, who later went on to a long career in the NFL, recounted the the situation several years ago for KOA radio legend Larry Zimmer for an article now available on “Classic CU,” part of the CUBuffs.com network.

“Miami Beach was still segregated and the hotel personnel plainly stated they didn’t want any Negroes coming down there,” Wooten told Zimmer. “When it became apparent that Colorado wasn’t going to back down, the Bal Harbor Hotel tried to reach a compromise. They said that Frank and I would have to stay in the same room and it would be on the top floor of the hotel. Frank and I had never roomed together. We roomed by position. My roommate was Bobby Salerno, and I didn’t want to change it. I can’t remember who Frank’s roommate was, but I know he felt the same way.

“We stood strong. When we went to Miami Beach, we had our usual roommates and it was business as usual. And Clemson did show up at the game and we beat them.”

Five years later, a similar situation arose again — and again, it involved the Orange Bowl.

At the end of a 9-1 regular season that included victories over Oklahoma and Nebraska, the Buffs were officially invited to the Orange Bowl after their last game, a victory over Air Force.

Bill Harris, one of five black players on the team, remembers oranges raining down on the field and a similar scene in the locker room as the bowl representative showed up to officially extend the invitation to head coach Sonny Grandelius and the players.

“It was unbelievable,” Harris said. “I can still see us in that locker room, throwing oranges everywhere and everybody going crazy.”

But just as the celebration was ready to reach its zenith, team captain Joe Romig and Charlie McBride, another team leader, called the team together.

“They stood up and said, ‘We’re not going to the Orange Bowl,'” Harris said. “It was quite the shock. The school administration was there, all the coaches, everyone — and you could tell they were stunned. Nobody really knew what to say. They didn’t think we knew what we were doing.”

The players, however, knew exactly what they were doing.

Earlier that season, the Buffs had traveled to Florida to play the Miami Hurricanes. When they arrived in Miami for the game, a separate bus showed up to take the black players to a separate hotel.

On that trip, the Buffs didn’t have time to react.

But presented with more time to prepare, they were ready the second time around. When it became apparent the Buffs were going to earn an Orange Bowl bid, they met in the last week of the season and reached a simple conclusion: the Buffs were not going to go to Miami unless all the players were allowed to stay in the same Miami Beach hotel.

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February 22nd

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Former Buff Chidera Uzo-Diribe moving up the coaching ladder, joins Jim Leavitt at SMU

From KansasCity.com … Kansas football has lost its second assistant coach in the last month to a similar position at a non-Power Five school.

Chidera Uzo-Diribe, who was KU’s outside linebackers coach in 2020, will become the defensive line coach at SMU, ESPN and Football Scoop reported. The Jayhawks announced his replacement Monday, hiring Jake Schoonover as outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Uzo-Diribe was named a 247Sports 30 under 30 “Rising Star” last year, with writer Chris Hummer labeling him as an “impact recruiter.” Uzo-Diribe will reunite at SMU with defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, whom he worked with on Colorado’s staff in 2016.

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February 20th

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Pac-12 schedule release coming: CU breakfast game (10:00 a.m., MT) a possibility

From the San Jose Mercury News … Our best guess: The schedule will be released in the next two or three weeks.

Future of Pac-12 network. Next tv deal, 9 am kickoffs

That is yet to be determined by the presidents and the next commissioner, not prior to his/her appointment, and it undoubtedly will require time:

Larry Scott’s successor will be in place this summer, approximately 18 months before the start of the next media rights negotiations.

The window will be used to plot strategy, which itself will be based partly on the course of the Big Ten’s negotiations next winter.

Back in the 2010-11 contract cycle, the Pac-12 was the first conference to the table. This time, the Big Ten is the first to feed and will gobble up dollars and broadcast windows the Pac-12 would love.

From our vantage point, there are three options for the Pac-12 Networks:

— Fold ’em and offer the football and men’s basketball inventory to potential Tier One partners.

— Sell to ESPN, Fox, CBS, etc., which could then strong-arm distributors into carriage agreements the Pac-12 has been unable to secure on its own.

— Keep them as is: Fully owned, operated and distributed by the conference.

(That would be a fatal move, as we’ve seen over the past decade.)

While 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) kickoffs could be part of the media negotiations, they double as an immediate issue.

The USC-Arizona State game on ‘Big Noon Kickoff’ was a success, especially given the circumstances, and several schools seemingly are willing to play at 9 a.m. next season.

Our best guess is that three or four games will start early in the fall, although that includes the likelihood for home games in the Mountain Time Zone (i.e., 10 a.m. local).

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February 17th

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No Champions Center visits: Dead period extended to May 31st

From CBS Sports … The NCAA on Wednesday extended the recruiting dead period for all sports through at least May 31, keeping in place a ban on in-person recruiting activities that was enacted last spring at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The move ensures that any in-person recruiting activities will have been off-limits for over a year, extending through the 2021 spring semester as concerns related to face-to-face contact because of the pandemic continue.

The vote by the Division I Council on Wednesday in a virtual meeting also included a commitment from the members to imminently provide clarity on plans for the transition back to recruiting calendars no later than April 15. Those plans could include the return to in-person recruiting activities with potential modifications to the calendar.

“After careful consideration of all available information, the Council agreed that an extension of the dead period through May 31 was necessary,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania, in a statement. “However, there is a strong commitment to use the next several weeks to outline the transition plan back to recruiting activities post June 1 and to provide those plans to prospective student-athletes, their families and the NCAA membership no later than April 15.”

The Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee also supported the extension of the dead period, but added that prospective student-athletes and their families need guidance, and the safety of current student-athletes remains of the utmost importance.

“While we support the dead period extension, we also note the importance of providing prospective student-athletes immediate guidance on the future of the dead period,” SAAC co-chair Justice Littrell said.

The Council also voted to approve a blanket waiver for athletes that would increase the number of hours football teams can spend on countable, athletic-related, out-of-season activities this spring to 10 hours per week from eight. Among the activities eligible for that include only non-contact functions like weight training, film review and walk-throughs. The waiver goes into place Feb. 22.

In the absence of in-person interactions, college coaches have adjusted by hosting recruits on virtual tours and managed to weave communication through FaceTime and Zoom into regular interactions as part of recruiting pitches.

“Everyone has become efficient at Zoom,” Florida coach Dan Mullen told Dennis Dodd last fall. “I’m great talking to the kids and all that. The coaches leaving campus, maybe you don’t even go on the road recruiting anymore [in the future]. You can do it on Zoom. You can talk and have these conversations.

“[But] it’s hard for me in a Zoom presentation to show what standing in the middle of The Swamp is like,” he added. “You’re down here in Florida, November, December, January, February, it’s palm trees. The actual beauty of our campus. You don’t get that in a Zoom call.”

Two Buffs make the Pro Football Focus Top 300 Draft Board

From Pro Football Focus … The 2020 college football season is not one that will soon be forgotten. In fact, it will easily go down as one of the most unusual on record. But now it’s NFL draft season.

With the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine and pro days once again threatened, there will be more uncertainty than any recent year. Let’s let the tape remain king as we unveil PFF’s postseason top 300.

Pac-12 Players by Program in the 2021 PFF Top 300 Big Board:

  • 1. Oregon – 7
  • 1. USC – 7
  • 3. Washington – 4
  • 3. Stanford – 4
  • 5. Oregon State – 3
  • 5. Arizona State – 3
  • 7. Colorado – 2
  • 7. UCLA – 2
  • 9. Cal – 1
  • 9. Arizona – 1
  • 11. WSU – 0
  • 11. Utah – 0

Buffs listed … 

  • No. 228 – Mustafa Johnson, DL
  • No. 268 – Will Sherman, OL

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February 16th

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AFCA asks NCAA Rules Committee to take up penalties for faking injuries

From ESPN … The American Football Coaches Association has asked the NCAA rules committee to take up the issue of players faking injuries when it meets next month.

The AFCA Ethics Committee voted in January to recommend that the committee address the practice, which has caused tension within the sport for years. Rather than use a timeout, defensive players often will fake an injury in order to stop the clock and slow the momentum of the opposing offense.

“Our ethics committee, which suggests rules changes to the NCAA, said by unanimous consent that this has got to stop,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry. “So they asked the rules committee to do something about it. It’s bad for football.”

The current rule, which doesn’t directly address the practice of faking injuries, says that anytime the clock is stopped for an injury, the injured player is required to go to the sideline and sit out only one snap before he’s eligible to return.

“Rules need to have teeth,” Berry said. “And if there’s no teeth, there’s no impact.”

Last year, the NCAA rules committee met in person and spent multiple days discussing the topic of faking injuries. Steve Shaw, who serves as the secretary-rules editor of the NCAA football rules committee in addition to his role as national coordinator of officials, described the debate as vigorous at the time.

Hoping to avoid a rule that would inevitably punish legitimate injuries as well as fake ones, the rules committee decided to let it be known among coaches and administrators that it was prepared to act if those in the sport didn’t move to stop the practice of faking injuries immediately. A tape of questionable injuries was sent to all FBS programs as a quasi warning.

“We did not eliminate the feigning injuries,” Shaw said. “Even if you just watched the bowl season, you saw some peculiar actions.”

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February 15th 

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1970’s “Team of Champions” endows a football scholarship 

From CUBuffs.com … The idea came to Emery Moorehead and Jeff Austin at a reunion of players from the 1970s Colorado Buffaloes teams.

The two couldn’t help but notice how much their fellow Buffs were not only enjoying the reunion, but also how much their time at Colorado had molded them for the future.

Decades later, they were still a “team.”

“When you have those reunions, it’s amazing the stories and memories that come back,” Moorehead said recently. “Guys that come back realize how important an era it was to their lives. When you are 18 to 22, you’re changing from a kid to a man and you have those experiences that mold you for life. You realize we all had ups and downs, good and bad experiences, and you remember how much of an impact that time as a young football player had on your life from that point forward.”

Those reunion events sparked a discussion. Why not, the players asked themselves, help more young men have that same experience?

Simply, why not pay it forward?

“Jeff and I started talking and we thought we should be able to give back to something that was important to all of us,” Moorehead said. “So we decided we’d try to raise some money for a scholarship. Maybe we can help another young man get that true feeling of being a Buff.”

Thus was born the Team of Champions Scholarship Endowment, funded by players from the 1970s. The goal is to help fund a scholarship with a preference for a player who arrived at CU as a walk-on and earned a scholarship through his hard work and dedication to the program.

“We just wanted to put something back into the program,” Moorehead said. “All of us who were on scholarship got so much out of it — we wanted to reach back and pay it forward. It’s a chance to give another young man that experience that will help shape his future.”

Other Buffs who played a key role with Austin and Moorehead in establishing the Team of Champions endowment were Marty Erzinger and Jim Kelleher. All played for Colorado in the 1970s, an era that produced the No. 3 team in the nation (1971), a Big Eight champion and Orange Bowl team (1976), and approximately 70 NFL Draft picks.

“It was a special time in our lives,” Austin said. “When we started talking about it, we wanted to give back to the university that gave us so much fun, such a great adventure and so many memorable moments. We’ve all stayed together. Just about everybody on the team has invested in (the endowment). The friendships that we made were for a lifetime. Everybody was close… the first team, second team, third team. This endowment is really a team concept.”

The reunion that now brings together players from the entire 1970s era — teams coached by Eddie Crowder, Bill Mallory and Chuck Fairbanks — was born at a meeting of the 1976 team several years ago.

“When we were at that 1976 reunion, we talked about how that 1971 team that finished No. 3 in the country really kind of set the table for us,” Moorehead said. “That’s when I said we needed to have a 1970s reunion for everybody from that era. What we remembered was those guys from the early 1970s would come back after making the pros and tell us, ‘You’re next. You’re going to be there, don’t worry. Just keep working.'”

Moorehead was one of those players. After a standout career as a wide receiver at Colorado, he was a sixth-round draft choice of the New York Giants. He played 12 years as a wide receiver and tight end in the NFL, including eight years in Chicago, where he won a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 Bears.

But he is just one of literally dozens of players from the era who went on to successful careers, both in football and the business world.

For many of them, their time at CU and in Boulder proved to be the springboard to that success.

“Boulder was a thousand miles from my Chicago home,” Moorehead said. “But it’s where I met my wife, where I became an adult, where I met so many good people.”

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February 13th

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Former Buff Jimmy Smith and family robbed at gunpoint

From BuffStampede.com … Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith and his family were robbed at gunpoint at a hotel in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. Nobody was hurt in the robbery, according to the reports.

According to the reports, Smith and his family flew into Los Angeles International Airport and were followed to the hotel by the individual. The Ravens have been made aware of the situation and released a statement regarding the matter on Friday.

“We are aware of the situation involving Jimmy Smith,” the Ravens said in their statement, according to Ravens reporter Jeff Zrebiec. “We have spoken with Jimmy and he and his family are safe.”

Smith just finished his 10th season with the team after being its first-round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Smith was the 27th overall pick by Baltimore in 2011 after a strong final season at the University of Colorado. His time with the Ravens started off with quite a bang, both individually and team-wise.

Smith was a rookie in Baltimore in 2011, a year that he played 12 games and started three of them. That year, Smith had 20 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass deflections. That year, Baltimore went 12-4 and won the division before losing in the conference championship game. The next year, Baltimore went on to win the Super Bowl in a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the team’s second Super Bowl victory in history.

On January 1 this year, Smith signed a one-year contract extension that was worth up to $5 million, with a signing bonus of $500,000 and a $2 million base salary, according to the Baltimore Sun. Smith declined an extension the previous season, a move that did not go well for him and he ended up back in Baltimore anyway.

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February 12th

Buffs pick up preferred walk-ons at linebacker and wide receiver

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Colorado has received a preferred walk-on commitment from Austin Dahlke, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker out of Edgar, Wisconsin. Rivals bio

Dahlke has been named all-state multiple times by the Associated Press and last December, was one of seven nominated players up to win state player of the year honors.

Dahlke only had scholarship offers from Bucknell and Illinois State, he had interest from schools such as Iowa, Iowa State, Colorado State and Wyoming.

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

The other preferred walk-on is Jack Hestera, a 6’1″, 185-pound wide receiver from Cedar Park, Texas.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 11th 

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CU Coaching staff busy: 206 offers made to Class of 2022 recruits (18th nationally)

From Rivals.com

From the Pac-12 … 

  • No. 1 – Arizona State (357)
  • No. 18 – Colorado (206)
  • No. 21 – Oregon (192)
  • No. 26 – USC (184)
  • No. 37 – Arizona 152)
  • No. 42 – Utah (130)
  • No. 47 – Oregon State (107)
  • No. 49 – Washington State (100)
  • No. 52 – California (86)
  • No. 60 – Washington (62)
  • No. 62 – Stanford (57)
  • No. 65 – UCLA (44)

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February 10th

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Neill Woelk: Stability allowing Dorrell to mold CU’s culture

From CUBuffs.com … Technically, Colorado’s Karl Dorrell will soon be entering his second year as the Buffaloes’ head coach.

But in reality, Dorrell is finally approaching what will hopefully be his first “normal” year at the Buffs’ helm.

We know all too well what Dorrell’s initial season in Boulder entailed. Hired incredibly late in the cycle, he walked into an unprecedented situation that became only more bizarre and unpredictable as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded.

Simply keeping the program from tumbling off a cliff would have been a success.

But as we also know, Dorrell did far more than that. He wrung more out of 2020 than maybe any other coach in the Pac-12. Handed a fistful of lemons from the beginning, and seemingly more at every juncture, Dorrell squeezed lemonade from every corner possible. He finished with a winning record (4-2), took the Buffs to a bowl game and had them in contention for a conference title.

Those are no small accomplishments given the obstacles thrown his way.

But now — finally — Dorrell has the chance to truly put his stamp on the program. That means his recruits, his coaches and his philosophy, from the playbook to the classroom to the community. It means an honest-to-goodness spring ball session (fingers crossed), an offseason when he can meet regularly with his players and coaches — in person — and an opportunity to instill the culture he wants to build on a daily basis.

Construction is moving ahead quickly.

Already, Dorrell has tweaked his coaching staff. He promoted D-line coach Chris Wilson to defensive coordinator, added Mark Smith as inside linebackers coach, promoted analyst Bryan Cook to tight ends coach, added the duties of defensive passing game coordinator to safeties coach Brett Maxie, and brought in highly regarded Shannon Turley as the new strength and conditioning coordinator.

Each of the new hires meets Dorrell’s all-important standards as a teacher and communicator. Those are qualities Dorrell has stressed as being integral to the process since the day he was hired and he made sure each new staffer will be a good fit in that regard.

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February 9th

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Nate Landman named Colorado Male College Athlete of the Year

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday that University of Colorado student-athletes Nate Landman and Dani Jones were named the 2020 Colorado College Athletes of the Year.

Landman was a defensive force with which to be reckoned as a CU linebacker, though he played in just four full games before suffering a season-ending ruptured right Achilles tendon in the first half against Utah. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award — given to the nation’s top college linebacker — as well as being a first-team All-Pac-12 selection for the second straight year and a second-team All-American according the football writers. Twice he earned national player of the week awards. Landman, CU’s tackles leaders for three straight seasons, sits at No. 10 on the program’s career tackles list and 12th in tackles for loss. He posted five sacks in five games in 2020.

Jones earns the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame’s College Female Athlete of the Year honor for the second time in three years. She won four national titles during her CU track & field and cross country career (outdoor 5,000 meters, individual cross country, indoor 3,000 and the distance medley relay). She also led the Buffs to a 2018 women’s cross country championship as a team. Jones twice was named the female runner of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, including for the 2020 indoor track season. Last year, she broke Mary Decker’s 42-year-old school record for the indoor 800 and became the only NCAA woman to have top-10 times in NCAA history in the mile and 5,000. Jones was an All-American a dozen times while at CU.

Both will be honored alongside Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2020 Athlete of the Year, Denver Nugget center Nikola Jokic, along with the two high school honorees and Greg Mark, the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Athlete with Disabilities Award. The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, which is located at Gate 1 on the west side of Empower Field at Mile High, will also add six inductees to their Hall of Fame; Lindsey Vonn, Bob Gebhard, Alonzo Babers, George Gwozdecky, Terry Miller and Erin Popovich.

With Alex Fontenot healthy, Buffs expecting competition in the running backs room this spring

From the Daily Camera … In each of the last two years, the Colorado football team has gone into a season without much previous experience at running back.

Next fall, the Buffaloes could be loaded with experience at the position.

Last week, head coach Karl Dorrell said junior Alex Fontenot has “a clean bill of health” after missing last season with a hip injury.

A 6-foot, 205-pound back from Richmond, Texas, Fontenot led the Buffs in rushing in 2019 with 874 yards and five touchdowns on 185 carries. He also caught 27 passes for 122 yards.

Without him last year, the Buffs discovered a star in sophomore Jarek Broussard, who ran for 895 yards and five touchdowns on 156 carries in only six games. He also had nine catches for 65 yards and was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the year.

Looking ahead to the 2021 season, the Buffs could have both of them as weapons on offense.

“I think we have a good backfield, a really good backfield,” Dorrell said last month. “I’m pretty confident that we have good enough depth in that position that somewhere down the line, someone’s going to emerge and going to be a really good player for us, just like Jarek did this year. We’re hopeful Jarek does it again next year, but Jarek knows that he’s gonna have to come and earn that job again this year because last year has nothing to do with this year. It’s gonna be really competitive.”

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CU embracing college football’s new “free agency” system

From the Daily Camera … For years, Karl Dorrell had become accustomed to the NFL way of building a roster.

NFL teams find young players through the draft and plug holes with experienced veterans in free agency, and Dorrell was a part of the process for 11 of 12 seasons from 2008-19.

Hired as Colorado’s head coach a year ago, Dorrell had to adjust to a new way of roster building – but it’s not as different as it used to be.

For decades, college football teams have been built through recruiting high school players and developing them over a four- or five-year period. A few junior college transfers might be sprinkled in, with a rare transfer from a four-year school thrown into the mix. That transfer typically had to sit for a season, though, per NCAA rules.

Suddenly, the college model is looking more like what Dorrell grew familiar with in the NFL.

The recruiting of high school players is, essentially, like the NFL Draft, while the NCAA transfer portal is becoming a form of free agency.

“That’s really the perspective I’m looking at this really being for us,” Dorrell said. “We’re going to recruit the freshmen to come in … and I think the portal has to be utilized for those, I say special pieces that can enhance your program.”

… Dorrell reiterated he wants to build the CU program with high school recruits, but in trying to win in 2021, CU is interested in “trying to find those pieces that have experience that can plug-and-play, so to speak.”

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February 8th

…. CU in a few minutes … 

CU second in the Pac-12 in all-time Super Bowl rings

USC: 67 … CU: 49 … UCLA … 49 … Cal: 45 … Washington:42 … Stanford: 41 … Oregon: 38 …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 7th

… CU in a few minutes … 

ND transfer Jack Lamb: “What made me choose Colorado was they’re a program headed in the right direction” 

From (Notre Dame publisher at) 247Sports … As Jack Lamb finishes up his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame this spring, the future has brightened considerably for the 6-foot-3¾ 230-pound linebacker from Temecula, Calif. It didn’t turn out the way he had hoped. He envisioned becoming the starting Buck linebacker in 2020 after playing a significant role in Notre Dame’s dime-coverage package as a red-shirt freshman.

But all things considered, Lamb has parlayed his college football experience into an advantageous one with a clean bill of health – and that Notre Dame degree — in his back pocket.

“Looking at it in hindsight, it didn’t go the way I wanted it to for my three years here,” said Lamb, who will report to the Colorado campus in Boulder the first week of June and try to earn a prominent spot with Karl Dorrell’s 4-1 Buffaloes squad of 2020.

“Looking forward, I still have three years left and it’s not like I’m a high school kid coming in and unsure how everything works. I’m pretty familiar with the college setting in general. To go in as essentially a senior in college and still have plenty of time left, it is relieving for sure.

“I want to play significant time and really show what I can do.”

… Lamb’s role was compromised this past fall when defensive coordinator Clark Lea chose an alternate route in Notre Dame’s nickel and dime packages.

“Going into fall camp, Coach Lea pretty much told me they wanted to try a different approach, at least in the third-down package as far as getting more of a pass rush with less emphasis on coverage for linebackers and more pressuring (the quarterback),” Lamb said.

“I respected that and I can’t complain about that. It was a strategic thing and not necessarily a personal thing. I realized that my role would be special teams and that’s kind of what it turned into.”

… Lamb entered his name in the transfer portal a few days after Notre Dame’s loss to Alabama in the Rose Bowl. Colorado was one of the first schools to express an interest. Cal, which recruited Lamb out of Great Oak High School in Temecula, and Duke also inquired.

But after an unofficial visit to Boulder on his own – the pandemic is still preventing face-to-face contact on campus – Lamb was sold by Dorrell via Zoom on his opportunity to compete for a starting spot in 2021.

“A pretty good amount of schools contacted me after I put that out on social media, just to see where I was at and where I was thinking about going,” Lamb said. “A lot of times, dudes have already figured out where they’re going. But I hadn’t talked to anybody yet and was just fishing around to see where I had options to go.”

Although it was the second recruiting process in college for Lamb, this one was different from coming out of Great Oak High School.

… “What made me choose Colorado and what put them over the top was they’re a program headed in the right direction,” Lamb said. “They’re on the rise. They had a need for me and they said they thought I could add value to their team and make an impact and have the potential to be a starter immediately.

“So we had a mutual interest because I want to showcase my ability at the next level. I want to show I can go to the NFL, and they were willing to give me the opportunity to prove that.”

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February 6th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Transcript of Karl Dorrell’s press conference

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February 5th

… CU in the few minutes … 

**Video – Karl Dorrell’s Friday press conference**

From YouTube, courtesy of CUSportsNation:

 

CU makes it official: Mark Smith named inside linebackers coach; Bryan Cook promoted to tight ends coach

Press release from CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell completed his coaching staff, filling two remaining vacancies with one being promoted from within, he announced Friday.

Dorrell promoted Bryan Cook to tight ends coach and named Mark Smith as the inside linebackers coach.  Cook is beginning his third year on the Colorado staff, originally joining as the director of quality control for the defense on March 1, 2019 under then-head coach Mel Tucker.  Smith comes to Boulder from Long Island University (Brooklyn, N.Y.), where he was named the school’s defensive coordinator last summer.

Cook replaces Taylor Embree, who was hired by the New York Jets in January, while Smith takes over for Tyson Summers, who was not retained for the final year of his contract.  A capsule look at the duo:

Bryan Cook

Cook is a veteran coach of 21 seasons in the collegiate ranks and came to Colorado from Georgia Tech.  He was on the Yellow Jackets’ staff as a quality control specialist for the defense in 2018, his third stint with the school, assisting and focusing in particular with the play of outside linebackers.  He previously had served as Georgia Tech’s quarterbacks and “B-backs” coach (2013-16) and as a graduate assistant with the Yellow Jackets (2001-03).

For the 2017 season, he was the offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern under Summers, who was head coach of the Eagles at the time.  During his four seasons on Paul Johnson’s offensive staff at Georgia Tech, he helped game plan one of the most dangerous offenses in college football.  In 2016, the Yellow Jackets had over 5,000 yards of total offense en route to an 8-win season, one that included wins over Virginia Tech and Georgia in earning a TaxSlayer Bowl bid.  Tech featured a top-10 rushing attack nationally and also led the country in yards per completion under Cook’s tutelage.

In 2014, Georgia Tech was 11-3 and finished as the No. 8 team in the country, claiming the Coastal Division title in the Atlantic Coast Conference and narrowly missing winning the league title, falling 37-25 to Florida State in the championship game.  The Yellow Jackets defeated Mississippi State, 49-34, to win the Orange Bowl.  That Tech squad led the nation in rushing offense (342.1 yards per game), both marks shattering the previous school records.  The Jackets also led the nation in third down conversion percentage (57.9) and yards per completion (17.8), leading the ACC in 11 offensive categories.

In 2013, Cook saw the Georgia Tech offense put up huge numbers, ranking sixth nationally in rushing yards (299.3 per game), tied for fourth in third down percentage (51.4) and led the nation in yards per completion (18.4).  Overall at GT, he coached five student-athletes that received all-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition.

Prior to his second time in Atlanta, he spent four seasons (2009-12) as the co-offensive coordinator at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, Calif.).  He coached the quarterbacks and fullbacks for the Mustangs.  Cook spent four years (2005-08) as head coach at West Point Prep in Monmouth, N.J.; he was the defensive coordinator at WPP in 2004 before being promoted to head coach.

His first “tour” at Georgia Tech came over the 2001-03 seasons, when he worked as a graduate assistant coach (under two different head coaches).  In 2001, when Tech went 8-5 and played in the Seattle Bowl, Cook helped coach the Yellow Jacket defensive backs and special teams under George O’Leary; in 2002, he coached tight ends under Chan Gailey and helped Tech produce a 7-6 record and a Silicon Valley Classic appearance. In 2003, Cook worked with the safeties for a team that earned a berth in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Cook lettered in both football and lacrosse at Ithaca College, where he earned two degrees, his bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education in 1998, master’s in Exercise Science in 2000.

Mark Smith

Smith joined the Long Island University staff as its defensive coordinator last summer, but the Sharks did not play any games last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic (an FCS member, the Northeast Conference is tentatively set to play an abbreviated 4-game schedule later this winter).

He joined LIU from the University of Arkansas, where he was the defensive backs coach and the Razorbacks’ recruiting coordinator for the 2018 and 2019 seasons under head coach Chad Morris.  He coached players that who matriculated into the National Football League, including Kamren Curl, a seventh round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft by Washington.  He also tutored two freshmen backs, Montaric Brown and Jacques McClellion, who would emerge as standout players in the SEC.

As a recruiter, Smith helped land three 4-star defensive backs, corners Greg Brooks and Devin Bush and safety Jalen Catalon. In his first full recruiting cycle as the coordinator, Smith and the Arkansas staff achieved the highest ranked recruiting class (23rd) in program history.

Prior to Arkansas, Smith spent three seasons at Southern Methodist University, where he was an offensive assistant in 2015 and 2016 and a defensive analyst in 2017, all while serving as the Mustang’s director of recruiting.  He was a part of the staff at SMU that was finally able to overhaul the program from years of frustration and going from a 1-11 squad in 2014 to a bowl-eligible team in three seasons.

He joined SMU from the Texas state high school ranks, as he spent six years at L.D. Bell in the Fort Worth suburb of Hurst (2009-14), the last four seasons as its head coach, in which it earned playoff berths for three straight years.  Smith also served as an assistant at Irving MacArthur and Colleyville Heritage high schools in Texas.   Smith was a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association and served as the President of the North Texas Football Coaches Association.

He was also a defensive quality control coach for the University of Oklahoma for the 2008-09 academic year, working particularly with the linebackers.  It was at OU where he first worked alongside Wilson.

Smith, a native of Abilene, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Hardin-Simmons University in 2000, where he lettered three years (1997-99) as a placekicker for the Cowboys in football, earning first-team All-American honors as a senior in addition to being named first-team All-American Southwest Conference honors three times.  He scored 206 points, at the time ending his career as the Cowboys all-time leading scorer (143-152 PAT, 21-30 FG).  He earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2004.

Colorado was 4-2 in Dorrell’s first season as head coach, finishing second in the Pac-12 South Division, its second-best since the Buffaloes joined the conference in 2011.  CU earned its first bowl appearance in four seasons, and Dorrell earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors and the Football Writers Association of America’s “First First-Year Coach of the Year” accolades.

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February 4th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Former four-star linebacker from Notre Dame, Jack Lamb, to transfer to CU

From the Daily Camera … Coming out of Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif., in 2018, Jack Lamb was rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com and listed as the No. 7 inside linebacker prospect in the country. He was selected for the 2018 Under Armour All-American game.

Lamb had 23 scholarship offers out of high school, according to 247Sports.com, including from eight Pac-12 schools. CU did not offer him out of high school.

Lamb immediately becomes one of the most experienced inside linebackers on the CU roster.

The Buffs are returning senior All-American candidate Nate Landman, but he is recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Senior Akil Jones, who started four games this past season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

CU also returns junior Jonathan Van Diest, who started two games in 2020 and has made seven career starts. Van Diest recorded 16 tackles this season.

Junior Quinn Perry also returns after playing in five games and registering seven tackles.

Also slated to return at inside linebacker is junior Chase Newman, sophomore Ray Robinson, redshirt freshman Marvin Ham II and true freshman Mister Williams. CU signed incoming freshman Zephaniah Maea in December.

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From BuffStampede.com … After three years with the Fighting Irish, linebacker Jack Lamb plans to join the herd. The former four-star prospect announced his intention to transfer to Colorado via social media on Thursday.

Excited to announce that I will be continuing my football career and pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Colorado Boulder!

“Lamb was the top performer on Notre Dame’s special teams this past season,” 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins wrote on Jan. 11, shortly after Colorado extended an offer to Lamb. “A hip injury suffered late in the season in 2019 hurt his chances to win a starting linebacker job this year but his positional versatility and the fact he has three years of eligibility left should make him one of the more coveted ‘backer targets in the portal.”

Lamb was a national recruit three years ago coming out of Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak. He chose Notre Dame over 16 other Power 5 programs, including Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Washington. Lamb was rated the No. 99 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite and was selected to The Opening Finals and the Under Armour All-American Game.

“The way I look at it, I have three years left and I have a lot of experience already. I’ve played against schools like Clemson and Bama and I think I’m more developed then an incoming freshman.”

 

Kordell Stewart tells his story of being falsely accused

From  The Players’ Tribune … “Look, man … are you sitting down?”

You never want to hear those words coming from the other end of the telephone. Especially when they hit you on the landline. It’s never good news, right?

It’s November, 1998. I’m down in the basement with my girlfriend watching a movie. Matter of fact, it was a LaserDisc. Yes, the LASERDISC, buddy. Welcome to 1998. Get comfortable because we’re taking a trip now. Starter jackets and backwards snapbacks and the six-CD-changers and all that.

How ’90s are we talking? O.K., let me put it to you like this. I’d just been in my first Nike commercial. The whole concept was that Vince Lombardi had his team preparing to play against me, and he’s going crazy trying to figure out how to stop me. They got the old-school projector showing my highlights, and he’s ranting and raving like, “Kordell Stewart!!! This kid can do it all — from SHOUP tuh NUTS!!!!!!!!”

Guess who they had playing Vince Lombardi? The crazy dude from Seinfield. You know who I’m talking about — George Costanza’s dad. Mr. Costanza was a wild boy.

He’s like, “We couldn’t slow this kid down if we ran the film BACKWUHDS!!!!!!!!”

That’s how nineties we’re talking, bro.

Back then, I’m at the top of the mountain. I’m 26 years old. I’m the quarterback of the greatest franchise in the NFL. I just played against John Elway in the AFC Championship game the previous season. I’m not just “Slash” anymore. I’m not just a gimmick. I’m the quarterback. 

We’re 5–3, and everything’s in the right place.

What could go wrong, right?

 

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February 3rd

… CU in a few minutes … 

Clay Millen on picking Nevada over CU: “They throw it 40 times a game and they put up big numbers”

From 247Sports.com … Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si quarterback Clay Millen has found his home.

Millen announced on Wednesday that he would be signing with Nevada.

Originally Pac-12 bound, Millen committed to Arizona in the summer, but after Kevin Sumlin was fired in December, he opted to not sign with the Wildcats.

Last month, he decommitted from Arizona.

And on Wednesday, he found his home.

“Nevada runs the air raid and they throw it 40 times a game and they put up big numbers,” said Millen. “Their system can produce NFL guys like Carson Strong. I think being in that system will be a lot of fun and I’ve always wanted to go somewhere where they throw the ball a lot and Nevada definitely does that.

Millen said the Pack got involved in mid-December when it became apparent that he was going to hold off from signing with Arizona.

“After I didn’t sign with Arizona, they came in and we started communicating more and more from there,” said Millen.

Head coach Jay Norvell and offensive coordinator Matt Mumme then went to work.

“The main coached that recruited me were coach Mumme and coach Norvell and I’m excited to play for them,” said Millen. “Coach Norvell is great. I think, first, he’s a great person, and I think he’s going to have a lot of success at Nevada over the next couple years. Even though we’ve only known each other for less than two months, I already feel a really good connection with him and I’m really excited to play for him.”

Millen has a history in the Pac-12, his father, Hugh, is a former quarterback at Washington and his older brother Cale signed with Oregon in 2019.

So he too thought he would continue the Pac-12 legacy, but he said he was happy with his choice to join the Mountain West Pack.

“Personally, I’ve always pictured myself in the Pac-12 and I know some people are going to be surprised that I turned down the Pac-12, but this is the school I want to go to and my family is happy with my decision,” said Millen.

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February 2nd 

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU Press release: “Not planning on signing any new recruits on Signing Day”

Email from CU media releations director Dave Plati … At this time, we are not planning to sign any new recruits; thus, we won’t hold the usual signing day presser (everyone knows about the two graduate transfers, QB J.T. Shrout (Tennessee) and ILB Robert Barnes (Oklahoma).  We will convene, hopefully either Thursday or Friday, when Karl completes his coaching staff. 

Translation … CU’s defensive line commit Ikechuku Iwunnah signed with Michigan instead … CU linebacker commit T.J. Patu de-committed today (February 2nd) … Former Arizona quarterback commit Clay Millen, thought to be a possible CU commitment, is going to sign with Nevada … CU punter commit Ashton Logan is expected to gray-shirt, meaning he will delay his enrollment until next January, and will be considered to be a part of the CU Recruiting Class of 2022 …

Report: CU new tight ends coach a promotion from within

Related Byran Cook’s official University of Colorado bio

From the Daily Camera … Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell didn’t have to go far to find a new tight ends coach.

According to multiple BuffZone.com sources, CU has promoted quality control coach Bryan Cook to tight ends coach.

Cook, who has been the Buffs’ director of quality control for defense the past two years, will replace Taylor Embree, who left the Buffs last month after one season as tight ends coach to take a position coaching running backs with the NFL’s New York Jets.

Cook, 44, will return to the offensive side of the ball after being a quality control coach on defense for the past three years, at CU (2019-20) and Georgia Tech (2018).

In 2017, Cook was the offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern. From 2013-16, he coached quarterbacks and B-Backs at Georgia Tech, and he was co-offensive coordinator at Cal Poly from 2009-12, coaching quarterbacks and fullbacks. From 2004-08, he was in the prep ranks, including four years as a head coach.

A graduate of Ithaca College, where he was a starting safety and an all-conference lacrosse player, Cook got his start in coaching with three years as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech (2001-03). He worked at various times on offense and defense for the Yellow Jackets, including coaching tight ends in 2002.

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Transition to Chris Wilson as defensive coordinator easier with a number of coaches and players returning

From the Daily Camera … Colorado’s defense had some good moments in Karl Dorrell’s first season as head coach.

To take the next step forward, however, Dorrell felt a change was needed.

Last week, Dorrell promoted defensive line coach Chris Wilson to defensive coordinator, replacing Tyson Summers, who was fired last month after two years of leading the Buffs on that side of the ball. Wilson will continue to coach the defensive linemen.

“Our defense did improve in a number of ways this past fall, and we’re going to continue to make those steps forward and being better going into this year,” Dorrell said. “Obviously, (Wilson) is a very well seasoned coach on both the college and professional level, so we’re really excited about making the next steps of progress defensively.”

… CU loses three regular starters from last season. Defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson declared for the NFL Draft, while linebacker Akil Jones and safety Derrion Rakestraw entered their names in the NCAA transfer portal. Rakestraw has since transferred to Tulane.

The Buffs are slated to return 48 of 66 starts (73%) from last year and they’ve added safety/linebacker Robert Barnes, who had 10 career starts at Oklahoma. Dorrell is confident CU has a defensive staff that can help the group improve.

In addition to Wilson, the Buffs are retaining Brett Maxie (safeties), Demetrice Martin (cornerbacks) and Brian Michalowski (outside linebackers). Although CU hasn’t announced it yet, Mark Smith, formerly of Arkansas, has been hired to coach inside linebackers, according to BuffZone.com sources.

“We’re going to be able to kind of sit back and try to start to tailor things that fit our personnel,” Dorrell said.

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73 Replies to “Colorado Daily”

  1. I wouldn’t call the Daily Camera’s roster “analysis” much of an analysis. Its more of just a roster with a few minor tidbits here and there. I doubt if it took much more than 15 minutes to fly off the keyboard.

  2. LaVontae, wake up LAD.

    I say “LAD” because that denotes a very young, immature, entitled person who just doesn’t get it.

    LaVontae, YOU DON’T GET IT…… Once you get out of jail, I hope you will use all of this as a life-lesson scenario and a stimulus to grow up. It would be nice to be able to see you play a sport again in college, and I hope you will deserve that privilege….just not at C.U.

    Sorry. Your lessons have to begin very soon. You won’t be young very long. Everything you’ve developed will fade fast as more talented, serious athletes/students will pass you up. You will be history in most people’s opinion and you will get delegated to doing avocations in life with very little future….and, people will dismiss you as a failure and will treat you the same. The name “LaVontae Shenault” will be forgotten by most.

    I would hate to see that happen……..I’m certain other Buff athletes, students and fans would hate that too. We root for others (You too) to “TRY” and succeed.

  3. La’Vontae aint his brother.

    He appears to be an entitled punk.

    Time to send him home.
    Today

    Buffs don’t need him period

    He aint no team player.

    hey three strikes and you are outta here

    Buffs.

    Note: His academics are not good either

    1. Right now little bro is a bummer but lets find him a girlfriend who will calm him down before we ditch him.
      Its hard to see these things on the tube when the camera stays with the QB before he throws it but every time it goes towards lil bro it seems like he has made some good separation…..maybe even better than big bro’s.
      I was even more impatient than I am now when I was that age but at least I learned to keep my eyes open….and I didnt have a million dollar payday waiting in the NFL to consider.
      Viska….if you are reading this pound it into his head and tell lil bro he aint gonna leech off you if he throws his own chance away.

  4. Why haven’t we considered Karl Dorrell?”
    “I don’t know,’’ Carl responded.
    “Let’s call him.”

    I swear for weeks earache swore it was Carl’s idea.

    Oh well he didn’t listen

    Anyway what a nice article by the west coast boy. ep will like it maybe.

    Lotta silence out of the champions center.

    I am gonna buzz up earache and get the inside info.

    Go Buffs.

    Note: Stu yur doing a great job. Say hi to the wife for me. I mean she is putting up with you so there is that.

          1. Or … the powers that be could require disclosure in order to be allowed to post.
            Hmmm … interesting idea … have to mull that one over …

          2. Yur the king.

            Also if you did what you proposed, you would have to give up your burner account. I’ve often wondered which one it is.

            Buffs

  5. Excellent article by Jon Wilner – thanks for sharing.
    It was such a hard time (a year ago) for the faithful that looking back is very worthwhile.

    What struck me was thinking about KD’s experience since that time.
    Accepting a dream job and then the pandemic hits.
    All the predicatble foundation blocks that could help him be successful or to at least have familiarity to navigate the system in his first year as a HC went out the window.
    The patience, tenacity, leadership, and ability to adapt on your first year on the job.
    Finally practices and a shortened season after the Pac-12 shuffle, and recruiting and keeping players on board.
    This to me, only reinforces my belief that he is the man going forward.
    Plus his love for Colorado and that he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
    Go Buffs

  6. The pac has 34 included on the top 300 list. That’s a little over 10%. That would be fine if there were ten major conferences.

  7. Yo Stuart,
    If the Big 300 board is accurate, there’s a pretty good chance that neither Mustafa Johnson nor Will Sherman will have their names called on draft day. I thought as much when they both announced they were leaving early. I wondered why?

    They are both good college players, but neither has moved beyond that realm to jump off the board in the eyes of NFL scouts yet. This coming season could have been their chance to make names for themselves. I hope it works out for them, but I fear they will have to go through the undrafted free agent route to make a team. That’s a long-shot.

    Unless they have hired agents, they could always come back to CU or enter the transfer portal. I fear they were given bad advice by someone hoping to make a buck.

    Either way, good luck to them.

    Mark / Boulderdevil

    1. Mustafa Johnson makes more sense, as he was playing his senior year this fall.
      Sherman, though, was just a junior, and left as an underclassman.
      Ten previous Buffs have left early for the NFL Draft, and all ten were drafted. I hope Sherman doesn’t break that streak …

  8. Hmmm

    Guess I didn’t realize Chandler has been on his dads staff since last February as assistant director of player personnel.

    Go Buffs

  9. Austin Dahlke. I have a new favorite recruit. His tape is electric. I can’t fathom how he’s unrated and unrecruited. Undersized and raw, perhaps, but a fast, aggressive, player that simply jumps off the tape time after time, from multiple positions. One handed grabs, stiff arms, LT shifty ness, incredible penetration and reaction speed to diagnose the ball carrier, and that’s off the top of my head… it’s a long video, with tons of plays, each more impressive than the last. Color me thrilled.

    1. Agreed, looks incredibly natural playing the game.
      I would think he sees the field of Folsom where I used to get artificial turf burns playing club lacrosse in late 80’s

  10. Okay then………….

    Mighty CU Buff footall offense………..

    What’s it gonna be?

    Go Buffs.

    Note: After watching again some of the higher ranked teams. (and yup there are personnel differences) and comparing them to the CU offense level of seperation is outrageous.

    Note 2: And the scheme and the plays are all there. Steal em. Sheesh

    Note 3: Even home made vanilla ice cream is still just vanilla.

      1. Oh my how much earache remains the same and how much wacmac is in his mind.

        Chev will be chev. HCKD will decide if the scheme is there. He stated they are evaluating all schemes. He knows it is time ot upgrade what they do and how they do it.

        This is not like your wacmac coaching staff. They want to be better and they have the power to pull it off.

        Your wacmac team has been dispersed into the hinterlands…………….just like i suggested they be.

        Anyway 5 years of wac
        5 years of the flimflam
        no more wac hc for the mighty Buffs.

        Go Buffs.

        Note: Yup

  11. Ya, Landman was pretty dang good for 4.5 games
    Dani was unbelievable for what seems like forever. If you don’t follow CU trac and CU crosscountry you might just wanna check her out . what a runner

    Buffs

  12. Time will tell, but the coaching staff will have to find a lot of sleepers and under the radar guys in this recruiting class. There are always a couple that surprise but boy this group looks like it has its work cut out to upgrade existing talent. Hoping this group surprises all of us

  13. Have been a big HCKD backer since Day1, hope to be proved wrong but already I feel that there is a slightly ‘off’ in the program right now. Don’t know if it’s people skills, or the inability to clearly articulate what type of team (other than strong in the trenches and balanced) we want to be, or how he is going to achieve that (recruiting ‘better players’???).
    For me it started w/Alfano (the person)…someone that obviously needs help, and wasn’t getting enough of it. In Alfano the player KD was getting a ‘better recruit’ but then the wheels appeared to have fallen off…

    1. I didnt think there was anyone else out there that jumped on a coach’s back faster than me. I hope you are wrong too but t seems you forget that HCKD inherited this team one short covid ravaged year ago and still managed a 4-2 record….without an above average QB. The one assistant coach selection he made that had everyone apprehensive (Rodrigue) made a definite improvement in O line play.
      And maybe I am wrong here but wasnt Alfano dinner bell Mel’s recruit?

    2. Kinda quick there Iriebuff to throw HCKD under the “proverbial bus” for not signing 4 guys that seemed kind of iffy to begin with. Then less then 24 hours later news hits that there are probably over 1000 already vetted college players in the transfer portal. Then a day after you were soooo quick to second guess the HC the Buffs sign a former ND player with 3 years of eligibility and withstanding an injury was competing to start in 2019, and was a ST’s standout.

      What is amazing is that with all this very very instant gratification responses from us Mon. Morning QBs, just maybe it might pay to wait a little bit and give the guys actually running the show a little more credit then us instant experts.

      1. Yo AZ,

        As you know I am the expert.
        I stated the flimflam man was a fake 1.5 years after he signed on. Many said wait give him more time. He should have been fired after year two
        I stated less than 2 years wacmac took over that he was a fraud and belonged where he is now (group of 5 dc…maybe) So many said give him more time (At least one wants /wishes he and his initial assistant coaches still here) He should have been fired after year 2 (2016 would have happened without him and maybe have been better )
        Mel, well based on his performance at MSU it would have been an interesting year two. But he couldn’t hide who he really was as well as the flimflam man and wacmac
        Okay then.
        HCKD

        Seemed to be a good hire
        Appears to be an excellent hire
        Predict he will be a great hire
        He as all the credentials and more than the previous hires Much more.
        He made boulder his home. Regardless of what happens he aint jumping to another job
        I am behind him and along side him 100%

        I am not wrong here cause you know I am the expert.

        And that is just how it is.

        Year 2 with a full schedule and with listening to all he has said about the offensive and defensive side about reviews. etc etc and looking at other teams, etc etc, to see how it fits the personnell well then……………….Go Buffs.

        Buffalo up or Buffalo out.

    1. It wasnt all bad. They lost the game and the more Red in attendance for that the better. They also left a lot of money. If there is another game with the cobs they will be telling everyone its rigged before its even played and when they lose this time they will storm the regents bldg and the champions center.

  14. Just wondering who is the last 4-star recruit that actually produced on the field like one?? Paul Richardson (who was damaged goods at the time)? Not too deep on HS rankings so can’t think of one off the top…Bisherat, Kasa, Mangham are the names that come to mind.

  15. Turley sounds like a great hire. I don’t know what happened in the issue with a student, but it didn’t make any major headlines… that we know of, and with that many years of service & students how much does that one complaint measure up against all the others that were served well? Was it a student who didn’t want to follow the rules & make “lifestyle” changes.

    It seems that his way of flexibility training would be more common than we hear about, what with yoga & stretching becoming more popular; but then again, football has some “tried & true” ways that probably hang around even with results elsewhere to prove otherwise.

    If he’s all that & a bag of chips, maybe Landman will be back on time for next season.

  16. Yo Stuart,
    Pretty darn excited about Shannon Turley coming to Boulder. That guy turned the Cardinal into beasts during his time there. Props to head coach Karl Dorrell for bringing him in. All we want is bigger, faster, stronger and less likely to get injured… right? And a bunch of guys moving onto the NFL and New Year’s Day bowl games on an annual basis sounds pretty good too.

    I got the chance to speak with Drew Wilson while he was here. He’s a great guy and a fine gentleman. I wish him all the best.

    But I think Turley is the guy who will take CU to the next level. Winning the battle in strength and conditioning is the 12 months a year job that Colorado athletes need to become an elite program again.

    Mark / Boulderdevil

  17. Anyone else thoroughly tired of these mostly disingenuous gushing thank you for all my wonderful experience here in Buffland….but I’m leaving. “lots of deep thought and countless hours of prayer?”
    Sure pal.
    If you feel you need to go in spite of how wonderful everything is here and everyone is your best buddy…just shut up and go.
    You are thinking of yourself instead of the team and you should go. You, along with every other wild eyed dreamer of NFL money, think you can let the scouts get a better view of you somewhere else. Education of course is just a minimum maintenance vehicle to being drafted.
    And then there is Rakestraw…why did he go?

  18. My Point from BBall.. Be yourself or Be gone.. Keep creditably or don’t . Love the Buff or don’t. Wanna be a Buff? Or Don’t. Go to usc or Don’t. KD lost credibility. 1990 national Champs.. Living in the past . Go Buffs !!!

  19. I’m stoked about Bowden because I respect Burianek. I knew him some as a kid, and my 6th grade teacher was Mrs. B.

    I’ll bet on this being a good hire.

  20. Seems a lot longer but it’s only been a week since Summers was let go. I Love the bball this season, but I need to come to terms with being a football lemming, take a long deep breath, and not panic over KDs approach to finding the right fit at DC.

  21. Active week to say the least…HCKD is definitely putting himself out there with all this churn, this is HIS team moving forward. A bit concerned as it seems some of the attributes deemed ‘positive’ last year are out the window i.e. continuity, even-keeled consistency (Sr. leaders transferring…misread on folks coming back on D). Understand he said last year, is last year…but culture and habits are built over long term consistency. At this juncture hard to feel like we are in a better place than the start of last season football-wise.

    1. Not skeered right now. One super short year with precious little time to prepare even for that isnt exactly a foundation for consistency. What KD is doing now seems more like laying that foundation to me….and it appears he aint wasting any time or effing around. Its gonna be his way or the highway which from what I have read is the Saban way too. Time will tell fi KD has to hit the hughway but right now I like what appears to be his attention to every detail and trying to correct all the things that arent up to his standards. Under the conditions that were I’ll take that 4-2 season anytime but once again the Buffs were exposed in the last 2 games. You have to wonder if Summers was riding on Landman’s shoulders. I also wonder if Rakestraw’s defection was due to his loyalty to Summers above the team/school.

  22. Crazy time
    Mangham appears to be another 4 star rating exposed. He is exactly one reason why I dont really get excited about transfers or the portal. You are taking a big chance on getting an underperformer or a malcontent who feels entitled.
    Sorry to see Chandler go. He seemed to have great potential. Maybe as a walkon he couldnt afford the cost of attending. I remember my tuition and books costing a little under 600 dollars for a semester. Add to that the miniscule coast of Mrs. Boone’s boarding house (which has been scraped for new condos) and college was a financial breeze. These days kids are racking up 200,000 n loan debt when beer used to be the biggest part of the budget. Inviting in a questionable player like Shrout also seemed like a vote of no confidence.
    And Rakestraw…whats up with that? Was he a locker room problem? Sometimes i wonder if there is some under the table crap going on like another school telling him they will take him before he enters the portal.
    Do we really need any more tight ends? Russell will be back, we got a bunch injured that should be back and Olsen coming in.
    Seems to me like if e are going to the portal we should be looking for another linebacker or possibly an O lineman like Hambright. There are probably a lot more good ones of those guys to choose from than QBs.
    I sure hope Langsdorf lives up to his credentials. Seems like he got Noyer off on the right foot….for a little while.
    Bottom line I feel you should give the guys who went to the dance with you in the first place first chance as opposed to someone cutting in on them…..especially when that someone doesnt seem like much of an upgrade.

  23. Just read that Tyson Summers has been let go!! Article by Adam Rittenberg @ ESPN! WOW…..I wasn’t expecting that along with Drew Wilson not being retained. I’m assuming KD has done a post season analysis of strengths and weaknesses and feels he can do better with different coaches in those areas. I wonder if Darrin C. might also be let go or reassigned to receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Is hiring a new offensive coordinator next? Darrin C’s play calling left me scratching my head more often than not this past season.

  24. Fantastic news from landman!!! I also read that Patu is still solid to sign in Feb 🙂

    With the recruits, I hope the coaches have been driving home the evidence that Dorrell won’t jump ship when he has success here.

  25. Wow. Sark to Texas. Gonna be interesting to watch. Was making at bama almost head coach at CU money. That is at least on reason he said thanks, but no thanks, I guess.

    Looking forward to seeing what Karl and co do next year, too.

    Go Buffs

    1. Yup. We’ll see if wonder-boy Sark has grown into someone that can run the entire show. Did I miss something or did Herman coach the game from up in the box? I thought that was odd for the HC.

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