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June 22nd 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Rick George on meeting with new Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff: “It was candid, it was transparent, and it got me fired up”

From the San Jose Mercury News … Last week, the Pac-12 athletic directors traveled to Las Vegas to meet with the new commissioner — at their request.

George Kliavkoff, the former president of MGM’s Sports and Entertainment division, was still two weeks from officially taking charge of the conference.

But with so much on the line this summer, from College Football Playoff expansion to player compensation (i.e., name, image and likeness), the athletic directors felt there was no time to waste.

They gathered at Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Pac-12 football championship game, and chatted for hours. They toured the stadium. They had dinner. And that was it.

There were no votes on policy issues. There was no public comment from Kliavkoff, whose tenure begins July 1, or from the conference office. There was no group statement from the athletic directors.

But despite the low-profile nature of the gathering, make no mistake: There was plenty on the line.

For the Pac-12 to thrive — for it to navigate this turbulent stretch in college sports — Kliavkoff must have a strong working relationship with the athletic directors specifically and the campuses generally.

Under outgoing commissioner Larry Scott, those relationships vacillated between cool-but-manageable and downright fractious, depending on the time, the situation and the campus in question. (Scott cast the athletic directors aside early in his tenure, ignored their institutional knowledge and never gained their full trust.)

The Hotline reached out to all 12 athletic directors last week and offered each an opportunity to comment on the meeting with Kliavkoff.

… CU Athletic Director Rick George’s comments …

George: “The ADs requested the meeting because we want to work with him from Day One. It was candid, it was transparent, and it got me fired up about what lies ahead.”

— George: “I liked that he wants to come on our campuses and spend time meeting people.”

George: “We discussed all the important items. Everybody had the ability to weigh in.”

George: “The fact that his start date is July 1 and he’s already after it, that was impressive.”

George: “We’re not pausing, and he’s not pausing. This AD group is very supportive of George, and we want to work with him. I came out of the meeting very energized about the future.”

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June 21st 

… CU in a few minutes …

**Full capacity to be allowed at Folsom Field and CU Events Center**

Press release from CUBuffs.com …  The four main athletic facilities the University of Colorado hosts events in the fall – Folsom Field, the CU Events Center, Prentup Field and the tennis complex on the South Campus – with the state lifting previous restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be at full 100 percent capacity for events beginning with the new athletic year in August, athletic director Rick George announced Monday.

Folsom is home to CU’s football team, the CU Events Center to the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs, and Prentup Field to the women’s soccer team.  When weather permits outdoor play, the tennis team has its facility on the CU South Campus; the other campus facilities – Kittredge Field (lacrosse), CU’s Indoor Practice Facility and Potts Field (track) host games and events solely in the winter and spring.

“All of us, the student-athletes, coaches and staff are looking forward to welcoming back our fans to every one of our venues after playing before mostly empty seats last year,” George said.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fan attendance was few and far between during the 2020-21 athletic year, as only mostly family members were allowed for one football game and a handful of games toward the end of the spring seasons for the aforementioned sports.

Season tickets are currently on sale, as are tickets for the Texas A&M game in Denver (the latter through Ticketmaster here).  Mini-plan packages go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, June 22); single game tickets for the six home football games at Folsom Field will be available for purchase beginning July 7.  More information on purchasing football tickets can be found here.

CU will adhere to county regulations that have yet to be finalized regarding the wearing of masks and/or proof of vaccination.

Other sports that host home events – golf and skiing – hold them outside Boulder County and cross country no longer has a home meet after the NCAA altered the qualifying requirements for the national championship.

U.S. Supreme Court rules against NCAA in Alston case – “The NCAA is not above the law”

From CBS Sports … The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled in favor of college athletes seeking unlimited benefits tied to education in a landmark case that enhances players’ ability to earn compensation while simultaneously diminishing the NCAA’s power. The Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA could not limit such benefits for athletes who play Division I basketball or football.

“The NCAA and its member colleges maintain important traditions that have become part of the fabric of America … but those traditions alone cannot justify the NCAA’s decision to build a massive money-raising enterprise on the backs of student athletes who are not fairly compensated,” wrote Justice Brett Kavanaugh in his concurring opinion. “Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate. And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different.

“The NCAA is not above the law.”

The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of the appellees in Alston v. NCAA, who previously won a Northern District of California Circuit Court decision. The loss is the biggest legal defeat for the NCAA since the NCAA v. Board of Regents case in 1984 that allowed schools to monetize the rights to televised football games.

The suit in NCAA v. Alston was brought by a group of athletes led by former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston who contended the NCAA had violated antitrust laws by capping the amount of compensation they could receive as part of their scholarships. Currently, scholarships only include tuition, room, board and cost of attendance.

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June 20th

Plati-Tudes: Top Five Heartbreak CU Games

From CUBuffs.com … Watching the Avalanche and Nuggets exit the playoffs in the second round with such high aspirations was no doubt heartbreaking to those of us who are big fans.  It made me think of what the five biggest heartbreaks we’ve endured in our athletic history (not to play an a.k.a. SNL Debbie Downer (when the show was good), but everyone has low points in their histories; these likely are our most heartbreaking:

  1. 1990 Orange Bowl.  The Buffs took over the nation’s No. 1 ranking late in the year, were undefeated at 11-0 and had outscored opponents, 452-150.  Missed early opportunities resulting in a 0-0 halftime tie and a fourth-quarter nine-minute clinching drive by Notre Dame ends CU’s hopes of a national championship in a 21-6 loss.
  2. 1995 Women’s Basketball Elite Eight.  Ceal Barry’s Buffaloes were ranked No. 2, owners of a 30-2 record, with only No. 12 Georgia standing in the way of the school’s first Final Four appearance.  CU led at the half, 45-42, and built an 11-point lead (61-50) and was still ahead, 70-60, with just under five minutes remaining, but UGA mounted a furious rally and ended Colorado’s season with an 82-79 win in Des Moines.
  3. 1994 Football vs. Nebraska.  Both teams were 8-0, CU ranked No. 2 and Nebraska right behind at No. 3.  As was the case the previous five seasons, the winner would have the inside track to the Big Eight title and subsequent Orange Bowl berth.  The Huskers got the best of the Buffaloes in Lincoln that day, 24-7, as NU limited CU’s vaunted passing game en route to winning the national championship.
  4. 2021 NCAA Second Round.  Tad Boyle‘s fifth-seeded Buffaloes routed Georgetown, 96-73, in the first round, setting up a battle with fourth-seed Florida State.  CU had been sharp-shooters against the Hoyas (clicking at 61 percent from the field while draining 16 threes), but couldn’t recapture that magic against the Seminoles in a 71-53 setback.  Adding to the disappointment was that the other four Pac-12 teams that made the tournament all advanced to the Sweet 16.
  5. Tie: 1952 & 1975 Football vs. Oklahoma.  The ’52 game ended in a 21-21 tie; Oklahoma entered with 26-game conference winning streak (22-0 in Big Seven since it expanded in 1948). CU was on the verge of ending that run, leading 21-14 in Boulder but a 13-play, 78-yard TD drive by the Sooners tied the game with 1:51 remaining; the PAT kick accounted for the tie (college football was still six seasons away from adding the two-point conversion).  Speaking of 2-point plays, fast-forward to 1975: OU is leading CU ironically by that same 21-14 score; with 8:34 left, the Buffs march 68 yards, converting twice on both third and fourth down in driving 68 yards in 15 plays with 1:19 on the clock.  But Bill Mallory elects to go for the tie, but the PAT sails wide left and OU escapes with a 21-20 win.
Honorable Mention (in no particular order): 1963 NCAA Men’s Skiing (the Buffs dominated the alpine competition and won cross country, but lost the title to DU in the final event of the jumping competition) … 2019 NCAA Soccer (1-0 second round loss at North Carolina) … 2016 Lacrosse (9-8 last minute loss to USC, after CU had a go-ahead goal taken off the board with 59 seconds to play, and USC scored the game winner with 15 ticks remaining in what otherwise could have been CU’s first win over a ranked program: the Trojans were 11-0 and No. 7) … 2021 Men’s Basketball Pac-12 Tournament (dropping the title game to Oregon State, 70-68) … 1980 Men’s Basketball at Iowa State (needing a win to secure a home game in the Big Eight postseason tourney, the Buffs rally from down 54-42 with 9:34 to play to take a 65-64 lead with 20 seconds to go, but a Cyclone reserve scored his only points of the night on a layup in the waning seconds to send the Buffs to Kansas for the first round game) … 2013 & 2014 Volleyball (losing the fifth set each year in the round of 32, at CSU and at Minnesota, barely missing advancing to the Sweet 16 both years) … 1981 Men’s Big Eight Golf (CU was poised to end Oklahoma State’s 12 –year run as titlists, trailing by one shot after 36 holes; but the Cowboys stretched the lead to seven after nine holes and then held the Buffs at bay the rest of the way; Terry Kahl won the individual title, however, and Mark Simpson was named coach of the year) … 2018 Men’s Pac-12 Golf (CU pushed host USC to the limit, losing by four strokes; every time the Buffs appeared to be closing in, USC responded, including scoring two eagles on the par-5 15th) … 1938 Cotton Bowl (CU is 8-0 and a national darling thanks to Byron White, and earned its first bowl invitation, but lost to Rice 28-14) … 1961 Football vs. Utah (CU is 6-0, ranked No. 8 and on its way to its first Big Eight title; but a 21-12 home loss to a Utah team with a 5-3 record derailed any hopes that Colorado could compete for the national title) …  1966 Football vs. Oklahoma State (the Cowboys drive 69 yards in 13 plays, score a TD and the 2-point conversion to win 11-10; that eventually cost CU a tie for the Big Eight title, as the Buffs finished 5-2, one game back of Nebraska).  There are more as I likely forgot something major, but these are what I either experienced personally or recall throughout our history.

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June 19th

NCAA President to schools: Figure out NIL legislation, or I’ll impose it upon you 

From the Associated Press … NCAA president Mark Emmert told the organization’s more than 1,100 member schools Friday that he will seek temporary rules as early as July to ensure all athletes can be compensated for their celebrity with a host of state laws looming and congressional efforts seemingly stalled.

In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Emmert urged members to pass legislation that would make it permissible for the first time for college athletes to earn money off their names, images and likenesses.

All three divisions of NCAA athletics have been working toward reforming NIL rules and lifting restrictions on athletes since 2019.

“Since that time, many states have enacted NIL legislation and 10 state laws can take effect this July. It is therefore essential we now enact rules before the end of the month,” Emmert wrote in an email sent to presidents and chancellors, athletic directors, senior compliance administrators, conference commissioners and others.

The NCAA Division I Council meets Tuesday and Wednesday and could act on an NIL proposal that was expected to be voted on back in January.

Instead, Emmert encouraged membership at that time to put the vote on hold after the Justice Department notified the NCAA that its proposed rule changes could violate antitrust law.

Since spring, Emmert has encouraged membership to move forward on NIL reform and has said he was confident new rules would be in place before the start of next football season.

Six states have NIL laws set to go into effect July 1 that will permit college athletes to be paid for endorsements, personal appearances and social media posts, setting up the possibility of patchwork rules from coast to coast for thousands of athletes.

“By July, all our athletes should be provided NIL opportunities regardless of the state they happen to live in,” Emmert wrote in the memo.

The NCAA has asked Congress for help in the form of a federal NIL law that would set uniform standards and preempt state laws. But it appears nothing will get done in Washington before the August recess.

Emmert wrote that if NCAA rules changes are not in place by July, he will take action.

“I have directed my staff to create proposals to this end. We will provide more details next week as this approach is reviewed by the NCAA Board of Governors and the divisional governance bodies,” he wrote.

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June 18th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU assistants’ pool highest in history 

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado football program will have its highest-ever salary pool for assistant coaches this season.

CU’s 10 full-time assistant coaches will be paid roughly $3.455 million combined this season – a slight jump from the previous high in 2020. A year ago, CU’s assistants had a combined salary pool of $3.425 million, but that was before coaches took 5% pay cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the pool to roughly $3.25 million.

Offensive coordinator/receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini leads the group with a 2021 salary of $600,000. Chiaverini is in the second year of a three-year contract worth an average of $600,000 per year.

Defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Chris Wilson signed a new three-year deal earlier this year after being promoted to coordinator. Similar to Chiaverini, Wilson’s deal is worth an average of $600,000 per year. He will make $550,000 this year, with $50,000 raises each of the next two years.

Offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue ($400,000 this year), quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf ($375,000) and cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin ($300,000) are all in the second year of two-year deals they signed a year ago.

Inside linebackers coach Mark Smith ($210,000 this year) and tight ends coach Bryan Cook ($200,000) are in the first year of two-year deals signed when they were hired last winter.

Safeties coach Brett Maxie is set to make $375,000 this year, with running backs coach Darian Hagan at $235,000 and outside linebackers coach Brian Michalowski at $210,000. Strength and conditioning coordinator Shannon Turley is set to make $240,000 in his first year with the program.

Maxie, Hagan, Michalowski and Turley are at-will employees, meaning they do not have contracts. It will be the first time since 2017 that CU will have some full-time assistant football coaches as at-will employees.

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June 17th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Champions Center renamed “UCHealth Champions Center”

… Deal worth $12 million over 15 years ($3 million up front) … 

Press release from CUBuffs.com … CU Athletics and its longtime partner UCHealth are expanding their collaboration with the goal of improving the overall health and wellness of students, athletes and the public. As part of a new long-term agreement, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Champions Center – the headquarters of the CU Athletic Department – will be named the “UCHealth Champions Center.”

The CU Board of Regents authorized CU Boulder to move forward with the expanded partnership and building name change at a meeting today. The agreement includes opportunities for health and wellness programming and unique experiences that encourage health.

“I am thrilled to see our bond with UCHealth strengthened,” said CU Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano.  “CU Boulder and UCHealth are both leaders in advancing the public good in Colorado, and we’re excited for the new innovations this partnership will spark in improving the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and all Coloradans.”

UCHealth, a partner of the CU School of Medicine, has been the official healthcare partner of CU Athletics since 2016. In 2020, for the ninth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus No. 1 on its list of the state’s best hospitals.

The expanded partnership could launch events like a health and wellness fair for students, family activities for the Boulder community, or preventive care guidelines provided to CU Athletics fans.

“CU Athletics and UCHealth already have a proven track record of teaming up for the education and awareness of healthy living for students, players and the general public,” said Manny Rodriguez, chief marketing, customer and experience officer for UCHealth. “We look forward to engaging with fans, athletes and the community to deliver important wellness messages that encourage people to be mindful of their health and be sure to keep up with regular doctor’s visits and preventive screenings.”

The partnership agreement will include an initial $3 million gift contribution to the CU Athletics Sustainable Excellence Fund. UCHealth will contribute an additional $600,000 per year for 15 years to support the ongoing partnership.

The CU Athletics Sustainable Excellence Fund has been key in supporting capital improvements and scholarship endowments for the Athletic Department, including construction of the Champions Center, which opened in 2015.

“Construction of the Champions Center proved transformational for our Athletic Department, and it’s fitting that we now have a great partner in UCHealth that will help us sustain this great asset for our student-athletes and coaches for years to come,” said CU Athletic Director Rick George. “Our partnership with UCHealth has been great, and we’re so happy that they saw the value in making it even more prominent.”

The UCHealth Champions Center opened in 2015 as the home of CU Athletics administration, the football program, Olympic Sports, the Champions Club and the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The showcase facility at the northeast corner of Folsom Field was built as part of a major CU Athletics facilities upgrade project that included major renovations to the Dal Ward Athletic Center and construction of a new Indoor Practice Facility designed to be net-zero energy. The project placed the Buffs at the front of the herd in college athletics when it comes to providing state-of-the-art facilities that help fuel student-athlete success. All three of the buildings earned LEED Platinum certification for sustainable building practices from the United States Green Building Council.

ASU: “It’s not just run-of-the-mill cheating. It’s deplorable cheating” 

From Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News …  We’ll start by saying that we don’t know if Arizona State actually violated NCAA rules by hosting recruits during what was supposed to be a COVID-related recruiting dead period.

And we’ll also acknowledge that guessing how the NCAA might rule is almost as fraught as guessing when the NCAA might rule.

But we know the NCAA has what Yahoo described as a “dossier” of material implicating the Sun Devils that includes screenshots and receipts.

We know that former ASU football staffers are willing to provide evidence to the NCAA.

We know that ASU’s hyper-aggressive recruiting tactics — again, they aren’t violations, yet — were one of the worst-kept secrets in the Pac-12. (It took a disgruntled former employee to send material to the NCAA in order for those tactics to come to light.)

We know that whenever a program suddenly has next-level success attracting prospects from areas outside its traditional recruiting base, it’s extremely suspicious.

And we know at least some of the allegations against ASU involve “illicit on-campus recruiting trips” during the worst pandemic in 100 years.

That’s the real issue here, folks: ASU wasn’t merely trying to get ahead with alleged shenanigans that we often see from dirty programs.

If the allegations are true, the Sun Devils were flouting the COVID protocols adopted by the NCAA and the Pac-12.

If true, it’s not just run-of-the-mill cheating. It’s deplorable cheating, to the point that the Sun Devils would have to consider a full housecleaning at the top levels of the football program and the athletic department. (If athletic director Ray Anderson didn’t know what was going on, he should have.)

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June 16th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Curtis Chiaverini hoping to follow in father’s footsteps: “It’s been a blessing”

From the Daily Camera … For three years, Darrin Chiaverini had the opportunity to coach his son at Colorado.

Working with him on a new level the past year has been another memorable experience for the Buffaloes’ veteran offensive coordinator/receivers coach.

Curtis Chiaverini is entering his second season as a student-assistant coach.

“It’s been a blessing, man,” Darrin said. “It’s been really, really a blessing.”

Darrin, who played receiver at CU from 1995-98 before playing in the NFL, returned to the Buffs as co-offensive coordinator in 2016. At the time, Curtis was still in high school. A two-time all-league player in high school, Curtis helped Valor Christian win the Class 5A state title in 2016.

Curtis earned a walk-on opportunity with the Buffs and played in seven games over the course of his three seasons (2017-19) as a player.

Last summer, Curtis, who has had a goal of becoming a coach, elected to move out of uniform and into the coaching realm, helping Darrin with the receivers.

“I always knew that he was a smart player, but now that he’s coaching with me, he has a really bright future,” Darrin said. “He really understands football. He understands concepts and schemes. He knows how to talk to players and he demands their respect, and you can tell the players respond to him in that sense.”

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June 15th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Nate Landman Profile: “My career is far from over” 

From Sports Pac-12 … Nate Landman delivered the good news early last January: He would be returning to Boulder after eyeing the NFL Draft, thereby giving the improving Buff defense a tremendous boost.

Landman’s departure seemed more certain before he ruptured his right Achilles’ tendon against Utah on Dec. 12. But rather than let that complicate things, he decided to take advantage of the NCAA ruling to give all players an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic.

The senior from Danville, Calif., has been one of the most-honored and consistent players in the Conference the past two seasons, earning First-Team All-Pac-12 honors twice, and becoming an All-America candidate last year.

That isn’t likely to change in 2021.

Not only should another season in the Rockies raise Landman’s NFL stock—it should also allow him to continue his assault on the CU record book.

He currently stands tied for 10th in career tackles with 338; is 12th in career tackles for loss with 35; and has grabbed hold of the third career spot in third-down stops with 46.

“I’ve always been taught to bend not break,” Landman wrote on his Instagram when announcing his return. “My career is far from over and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Honors … 

—2020—
• All Pac-12 First Team
• First-Team All-SportsPac12

—2019—
• All Pac-12 First Team
• Phil Steele All-American
• AP First-Team All Pac-12

—2018—
• AP Second Team All Pac-12

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Fictional 12-team playoffs through the years: FIVE National Championships for CU?

From Curtis Synder from CUBuffs.com … An Alabama-Clemson-like rivalry with … Miami?  No CU-Notre Dame bowl matchups? A 1994 rematch with Nebraska?  A greater potential for three (if not four or even five) National Championships?  A 2016 rematch in the Big House?  These are all scenarios that could’ve happened had the 12-team format proposed by the CFP working group been the norm in college football over the past 75-80 years.

And with that recommendation from the CFP working group to the CFP management committee to potentially move to a 12-team playoff, we thought we’d look back in CU history to figure out when the Buffs would’ve been part of the playoffs.  Is this 100 percent accurate?  Absolutely not.  Just some fun thoughts as we await the 2021 season with fall camp just over 50 days away.

For the purposes of this, we will abide by the theory that the top six ranked conference winners get an automatic bid and the next six highest ranked teams will fill out the bracket.  The top four seeds will be the top four ranked conference winners.  We will also use the AP poll at the end of the regular season (not the final poll) to determine each season’s seeds.  Certainly there were more conferences before consolidation and power conferences became the norm, but we’ll still use that method for purposes here, and most of the seasons the Buffs would’ve made it, the number of conferences wouldn’t have made a huge difference other than seeding.

One other issue is many teams over the years were still ranked highly but on probation and a postseason ban.  We won’t speculate or go down that rabbit hole.  Lastly, we will look at the Buffs from 1948 on, just after World War II and when the Buffs moved away from the Mountain States Conference and joined what was then known as the Big Seven, perhaps one of the most important moves that led the Buffs into a Power 5 conference today.

Prior to 1948, there are certainly teams to consider, in fact the Buffs won 19 conference championships prior to 1948, including the Colorado Football Association in 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1901, 1902, 1903 and 1908, the Colorado Faculty Athletic Conference in 1909, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1911, 1913, 1923, 1924, 1934, 1935 and 1937; and the Mountain States Conference in 1939, 1943 and 1944.  Perhaps the best chance of the Buffs making a run in that era was the Byron White led team of 1937, and while that team peaked at No. 16 in the AP poll, certainly having the player that finished second in the Heisman voting and being undefeated at 8-0 at the end of the season would’ve garnered merit for a 12-team playoff had that system been in place at the time.

That said, we’ll focus on the post 1948 teams and begin our discussion there.

The last sidenote is the 1956 team that certainly made noise nationally, finishing 7-2-1, forcing No. 1 Oklahoma to score 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Buffs, beating Nebraska 16-0 and topping Clemson in the Orange Bowl, 27-21 for the school’s first bowl win.  That team finished second in the Big 7 and should’ve been ranked higher than the No. 20 final ranking.   Whether or not in a playoff mindset or perhaps an east coast bias that’s bigger than today’s, the 1956 team would’ve been the first that Buff fans were thinking playoffs even though it may not have happened.

Fictional CU All-Time Playoff Results 

1961
Quarterfinals: (4) LSU 28, (5) CU 17

1971
First Round: (8) CU 38, (9) Tennessee 14
Quarterfinals: (8) CU 34, (1) Nebraska 31
Semifinals: (8) CU 39, (5) Oklahoma 35
Championship: (8) CU 47, (2) Alabama 33

1975
First Round: (10) CU 28, (7) Arizona State 24
Quarterfinals: (2) Texas A&M 24, (10) CU 21

1976
First Round: (5) Pitt 34, (12) CU 31

1989
Quarterfinals: (1) CU 42, (9) Tennessee 21
Semifinals: (1) CU 17, (5) Miami 14
Championship: (1) CU 35, (2) Michigan 27

1990
Quarterfinals: (1) CU 42, (8) Penn State 23
Semifinals: (1) CU 39, (3) Miami 27
Championship: (1) CU 55, (2) Georgia Tech 24

1991
First Round: (5) Florida State 35, (12) CU 34

1992
First Round: (10) CU 33, (7) Michigan 31
Quarterfinals: (2) Alabama 31, (10) CU 28

1994
First Round: (5) CU 47, (12) Oregon 14
Quarterfinals: (5) CU 31, (4) Florida State 17
Semifinals: (5) CU 52, (1) Nebraska 49 (3OT)
Championship: (5) CU 37, (3) Miami 31

1995
First Round: (8) CU 39, (9) Texas 37
Quarterfinals: (1) Nebraska 45, (8) CU 42

1996
First Round: (8) CU 31, (9) Tennessee 24
Quarterfinals: (1) Florida State 31, (8) CU 29

2001
Quarterfinals: (3) CU 31, (6) Maryland 14
Semifinals: (3) Colorado 31, (2) Oregon 21
Championship: (3) Colorado 28, (1) Miami 27

2016
First Round: (10) CU 42, (7) Michigan 29
Quarterfinals: (2) Ohio State 31, (10) CU 30

Read the write-ups for each season here (a good read) …

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CU’s commitment to the tight end position stands out for Class of ’22 TE commit Zach Courtney

From the Daily Camera … Prior to this month, Zach Courtney had not visited the state of Colorado.

All it took was one weekend to make him feel good about calling it home.

During the first weekend of this month, Courtney and his family took an official visit to the University of Colorado, and the 6-foot-6, 248-pound tight end from Post, Texas, concluded the trip by giving his verbal commitment to the Buffaloes’ football program for the class of 2022.

“The food was top tier and all the people were super nice to me and the views (of Boulder),” he said of what he liked from the visit. “We did a scavenger hunt and that was awesome.”

While the trip was fun, Courtney was mainly impressed by the future he sees for himself at CU. Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, Courtney also has offers from BYU, Fresno State and a few other schools.

CU’s commitment to the tight end position stood out.

“It makes me really happy because at my school we don’t really use the tight end as much,” said Courtney, who caught nine passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns last year in 16 games. “We just use them to block and catch a couple passes a year. Looks like (CU uses) them like crazy.”

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June 14th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU Sports Information Again Honored with “Super 11” Designation

… This is the eighth time CU has been so honored. Only CU and Clemson have received the honor eight times … 

From CUBuffs.com … Not even a global pandemic could derail the efforts of the University of Colorado’s Sports Information Department.

Despite a late start to the football season and countless obstacles presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, CU Sports Information proved to be hitting on all cylinders again in 2020. For the seventh time in eight years, the 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 eighth time overall for CU to be recognized. Colorado was the only Pac-12 school to earn recognition for the 2020 season.

Clemson and Colorado each won for an eighth time. It was Clemson’s sixth straight award and Colorado’s seventh in eight seasons.

First-time recipients were Boston College, North Carolina, Penn State and West Virginia. Others recognized with Super 11 designation were Appalachian State, Indiana, Kansas State, Kentucky and Nebraska.

The FWAA also issued Merit Awards to the staffs of the Cotton and Rose bowls and San Jose State’s sports information staff.

With its eighth designation, Colorado continues to be among a select group of consistent Super 11 designees. Colorado Associate AD/Sports Information Director David Plati said he was especially proud of last season’s effort by his group.

“Our staff in sports information answered every challenge we faced, dealing with spacing restrictions and in the football press box, having to have all those huge windows open for air flow due to Boulder County regulations,” Plati said. “I thought we might lose a chance at the honor when we had some members of the media jumping up and down to stay warm during the San Diego State game, but they understood it wasn’t our call.”

CU was recognized for once again providing outstanding access to players and coaches despite the roadblocks presented by the pandemic. Colorado also earned special recognition for Plati’s leadership in helping the College Sports Information Directors of America determine guidelines for press boxes in 2020, as well as consistently making FWAA Freshman Coach of the Year Karl Dorrell available.

“This (2020) was a different kind of year, obviously,” FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson said. “We tried to honor schools who went the extra mile in player and coach access remotely in most cases or to help writers in a scrambled season.”

Colorado no doubt met that challenge.

“It’s humbling to be honored, but I appreciate all the people that help make this happen,” Plati said.  “Coaches and players were willing to grant access, even though we had to endure limitations with the pandemic and doing almost all Zooms and very few one-on-ones throughout the entire year for all sports.  Rick (George) did several sessions as well. It was a total team effort.”

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

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Proposed CFP format could triple Pac-12 revenue distribution (even without any participants)

From the San Jose Mercury News … The proposed format for an expanded College Football Playoff doesn’t guarantee a berth for the Pac-12 champion, but it would secure a massive cash infusion for the entire conference.

The 12-team event, which could be approved as early as June 22, would not only triple the number of teams but also the amount of revenue generated.

Pac-12 schools, which currently receive approximately $9 million annually from the playoff, could see that amount soar to $27 million per school per year, according to estimates by a data research company that has advised numerous Power Five conferences over the years.

In early June, the Hotline reached out to Navigate and asked the Chicago-based firm, which specializes in the valuation of sports rights, to generate revenue projections for the Pac-12 based on various playoff expansion scenarios.

Late last week, the CFP’s expansion subcommittee revealed its preferred format: a four-round event featuring 12 teams, with the six highest-ranked conference champions receiving automatic bids. (There are 10 conferences in the Football Bowl Subdivision.)

“Nothing is certain yet in terms of who will own certain rights to the new games and how revenue will flow to all of the different stakeholders,” explained Navigate’s Matt Balvanz, senior vice president of analytics and innovation.

“(But) it’s clear that this expansion will provide a massive financial lift to all (Power Five) football schools.”

Indeed, key details of the 12-team proposal have yet to be determined, including the start date: The CFP will remain a four-team event for the 2021 and 2022 seasons, with expansion set for 2023 at the earliest.

The proposal must be approved by the CFP’s management committee (i.e., conference commissioners) later this week and then by the board of managers (university presidents) early next week.

If the 12-team format gains full clearance, contract negotiations with ESPN and any other potential media partners could commence.

The revenue projections provided to the Hotline by Navigate are based on 1) the CFP’s current contract with ESPN, 2) rising media rights valuations for live sports and 3) assumptions about viewership for an event that would expand from two rounds to four.

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June 13th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Spotlight on incoming CU Hall of Famer Chris Naeole 

From the Daily Camera … Lining up on the offensive line during his first few days of practice with the Colorado Buffaloes in 1992, Chris Naeole saw numerous stars on the other side of the ball.

“When you get to camp, you see all these guys — Chad Brown, Greg Biekert,” Naeole said. “It’s like, ‘If I can block some of these guys and they’re getting drafted this year pretty high, in my mind, I’ve got a pretty good chance.”

Yeah, Naeole did pretty well.

One of the best offensive linemen in Buffaloes history, Naeole was recently announced as one of nine members of the CU Athletic Hall of Fame 2021 class. The class will be inducted during a ceremony the first week of November. This summer, BuffZone.com is profiling each member of the class.

A native of Kaaawa, Hawaii, Naeole played for CU from 1992-96 and was a consensus first-team All-American as a senior. Twice he was first-team all-conference.

Despite playing for a star-studded team that included Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, Michael Westbrook, Kordell Stewart, Brown, Biekert, Matt Russell and others, Naeole stood out.

Receiving the Hall of Fame call from CU athletic director Rick George was a thrill for Naeole, 46.

“When I got the call from Rick, my mind immediately reflected back to some of the best times of my life,” said Naeole, a three-year starter at right guard.

Recruited by legendary head coach Bill McCartney, Naeole played for two head coaches — also Rick Neuheisel — and helped the Buffs go 48-10-2 during his five years.

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June 11th

… CU in a few minutes … 

New CU commit Ronald “Champ” Lewis: “It’s basically like a dream come true to say I’m committed”

From the Daily Camera … Lewis was one of nine recruits on CU’s campus last week for an official visit – the first weekend in more than 14 months that official visits have been allowed by the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clayton was Lewis’ player host.

“With (former teammate Ashaad Clayton) being my player host, it made me more comfortable,” Lewis said. “I got a chance to see his apartment and meet some of his teammates.”

Clayton had some trouble adjusting to life in Boulder this past year, but Lewis said having Clayton at CU will help him.

“That came into play on my visit, just being with him,” Lewis said. “Spending time with him made me more comfortable.

“He told me that he had to do some adjusting and it all worked out for him. He’s happy up there.”

Lewis believes he can be happy in Boulder, too, and is excited to see what he can do as he progresses in his career.

As a freshman and sophomore at Easton, Lewis said he wasn’t focused and, “I had to realize that football is really what I want to do. I had to get locked in and it turned out good for me.”

He also made a switch from cornerback to safety last year as a junior and he excelled. Lewis said CU safeties coach Brett Maxie likes Lewis’ versatility.

“He thinks I’ll be able to play any position in the secondary, whether it’s corner, safety or even nickel,” Lewis said.

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June 10th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Debating the Pros and Cons of a 12-team playoff

Related … “Sadly, proposed College Football Playoff expansion puts the emphasis on access over excellence” … from CBS Sports

From ESPN

What’s the best part of the proposed 12-team CFP?

Chris Low: How cool would it have been to see Coastal Carolina or Cincinnati on the big stage last season? Both teams were legit but were never going to sniff a playoff berth in a four-team format. In a 12-team format, based on last year’s final College Football Playoff rankings, both teams would have made it. Interestingly enough, the Pac-12 would have been shut out.

Kyle Bonagura: The month of November. One of the biggest issues with the four-team playoff was that it became clear about two-thirds of the way through the season — with some exceptions — which teams were going to remain relevant. This format keeps many more teams in the mix deeper into the season, which will inevitably lead to more meaningful games. This will keep more fan bases invested for longer, which is overwhelmingly positive for the sport as a whole.

Harry Lyles Jr.: Looking through the lens of things we love about college football, home postseason games would have incredible atmospheres. Regular-season college football games already have some of the best environments in sports, and when you add more stakes to those, it would be incredible to watch.

Alex Scarborough: I’m still not sold that we actually needed more playoff games or that they will in any way change the outcome, but I’ll take the expansion if it means postseason games taking place on campuses. It’s that important. The worst thing about the playoff and bowl system has always been how it removes the energy of being on campus. So bring on an even more raucous Tiger Stadium or a White Out in Happy Valley.

Which part are you most skeptical of?

Hale: This system really doesn’t address most of the biggest issues currently plaguing college football. The extra spots offer a lifeline to the Group of 5 and Pac-12, but the SEC and Big Ten likely will ultimately benefit more, if history is any indication. College football desperately needs to expand its geographic footprint, but if this system played out over the past seven years, half the bids would’ve gone to the SEC and Big Ten. We’re also potentially asking some teams to play as many as 17 games, which will surely provide a windfall for the schools, conferences and sport — but it also shines yet another huge spotlight on the inequities facing the players. And if you don’t like the committee’s haphazard approach now, well, just wait until its role gets tripled.

Dave Wilson: Will the selection committee have the guts to rank multiple Group of 5 teams in position to compete? Or will they still be afterthoughts pitted against powerhouses?

Bill Connelly: Depending on what adjustments are made to regular-season scheduling — and generally, when it comes to giving up potential revenue from any game, the answer is “we’re not adjusting anything” — this would indeed create a scenario in which a team plays up to 17 games in a season. It’s hard for me to justify this if we’re not making major moves on both name, image and likeness rights and the medical trust fund idea that administrators have kicked around. The former is going to happen in one form or another, but the latter still isn’t guaranteed. The latter needs to be guaranteed.

Who’s the biggest winner in this proposal?

Lyles: The fans. I think most people are reasonable and realize that no matter the format, the best teams in college football are always going to be there in the end. But everybody loves a good tournament with at least the potential for upset. And if you’re a fan of a team that gets to host a game, that’s even better.

Low: The rich get richer. The SEC fared pretty well in the four-team CFP playoff and in the old two-team BCS system. In 14 of the last 15 years, an SEC team has either won or played for a national championship, and that includes five different teams. So just because the playoff field is expanding, that doesn’t mean the usual suspects won’t still be the ones winning the hardware, especially now that even more of those usual suspects will be in the field.

Hale: The biggest winners are the SEC and Big Ten, which should come as little surprise because … well, they’re always the biggest winners. Under the current system, the Big Ten had six playoff teams in seven years. If the new system had been in place, they’d have had 20. The SEC would’ve had 11 teams in the playoff in just the past three seasons. More playoff teams translates to more revenue and better recruiting for the two leagues that were already lapping the field in both categories.

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Colorado Football stock: “Rising”

From the San Jose Mercury News … Pac-12 Stock Report:

Rising: Colorado football

If so inclined, one could view quarterback Sam Noyer’s departure as a concerning development for the Buffaloes.

He was, after all, named second-team all-conference last fall.

But we took the news of Noyer entering the transfer portal as a good sign for Colorado in this regard:

Noyer wouldn’t have left without a clear indication from coach Karl Dorrell that he’s not the frontrunner — that after all the effort given to the program over the years, he must win the job in camp.

And if that’s the case, then freshman Brendon Lewis or transfer JT Shrout (Tennessee) must have played well in spring practice.

And if that’s the case, the Buffaloes believe they have two good options.

Of course, Noyer’s departure could wreck the season if neither Lewis or Shrout is up to the task. For that reason, we’ll retain the right to second guess ourselves. And the CU coaches.

Falling: Pac-12 QB experience

We provided a detailed look at the quarterback depth charts earlier this week and will drill down again at the close of training camp.

What struck the Hotline most about Noyer’s departure was how it fit into a larger, unusual trend.

Four starters from the 2020 season have entered the transfer portal: Utah’s Jake Bentley, Oregon’s Tyler Shough, Arizona’s Grant Gunnell and Noyer.

At this point, the lineup of Pac-12 starting quarterbacks for ’21 is indisputably unimpressive, especially relative to years past.

USC’s Kedon Slovis, Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels and Cal’s Chase Garbers currently stand as the top returnees. (We cannot include Washington’s Dylan Morris in that group; he has yet to win a road game.)

That’s not exactly Darnold, Rosen and Browning.

Or Mariota, Goff and Kessler.

Or Luck, Barkley and Foles.

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June 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

TCU defensive back transfer not coming to CU after all

A month after announcing he would transfer to Colorado, former TCU safety Atanza Vongor is back on the market. According to BuffStampede.com, there was “a hiccup” in the process of Vongor getting to Boulder, and he was asked not to report to campus this month.

“To all coaches! My recruitment is open and I am still in the transfer portal,” Vonger tweeted on Monday night. “Come get me!”

With Derrion Rakestraw transferring, a player like Vongor would have added a solid veteran presence in the back end. At a bare minimum, he was an experienced hand in the secondary who would have competed for time.

The loss of Vonger does open up the possibility of another transfer, however. Without Vonger, CU is at 87 scholarship players for the fall, with 88 allowed (with CU’s three remaining “super seniors”).

CU down to a two-man race for starting quarterback

From the Daily Camera … Brendon Lewis and J.T. Shrout will now go into August camp as the top candidates to become the starter. Langsdorf may not feel as good about the position without Sam Noyer, but there is no question he and the Buffs still like the remaining options.

“I just love how those two (Lewis and Shrout) have progressed,” Langsdorf said in April. “Top to bottom it’s a really good group to work with. They’re smart, they’re into it, they ask good questions and they’ve really been fun to work with so far.”

Noyer played a big role in that. Offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini and other coaches have a lot of respect for Noyer as a leader and what he did for the Buffs in 2020. But, with Noyer no longer in the mix, the Buffs still believe they’re in good shape at quarterback.

Here’s a look at the quarterbacks CU will bring into preseason camp.

JT Shrout, So., 6-foot-3, 215 pounds

A transfer from Tennessee, he enrolled at CU in January. During his three seasons with the Volunteers, Shrout played in eight games, including one as a starter. The most experienced quarterback on the CU roster, Shrout completed 37-of-69 passes for 494 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions during his career with the Vols. Last year, he was 24-of-42 for 315 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. In his last game at Tennessee, he played against Texas A&M – CU’s opponent in Week 2 this year.

Shrout has a big arm, and is more of a pocket passer than others on the roster.

“JT Shrout flashed some really good things in spring ball,” Chiaverini said. “He’s got a strong arm; he’s got really good touch; throws a really good deep ball; has good presence.”

Brendon Lewis, Fr., 6-2, 225

Technically still a true freshman since last year did not count toward eligibility. It did count toward Lewis’ development, however, and he has taken a big leap from last fall. He made his collegiate debut in relief of Noyer in the Alamo Bowl and provided perhaps the only bright spot of the 55-23 loss to Texas. That day he went 6-for-10 for 95 yards, ran for 73 yards and a touchdown and led CU to all three of its touchdowns.

A fan favorite to be the starter because of his potential and his dual-threat ability, Lewis had a good spring and began looking like a young player who can lead the offense.

“You saw flashes in the bowl game with Brendon Lewis of being a really dynamic quarterback, being able to run the ball as well as throw the ball and get yourself out of trouble,” Chiaverini said.

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June 8th

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Laviska Shenault stakes his claim as Jacksonville’s best skill player

From Sports Illustrated … Laviska Shenault has staked a claim as the Jaguars’ best skill player during OTAs — he has been that impressive. Shenault made several big grabs last week and has looked explosive and dynamic as a route-runner all summer, but Tuesday was arguably his best practice yet. Even with the quarterbacks struggling, and with Lawrence not throwing many passes, Shenault continued to turn heads and make plays on Tuesday by catching every catchable target that came his way during team drills.

Shenault beat Tre Herndon with a beautiful release during red-zone drills and then tracked the ball over his shoulder while moving toward the back of the end zone. He showed strong hands downfield during other periods in the practice, bringing in passes outside his frame while on the move. He looks like one of the best athletes on the field and has yet to put a ball on the ground in the few OTAs that have been opened to the media, with Tuesday being another example of his offseason success.

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Playoff expansion talk heats up; 12 the betting favorite for playoff participants

From CBS Sports … College Football Playoff expansion discussions are moving faster than anyone initially thought. Doubling the CFP field to eight teams is all but assumed at this point, but expansion may not stop there, multiple industry sources tell CBS Sports.

“Expansion is coming, and it may be as soon as this summer. It might even be more than [eight teams],” an FBS athletic director, who recently spoke with their league’s commissioner, told CBS Sports.

Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that a 12-team model is favored by multiple parties. CFP executive director Bill Hancock’s bold assertion the bracket could expand to as many as 16 teams — found in the 17th paragraph of an otherwise sleepy April press release — ignited increased speculation.

“The SEC is going to push 12 because of their brand. I’m hearing 12,” a Group of Five AD told CBS Sports.

A 12-team field would presumably allow for six automatic bids — Power Five conference champions and the top-ranked Group of Five team — along with six at-large bids.

While the SEC might not be overtly driving the discussion for 12 teams, such a structure would likely benefit the game’s most powerful conference. In an eight-team bracket, the SEC would all but be guaranteed two spots annually. In a 12-team bracket, that number could be three or four teams given the current strength of the league and how well it performs in the CFP Rankings.

“The SEC wants more at-larges,” one AD located in the South said.

… Driving the discussion now are several factors. Obviously, there is the money. Two industry sources said, depending on the size of the field, an expanded playoff could be worth two or perhaps even three times more than the current $7.2 billion that ESPN is paying the CFP. The average annual payout of the current deal is $475 million. However, typical of media rights deals the payout is backloaded to increase in the final years.

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June 7th

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Quarterback Sam Noyer enters Transfer Portal 

Related …  “CU Buffs QB Sam Noyer to Transfer” … from the Daily Camera 

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … Quarterback-turned-safety-turned back to quarterback Sam Noyer informed the University of Colorado coaching staff Monday morning that he has decided to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal, thus ending the senior/graduate’s Buffalo football career.

Noyer was an original member of CU’s 2016 recruiting class and redshirted that fall. He was a backup quarterback the next two seasons before deciding to switch sides of the ball for the 2019 campaign, when he saw action at safety and on special teams. Graduating with a degree in Strategic Communication in December of that year, at the time he had entered the transfer portal until changing his mind and returning to play quarterback after discussions with CU’s new coaching staff. He went on to earn the starting job.

“Sam came back when he didn’t have to after graduating over a year ago and helped the program greatly get back on the right track,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said. “As a veteran, he offered us some stability and depth at the position. We all wish him well and while we’re sad to see him leave, the parting is certainly amicable.”

Noyer started all six games in CU’s 4-2 season, leading the Buffs to a 4-0 start and a No. 21 national ranking at one point in earning second-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors. He completed 80-of-137 passes for 1,000 yards in the regular season, with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also was the team’s second leading rusher, gaining 191 yards on 45 attempts with five scores; minus quarterback sacks which the NCAA counts as rushing, he had 39 true rushing attempts for 222 yards, a healthy 5.7 yards per carry. In the Alamo Bowl loss to Texas, he was 8-of-23 for 101 yards with an interception, with six true rushes for 26 yards. He suffered a should injury late in the second game of the season at Stanford and it hampered him to a degree the remainder of the year.

“I’ve obviously enjoyed my time here at CU, and deciding to come back here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Noyer said. “The season was everything I thought it would be and more. But at the same time, I didn’t finish the season well, partly due to my shoulder injury. So now I’m looking forward to a new opportunity and a fresh start, a place where they need a veteran quarterback who has the added experience of playing on both sides of the ball.

“It’s not that I felt that I was needed at CU, I just want a new opportunity, hopefully in Division I and even in the Pac-12 if possible, knowing that I can compete at a high level in a power 5 conference,” he continued. “But I am willing to go wherever I can play that will help make me better and give me an opportunity to fulfill my dream to play in the NFL.”

Noyer’s departure still leaves Dorrell with five quarterbacks on the roster, three on scholarship: sophomore J.T. Shrout and freshmen Brendon Lewis and Drew Carter. Two others are walk-ons with freshman eligibility, Grant Ciccarone and Jordan Woolverton.

Lewis is the only player with previous experience as a Buff, seeing his first action against Texas in the bowl game and he responded by completing 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown along with rushing nine times for 73 yards and a score. Shrout transferred to CU from Tennessee, where he appeared in eight games (one start) over two seasons with the Volunteers, completing 37-of-69 passes for 494 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Last fall, he saw action in four games, going 24-of-42 for 315 yards with four touchdowns and the three interceptions.

“Buffs With A Brand” completes first year; eyes looming NIL legislation

From CUBuffs.com … With Name, Image and Likeness legislation inching closer and closer to reality every day, the University of Colorado Athletic Department continues to develop innovative ways to help CU student-athletes prepare for the opportunities that await.

In May, approximately 20 Buffs student-athletes wrapped up the inaugural year of “Buffs With a Brand,” a groundbreaking program designed to help them maximize their personal brands. The student-athletes finished the year by presenting final projects that consisted of either a compilation of the information and skills they developed over the year, or a “Shark Tank”-style presentation of a “business” they created in the class.

The presentations were delivered in front of a panel that included venture coaches, class professors and instructors. Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the NBA’s Portland TrailBlazers, also spoke to the group as part of the finals program.

“The pitch night brought me out of my comfort zone, but the work we did throughout the year gave me confidence in front of the panel,” said track and field athlete Ryan Ganson. “My venture coach was just as excited to hear about my idea as I am to make it happen. I now have a network of like-minded people to talk to. BWAB is a community of positive change.”

Lauren Unrein, assistant director of CU’s Scripps Leadership and Career Development Program, has helped shepherd Buffs With a Brand since its inception.

“It was inspiring to watch the final presentations,” Unrein said. “Many of our venture coaches are serial entrepreneurs who have had great success in that industry. It was great to see our student-athletes have the opportunity to get professional, real-time feedback on the projects they have been developing over the year.”

Buffs With a Brand was introduced in June 2020 with the goal of focusing on three key pillars: personal brand management, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The program enlists the help of venture coaches — successful industry professionals — with direction provided by Erick Mueller, an award-winning adjunct professor and faculty director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives in CU’s Leeds School of Business.

In most cases, 2020-21 NCAA legislation prohibits student-athletes from using their name, image and likeness to promote commercial products and services.

“I’ve been inspired throughout this entire program,” Mueller said. “Here you have student-athletes who are juggling school, sports, social and work commitments and are perhaps the busiest students on campus. And yet they jumped into learning about how to take advantage of the pending NIL legislation and  how to create amazing careers and lives, whether that includes sports or not. I was very proud to be a part of such an innovative program and see the impact it’s had on our student-athletes.”

The program is open to all current CU student-athletes in the school’s 17 intercollegiate sport programs.

“I didn’t really know what to expect coming into the program, but by the end it was inspiring to see all the potential a good idea can have,” said Buffs lacrosse player Sydney Zimmerman. “This program showed me I can create and control my own future.”

… Buffs With A Brand’s successful first year is a clear sign that CU plans to be a leader in that process. When the program embarks next fall in its second year, it will be prepared to fully embrace the necessary changes related to NIL legislation.

“Once again, CU is leading the charge with the launch of this first-of-its-kind program,” Mueller said. “Our student-athletes have developed ideas from music studios for inner city youth to a hotel on the moon. And most importantly, they learned and experienced key tools that will help them in their career in whatever path they choose. I can’t wait for Buffs with a Brand 2.0.”

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June 6th

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Roster turnover: 19 Buffs have left; 25 players added: “I think we’re at a more level playing field with people in our conference”

From the Daily Camera … In the more than five months since the Colorado football team played in the Valero Alamo Bowl, the roster has gone through many changes.

The Buffaloes have had 19 scholarship players leave the team for various reasons (graduation, the NFL draft or transfers) while adding 25 new scholarship players.

As the Buffs begin summer workouts, the roster appears to have settled. CU is at the NCAA maximum of 89 scholarship players for next season. Typically, 85 are allowed, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and players receiving an extra year of eligibility, teams can have additional spots to account for 2020 seniors who are returning, and CU has four players in that boat.

With high school recruits and transfers, the Buffs have a roster they believe is better now than in December.

“We feel like we’re in a really good place,” said Bob Lopez, CU’s director of player personnel.

Head coach Karl Dorrell was hired about 15 months ago, and the process to build the roster has been ongoing. Every head coach and staff have different ideas on how to build the roster and the types of players they want or need to fit their program and schemes.

“When you come in as a staff, there are philosophical differences in scheme and in the way (to shape a roster),” Lopez said. “Some teams don’t have a lot of tight ends, some have tight ends; some don’t have a fullback. In our case, as much as we want to run the ball, having someone that can block out of the backfield and catch the ball is really important. Those kinds of little nuances have been there when you try to get the roster balanced.”

… “When you’re outmatched, that’s when you really have to be smoke and mirrors and I think we’re getting past that point. I think we’re more on a level playing field with people in our conference. There’s still gonna be some matchup issues in certain games, but I believe we’ve closed the gap in total talent in the conference.”

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June 5th

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Darrin Chiaverini: “At the end of the day, I know it comes down to scoring points and winning games”

From the Daily Camera … When Darrin Chiaverini was a player for the Colorado Buffaloes in the 1990s, he was challenged every day by his position coach and offensive coordinator, Karl Dorrell.

Now that Dorrell is the head coach of the Buffs, he challenges Chiaverini in a new way.

Dorrell is heading into his second season as CU’s head coach, with Chiaverini as offensive coordinator.

“I think it’s good on two fronts with me and coach Dorrell,” said Chiaverini, a CU receiver from 1995-98 when Dorrell was an assistant coach. “We know each other on a different level, not just as a coach to a coach. He was my coach and so there’s a trust there.  He challenges me. I have to take a look at (aspects of the scheme) and see if it fits who we are offensively. I think that’s a good thing.”

Entering his sixth season on the CU staff, Chiaverini is working with his third different head coach, with Dorrell being the first offensive-minded head coach of that group. That caused a few heated exchanges last season, Chiaverini said, but only in the name of competitiveness and a desire to get better.

Having gone through a season and nearly a full offseason with Dorrell, Chiaverini said working with Dorrell has helped him improve as a coordinator and play-caller.

“I think that it can get frustrating at times but that’s how you grow as a play-caller, to be challenged on certain things,” Chiaverini said. “Karl does a good job of saying, ‘Hey Chev, look at this, or think about this.’ I enjoy it because there will be times in the game where he’ll say, ‘Hey, think about these kinds of things,’ and I know that it’s coming from a place where he’s a former play-caller himself, so it’s a good thing. I enjoy it. I enjoy being challenged.

“At the end of the day, we all know it comes down to scoring points and winning games. We know that and so I enjoy the conversations that we have during the week and I enjoy the conversations that we have on game day.”

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June 4th

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Classroom success: Student-Athletes, Teams Continue to Roll Up Program, Department Highs

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado student-athletes once again performed extremely well in the classroom despite many distractions caused by the COVID pandemic, continuing to record both some program as well as overall department highs in grade point average statistics compiled by CU’s Herbst Academic Center staff.

The grade point average for the recently completed spring 2021 semester for 371 CU student-athletes was 3.139, the best spring semester GPA on record.  That boosted the cumulative grade point average to a record 3.158, besting the previous mark of 3.128 from the fall 2019 term.  (The numbers fluctuate because of fall attrition – graduates, transfers, etc. – and spring newcomers.)   For the second straight semester, 14 of CU’s 15 programs (indoor and outdoor track count as one) owned cumulative GPA’s of 3.0 or higher, also an all-time high.

The academic staff started charting these numbers in the spring of 1996.

For the third straight semester, all CU students continued to face challenges due to the COVID pandemic, ranging from classes being held in-person or remotely, and in some cases, both.  In the case of Colorado’s athletes, for much of the spring 14 programs were competing at once, adding to the workload of CU’s Herbst Academic Center staff which once again did an incredible job aiding the students in balancing their athletic and academic responsibilities.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what our student-athletes are accomplishing on and off the field,” athletic director Rick George said.  “As I have often said, this has been an incredibly challenging 15 months that was not easy to navigate, and to achieve the way they have in the classroom and on the playing surfaces is nothing short of outstanding.  I applaud all of our student-athletes efforts in their studies over the last academic year for their efforts to achieve some of the highest GPA’s in our history.  I also want to recognize Kris Livingston, our Herbst Academic staff and our coaches for their outstanding efforts in this area as well.

“The student-athletes and Herbst Academic Center staff have really maintained their focus since the start of the pandemic,” said Livingston, CU’s executive senior associate athletic director for student success.  “Even with 16 of our 17 sports travelling and competing this spring, they were able to stay true to their academic goals, and they continue to raise the bar.  At some point in time, all successful athletes learn to stay flexible, analyze the current situation, draw from their toolkit, make adjustments and continue on their path.  They certainly showed their competitive spirits this spring, in and out of the classroom.”

It marked the 14th straight semester for the grade point to exceed 2.9 (out of 15 total overall), with 13 teams posting GPA’s above 3.0 for the spring semester, matching the previous best attained last fall.  Three programs recorded their best semester grade points ever: women’s basketball (3.349), football (2.851) and men’s track and field (3.110).   Two others posted their best-ever GPA’s for a spring term, women’s golf (3.475) and women’s lacrosse (3.415).

For the spring term, 32 student-athletes owned 4.00 grade point averages, with 136 owning 3.5 or higher GPA’s (37 percent).  Once again, two-thirds (244 athletes) came in at 3.0 or better and overall, 299 (or 81 percent) logged 2.5 or higher.  Cumulatively speaking, the second-highest percentages were recorded for those with grade points of 3.5-plus (110, or 30 percent) and at the 3.0 level (231, 62 percent), while a high was created for those at 2.5 or better (326 or 88 percent).

The 3.582 term grade point recorded by the 15 members of the women’s ski team topped all programs in the spring, which was nearly matched by their counterparts, as 14 male skiers posted a 3.572 mark.  The women’s cross country team continued its streak of four straight semesters with the best cumulative average at 3.575.

Other impressive numbers include:

Fourteen of 15 programs own cumulative GPA’s of 3.0 or better, with football recording both the aforementioned semester best and a cumulative figure of 2.794.

  • The women’s ski team enjoyed its 40th semester in succession with a GPA of at least 3.0, 19 straight terms of 3.3 or higher, and in 49 of 50 semesters dating back to 1996);
  • The women’s cross country team now has 34 straight semesters with a 3.0 or better (and in 47 of 50 semesters);
  • Four programs have semester streaks of 3.0 or better in the twenties: women’s soccer (25), women’s track and field (25), women’s golf (22) and men’s skiing (22).

The Pac-12 Conference hasn’t compiled its Spring Honor Roll yet, but 50 Buffaloes made the Fall squad; that doesn’t include 15 skiers who were named to the Division I National All-Academic Ski Team.

A closer look, team-by-team:

  Team         Spring Term GPA       Cumulative GPA

 Men’s Basketball            2.865            3.000
 Women’s Basketball            3.349            3.194
 Men’s Cross Country            3.321            3.116
 Women’s Cross Country            3.467            3.575
 Football            2.851            2.794
 Men’s Golf            3.031            3.030
 Women’s Golf            3.475            3.490
 Women’s Lacrosse            3.415            3.431
 Men’s Skiing            3.572            3.369
 Women’s Skiing            3.582            3.467
 Women’s Soccer            3.108            3.334
 Women’s Tennis            3.214            3.443
 Men’s Track & Field            3.110            3.023
 Women’s Track & Field            3.235            3.387
 Women’s Volleyball            3.179            3.321
 All Varsity Sports            3.139            3.158

Two players leave the Buffs; roster now at the scholarship limit

Brian Howell from the Daily Camera has tweeted out … A bit of roster movement for the Colorado football program. TEs Louis Passarello and Luke Stillwell and DL Austin Williams are no longer with the #cubuffs. CU is at 88 projected scholarship players for this year, which is 1 below the NCAA maximum (85+returning seniors).

Brian Howell update … Correction on this: Louis Passarello IS returning to the #cubuffs, so CU is at 89 scholarships

It is not surprising that some of the attrition has come from the tight end position. The Buffs were carrying 12 tight ends on the roster over the spring, and, despite the hope for that position in 2021 and beyond, that’s way too many tight ends.

“It’s a luxury right now having 12 but the the problem is I don’t think we’re going to be able to carry that many going into training camp given that our total number of players (will be limited) to 120,” Dorrell said in April. “With the new freshmen coming in this summer and whoever else we’re bringing in, we’ll have to adjust that number accordingly. I don’t know what that number will adjust to yet, but it probably won’t be 12.”

The loss of defensive lineman Austin Williams is a little harder to take. Williams, a 6’5″, 315-pound sophomore, saw limited action in 2019 as a true freshman, but did not record any stats for the 2020 season.

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June 3rd

… CU in a few minutes … 

Ranking CU Hall of Fame Candidates: Rashaan Salaam No. 3 out of 78 

College Football News ranked the 78 College Football Hall of Fame candidates, breaking them down into categories …

Candidates for the Hall of the Very, Very Good … These players were fantastic talents for their respective schools, and some might consider them legends, but it’s pushing it to put them in the Hall of Fame category.

From CU … None.

Candidates for the Hall of Maybe … A strong case could be made that any of these players belong in the Hall of Fame discussion.

From CU … 39. Joe Garten, Colorado, Offensive Guard

-Two-time First Team All-America, garnering consensus honors in ’89 and unanimous laurels in ’90
– Led Buffs to 1990 National Championship and three-straight bowl berths
– Member of two Big Eight championship teams.

Candidates for the Hall of Yeah, They Should Probably Be In … Yeah, fine … they should be in when all is said and done.

From CU … 23. Chris Hudson, Colorado, Defensive Back 

– 1994 consensus First Team All-American and Thorpe Award recipient
– Three-time First Team All-Big Eight selection who helped the Buffs to the 1991 conference title
– Finished career with 141 tackles, 15 INTs (including two returned for a TD) and 20 PBUs.

Hall of Famers. No Debate … Among the greatest players in college football history, or at the very least are special enough to be in the Hall of Fame without question. Only ten get to go on the ballot, but all these players have to be in.

And before you get grouchy at this in any way, remember, this isn’t about who the most talented players were as much as it is about the most accomplished ones. You get bumped up if you win a Heisman and score extra points for taking a team to a national title.

From CU … 3. Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, Running Back

– 1994 unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner
– 1994 Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award recipient
– 1994 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year who led nation in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards.

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June 2nd

... CU in a few minutes … 

Three Buffs on College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … Three University of Colorado football players once again made the national ballot for the 2022 class that will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, which the National Football Foundation (NFF) released Wednesday morning.

Offensive guard Joe Garten (1987-90), defensive back Chris Hudson (1991-94) and tailback Rashaan Salaam (1992-94) appear on the ballot for the 2022 class, which will be announced early next year.  All have advanced to the national ballot from the district selection process at least once before.

“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.47 million people have played college football and only 1,038 players have been inducted,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class early next year.”

Garten was a two-time first-team All-American, consensus as a junior in 1989 and unanimous as a team captain and senior in 1990, when he finished as the runner-up for the Outland Trophy.   He was a member of CU’s Big Eight champion teams both years and the ’90 consensus national championship team.  The Buffaloes were 22-2-1 those two years, rising to No. 1 in the national polls late in both seasons.

Hudson, who played both safety and cornerback during his CU career, was a consensus first-team All-American as a senior in 1994, when he also won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.  He is one of six Buffaloes in history to earn first-team All-Conference honors three times, at corner as a sophomore and senior and at free safety his junior year.  He had 141 career tackles with 15 interceptions – second-most in CU annals – and 20 passes broken up.   He helped CU to an 11-1 mark his last season despite playing the bulk of the year with a turf toe injury.

Salaam, CU’s only Heisman Trophy winner, passed away on Dec. 5, 2016, became the fourth player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season at the time when he rambled for 2,055 yards in 1994.  He also claimed the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back, the Walter Camp Trophy for the national player of the year and was a unanimous first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Eight, also selected the conference’s offensive player of the year.

Other Buffaloes on the district ballot include Eric Bieniemy (tailback, 1987-90), Deon Figures (cornerback, 1988-92) and Matt Russell (linebacker, 1993-96).  Bieniemy has previous advanced to the national ballot, but since he is an active coach in the NFL, he isn’t eligible for selection until his coaching days are complete.

The 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted this Dec. 7 in Las Vegas.  CU’s Michael Westbrook is a member of the 2020 class, and he will become the eighth Buffalo player to be enshrined, along with one coach, Bill McCartney.  Westbrook will be honored with an on-field celebration by the NFF on Oct. 2 when CU hosts Southern California.

Previous CU players inducted include Byron WhiteJoe RomigBobby AndersonDick AndersonAlfred WilliamsJohn Wooten and Herb Orvis.

CU’s incoming scholarship kicker Cole Becker ready to compete: “I don’t think I’m gonna walk in and get the job (automatically)” 

From the Daily Camera … Having never played football before he got to high school, Cole Becker certainly didn’t think he’d be going to college on a football scholarship.

Later this month, however, Becker will join the rest of Colorado’s freshman class in moving to Boulder and getting ready for next season.

“It’s kind of crazy looking back when it all started, thinking I was just going to be a high school player and that was about it,” said Becker, the first scholarship placekicker signed by CU since James Stefanou in 2017. “Now I’m at a Division I top tier football school getting my school paid for. I really couldn’t ask for more, so I just can’t wait to get up there.”

Originally committed to Iowa State, Becker changed his mind when he got the opportunity from CU.

“Iowa State was a good opportunity for me, but for me, it was a purely football opportunity,” said Becker, from Rocklin (Calif.) High School. “With Colorado, I sort of have a more well-rounded aspect of the college experience, which I’ve always wanted.”

… “My motto has always been: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. That No. 1 ranking sort of worried me when I got it but it hasn’t slowed down my work ethic at all. If anything, it pushes me to be better.”

As the lone scholarship kicker on the team next season, Becker has a chance to play right away for the Buffaloes. He does, however, have to win a competition with incumbent Evan Price, a sophomore walk-on who made six of eight field goal attempts and all 15 extra points last year.

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  1. Stuart, I have to agree with Plati’s #1 heartbreaker. I can still see Scooter break into the secondary and just lose the football. Oh, the agony!

  2. Love what I’m seeing here from a student perspective regarding, “UCHealth are expanding their collaboration with the goal of improving the overall health and wellness of students, athletes and the public.”

    Recruiting, not only in football, but in all sports, Olympic included, will benefit from this, and the same for any other students that get better care on campus because of this.

    “The project placed the Buffs at the front of the herd in college athletics when it comes to providing state-of-the-art facilities that help fuel student-athlete success. ”

    Thought.

    If the strength & conditioning coach Turley, is the guru that we hope he is regarding preventing and recovering quicker from injuries, could a partnership with him and UCHealth grow from this?

    How cool would it be if CU retained a quality coach, with the partnership helping to pave/pay the way for Turley? Assuming that on this go around, he confirms he knows his stuff and is on the leading edge of S&C through methods that the medical group can duplicate and use to improve their treatment of student athletes by partnering up him. Thus, creating a desire for Turley to stay at CU for year’s to come too?

    Assuming what we’ve read about his methods are true.

  3. Is Darian independently wealthy? He seems to be the forgotten coach when it comes to salary and kudos. Now he is working without a contract! Truly the greatest all around BUFF of all time in my opinion.

  4. Random but can’t we just fix the branding issues between CU/UC….and while we are at it make the font used at Boulder the same everywhere. The ‘two brands’ is an issue and causes confusion outside of Colorado…

      1. Course you know that was meant for Curtis Snyder, Assistant AD/Sports Information
        Not Chev’s boy.

        Buffs.

        Note: Yes it does appear he got it

  5. My first thought on Noyer’s new home was……all that enthusiastic team guy stuff? ppffftt
    He has left twice and now he is a Buff foe.
    Thinking again college football is just about pro football now. Too bad colleges cant have a draft.
    Having said that…..keep throwing those picks on Nov 6 Sam.

  6. So its the first time I have even heard of this Vongor guy. The article says the Buffs have one open scholly right now. Be interesting to see if Langsdorf/Dorrell are really satisfied with the Shrout Lewis duo and go for another safety. It seems late to find any other QB’s on the loose right now worth poo.
    Maybe another TE:-)

    1. YEA THAT”S IT, A Tight End!.. err no. haha.

      I doubt Dorrell will use the scholarship on a QB, I’m betting that they are happy with who they have including the walk-ons, one of which, if I remember reading here, really could have been better rated if it weren’t for bad timing of an injury (was it?) followed by covid; which screwed his rating & recruiting. And they already have a commitment for the next class too.

      I would think if anything, they could even pick up another QB for 2022 if impressed by someone this year. I’m betting due to covid screwing up last year’s high school football, you may have some stand out mid year, this season. And this year’s class is kind of screwed by the extra year the players were given along with the transfer portal, so who knows what type of player (in any position) the staff could find?

    1. Poor Luke was well over rated. Was it the name/pedigree? Maybe the pedigree said be an RB or WR. I watched him in 2 cobb games where he appeared paralyzed most of the time when it came to throwing the ball and took off running.
      Stay tuned to see if he shows back up with Dad and bro at UNC.
      I have an unopened box of “Big Ed’s Os” which is a cheerio type cereal marketed while dad was with the Broncos. Maybe I can get a couple bucks for it on ebay? Any takers here?
      Speaking of pedigree there was Blake Stenstrom whose dad was an NFL QB who came to Boulder and left after being in on one or 2 plays. Seems like he was at Valor at the same time as Luke but Blake got more starts than him at QB. Anyone know how he is doing at Princeton?

  7. Dang. That is a surprise. I didn’t see Sam moving on. But like others, wish him the best. The staff either feel they have a guy in Shrout or Lewis, or Carter – although that seems less likely – or we’re about to hear of another transfer QB landing in Boulder.

    From what little we could see of the spring showcase on P12 network, I thought Shrout looked like a better passer than Lewis. And not a complete statue, either. Looking forward to seeing how this shakes out in fall camp.

    Gotta have a QB, that’s for sure. (Duh. Captain obvious. But it’s so obvious, that CU hasn’t really had one in a long, long time, either).

    Go Buffs.

    1. Dont know why its a surprise. He has done it before.
      He was definitely a rah rah guy and looked damn good in his first 2 games but his picks later on were totally unfathomable and not a result of his injured shoulder as they were well thrown balls just to the wrong guys.
      Maybe he is bipolar. Maybe his last half season troubles were partly the coach’s fault for not making adjustments to counter those made on D.
      The only downside I see to his leaving has already been mentioned by Irie (depth) although Ciccarone ahs been here a couple of years and did have some moments in the Scrimmages.
      Dont get me wrong. I hope he does have some success elsewhere and finds a good football home but his dream of the NFL is well over the horizon.
      And Shrout vs Lewis? I admit I haven’t seen any film on Shrout but some of the scouts mention accuracy problems and his stats at TN basically suck. I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in his performance during the Buff’s vanilla scrimmages.
      If Lewis aint the man I fear for the season.

      1. I was surprised b/c I think Sam’s a competitor, and a team first guy. So, although I didn’t think he’d win the job this year – didn’t think he would last year, either – and I certainly don’t think he’s got NFL in his future (even if just as an athlete at some other position) I’m no football scout. I just figured he’d stay and battle for the starting spot, and probably be the backup, based on experience alone, and finish his time at CU.

        Wherever he transfers to, he’ll presumably have to compete as much, or more, to win the job. At least if he gets another D1 shot, particularly in the Pac 12, as he appears to be hoping.

        As to Shrout or Lewis? Or Carter, or any of the others? Yeah, I don’t put much stock in anything we read, and the limited play we actually get to see in the spring show gram or any other practice clips. But, my layman’s perspective was still that Shrout looked like a more natural and accurate passer than Lewis. And mobile enough.

        Looking forward to seeing how it shakes out, and wish Sam nothing but the best. Fall camp will be interesting to read about. It’s also possible, if not likely, that whoever gets the nod to start against UNC won’t be the guy starting at the end of the season. And I’m still curious to see if they’ll bring in another transfer QB or ride with the guys they have. That too may shed more light on the situation.

        Go Buffs

      2. Yo ep,

        Easy man! You gotta remember that for the most part, the QB is throwing the ball to a particular spot per the play call and the time constraints of the play. Often times less experienced receivers are not in the right spot at the right time. The guys covering them then get lucky that the ball seems to be thrown right at them.

        Did you ever notice Peyton Manning jumping all over his receiver for cutting the wrong way or otherwise being in the wrong place on a timing play? I certainly did. Especially when it led to a turnover. No one ever accused Manning of being bipolar due to those occurrences.

        Also, last year was an odd year. No Spring practice and Summer and Fall practice time was extremely limited. No chance for any CU quarterback to build a strong bonding rhythm with his receivers. Things should be better this year.

        I’m just looking forward to being back at Folsom. It’s entertainment and a game after all, right? Let’s have some fun.

        Mark / Boulderdevil

        1. My bi polar reference was aimed at his enthusiasm while here and his sudden second departure.
          There may have been a couple picks due to receivers screwing up timing routes but that many? I doubt it. The one I remember clearly the receiver was set on what looked like a come back route before the ball was released.
          To that end I would like the TV cams to give an alternate (maybe split screen) view of more of the field so I can see routes develop. The only rare time it seems you might get that is on a replay where the receiver undresses the defender with some sweet moves.
          Any chance we can get Manning to tutor Locke? I was really disappointed when the Broncos passed on fields

      3. Sammy was gone before he was.
        Lewis outplayed him in the bowl game. Team jelled behind him
        Shrout will be a great back up.
        Lewis will lead as a Freshman
        This Is Fields vs Dalton. Easy decision.

        Go Buffs.

  8. Yo Stuart,

    Gotta wish Sam all the luck in the world. We were lucky to get him to come back last year. The kid’s a gamer and a team player. His constant support for the rest of the team and the other QB’s was a great contrast to the me-first attitude of the quarterbacks with big stats and few wins over the last decade. Even though he was still recovering from surgery and couldn’t play this spring, Sam was loud and vocal in helping out the younger QB’s learn.

    We have some fine young quarterbacks ready to fight it out for #1 this fall. Shrout, Lewis and Carter all have the talent to lead the Buffs, and I envision an intense battle to be #1. They are fortunate to have an offensive minded head coach in Karl Dorrell.

    I hope Sam finds a place to play where he can show his skills and earn a shot to go to the next level. And I thank him for his dedication to the Buffs and leading them to a winning record and bowl game. Those things haven’t happened a lot in more years than I care to think about.

    Mark / Boulderdevil

  9. Wow….that was surprising, seemingly so late in the process. However I think it’s a net positive for the team, Noyer had obvious limitations (zone defenses) and I was already envisioning a ‘co-QB’ situation which never seems to work for anyone.

  10. Wow, I did not expect Noyer leaving….. were Lewis and Shrout that good in practice? It doesn’t sound like Noyer has a school lined up either. To be honest this is the first one leaving that I am a bit worried about.

    1. After reading Lewis’ stats from the spring and the praise of Shrout, I actually kind of wondered if Sam would fall to #3 and then want to transfer?

      Shrout played less snaps & started only one game at Ten. and his numbers (when multiplied out to same amount of plays) are not that different from Sam’s and Sam was playing as a starter. I don’t know what the situations where that Shrout came into when he was put in games, but if his production was close to equal in difficult situations, how will he play if he started at zero instead of from (probably) behind?

      Knowing Sam’s past and desire to play it seems like taking his extra eligibility to a team in need, it’ll probably/hopefully be a good G5 team (where he can be productive) looking to profit from a Power conference QB, but then he’ll play; so there’s that.

  11. “You just want to have a chance (every game),” Chiaverini said. “You want to be as closely matched as you can and then let the coaching take over and scheme people up and let your players play.

    “When you’re outmatched, that’s when you really have to be smoke and mirrors and I think we’re getting past that point. I think we’re more on a level playing field with people in our conference. There’s still gonna be some matchup issues in certain games, but I believe we’ve closed the gap in total talent in the conference.”

    I am not sure how much the gap in total talent has really closed, but at least there is a smattering of nfl dudes around. If one was a qb, that would be huge.

    Go Buffs

  12. Being from Placer County in the foothills of the Sierras Nevada I can see Becker said the following about switching to CU, “With Colorado, I sort of have a more well-rounded aspect of the college experience, which I’ve always wanted.”

    Get the Buffs winning again and location, location, location should become even more prominent in helping the Buffs win recruiting battles.

    Mr. Becker, if you embrace & live life in the Sierras “YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE BOULDER”!

    Education, Experience and All!

    Oh, and let’s see what you can do at altitude; if as good as stats you’ll be fun to watch. Welcome.

  13. Again no respect…………even on uniforms.
    There some good ones on that list and there are some terrible ones..

    Writer must be a metrosexual.

    Buffs.

    Note: Hey no kornholer rags either…………so there is that

  14. Obviously the Gambling industry has to have rankings and predictions to stay in business. Sometimes you wonder if some of these sports writers are being paid by them to influence betting directions.
    Thank god recruiting will start up big again. At least the sports writers will have something slightly more solid tp base their BS on. Otherwise they might start predicting the next time there is an outbreak of grasshoppers in South Dakota or the next time a meteor hits the moon.
    I may sound like an Ignoramous , which I admit I am om the fantasy leagues. Has Vegas infiltrated that scenario too?
    It would be interesting to compare the “offensive efficiency” of the gambling biz against the televangelists living like Saudi princes or the politicians who spread filth for campaign contributions or bribes.

    1. The only thing the gambling industry needs to stay in business is a mobile APP or a brick and mortar sports book. People will gamble no matter what. It’s called human nature. And the sportswriters are paid indirectly through advertising by the sportsbooks. Keep in mind that gambling is much more rigorously regulated than the election process. Gotta have our priorities.

  15. Ok. So now we have transfer/free agent rankings? Awesome. I have no clue what the rest of the pac 12 lost or gained. But you know what? Seems like CU upgraded. And I like an nfl coach to know how to handle free agency better than a college coach. The key is, does he have the staff to manage and handle the volume? Dollars will tell.

    Go Buffs

    1. There is an inherent bias in those rankings. Namely if a team loses more players than it gains, the bias can swing to the negative. And then there’s the benefit of the doubt bias that SC, UO and UW, and Stanford get.

  16. Transfer rankings, hmm… So if a team loses twice as many non productive lower ranked players compares to bringing in only half as many, BUT those players are ranked higher in productions to date at their old school or seen as an upgrade in an area of need, the weight of the out going players bring down the score? Just by the shear volume? I would think opening spaces on the roster by losing players that are not going to see playing time would be good?

    In WSU case, changing the number of players at a position where there is a change in play type and those numbers are not needed and replacing them with players that fit the new strategy could/should be good.

    Knowing CU more intimately than the writer, we know KD Nixon maybe a good get by USC, but CU has a full stable of WR and it was time for the super senior to make room for those that came in to replace him in the first place. While the in coming transfers, Barnes, Wray and Lamb were upgrades in specific areas of need.

    Half of the players leaving (6) combined for only one snap and Dorrell has added through this last recruiting class and the transfers some quality players that are already here and competing or will compete when they arrive.

    I’m curious to read the higher class rankings to see how this weighs out.

    We might find that if looked at from a different angle that this way of rankings don’t really tell you much; with out looking at the whole picture.

  17. Reading Lamb’s story, and it’s probably the same at the top schools in recruiting, if every year you have top new talent coming in, bad timing for injuries before one has proven himself can put highly ranked players behind 2 or more classes. Schools like ND (private, expensive & competitive) with the right coach should/will always get top recruits.

    Lamb graduated and due to the extra year will have three years left to play, meanwhile between new classes, & super seniors, ND probably has too much depth and promises to new younger players. So, if coming to a school that has a need at the position gives him more 1st team reps to compete for playing time and a change in attitude and all, probably puts a little extra something in his step.

    Motivation for him to work harder, a recharge of motivation if you will, that sounds good to me, I look forward to reading about him.

  18. I hope this 30 point goal thing is for public consumption only. Is it supposed to be some kind of a team motivation tool? Not so sure. Seems to me goal setting works better on an individual basis. Gott a get those 5 extra reps on the BP….or gotta get my 40 time down 2 tenths.
    When you are in the game all bets are off. So what happens with a 30 point goal? Are you boxing yourself in? It is a low expectation.
    “Ok guys its halftime and we almost got our 15 points. 2 TDs. We are ok”
    or
    We got our 30. Smoke em if you got em, Its up to the D now.
    The goal should be to score every time you get the damn ball.
    A better “goal” should be the first 3 and out has to be the last one.
    On the flip side I dont care if you are up by 40 and you put in the 2nd and 3rd stringers. They need to score too.

  19. Scored 32 a game in conference.

    30 is middle of the pac and a low target.

    Got to be 35 or more to be up there

    Buffs.

    Note: Chev’s goal is wimpy. Fact

    1. Can you limit the hate on Chev this year? Seems like yesterday that he was your favored son.

      There is who you want, and who wants you. If Chev has a qb the offense will be better. And by qb, I don’t mean the physical tools only. Or the mental side only. Gotta have both. Been about 20yrs since cU’s had a guy with both.

      Go Buffs

  20. I was a freshman in ‘85 when Mickey Pruitt flew around the edge, chased down, and sacked Chris Miller as time ran out with the Ducks knocking on the door and the Buffs clinging to a 21-17 lead. A day that featured Ed Reinhardt waving to the crowd from the back of a convertible at halftime ended with a huge Buffs win. Have always agreed with Coach Mac that win was the turning point for his program.

    1. I was in my second year of law school in ’85, and also remember that game well.
      Just for fun, I have posted the YouTube video of Pruitt’s tackle … as well as the YouTube video of the 2001 Nebraska game.

  21. So, Donnie Boyce doesn’t get his bio posted like the football dudes? He should, because he was a damn good player and a joy to watch.

    1. Some friends recently reminded me of Donnie “dice” Boyce’s run at CU. Good for him to get the hof nod.

      They were disputing the inverse football to basketball relationship theory. I stand by it. Hoping Karl breaks it.

      Go Buffs

  22. too much money = too much monkey business. The college football scene is mirroring the economy. You got yer one percenters ….maybe a handful of teams close enough trying to join them and then a hundred teams battling for scraps….relative to the one percenters anyway….. yeee haaw

  23. If allowed I’ll be in the stands this fall watching the Buffs in Folsom and in Mile High Stadium

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