Colorado Daily – Postseason

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March 1st

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Travis Hunter’s high school coach: “He’s got stuff that he does at corner that nobody else can”

From DNVR.com … Travis Hunter will enter the 2024 season as the best overall player in college football and his high school football coach isn’t surprised. Collins Hill High School head football coach Drew Swick took a trip down memory lane with me to share what it was like coaching Travis, how he made an immediate impact at Collins Hill and what he means to their program.

When did you start coaching at Collins Hill and what was it like coaching Travis?

“So 2015 when I left Presbyterian College, I came straight back to Collins Hill which is where I graduated from. Was hired as the ninth-grade coach and did that for one year and then I got pulled up to varsity to coach secondary. When it was my time to get that call as DC in 2020, nobody had us going very far in the playoffs. Collins Hill wasn’t on the map but we had guys like Travis and his entire class was super tight. I had the opportunity because of Travis to go to UGA, they were able to get me a GA and a couple of other coaches and I broke down our defense. We ran a 3-4 but we moved to a 4-3 and it was tough for offenses, especially in high school offensive linemen, to learn all those different fronts. It’s a lot but we were able to change the defense up and have Travis out there to take away half of the field, he played corner in 2020. To take the whole field away we moved him to safety in 2021 and that showed his ability that he could play all the positions on the field at a high level. Before the play would even start, his pre-snap reads were off the charts as well and he could tell the outside linebacker, safety or corner exactly what routes were coming. Then if we wanted to make a check if they were pricking us on something I would tell him one time and then he goes and does it perfectly so if we wanted to do a different bail in Cover 3 or Cover 2 to take away a quick screen, Travis knew exactly what we were talking about. It’s trickling down to our guys now. Some of our guys that were freshmen playing with Travis four years ago, we won state and some of that same stuff that he was doing trickled down to our DBs that were ninth graders or tenth graders so we reaped the benefits in the secondary and our defense has been really good. Offensively he’s just as good. He can definitely play either or in the NFL. He’s got stuff that he does at corner that nobody else can, he’s really twitchy, his first step out of his break and his play recognition can get him in position to make a lot of those plays and then the athleticism takes over.”

Coach Prime said last season that Travis doesn’t get tired and he wants to be on the field for every play. Was he the same way in high school?

“100%, I’ll tell you that when he broke his ankle he probably should not have come back his senior year. But his willingness and eagerness to win all the time, to be great, he was willing to do all of his PT and get everything done. He did more than what was needed or required of him from his physical therapist and got back. So he was out 3-4 weeks and came back for that state championship game. He never wants to come off the field, he plays every dang position: special teams, offense, defense. One thing about him is he wants everybody to be successful so like if we were to say hey you’re off this drive, he’s cheering on that guy that’s going in and coaching him up as he runs on replacing him, he’s telling him all the keys that he picked up on that can be successful. You’ve got to have that kind of stuff to win a state championship in 7A football in Georgia.”

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February 27th

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Andy Reid: Eric Bieniemy will do a “great job” at UCLA: “I’m a big fan”

From ESPN … Andy Reid said Eric Bieniemy will do well in his new job as offensive coordinator at UCLA.

“I’m a big believer in Eric being (great) wherever he goes,” Reid told reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “Whatever he does, he’s going to be good at.”

Reid and Bieniemy coached for 10 seasons together with the Kansas City Chiefs, the last five with Bieniemy as offensive coordinator, before he left last year for the same position with the Washington Commanders.

Bieniemy was out of a job after one season when the Commanders fired coach Ron Rivera.

“He did that at Washington,” Reid said. “He helped change a culture there that they’ll build on. He’s going to demand greatness out of you, and he’ll do the same thing at UCLA. He will do a great job. He’s in charge.

“He’s got an opportunity here to do his thing on offense and he knows the landscape. He’s been at UCLA before and maybe [he’ll be] a head coach at the college level [someday]. I thought he should be a head coach [in the NFL]. But if it doesn’t happen, maybe he has that opportunity there to do it. I’m a big fan.”

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February 26th

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Wide receiver Tar’varish Dawson no longer with the team

From msn.com … Tar’Varish Dawson says he’s no longer with Deion Sanders and Colorado. The wide receiver was dismissed from the program after dealing with a personal matter last week.

An original four-star from Auburn, Dawson came to Boulder as Coach Prime original transfer portal class last year. He was a highly-touted athlete coming out of Sanders’ hometown of Fort Myers and ranked as a consensus top 50 recruit with Second-Team All-Florida honors. His coach at Lehigh Senior was current Colorado Director of Player Development James Chaney.

“I’m disappointed that I’m no longer with my teammates at Colorado,” Dawson told BuffsBeat. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but I’m excited for my future and being able to take my talents elsewhere. I’m thankful for the opportunity Coach Prime and his staff gave me in Boulder. I’m just a kid from Fort Myers like he was and it means a lot. With that said, I’m ready to work and will be entering the transfer portal this spring.”

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder appeared in seven games for the Buffs in 2023. Dawson started four games when Travis Hunter was sidelined due to a lacerated liver. He recorded 14 receptions for 124 receiving yards and a touchdown, to go along with one carry for eight yards and one touchdown on the ground. This includes a career best performance at home vs. Nebraska.

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February 24th

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Eric Bieniemy finalizing deal to become UCLA’s associate head coach/offensive coordinator

From ESPN … Former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is finalizing a two-year deal to join UCLA’s staff as the Bruins’ associate head coach/offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN on Saturday night.

The move marks a significant hire for new UCLA coach DeShaun Foster, who intends forge an NFL identity with the Bruins. It also marks a homecoming for Bieniemy, who grew up in the area and was a Bruins assistant from 2003-05.

“Southern California,” Bieniemy wrote in an email Saturday. “I attended high school there. I started my career in the league here (with the Chargers). It’s obviously great to be back with the Bruins, where I was previously employed.”

Bieniemy had opportunities to remain in the NFL. He interviewed for the Commanders head coaching job, and two other offensive coordinator jobs. Bieniemy said one NFL team offered him its assistant head coach job/running back job. But ultimately, he took his time and found his way back to school.

“I have had countless conversations and interviews with many teams and I have been applauded and lauded,” Bieniemy wrote. “I can’t say why certain decisions were or were not made but it had nothing to (do) with a lack of anything on my end.

“My self-dignity, worth, integrity, personhood, manhood will never be questions or compromised. It is not always about money, either. With everything in life, it is often all about timing. At this time in my life, the opportunity affords me the pleasure of continuing in to be a maker and leader of men, to do what I love, follow my passion and my dreams while not compromising on who I am as a man.”

It will be Bieniemy’s first college job since working as Colorado’s offensive coordinator from 2011-12. Foster prioritized hiring a coach with Bieniemy’s experience — and Bieniemy was equally as excited about trying to help UCLA’s rookie head coach.

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February 23rd

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Brian Howell’s Breakout Candidates for 2024

From the Daily Camera … Most of the leaders of the Colorado football team are obvious going into 2024.

First and foremost, head coach Deion Sanders needs his son, Shedeur Sanders, to be healthy and dominant at quarterback. He needs his other son, Shilo Sanders, to be a leader at safety.

Travis Hunter, LaVonta Bentley, Shane Cokes, Jimmy Horn Jr. and Trevor Woods are others that will be relied upon to for leadership and to carry the Buffs if they want to improve upon last year’s 4-8 record.

As is the case every year, though, the Buffs will need several players who didn’t make much of an impact last year to be impactful players this year. Here’s a look at some of the top breakout candidates:

OL Tyler Brown, Sr.: His story was widely known last year, as the NCAA denied his waiver after transferring from Jackson State, so he has yet to see the field for the Buffs. He was an FCS All-American at JSU, though. CU brought in a lot of competition on the line, but Brown is a potential impact player at guard. He could also play center, but is more likely to compete for a starting spot at guard.

LB Brendan Gant, Sr.: He’s still hoping for a medical hardship waiver. If he gets it and he can stay healthy, Gant could push for a starting job at linebacker. He recorded 113 tackles, mainly as a backup, during his four seasons at Florida State. Last year, he was limited to four games because of injury and played only 30 snaps on defense. He started once (at Arizona State) and made three tackles in 27 plays.

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February 22nd 

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Prime Numbers:  CU’s Multi-media income (Learfield) jumps 51% in Coach Prime’s first year

From Sportico … The revenue the University of Colorado generates from its multimedia rights (MMR) jumped 51% in Deion Sanders’ first year as the Buffaloes head football coach.

CU’s athletic department’s MMR is managed by Learfield, which shares in the money generated from sponsorships, radio advertisements, digital signage and other commercial opportunities. The company is projecting to generate $8.3 million in fiscal 2024, which includes Sanders’ first football season, according to a “confidential” report Sportico received via an open records request. That’s up from $5.5 million in fiscal 2023.

The spike is good for Learfield, but especially beneficial to Colorado under their current arrangement. Their contract stipulates that the school receives 60% of the first $5 million of “adjusted gross revenue”—total revenue minus some expenses—then 65% of everything over $5 million. Last year, there was no AGR over $5 million and Colorado pocketed $2.9 million in rights fees. This year, the total AGR is $7.2 million, so Colorado will see a chunk of money at the higher 65% share. CU is currently projected to receive $4.5 million under the agreement in fiscal 2024, though not all the money has been collected.

Representatives from Learfield and the university did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The rights fee figures add to the picture of how the Sanders era has impacted the Buffaloes financially. Though Colorado finished the football season 4-8, Sanders’ initial campaign enjoyed a level of hype that often bordered on hysteria. He overhauled the roster upon his arrival with dozens of transfers, including his son, Shedeur Sanders, who became CU’s starting quarterback. Fox and ESPN sent competing pre-game shows to Boulder early in the year, TV ratings soared, and Colorado sold out every home game for the first time in the football program’s history.

Amid all that attention, Learfield was able to increase revenue from sponsors, both by expanding current deals and bringing in new ones. The Buffaloes’ corporate partners include Nextiva, FNBO, Elevations Credit Union, the Children’s Hospital Colorado and Aflac—which also uses Sanders in multiple national ad campaigns.

Colorado recently extended its Learfield deal for 10 more years, changing the terms of the revenue split. Starting in fiscal 2025, Colorado will receive 65% of the first $10 million of AGR, then 70% of anything above that threshold. There are also guaranteed minimums, which start at $4 million in year one and rise to $5.35 million by fiscal 2035.

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DC Robert Livingston “will connect with the coaches and the players very, very well”

From the Daily Camera … As the world was figuring out how to use Zoom in 2020, Bob Shoop took that time to reconnect with one of his former players.

The sports world was on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Shoop, then the safeties coach at Michigan, would connect each week with Robert Livingston, then the secondary coach of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

“We did Zoom calls with each other once a week for about two months during that period and just talked football for an hour each day,” Shoop, now the safeties coach at Marshall, said of those calls with Livingston, whom he coached at William & Mary from 2007-09.

The two would exchange thoughts and ideas and Shoop said, “It didn’t surprise me, but I was incredibly impressed (with Livingston).”

The fact that Livingston is now the defensive coordinator for the Colorado Buffaloes did surprise Shoop, but not because he thinks Livingston isn’t ready. In fact, he thinks CU head coach Deion Sanders hired a gem to run the Buffaloes’ defense.

“I really didn’t see a move like this coming, so it kind of caught me a little bit off guard, but I’m very happy for him and the opportunity to be a coordinator,” Shoop said. “Whatever the best version of the Colorado defense can be, you’ll see it because of who he is from a teaching organization perspective, teaching perspective, relationship perspective. He’ll connect with the coaches and the players very, very well.”

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February 21st

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WR Xavier Weaver grateful for NFL Combine invitation: “It’s a blessing even to be looked at”

From The Coloradoan … Xavier Weaver caught more than 100 passes for 1,735 yards and eight touchdowns across four seasons (2019-2022) at the University of South Florida. Despite the impressive production in his home state, Weaver heard the doubts.

It’s part of the reason he transferred to Colorado in 2023 for his final season of college eligibility. Now, he’s the first Buff of the Deion Sanders era to be invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

“Coming from USF and stuff like that, a lot of people probably said the competition level wasn’t there or we weren’t really playing anybody,” Weaver said. “I’d say, in the most humble way possible, coming to another school helped me realize that I am who I say I am.”

Weaver bet on himself and his wager paid off.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver led Colorado with 68 receptions for 908 yards (13.4 yards per catch) and four touchdowns last season, quickly becoming the go-to target for quarterback Shedeur Sanders after joining the team in the summer. It was just the 10th time in program history that a player posted at least 60 catches and 750 yards in a season.

“Looking back at the season, I’d just say it’s been a blessing,” Weaver said. “The opportunities that’s been put in front of me, I feel like I’ve taken advantage of them to the fullest. Coming to Colorado put me in that light and taught me a lot. It taught me about perseverance, teamwork and stuff like that.

“We were a brand new team, a whole bunch of new guys coming together, it’s not as easy as a lot of people think it is.”

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February 20th

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RB Alton McCaskill anxious for spring practices: “I just want to play football”

From the Daily Camera … At times, Alton McCaskill has heard people compare him to some of the greatest running backs in football history.

Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson are two of the common comparisons he has heard.

It’s been a while since McCaskill has been able to show off his Dickerson and Peterson-like skills, however, and the Colorado junior is itching to get back on the field.

“I just want to play football,” he said during a live broadcast he hosted on his YouTube channel on Sunday.

McCaskill rushed for 961 yards and 16 touchdowns as a true freshman at Houston in 2021, while also catching 21 passes for 113 yards and two scores. Then, he tore his ACL during spring practice in 2022, missed that entire season, went through spring with Houston in 2023 and then transferred to CU last summer.

… “Confidence was skyrocketing towards the end of the season going through practice and things like that,” he said. “That’s where I’m at going into spring ball. Plus I’ve been killing workouts, getting stronger every week.”

The Buffs open spring practices on March 18, with the spring game slated for April 27. McCaskill is planning to participate in the spring game and said he’s feeling better than he did last year.

“I feel so much better,” he said. “I just feel so, so, so much better. I’m way more confident moving around laterally. Physically I feel a lot better and mentally, as well, too. I’m trusting myself a lot more.”

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RB Dylan Edwards on track team: “I’ve seen how track can elevate your game to another level”

From CBSnews.com … Running back Dylan Edwards was the breakout freshman on the University of Colorado’s football roster. Now, he’s taking his talents to the track.

CBS Colorado Sports’ Richie Cozzolino took a lap with Edwards at the CU indoor practice facility, getting to know the new two-sport athlete.

“Coming to college, I’ve seen how track can elevate your game to another level,” Edwards said. “Running track here at CU is definitely going to make me better for the fall season.”

In the first track meet of his career, Edwards competed in the 60-yard dash, reaching the finals and posting a final time of 6.92.

Back in the fall, Edwards turned heads in his first game at Colorado. He scored four total touchdowns and racked up 159 all-purpose yards in the Buffaloes’ 45-42 victory over Texas Christian University. Edwards struggled in the latter half of the season, only reaching the endzone one more time all year.

“I’m just glad I got to get in there to do my thing,” Edwards said. “I knew it was going to come with adversity after the first game, having that many touchdowns. All I can do is keep my head down and play the game I love.”

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February 19th

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Contract details for CU assistants released 

From the Daily Camera … With five new coaches on staff and another in a new position, the Colorado football program will have the largest assistant coach salary pool in its history this season.

The 10 full-time assistant coaches will make a combined $4.65 million in base and supplemental salary, per contract details obtained by BuffZone. That’s slightly higher than the previous record of $4.59 million last year, although less than what it would have been had the 2023 staff stayed intact for this year.

After head coach Deion Sanders assembled his first staff a year ago, that group was slated to make $4.925 million in 2024. Staff changes, however, have led to that number coming in a bit lower, but still a record high.

Changes included new coordinators Pat Shurmur (offense) and Robert Livingston (defense) being hired this offseason.

Shurmur signed a two-year deal worth $1.65 million. He will be paid $800,000 this year and $850,000 in 2025. He replaces Sean Lewis, who left CU in December to become the head coach at San Diego State. Lewis was slated to make $900,000 this year had he stayed.

Livingston signed a two-year contract worth $1.795 million. He is slated to make $800,000 this year and $995,000 in 2025, which would be a single-season record high for a CU assistant. The current record is the $850,000 salaries of Lewis and former defensive coordinator Charles Kelly last season. Kelly, like Lewis, was slated to make $900,000 this year, but left CU to become the co-coordinator at Auburn.

New receivers coach Jason Phillips signed a two-year deal that will pay him $315,000 this year and $340,000 in 2025. It’s a similar deal that previous receivers coach Brett Bartolone signed a year ago. Bartolone, meanwhile, has shifted to become the tight ends coach and his contract was amended, giving him a $60,000 raise to $400,000 for this year.

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February 18th

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Daily Camera: List of Veteran Leaders Who Need to Step Up in 2024

From the Daily Camera … The main key for CU to have success in its first year back in the Big 12 and to reach the CFP, however, will be improved play from several returning players. Most teams who take a leap forward are led by players who have been in the program and helped it grow, such as the 2016 Buffs’ football team and the current CU women’s basketball team.

For Coach Prime’s team, here is a list of several players who were among CU’s best in 2023 but could be even better in 2024:

LB LaVonta Bentley, Sr.: The early part of the 2023 season was bumpy for Bentley, who actually lost his starting job at one point. He wound up having a fantastic season, leading the Buffs in tackles (69), tied for the team lead in sacks (five) and finishing second in tackles for loss (11). This past season was his first as a full-time starter in college and it’s natural to expect improvement as he heads into year two as a starter – and his final season of college football.

RB Dylan Edwards, Soph.: Expectations went through the roof when he scored four touchdowns in his first-ever college game last September at TCU. He scored just one more touchdown, and that didn’t come until the last game. Still, Edwards put up good numbers for a true freshman, leading the team with 321 rushing yards while catching 36 passes for 299 yards. Edwards might be the most talented in a good group of running backs and the Buffs need his numbers to at least double.

WR Jimmy Horn Jr., Sr.: At times, he was electric last season. One of the fastest players on the team, he was second in receptions (58), third in receiving yards (567) and first in touchdowns (six). He was inconsistent, however, and had some issues with drops. CU is loaded again at receiver, but Horn has the ability to be the leader of the group and push for a 1,000-yard season.

DL Amari McNeill, Jr.: After playing sparingly at Tennessee, McNeill transferred and became a key member of the Buffs’ defensive line. He started only four games, but he was CU’s best defensive lineman. He led all the linemen in tackles (31), sacks (three) and tackles for loss (seven). It was a really good first season of meaningful playing time. Like Bentley, it’s natural to expect McNeill to take the next step and be an even more dominant player up front.

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February 14th

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Coach Prime proposes a “Prime Weekend” for CU’s Spring Game

From Athlon Sports … Last year, ESPN covered Colorado’s spring game and televised live to the country. This was the only spring game ESPN aired last year and had thousands of fans in attendance. Colorado head coach Deion Sanders announced a change for this year’s spring game and making it more than just a game.

During a conversation on ‘Young Money Radio,’ Sanders discussed the proposed spring game scheduled for the end of April with Lil Wayne. He mentioned that the event is set to span several days, coined as ‘Prime Weekend.’ Sanders highlighted that this extended occasion will encompass more than just a game showcase, featuring various activities and attractions.

So, for our spring game, we’re doing a whole Prime Weekend,” said Sanders.

“We’re having a fashion show on Thursday, something for the boosters on Friday. Then the game on Saturday” said Sanders. “We’re doing an afterparty – a white, black, and a hispanic DJ. We’re going to cover everybody. Then, after the game, we’re doing something with the alumni.”

Sanders went on to say that at halftime or following the game a special guest could even make an appearance.

“Also, maybe, at the halftime of the game or right at the end of the game on the rooftop? We’re going to have somebody. It’s going down,” Sanders added. “We may cut that into the game so that could be seen with millions of viewers.”

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February 12th

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The Athletic on CU’s coaching changes: A downgrade from last season

From The Athletic … Unlike last season, when he shook college football by welcoming 87 new players, Sanders’ roster didn’t undergo a total overhaul. But he’s still going to deal with a lot of turnover. Colorado’s coaching staff has four newcomers and other changes. The Buffaloes have welcomed seven high school prospects and 24 transfers. That transfer class ranks fifth nationally, but just one school (Louisville) added more transfers this offseason. Overall, Colorado’s class ranks 22nd, according to 247Sports’ Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.

“I can honestly say we fulfilled all the needs,” Sanders said. “We fulfilled the need on the offensive line. You’re probably going to see a whole new offensive line. You are probably going to see a new defensive line. We had some good safety play. We got to step it up with the linebackers.”

In Sanders’ world, multiple YouTube channels continue to chronicle the program. He attended Super Bowl week festivities last week along with sons Shedeur and Shilo, both stars for the Buffaloes. Earlier this month, he stopped by the Colorado class named for him with a curriculum built around his leadership and style of brand building.

Shilo and Shedeur were absent from a team meeting to appear in a fashion show in Paris, though Deion Sanders later said the meeting was primarily for newcomers and both had permission from their head coach/father to miss.

Sanders has forecasted multiple times that Colorado will make more additions after spring football, when the second transfer portal window opens.

“What’s my biggest attractability? Skill positions. So we build it from the outside in, not the inside out,” Sanders told DNVR at the Super Bowl. “That’s why you saw all the skill positions and all that, and they balled out. We were garbage on the inside. So what do we go out and do now? The second phase of this building process is now you build it from the inside out, because you already got it on the outside.”

“We could have definitely been a bowl team,” Sanders said. “We made noise, but now we’re going to make some sounds.”

Coaching staff

Sanders is embracing being a program defined by the NFL. That’s a somewhat rare strategy because college football and the NFL are very different sports.

Former NFL head coach Pat Shurmur, who was promoted to offensive play caller at midseason after joining the staff just before the 2023 season began, is now full-time offensive coordinator. Before last season, Shurmur hadn’t been on a college staff since 1998.

And after a search that lasted more than a month, Sanders recently turned to Robert Livingston, a longtime secondary coach with the Bengals, as his defensive coordinator. This will be Livingston’s first time as a play caller and as an on-field coach at the college level.

The changes from 2023 are notable: Offensive coordinator Sean Lewis was considered one of the better offensive minds in the game, but was demoted midseason and landed the San Diego State head coaching job in November. Sanders had plucked him from his head coaching job at Kent State before last season. Defensive coordinator Charles Kelly came from the Jimbo Fisher/Nick Saban coaching tree. He gave up play-calling duties at Colorado to become co-defensive coordinator at Auburn, his alma mater, under Hugh Freeze. Colorado finished last season No. 99 in the FBS in yards per play and No. 115 in yards allowed per play.

The Buffaloes also have a pair of first-time position coaches in Phil Loadholt at offensive line, where drastic improvement is needed, and Vincent Dancy, a Colorado analyst who was promoted to outside linebackers coach after Nick Williams, the staff’s best recruiter, left for Syracuse.

Sanders also pulled Jason Phillips out of the CFL to become his receivers coach. The Texas native who played with Sanders for the Atlanta Falcons coached at a variety of programs before joining Sanders’ staff at Jackson State in 2021. Sanders made room for him by bumping Brett Bartolone to tight ends to replace Tim Brewster, who left for Charlotte this offseason.

Apparent impact: Downgrade

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February 11th 

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Shedeur Sanders on ’24 quarterbacks: “I don’t see a quarterback that’s better than me”

From Sports Illustrated … Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders is not entering the 2024 NFL draft. He’ll be playing for his father and coach Deion Sanders once again next fall as the Buffaloes attempt to rebound from a 4–8 season.

But if he was taking that first step into professional football this spring, he’s confident that no quarterback—not USC’s Caleb Williams, not North Carolina’s Drake Maye—would be selected in front of him.

“I’m biased, but I don’t see a quarterback that’s better than me,” Sanders said in an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated’s Brice Butler at Radio Row in Las Vegas. “I don’t see a quarterback that went through as much adversity as me, that had four [offensive coordinators] in four years.

“Coming from an HBCU, coming to a Power Five [program], having real pressure on me. A lot of people don’t understand, that’s a lot more adversity than you think just even being the son of Deion Sanders.”

There’s plenty of debate in terms of which NFL team will select Williams, but he’s been the consensus top pick in the 2024 draft for a while. Maye is not far behind him, and LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels is fresh off winning the 2023 Heisman Trophy. J.J. McCarthy, who led Michigan to a national championship last month, is also expected to be drafted in the first round.

Sanders, who threw for 3,230 yards, 27 touchdown passes and just three interceptions in 11 games for the Buffaloes last season, still believes he would be first off the draft board.

“You put any of those guys in [my] situation, they’re not doing that. I respect their game, I respect what they’re doing because to be able to be a first-round draft pick, to be able to have success on the field, it takes a lot of hard work and determination and everything.

“But the most pressure and the safest bet is me.”

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February 10th 

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CU at the Super Bowl – Isaiah Oliver looking to be the first Buff since 2016 with a ring

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Isaiah Oliver has the chance to become the first CU player to earn a Super Bowl ring since Nate Solder won his second ring as a member of the New England Patriots in 2016. Oliver’s would be the 53rd ring won in the 58 Super Bowls …

By team:

  • New England Patriots … 14
  • Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders … 10
  • Denver Broncos … 9
  • Green Bay Packers … 6
  • San Francisco 49ers … 3
  • Washington Redskins … 2
  • Miami Dolphins … 2
  • Chicago Bears … 2
  • New York Giants … 1
  • Dallas Cowboys … 1
  • Pittsburgh Steelers … 1
  • Baltimore Ravens … 1

Buffs with Super Bowl Rings
1966 … Green Bay … Boyd Dowler, E
1967 … Green Bay … Boyd Dowler, E
1972 … Miami … Dick Anderson, DB
1973 … Miami … Dick Anderson, DB
1976 … Oakland … Cliff Branch, WR … Terry Kunz, RB
1980 … Oakland … Cliff Branch, WR … Mike L. Davis, DB … Odis McKinney, DB … Greg Westbrooks, LB
1982 … San Francisco … George Visger, DT
1983 … L.A. Raiders … Cliff Branch, WR … Mike L. Davis, DB … Don Hasselbeck, TE … Odis McKinney, DB
1985 … Chicago … Brian Cabral, LB … Emery Moorehead,WR
1986 … N.Y. Giants … Lee Rouson, RB
1987 … Washington … Eric Coyle, C … Richard Johnson, WR
1988 … San Francisco … Barry Helton, P
1989 … San Francisco … Barry Helton, P
1992 … Dallas … Mickey Pruitt, LB
1996 … Green Bay … Shannon Clavelle, DT … Darius Holland, DT
1997 … Denver … Matt Lepsis, OT … Tom Rouen, P … Alfred Williams, DE
1998 … Denver … Matt Lepsis, OT … Viliami Maumau, DT … Tom Rouen, P … Alfred Williams, DE
2001 … NE … Tom Ashworth, OT … Charles E. Johnson,WR … Ted Johnson, ILB … Ben Kelly, CB/KR
2003 … NE … Tom Ashworth, OT … Christian Fauria, TE … Daniel Graham, TE … Ted Johnson, ILB
2004 … NE … Tom Ashworth, OT … Christian Fauria, TE … Daniel Graham, TE … Ted Johnson, ILB
2008 … Pittsburgh … Mitch Berger, P
2010 … Green Bay … Mason Crosby, PK … Brad Jones, OLB
2012 … Baltimore … Jimmy Smith, CB
2014 … NE … Nate Solder, OT
2015 … Denver … Nick Kasa, TE … Tyler Polumbus, OT
2016 … NE … Nate Solder, OT

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Mark Johnson interviews DC Robert Livingston, “Part-time Montanan”

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February 9th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU Press Release: Coaching Staff Changes Made Official

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders has announced coaching staff updates for the 2024 season with three new additions to the staff and two others shifting roles within the program.

Internally, Pat Shurmur, who began last season as an analyst and was moved to co-offensive coordinator midseason, will take that role on full time.  Another analyst, Vincent Dancy, will move to an assistant coach for outside linebackers.  Brett Bartolone will also move from wide receivers to tight ends.

New to the staff are Defensive Coordinator Robert Livingston, Offensive Line Coach Phil Loadholt and Wide Receivers Coach Jason Phillips.

Livingston joins the Buffs from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was on staff the last eight seasons, the last six focusing on the safeties.   Along with former Buffs Josh Tupou and Chidobe Awuzie, he helped the Bengals reach Super Bowl LVI after knocking off the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.  Prior to coaching, he worked as a scout with the Bengals from 2012-14.  This will be his third season coaching in college, as he was a defensive quality control coach for Vanderbilt in 2011 and at Furman in 2010.  He played his college ball at William & Mary, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Kinesiology.

Loadholt returns to the state of Colorado for the first time since his prep days where he attended Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain, Colo.  Recruited to Colorado by Gary Barnett, he instead attended Garden City Community College for two years before signing with Oklahoma, where he started for two years before being a second round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.  He played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2009-15 and then broke into the coaching ranks at Central Florida for the 2018-19 seasons.  He spent the 2020-21 seasons at Ole Miss before becoming an analyst at Oklahoma the past two seasons.

Phillips returns to Coach Prime’s staff for the second time, where he was hired as the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the 2021 season when Jackson State was 11-2 overall, 8-0 in the SWAC and advanced to the Celebration Bowl.  Phillips spent the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League coaching receivers for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  A Houston native, he played for the University of Houston where he led the nation in receiving and was an All-American in 1987 and ’88 with Andre Ware as his quarterback.  He was drafted into the NFL in 1989 and spent five seasons there before heading to the CFL for four more.

He began his coaching career in 1999 and has also served on staffs at Houston, Baylor, Kansas, SMU, Oregon State, Utah State, and Texas State at the college level, and along with his stint in the CFL, he spent the 2000 season with the Houston Marshalls of the short-lived Spring Football League.

Shurmur joined Coach Prime’s staff in July 2023 as an offensive analyst and by the end of the season, he was the co-offensive coordinator.  After taking the 2022 season off, he had spent the previous 22 seasons in the NFL, serving a variety of roles from tight ends coach and offensive line coach to offensive coordinator and head coach.  He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12, interim coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 and head coach of the New York Giants from 2018-19, also spending time with the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, and Denver Broncos.

He began coaching in college at Michigan State as a graduate assistant coach in 1988-89 and then as the tight ends, offensive line and special teams coach from 1990-97 and at Stanford as the offensive line coach in 1998.  He was the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings.  He played at Michigan State from 1983-87, earning All-America honors at center in 1987 as a senior when the Spartans defeated USC in the Rose Bowl.

Dancy joined Coach Prime’s inaugural staff as an analyst in 2023, coming to Colorado from Mississippi Valley State, where he coached for eight seasons, including as the head coach from 2018-22.  Dancy is a Jackson State graduate, where he was an All-SWAC linebacker and safety.  His coaching career also began at JSU in 2009 after he earned a master’s degree from West Alabama, serving the Tigers first as a graduate assistant and then full time safeties coach.  In 2014 he served as the defensive coordinator at Payne College.

Coach Prime and the Buffaloes will hit the field March 18 for the start of Spring Football, with the Black & Gold Day Spring Game set for April 27.  The 2024 season will see North Dakota State head to Boulder for the season opener as the Buffs host Baylor for Homecoming on Sept. 21, the first Big 12 game at Folsom Field in almost 14 years.

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February 7th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Defensive coordinator found? Cincinnati secondary coach Robert Livingston reportedly the choice

From ProFootballTalk.com … Bengals secondary coach Robert Livingston is in Colorado today speaking with Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders. He is expected to be named the Buffaloes’ new defensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Livingston just completed his ninth season on the Bengals’ coaching staff, his eighth with the title of secondary coach. The past six seasons, Livingston has focused specifically on the Bengals’ safeties.

He helped the Bengals rank third in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed in 2022 and eighth in interceptions this season.

Livingston arrived in Cincinnati from Vanderbilt, and he worked his way up from a scout evaluating defensive backs to defensive quality control/special teams assistant in 2015 to secondary coach in 2016.

Bio from the Cincinnati Bengals website … Robert Livingston is in his ninth season on the coaching staff in 2023. This is Livingston’s eighth season with the title of secondary coach, and his sixth with a specific focus on the Bengals’ safeties.

In 2022, Livingston once again worked with an elite safety duo consisting of Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell, who both started all 16 games and led the Bengals in defensive snaps played. Bates and Bell tied for the team lead with four INTs each, a career high for both players, and played a key role in Cincinnati holding opposing passers to a league-low 58.9 completion percentage. Livingston also helped develop rookie Dax Hill, the Bengals’ first-round draft pick who played in 15 games with two starts.

In 2021, Bell (97) and Bates (88) ranked second and third, respectively, on the team in tackles. They made several impact plays during the team’s run to Super Bowl LVI, including Bell picking off Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes in overtime of the AFC Championship to set up a game-winning FG drive. Two weeks later in the Super Bowl, Bates intercepted L.A. Rams QB Matthew Stafford late in the first half to negate a scoring threat.

In 2020, Bell (114) and Bates (107) were the team’s top-two tacklers, while Bates additionally tied for sixth in the NFL in PDs (15). Livingston helped transition Bell, an unrestricted free agent signee, into Cincinnati’s starting lineup despite the absence of an in-person offseason program due to COVID-19. Bell set career highs in tackles and FFs (three), while helping the defense hold opposing passers to a 62.8 completion percentage (sixth in NFL).

In 2019, Livingston and the secondary helped the defense to a significant turnaround over the final eight games. The Bengals held opponents to just a 59.3 completion percentage the second half of the season, down from 64.3 percent in the first eight games, while also yielding 84.1 fewer yards per game in that span.

Livingston helped spur the development of Bates, a second-round pick of the Bengals, during his rookie season in 2018. Bates started all 16 games, recorded three INTs and became just the sixth rookie ever to lead Cincinnati in tackles (111). Livingston also guided S Shawn Williams to his most productive season as a pro, as the sixth-year veteran totaled 108 tackles and a team-high five INTs.

In 2017, the Bengals’ secondary spearheaded a defense that ranked eighth in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (211.2). Cincinnati also ranked sixth leaguewide in red zone defense, allowing TDs on 46.4 percent of opponents’ trips inside the 20-yard line.

Livingston helped the 2016 Bengals’ secondary record 13 of the team’s 17 INTs, which ranked second in the league. The defense also held opponents to the fifth-lowest passer rating in the NFL (83.1), and Cincinnati yielded the second-fewest points per game (17.4).

In 2015, Livingston did on-field work with the defensive secondary, while working in defensive quality control and also as a special teams assistant. His defensive efforts helped the Bengals rank second in the NFL in fewest points allowed at 17.4 per game. Cincinnati also had 21 INTs (third in the NFL), and allowed the second-fewest TD passes in the league (18). Two Bengals DBs — S Reggie Nelson and CB Adam Jones — were selected to the Pro Bowl.

From 2012-14, Livingston worked as a Bengals scout, covering the southeast — primarily the ACC and SEC — and had a role in evaluating defensive backs from across the nation.

Livingston came to the Bengals from Vanderbilt University, where he served in 2011 as defensive quality control coach. He spent the 2010 season on the Furman University football staff, working primarily with the safeties.

A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Livingston was a two-time Athlete of the Year at Hendersonville High School. He played free safety at the College of William & Mary from 2007-09, contributing to one of the top defensive units in the NCAA’s FCS ranks. He graduated from William & Mary with a degree in kinesiology.

Livingston and his wife, Tricia, have a son, Luke, and three daughters, Emma, Savannah and Lily.

Playing and coaching/scouting history: 2007-09—Played safety, William & Mary. 2010—Assistant coach (AC), Furman. 2011—AC, Vanderbilt. 2012-14—Scout, Cincinnati Bengals. 2015-present—AC, Bengals.

Homecoming switched to September 21st game against Baylor

Press release from CUBuffs.com … To coincide with the University of Colorado Boulder’s return to its Big 12 roots, the 2024 homecoming game has been switched to Saturday, Sept 21 when the Buffaloes battle the Baylor Bears. The game will be the first Big 12 conference game played at Folsom Field since Nov. 2010, making it a multi-layered and extra special “homecoming” for Colorado alumni and fans.

By switching homecoming to the conference opener, it provides additional opportunities for CU Boulder to work with the Big 12 on innovative and exciting ways to further get Buffaloes fans and alumni involved and excited. It also elevates the game to coincide with an historic milestone in CU history, making the game even more memorable.  More details on specific activities and events will be announced in the months to come.

Time is quickly running out to renew 2024 football season tickets. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action as Coach Prime leads the Buffaloes through an exciting 2024 schedule, please visit cubuffs.com.

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February 6th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Defensive back Isaiah Oliver CU’s lone representative in the Super Bowl

From CBS Sports

From the Big 12 (2024 … 11 of 16)

SCHOOLPLAYERS
Oklahoma6
Georgia5
Michigan4
Florida4
Middle Tennessee3
Penn State3
Rutgers3
TCU 3

Two players each: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, Purdue, Kansas State, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, Stanford, Western Michigan, Notre Dame

One player each: Virginia Tech, Duke, NC State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Texas, West Virginia, Iowa State, BYU, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, SMU, South Florida, UTSA, South Alabama, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Ball State, Toledo, Army, South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Penn, Missouri S&T, Fayetteville State, St. John’s (Minn.), South Carolina State, Harvard, Central Arkansas

… Not represented from the Big 12 (Kansas; Central Florida; Houston; Baylor; and Oklahoma State) … 

By Conference (2023 configurations) … 

CONFERENCEPLAYERS
SEC23
Big Ten19
Big 1217
Pac-1212
ACC9
FCS or lower9
Conference USA4
MAC4
Independent3
AAC3
Sun Belt2
Mountain West1

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February 5th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Eric Bieniemy out as offensive coordinator for the Washington Commanders

From ESPN … The Washington Commanders fired offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy after one season with the team, coach Dan Quinn said during his introductory news conference.

Bieniemy was considered a long shot to return, but the move became official when Washington hired Kliff Kingsbury as offensive coordinator Sunday night. Quinn said he delivered the news to Bieniemy in person Monday.

“We won’t work together here,” Quinn said, “[but] I wanted him to know I really respect the work he’s done. I wish him nothing but the best.”

Bieniemy joined Ron Rivera’s staff last offseason following a five-year run as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator that featured two Super Bowl championships.

In Washington, multiple sources said players chafed under Bieniemy’s leadership, but, more than that, the offense continued a years-long struggle. The Commanders ranked 25th in scoring and 24th in yards. They were worse in both areas compared to the previous season.

But in 2023 Washington also started quarterback Sam Howell, who entered with just one start the year before as a rookie. The Commanders also had a revamped offensive line that wasn’t considered a strength, which team officials privately acknowledged.

However, one team source said late in the year, the issues were compounded by Bieniemy’s desire to throw the ball — Washington led the league with 636 pass attempts this season.

Not that the offensive struggles were new: Washington has now ranked 20th or worse in both yards and points for six consecutive seasons.

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February 2nd

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CU’s FY23 $9.9 million deficit explained

From the Daily Camera … Lower than expected distribution from the Pac-12 Conference and the cost of a coaching change in football contributed to the University of Colorado athletics department recording a deficit of nearly $9.9 million for the 2023 fiscal year.

CU also recorded record numbers for operating expenses and revenue and a dramatic increase in direct institutional support.

In the recently published NCAA financial report for the 2023 fiscal year, CU showed a net loss of $9,086,178. The NCAA report includes some accounting differences due to definitions of certain revenues and expenses that they include which differ from CU’s actual budget. According to numbers provided by CU to BuffZone.com, the athletic department actually operated at a loss of $9,896,846 for the 2023 fiscal year.

CU’s conference distribution came in at roughly $33.1 million, significantly less than budgeted. That was due to the Pac-12 taking a $72 million hit for a decade of overpayments by Comcast to the conference, costing each school $6 million.

The 2023 fiscal year also included CU firing head football coach Karl Dorrell – with roughly $8.7 million left on his contract – as well as several assistants from the 2022 staff. In FY23, CU issued $7.32 million in severance payments, only part of which went to Dorrell, who will be paid monthly through December of this year.

“We found out about (the Pac-12 distribution decrease) very late in the fiscal year, so we didn’t have time to adjust the rest of our operations to try to minimize that impact,” said Cory Hilliard, CU’s senior associate athletic director for business operations. “That, plus the coaching change combined were the two big deltas that resulted in that deficit.”

… Despite the deficit from FY23, CU is looking forward to more financial success in the future, which includes a move to the Big 12 Conference this summer.

The department has an operating budget of roughly $134 million for FY24, boosted by more than $37 million in football ticket sales from last season – a $21 million jump over 2022 – as fans flocked to Folsom Field to see new head coach Deion Sanders’ squad.

Hillard said the success of the sixth-ranked women’s basketball team is leading to record revenue in ticket sales and concessions for that program, while the men’s basketball team is also enjoying more financial success this year than budgeted.

“The future revenue growth tied to the football coaching change has been unparalleled to anything else that is generating revenues for this fiscal year and beyond that will make up that part of the deficit of the coaching change,” Hilliard said.

“We are very excited about the Big 12 and the leadership that that conference has in relation to their business dealings. They get very creative.”

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Defensive end Savell Smalls switching to tight end

  • Appeared in four games during the 2023 season.
  • Had two assisted tackles and one quarterback hurry.

TRANSFER RANKINGS

  • Rated as a three-star prospect in the transfer portal by 247, which rated him at .8900. He was ranked as the No. 309 overall player in the portal and the No. 15 Edge Defender.
  • He came to Colorado with three years to play two.

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February 1st

… CU in a few minutes … 

Set your calendars: Spring Game date set for April 27th

Press release from CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes 2024 Spring Football Game as part of Black & Gold Day presented by Arrow Electronics has been set for April 27 at Folsom Field, Athletic Director Rick George and Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders announced Wednesday.

Time at television are still to be announced and tickets will go on sale soon.

The second iteration of spring football for Coach Prime will begin March 18 and the team will practice for a week before taking Spring Break (March 25-31) off, returning to the field April 1.

Last year, the Buffs sold out their Spring Game for the first time in program history and it was the only game aired by the flagship ESPN station, as 47,277 CU faithful braved a snowstorm to see the Buffs in action for the first time under Coach Prime.

Last year also saw a season ticket renewal rate of 97 percent and this year’s renewal period is currently underway, closing on February 7.

Also part of Black & Gold Day will be a Field Day presented by Children’s Hospital of Colorado where there will be inflatables and other games for kids along with field day activities with student-athletes from other sports.

This season, the Buffs spring roster will feature most of the 28 newcomers signed by the Buffs in the early signing period out of high school (six) and the transfer portal (22) as most of those players enrolled at CU for the spring semester.

Despite being just six players, the Buffs high school class includes five-star offensive lineman Jordan Seaton, the top ranked tackle in the class, and two other top 100 players in WR Drelon Miller and ATH Kamron Mikell, both four-star recruits.  Four of the six in the class are rated as four-star players.

Of CU’s 22 transfers, six more players were ranked as four-star transfers by 247 Sports, giving CU 10 four stars and a five star, the most of any class in CU history with rankings dating back the past 25 seasons or so.  Three others were four-star recruits out of high school.

Of the 28 newcomers, the position breakdown includes six offensive linemen, including three tackles, two guards and a center, seven defensive linemen, including three tackles and four ends, plus two other outside linebackers.  Also included are five wide receivers, two cornerbacks and quarterbacks and one each at athlete, inside linebacker, running back and tight end.

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January 31st 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mini-documentary – Travis Hunter: A Different Breed

From nickinthecutt … Travis Hunter’s senior year in high school …

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January 30th

... CU in a few minutes … 

The Athletic on CU’s schedule: Colorado will have to earn it

From The Athletic … The Big 12 released its 2024 football schedule Tuesday as it gets set to welcome Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah to the conference — growing from 14 to 16 teams this summer as it adds four while losing Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC.

The schedule promises long road trips, a new reality for the Texas schools and a challenging slate for second-year coach Deion Sanders. The biggest takeaways from The Athletic’s staff:

The 4 new schools

The four former Pac-12 members begin Big 12 membership with intriguing games to open conference play. Arizona begins Big 12 play against one of its former conference mates, traveling to Utah on Sept. 28. The Utes have won six of the last seven games in the series. Texas Tech will be the first legacy Big 12 team Arizona plays as the Wildcats host the Red Raiders on Oct. 5.

Arizona State travels to Texas Tech on Sept. 21 to kick off conference play, then gets an off week before hosting Kansas. ASU and Texas Tech will meet for the fifth time and the first since 2017.

Colorado hosts Baylor to open its Big 12 schedule, a key tone-setter for both programs. Sanders would love to get the Buffs off to a quick start in Year 2, while Baylor coach Dave Aranda enters a critical fifth season at the helm on the hot seat.

Utah’s first Big 12 game is a tough one: The Utes travel to Boone Pickens Stadium to take on Oklahoma State on Sept. 21. The Cowboys have been in the Big 12 title game two of the last three seasons and have one of the best home environments in the conference. Utah, the 2021 and 2022 Pac-12 champs, figure to be a force in the Big 12 and could make an early statement with a September win in Stillwater. — Sam Khan Jr., college football senior writer

Colorado will have to earn it

If Colorado is going to make the strides Sanders has promised in his second season, the Buffs will earn it the hard way. The program returns to the Big 12 as the only one of the four new newcomers with five of their nine league games at home, though that was likely influenced by the fact that Colorado already had two nonconference road games slated in Nebraska and Colorado State. Combined with a season opener against FCS titan North Dakota State at home, the challenges begin long before league play.

The Buffs will make early trips to UCF (Sept. 28) and former Pac-12 foe Arizona (Oct. 19), with a home game against Kansas State (Oct. 12) sandwiched in between. But on paper, the toughest stretch looks to be on the back end of the schedule. After an idle week to open November, Colorado finishes at Texas Tech, home against Utah, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City against Kansas, before finishing with a Black Friday tilt in Boulder against 2023 Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma State.

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Twenty-eight football players named to Pac-12 Conference’s 2023 Fall Academic Honor Roll 

From CUBuffs.com … A total of 78 University of Colorado student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom by being named to the Pac-12 Conference’s 2023 Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll members carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and have served at least one year in residence. The Fall Academic Honor Roll includes eligible Buffaloes competing in cross country, football, soccer, and volleyball.

A total of 719 student-athletes in seven fall season sports across 14 Pac-12 schools and affiliate members were honored. As approved by the Conference’s Faculty Athletics Representatives, any student-athlete competing in an NCAA-sponsored or emerging sport at a Pac-12 institution, regardless of league sponsorship, is also eligible for Academic Honor Roll recognition and includes 79 student-athletes from the fall sports of field hockey, triathlon, and men’s water polo.

Listed below are Colorado’s 54 Pac-12 2023 Fall Academic Honor Roll recipients:

Football – Jack BaileyTyler BrownShane CokesCamden DempseyCaleb FauriaWillie GainesJoshka GustavIsaiah HardgeTravis Hunter, Isaac Hurtado, Isaiah JattaGabe LandersAlton McCaskillDerrick McLendonBrandon MillerJaden Milliner-JonesCharlie Offerdahl, Erik Olsen, Cristiano PalazzoLouis PassarelloChristian SaremMark VassettCameron Warchuck, Nathanial Watson, Owen WestemeyerJacob Woida, Jacob Wray, Hank Zilinskas.

CU announces Big 12 schedule – starting at home v. Baylor; finishing at home v. Oklahoma State

  • August 31st – North Dakota State
  • September 7th – at Nebraska
  • September 14th – at Colorado State
  • September 21st – Baylor
  • September 28th – at Central Florida
  • October 5th – Bye
  • October 12th – Kansas State (Homecoming)
  • October 19th – at Arizona
  • October 26th – Cincinnati
  • November 2nd – Bye
  • November 9th – at Texas Tech
  • November 16th – Utah
  • November 23rd – at Kansas
  • November 29th (Friday) – Oklahoma State

Press release from CUBuffs.com … For the first time since 2010, a Big 12 Conference football schedule will include the Colorado Buffaloes, as the conference released its 2024 schedules on Tuesday.  In addition to a return to the Big 12, 2024 marks the second season the Buffs will take the field led by Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders.

This season the Buffs will play nine of 15 conference opponents, which can be essentially broken into four categories; three games against former Big Eight foes (Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State), two more against former Big 12 foes (Baylor, Texas Tech), two current Pac-12 teams joining the Buffs in the new Big 12 (Arizona, Utah) and two against first-time conference opponents (Central Florida, Cincinnati).

Times and television for the first three weeks plus any Friday games will be determined in late May or early June.

The non-conference schedule has been set for several years and includes the season opener on August 31 against North Dakota State followed by road games against CU’s two biggest rivals Nebraska (September 7) and Colorado State (September 14).

The Buffs and Bison will square off for the first time on the gridiron.  NDSU was 11-4 last season and advanced to the FCS Semifinals where they fell to Montana 31-29 in double overtime.

The last time CU played in both Lincoln and Fort Collins was in the 1996 season, which is also the last time CU played at Colorado State.  CU won its last trip to Lincoln, defeating the Huskers 33-28 in 2018 on a last-minute bomb from Steven Montez to Laviska Shenault.  The Buffs have won three of the last six in Lincoln dating back to 2002 and nine overall at Memorial Stadium. CU owns a 23-7-1 record in Fort Collins, with 28 of those 31 games taking place before 1960, and CU has won four straight in Fort Collins dating back to the 1955 season.

The Big 12 season opener is a home game against Baylor on September 21 and then the Buffs close out the opening month with a trip to Central Florida on Sept. 28.  Colorado is 9-7 all-time against Baylor and 5-4 against the Bears in Boulder.  The Buffs and Knights have never met on the football field.

The first of two bye weeks happens on October 5 and then CU will play back-to-back Wildcats, first hosting Kansas State October 12 for the annual Homecoming game before traveling to Arizona on October 19.  CU will close out October with a home game against Cincinnati on Oct. 26, which will be Family Weekend.

This will be the 66th meeting between the Buffs and Kansas State and first since the 2010 season when the Buffs beat the Wildcats 44-36.  CU holds a 45-20-1 advantage in the series.  Against Arizona, CU holds a 16-10 advantage and the two have played every season since 2011, with Arizona topping the Buffs 34-31 in overtime this past season.  CU and Cincinnati have played just one time previously, with CU coming out on top 56-14 on September 16, 1972 in Boulder.

The final month of the regular season will begin with the second bye of the season on November 2 followed by a trip to Texas Tech on November 9.  After Utah visits Boulder on November 16, CU will head to Kansas on November 23 and then the regular season finale will be on Black Friday against Oklahoma state on November 29 in Boulder.  The day after Thanksgiving match-up marks the only week in which Friday games were selected by the Big 12’s television partners.

The Buffs and Red Raiders have played 10 times including seven times in Big 12 match-ups.  TTU won the most recent matchup 27-24 in 2010 and the Buffs won both home and away in 2006-07.  Utah has won six straight against the Buffs and lead the series 34-32-3.  The Buffs and Utes have played every season since 2011 but prior to that hadn’t played since 1962, but did meet 56 times prior to that season.

The Buffs and Jayhawks have played more than any other conference opponent with CU holding a 42-25-3 mark in the series including a 17-16-3 record in Lawrence.  The Buffs hold a 26-20-1 record over the Cowboys including a 13-8 mark in Boulder.  The two did meet in the 2016 Alamo Bowl, won 38-8 by the Cowboys, who have won three straight dating back to 2005.

The Big 12 previously released the home and road opponents for the next four years through 2027.  With 36 league games in those four years, the Buffs will play Arizona, Arizona State, Central Florida, Houston, Kansas State and Utah three times and Baylor, BYU, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia twice each over the first four-year iteration of the league schedule.

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January 27th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Coach Prime’s sons buy him a 17,000-square foot home

From Well Off Media … Shilo, Shedeur, & Deion Sanders Jr. are purchasing Coach Prime a new home in Colorado! Shilo and Shedeur will be declaring for the 2025 NFL draft after one final season with the Colorado Buffaloes in 2024. They wanted to ensure pops was okay while they are away chasing their NFL dreams.

Shedeur Sanders to Coach Prime: “Your life’s complete now man.” Coach Prime response: “We gotta win, that’s when it’s complete!”

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January 26th

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Coach Prime: “With NIL collectives there should be mandatory financial literacy classes”

Coach Prime spoke to Thee Pregame Show this week about the lack of education with NIL. The leader of the herd feels student-athletes are currently asked to navigate NIL without the proper support.

“With NIL collectives there should be mandatory financial literacy classes. What’s happening today is a disservice to these kids,” Coach Prime told Thee Pregame Show. “They get the bag but there’s no education on maintaining the bag. They go out and buy things and have nothing to show for it later. For some, this may be the only athletic money they ever receive. I don’t mind our kids having the things they dreamt of, but I don’t want those things having them.

“Schools should retain a staffer that’s relatable with a financial background to assist these young people – not just in securing NIL collectives – but to make sure they keep most of what they make.”

CU self-reports 11 minor NCAA violations

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado football program has self-reported 11 minor NCAA violations since the hiring of head coach Deion Sanders in December of 2022.

USA Today first reported on the violations Thursday, which included five minor – or Level III – violations from other CU teams, as well. As noted by USA Today, the violations are common among most major college athletic departments. None of the violations by CU brought serious penalties.

In a statement to BuffZone, CU said: “The University of Colorado Boulder Athletic Department is committed to complying with NCAA regulations and will continue to educate our coaches, student-athletes, and staff to ensure that we remain in compliance. We take all infractions seriously, regardless of the severity, and in these specific cases, these minor infractions were all self-reported to the NCAA. This demonstrates the effectiveness of our established compliance systems which are the basis of our department’s positive partnership with the NCAA.”

Among the football violations, the most significant penalty stemmed from a transfer portal violation when CU hosted a postgraduate camp on May 30 for high school graduates and transfers. There were more than 350 players at the camp and CU realized later that seven players participated who were not yet in the transfer portal.

CU self-imposed a two-week recruiting ban for its staff from June 15-28, as well as a one-day recruiting ban for Dec. 4, 2023, the first day of the 30-day transfer portal window. In addition, the seven recruits were deemed permanently ineligible at CU.

Sanders and CU have been heavily active on social media, but that has led to a few violations.

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January 25th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

The Prime Effect: CU revenue rises a staggering $32 million in one year (to $127M in FY2023)

From bvmsports.com … The University of Colorado Boulder has filed its annual financial report to the NCAA for fiscal year 2023.

Here’s what to know about the CU Buffaloes football program and its revenue, expenses and profits.

Note that FY2023 covers the reporting year from July 2022 to June 2023 – meaning these numbers are mostly indicative of the 2022 football season (not the 2023 season with Deion Sanders). However, Coach Prime was present for the latter half of this reporting year considering that he was hired to lead the Buffs in December 2022.

Revenue

Colorado’s total operating revenue for all sports in FY2023 amounted to $127,028,292 – which is a staggering $32.2 million increase from FY2022. This is the first year in history that CU Athletics has cracked the milestone $100 million revenue mark.

The total operating revenue for the football team in particular was $50.1 million ($942,865 more than FY2022). The men’s basketball team ranks behind the football program with $9.5 million in revenue.

One notable revenue-generating category is ticket sales. CU Athletics generated $15.7 million in ticket sales during FY2023 – 83% of which came from the football program at $13 million. Men’s basketball accumulated the second most in ticket sales at $2.4 million.

The football team also generated $1.5 million in revenue from game programs, novelties, parking and concession sales. 

Expenses

Colorado spent $136,114,470 in FY2023 to run every sports program, but the school expensed $40 million less in FY2022 by spending just $96 million. 

CU football cashed out $35 million in expenses for FY2023 – which is $9.5 million more compared to FY2022. Men’s basketball expensed the second-most this past reporting year at $8.2 million.

Football expenses have increased across several categories. For example, football’s recruiting budget went up from $770,283 in FY2022 to $983,134 in FY2023. Head and assistant football coaching salaries, benefits and bonuses increased by $2 million. Team travel (lodging, meals, air and ground travel) jumped another $382,000.

Profits

The University of Colorado Boulder’s athletics department didn’t turn out a profit for FY2023 after posting a deficit of -$9,086,178. 

The football program turned out a profit of $15.1 million. The only other profitable team was men’s basketball ($1.3 million).

Nonetheless, the “Prime Effect” is now in full force in Boulder – so the next annual report in January 2025 should reveal even greater financial gains for the football program.

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January 23rd 

… CU in a few minutes …

Dave Plati’s “Plati-Tudes”: Remembering Larry Zimmer

From CUBuffs.comI’dd like share my personal reflections, and some from a few others, after we lost one of the state’s last true sports media icons last Saturday when Larry Zimmer passed away.  He was 88, and though he had been fighting an assortment of maladies the last nine years of his life, he certainly enjoyed a full and entertaining one. 

And the outpouring of people who wanted to visit with him one last time in the days leading up to his passing was a tribute to that full life.  “Passing peacefully, surrounded by family and friends is what most of us would choose for ourselves and our loved ones,” was in a text from his doctor sent to his wife Brigitte, and that’s exactly what happened over the course of the last few days of his stay here on Earth.

At St. Anthony’s in Lakewood for 10 days, when it was realized that he likely would never go home again, the support for him and Brigitte was off the charts.  A microcosm of the lives they lived as well as really touched, personally and professionally.  (And any former Buff and Bronco will tell you about the Brigitte “hug.”)  Larry tired easily as one could imagine, hooked up to oxygen 24/7, but was lucid until the end and was able to enjoy all the visits and messages.

Brigitte told me the hospital staff was in awe of the cavalcade of sports personalities that visited Zim in his final days. Those included from the Broncos, Mike Shanahan, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Foley, Haven Moses, Jeff Alexander, Ron Egloff, Rich Karlis, Bucky Dilts, Wade Manning, Billy Van Heusen and Jim Saccomano; from CU, Dave Logan, Emery Moorhead, Mark Johnson, myself.  A few from KOA, including “Lou from Littleton” and Opera Colorado.

They also received calls and/or text messages either on his phone or Brigitte’s from those with CU ties from Bill Marolt, Steve Hatchell, Mike Bohn, Mike & Trish MacIntyre, Rick Neuheisel, Dan & Misti Hawkins, Keith Miller, Rocko DeLuca and Gary & Mary Barnett; from former Broncos Claudie Minor, Steve Atwater and Sammy Winder among others; and from the few remaining with KOA connections like Lee Larsen.

When I returned to Colorado from New York for college in 1978, the late SID Mike Moran placed me, a cocky freshman, on the stat crew.  At some point that year, I was introduced to Zim—other than interviewing Joe Namath over the phone for a high school senior project, he was the first real celebrity I ever met.  We didn’t speak long, but I do remember he said something about looking forward to getting to know me and working with me for years to come.  That’s something you don’t forget.

He was in my corner when I was up for the SID job in 1984, and ever since we remained close friends, and knowing my affinity for stats and that I’d be on every road trip, he asked me if I’d like to be the statistician in the KOA booth for road games.  Other than bowls, I did that chore for the next 24 seasons, giving it up after 2007.  That was well over 100 games feeding him stats and notes during the football broadcasts.  Brigitte was his spotter for almost all those games as well, so we became a fairly tight-knit group, including the other announcers, Kent Groshong, Jim Ryan, Jim Conrad, Jay Leeuwenburg and Bobby Anderson, producers like Jerry Peters and Alan Jackson (not the singer) and engineers like Kenny Dhainin and Shannon Scott.

We always joked about the “Fifth Down” game at Missouri in 1990.  Because I kept a running play-by-play, I knew we had spiked the ball on fourth down and screamed out a four-letter bomb.  Larry gave me a not-so-nice glance, then pointed to the scoreboard where it switched from third to fourth down.  I thought I may have missed something, until offensive coordinator Gerry DiNardo came into the booth and asked me, “How many plays did we run there?”  I said, “I’m pretty sure five” and he nodded in agreement.  Everyone knows the rest of that story …

The “Miracle in Michigan” game was also a special memory for obvious reasons.  Our booth was located on the south end of the press box, well away from the action.  Larry’s call was legendary, but he had always felt bad that none of knew who caught the ball for several minutes (that’s me on the tape eventually telling him it was Michael Westbrook).

A week later in 100-degree heat at Texas, the visiting radio station was located below the press box, but outside and right next to the national TV area, separated by a flimsy partition.  A little before the game, Keith Jackson pops over it and says to Larry, “Great call last week, Zimmer!”  Larry thanked him but said, “But I didn’t know who caught the ball and you did.”  Keith said, “Well, neither did I … I have several cameramen to help and one simply said, ‘Eighty-one.'”  Michael Westbrook’s number and that’s how he knew before anyone else – except Michael, of course.  Larry felt a whole lot better after hearing that.

You never get a unanimous vote, or even a consensus one, for things like, “Who would be on the Mt. Rushmore of Colorado Sports Media?”  Dick Connor, Bob Martin, Woody Paige, Ron Zappolo, Lynn Sanner, Starr Yelland, Dan Creedon, Fred Leo, John Henry, Bob Collins, Irv Brown, Dave Logan among others would get their fair share of votes, but in my book, the one unanimous selection should be Larry Zimmer.

Goodbye, Larry.  Love you.

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January 22nd 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Zimmer-Litton Tune

*Video: Mark Johnson Tribute to Larry Zimmer*

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January 21st 

… CU in a few minutes … 

Best Calls of Larry Zimmer 

Calls from the 2001 62-36 game … 

From the 1986 CU/Nebraska game … my favorite quote of all-time, and the lead in to the CU at the Game podcast ….

  • “The clock is down to 48 seconds. 20-10, Colorado leads Nebraska. They have waited a long time for this. So many times, the Red Flood has come into Folsom Field, and have gone back, across the border to the north a winner. It won’t be this time” …

Two other great calls from the 1986 game … First, the Jeff Campbell 39-yard reverse for a touchdown …

Then, the 52-yard halfback pass from O.C. Oliver to Lance Carl for CU’s second touchdown …

Then, there is the iconic call of Rashaan’s Salaam’s 67-yard touchdown run against Iowa State, pushing Salaam over 2,000 yards for the season, and cementing his Heisman trophy …

Oh, and there was the “Miracle at Michigan” (call at the 1:55 mark of the video) … 

Legendary CU announcer Larry Zimmer, “The Voice of the Buffaloes” passes away at the age of 88

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Larry Zimmer, known as the “Voice of the Buffaloes” for 42 seasons with the University of Colorado football and basketball programs, passed away peacefully here early Saturday evening.   Surrounded by his family, he was 88.

Zimmer had been hospitalized for the last 10 days at St. Anthony’s in Lakewood, where before he passed he had several visitors from close friends, from his former radio station (KOA), the University of Colorado and the Denver Broncos, including many former players.  He also received numerous phone calls and text messages from the same shared through his wife, Brigitte.

CU will hold a moment of silence prior to the start of Sunday’s women’s basketball 1:00 p.m. game between the Buffaloes and Southern California.

When all was said and done, he was involved in either play-by-play or commentary duties for 50 college football seasons, 42 for CU, and 26 seasons with the Denver Broncos among his many other assignments throughout a seven-decade broadcasting career dating back to his college days at the University of Missouri.

At CU alone, he was behind the microphone for 486 football games (22 bowls), along with 525 men’s basketball contests for 1,011 overall.  He started out as an analyst on Bronco games in 1971 and took over the play-by-play duties for Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 through the ’96 season, working a total of 536 preseason (122), regular season (394) and postseason (20) games combined, including four Super Bowls.

When including the football games he called for the University of Michigan (51) and Colorado State University (34), it raised his overall total to 571.  That adds to 1,107 games between the college and professional ranks.

CU athletic director Rick George has called Zimmer, “A CU institution.  His voice was synonymous with our athletic program and he was most beloved by our coaches, players and fans.  Whether it was calling games on KOA or serving as a master of ceremonies for many of our functions, Larry Zimmer was CU.   He is truly a part of our overall athletic history.  We will miss him Zimm and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The Denver Broncos issued the following statement:

“The Broncos are deeply saddened by the passing of legendary radio broadcaster and longtime Ring of Fame committee member Larry Zimmer.  During his 52-year association with the Broncos, Larry called some of the franchise’s most iconic moments and helped honor some of our greatest legends.  Our thoughts go out to Larry’s wife, Brigitte, and his entire family.”

“Larry was the voice of the Buffaloes when I was in high school,” said Dave Logan, who prepped at Wheat Ridge before playing for CU.  “He broadcast every game of my career and then to have a chance to work with him starting in 1990 doing Bronco games was really a blessing for me.  He was a great partner, a great broadcaster and great person.”

“What I remember most about Zim was that he was always a gentleman,” said Alfred Williams, who starred at CU from 1987-90 and signed with the Broncos as a free agent in Zimmer’s final season calling Denver’s games.  “He was always kind and willing to be complimentary even though when it could be painful to be, especially if the Buffs or Broncos were having tough times.

“He and Brigitte were a big part of my life,” Williams added.  “They were a consistent support system for me and a host of other student-athletes at CU.  And another thing I’ll always remember about Larry was the uniqueness of his voice and tone.  There was only one guy in the country who sounded like him and when you heard him, you knew it was a CU or Bronco game.  This is a huge loss for the CU and Bronco families.”

“When I came on board as the play-by-play announcer for the Buffaloes in 2004, the transition was seamless because of the professionalism, kindness and graciousness of Larry Zimmer,” Johnson said.  “His endorsement and acceptance of welcoming me into the booth was a signal to Buff Nation that this “new kid” should be given a chance by the fans.  For 12 years, Zim was my mentor and partner calling CU football.  He showed me the ropes and filled in the gaps in my knowledge of what it meant to be a Buff.

“In the ensuing eight seasons following Larry’s retirement, he became my greatest cheerleader,” Johnson added.  “Frequently, I’d receive a heartwarming text from Zim saying simply, ‘Great broadcast on Saturday!  You and Gary (Barnett) did a nice job capturing the game for all of us listeners!’”

Larry wasn’t often able to speak consistently during his final days, so many would text messages of support to Brigitte.  One of the most heart-warming texts came from former CU head coach Dan Hawkins and his wife, Misti.

“You both created quite a legacy and left a tremendous mark on many, many people,” it read.  “We should all hope to positively affect as many lives as you have.”

Zimmer got his start broadcasting high school football and basketball games in Columbia, Mo., and Lawton, Okla. (1957-58, 1960-66) while also serving as the play-by-play announcer for the Missouri Tigers baseball team.   In the summer of 1966, he relocated to Michigan and began broadcasting for the Wolverine football, basketball and hockey teams on WAAM-Radio in Ann Arbor.

In 1971, he was hired by KOA sports director Bob Martin, when the Denver station both broadcast on radio (850 am) and television (Ch. 4).  He was hired to do the play-by-play for CU football and the color commentary for the Denver Broncos.  He would spend the next 19 seasons doing the analysis for Bronco games, and then took over for the next seven as play-by-play man following Martin’s death.  He also spent time as the voice of the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association and the Colorado Caribous of the North American Soccer League.

One of the major highlights of his broadcasting career took place in 1980, as Zimmer joined the CBS crew that broadcast the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid.  Although he was not in the booth, Zimmer attended the USA-Soviet Union hockey game that would come to be known as the “Miracle on Ice,” where he did phone live reports back to Denver.  In 1998, he was honored for being the only broadcaster in the country to broadcast the same professional team and the same college team for 25 years on the same radio station.

But he became best known as the “Voice of the Buffaloes,” calling every game between 1971 and 1981.  In 1982, CU strayed away from KOA and signed a three-year deal with a different network, but the Buffs returned to KOA in 1985 and Zimmer was back “home” after spending three years handling the play-by-play chores for Colorado State.  After retiring as KOA’s sports director in 2004, he shifted into the analyst role on football broadcasts with Mark Johnson assuming the play-by-play duties for both football and basketball.

Zimmer had a health setback midway during the 2014 season which forced him to miss the rest of that year; after being hospitalized for nearly five months, he made a full recovery and was able to return for his 42nd and final season calling CU games in 2015.

His last home game at CU’s Folsom Field coincided with his 80th birthday.  A Friday night affair against Southern California, he was honored in a special pregame ceremony on the field with CU President Bruce Benson, Chancellor Phil DiStefano, athletic director Rick George and his wife Brigitte.  CU officials arranged for a special surprise, with former players from each decade he called games also participating in the festivities:

1970’s:    Larry Brunson & Jon Keyworth

1980’s:    Jeff Campbell & Eric McCarty

1990’s:    Darian Hagan Matt Russell

2000’s:    Jordan Dizon & Tyler Polumbus

2010’s:    Daniel Munyer, Doug Rippy & Chidera Uzo-Diribe

Jock Bartley, the co-founder of Firefall, a popular Colorado-based band with several top 40 hits in the 1970s, led the stadium in singing happy birthday to him, with almost 40,000 in attendance joining in.   Larry said afterward, “It was just great.  It was a special, wonderful tribute.  It meant a great deal.”

Zimmer had many signature calls covering the Buffaloes through the years, but many believe his best was when Rashaan Salaam ran 67 yards for a touchdown to go over 2,000 yards for the 1994 season, when he won CU’s only Heisman Trophy.  See/listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raubEUsVFNo.

 At the time, Zimmer said of the Schenkel Award, “It is certainly the highlight of my career because it recognizes two of the things that I love the most, and that’s broadcasting college football and my association with the University of Colorado through the years and all the people I’ve met.”

He had an impressive list of honors over the course of his career.  In 1992, he was awarded the Honorary C” for his contribution to Colorado Athletics, and in 2005, he was the recipient of the Forever Buff Award from the Alumni C Club.  He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado Hall of Fame in 2009, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, the CU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Colorado Snowsports Museum Hall of Fame in 2013.  He was also a five-time winner of both the White Stagg Award for Excellence in Ski Journalism and the Colorado Sportscaster of the Year Award; he was the Colorado Broadcaster of the Year in 1996.

Zimmer did a lot more than just cover the Buffaloes and Broncos.  During six decades of professional broadcasting, either on radio or television (or both), Zimmer covered Olympic competitions, NFL Europe, the College World Series in Omaha, regional and NCAA basketball for NBC, CBS and ESPN and World Cup Ski events.  He also anchored radio coverage of the 1989 World Ski Championships in Vail and syndicated television coverage of the 1990 World Disabled Championships at Winter Park.

Born Nov. 13, 1935 in New Orleans, La., Zimmer attended Louisiana State University before transferring to the University of Missouri, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1957.  He then served two years on active duty in the United States Army, earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.   Larry enjoyed skiing, traveling (particularly Europe and Japan), reading and all music, but his special love was for classical music.  He also served on the board of Opera Colorado since its inception in 1980.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Brigitte Bastian; son Lawrence III (Linda); daughter Tracey Robb (J.C.); and a granddaughter, Shannon Robb.

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January 18th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Coach Prime on RGIII Show: Discusses Shurmur; DC search

From RGIII …

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January 17th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU announces a ten-year extension of its partnership with Learfield 

From the Daily Camera … The University of Colorado, CU Athletics and Learfield, the multimedia rights holder for CU athletics, have announced a 10-year extension to their long-time partnership.

CU and Learfield are extending their partnership across four of Learfield’s business lines, including its flagship multimedia rights division; licensed merchandise agency CLC; digital ticket and marketing platform provider Paciolian, and ticketing and seat-backs seller Amplify.

In addition, CU and Learfield are adding a new agreement with Sidearm sports, which supports CUBuffs.com. Previously, the Buffs’ website and mobile app were supported by the Pac-12 Conference.

“Learfield has been a trusted partner of the Colorado Buffaloes for many years, and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with them,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a press release. “Our Buffalo Sports Properties team is integral in providing new resources and opportunities to all of our sports, which enables us to provide a world class experience for our student-athletes as we strive to compete for and win championships.”

CU and Learfield have had a partnership for more than a quarter century and this extended agreement will run through 2035. Learfield partners with more than 200 schools, including most Power 5 schools.

Learfield’s Buffalo Sports Properties, the multimedia rights arm of CU athletics since 2001, will continue to be based on the CU campus and work with George and his team.

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Vegas want to hear from you: Early lines on CU opener; win total; Heisman odds

FanDuel Sportsbook has the lines up for a handful of early 2024 games, and the over/under win total lines for exactly two teams: Alabama and Colorado.

CU and Coach Prime garnered a great deal of national interest last season, and Vegas is betting on the sports world not losing interest in the Buffs and their coach.

The early lines … 

North Dakota State at Colorado … August 31st … CU is a 7.5-point favorite … over/under at 59.5 points 

Colorado over/under win total … 4.5 

National championship odds … 

  • Georgia … 3:1
  • Ohio State … 5.5:1
  • Alabama … 10:1
  • Oregon … 12:1
  • Kansas State … 60:1
  • Utah … 80:1
  • Arizona … 120:1
  • Nebraska … 200:1
  • Texas Tech … 200:1
  • TCU … 300:1
  • Colorado … 300:1
  • UCF … 300:1
  • Oklahoma State … 300:1
  • Colorado State … 1000:1

— Heisman Trophy odds …

  • Quinn Ewers (Texas QB) … 7.5:1
  • Carson Beck (Georgia QB) … 7.5:1
  • Jalen Milroe (Alabama QB) … 8.5:1
  • Dillon Gabriel (Oregon QB) … 10:1
  • Noah Fifita (Arizona QB) … 20:1
  • Shedeur Sanders (Colorado QB) … 40:1
  • Cam Rising (Utah QB) … 50:1
  • Travis Hunter (Colorado WR/CB) … 75:1
  • Ollie Gordon (Oklahoma State RB) … 120:1

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134 Replies to “Colorado Daily”

  1. Eric said its not always about the money but I’m sure he has made enough to allow him to take his time and be where he wants to be.
    Never make your move too soon.

    1. He did a nice piece recently on Livingston’s connection and background. But as for thing s actually going on during a game ”’field analytics” if you will, he comes up pretty short.

  2. CU is in a much better position than some of it’s counterparts from the old PAC12 and Prime seems to be paying for himself and staff with the increases in revenue from Learfield, the spring game & merchandising, home games an all other revenue streams. Due to two non conference games on the road, the Buffs get an extra home conference game this season too.

    Hiring Prime was one of the best things RG has accomplished… And he got us the Champion Center and facilities upgrade that got Prime here too. Win 8 plus games this year and continue to bring in talent and CU should be in the next realignment conversation when the two big dogs and TV execs expand some more.

  3. How many times was Shedeur sacked? How many of those sacks could have been more Weaver receptions.? The guy looks to me like he has incredible acceleration. I will looking for his 40 time at the combine and I wont bet against him being in an NFL roster.

  4. McCaskill decision was a smart one and I can appreciate Prime looking out for McCaskill’s future over instant gratification; and so will moms. The O-line wasn’t performing well and and the run game wasn’t going anywhere while Sanders was running for his life and sacked more than any other QB; sitting out while not fully recovered was the thing to do.

    I expect that the extra time will only make him stronger, PT and recovery takes time and work and the extra time will go along way to McCaskill being even stronger than he was before the injury. PT with the right attitude becomes addicting and a young man coming into his own can then surpass where he was before the injury.

    Hopefully an improved O-line and an improved running game results in both he and Edwards getting their game on.

  5. Glad to see Edwards running the track. Maybe there should be some wide receivers jointing him. The old adage of use it or lose it is very true here and the older you get the faster the loss goes.

  6. Seems to me the sports writer “profession,” and I use the word “profession loosely shares a lot with the real estate agents. My apologies to the real estate agents who work hard, learn their craft and realize honesty is the best policy but unfortunately the majority of them think they are on board for an easy ride. This persepctive comes from my 50 years of real estate investing. You find a good agent and you keep them. Compared to the slackers, who are likely to create legal problems, they are gold.
    The percentage of slackers in the sports writing field seems to be even higher. Most of those guys never had to tackle a full back head on that outweighed them by 60 pounds or got hit by a linebacker who has absolutely no regard at all for his own body. Add to that their business panders to to readership or “clicks” which means the schools that are highly successful with the most followers to curry their favor, which also means denigrating those that arent.
    If it was up to outfits like the athletic, the carousel would be the only source for coaches. Coming from working with Sabin doesnt guarantee anything. I wont bet against Lewis as an HC though. He came to CU labeled a run heavy coach and stepped ionto a situation that was the exact opposite. That means there may have been a “political” factor that could have limited his methods.
    Still both these guys failed miserably in my book, along with an old carousel rider being Schurmur.
    The most glaring failure was on offense where there werent even any subtle changes to try and keep Shedeur upright or giving an RB some space. Eistein must have been laughing in his grave.
    Certainly you can add the obvious fact that the portal was basically a failure too. That probably affected Kelly the most. At least the O had superior talent with the QB and a couple of receivers.
    Even if there is an upgrade with the portal this time we are still going to need coaches who can do the most with the least. Coming from Alabama with the best players in the country makes coaching a hell of a lot easier.
    Give the new guys a chance. Emphasize the fact that they have been good at what they do. Loadholt will be a positional coach and he is one of the nest to play that position. that should be cut and dried. I can remember my dismay when the Buffs couldnt get him in from high school. Welcome back. This crap that…..well Gee….Livingston cant be a coordinator because he has never been one makes me vomit. He has sat in the same room with the coordinator for how long? Seven or eight years in the NFL. The athletic is basically saying he didnt learn anything.
    I’m not saying he wont go down in flames but I would rather take a chance on a young new guy who has been successful so far, than an old dried up sleepy guy who has been fired multiple times.
    The Buffs have to take that chance. Even with Sanders here, currently high profile successful coaches arent going to make that step down.

      1. Thanks
        Wife and I are trying a Hibachi restaurant about an hour away. Nice thing about Boulder there must be a hundred nice restaurants. Is the Red Lion, a few miles up the canyon, still in operation? Back in my day (cough cough) that was the premier spot along with the Flagstaff House.

        1. I loved the Red Lion especially the cream for the coffee after the meal. And the Flagstaff House always had a very diverse menu with wild game. Not sure I could afford it these days.

          1. I worked at the red lion. Classic joint. I didn’t have a car so hitchhiked to work. Got me to maryjane just the same.

            Go Buffs

    1. Wow EP, a lot to unpack there. Felt like you could have been a few pops in.

      Agree with you on sports writers and real estate agents. As an RE atty, an great insurance agent and RE agent are gold. The slackers bring peril. The sports writers, they are in the click-bait game. I think Prime po’s the media (even local media) as he limits access to them, so they don’t get their inside scoop or writing done for them. For a change, he sort of runs them, rather than the other way around.

      Clearly, Prime, SL and CK did not gel throughout the season, and did not get it done throughout the whole staff. You are correct and for game-day the coaches are paid to evaluate and maximize what they have. I find it interesting that no integral players portaled with SL or CK. Maybe they were not liked throughout the locker-room or guys/Prime lost confidence in them. Neither unit ever played with a degree of confidence.

      Actually, I thought SL was a bigger failure, given he called the plays until demoted. We had to run his scheme to the end. SL and BOB missed their Oline evals bad and their portal pickups were poor. Big Sav looks like our best portal last year (I think he can be good), otherwise the Oline/TE additions were strike out central for last year. Even with Tyler Brown and Conner healthy, I still think that they struggled last year, maybe marginally better given Zilinkas balled-out some. SL’s calls were pass heavy throughout, very much so in his last 2 games (UCLA, Ore St) when SS’s was probably already playing banged up and just hammered. I’m less likely inclined to say it was politics, but certainly Prime wanted showcase their play-makers early, mostly Wrs and SS. Dylan Edwards had a good frosh campaign, but no stable RB emerged. It could have been the hot start + comeback v. SC, but SL did not adjust early when it was clear the OL was not good–the CSU game should have been an early indicator to start adjusting. By game 8, not much confidence with SL and not much growth in the offense. You can blame the Oline, but coaches have to do something.

      CK looked like he was making progress with the D-install (they were good v. UCLA), but overall they could have been better. For him, he did play a ton of players; some due to injuries and others to find out who could really play. About 30 new players got significant playing time. They RS’d some transfers who we thought would contribute right away–Gant, Kennedy, Shulsher, Jay due to injury etc… Maybe these guys step up this year. For the D, they actually portaled decent, Hunter was the HR, and he got hurt. I hope the experience churns over into Livingston giving him something to build off.

      I give Shurmer more rope. He balanced the O out more v. Zona, was close but could not pull out the win–Mata miss was tough, but maybe they should have got 7 instead at home. Wazzu was a mess given TO’s, ST’s td and just playing from behind. UU, he did well with our 2nd string QB. With the exposed Oline last year and no blocking TE, I do not think there many miracles to be had. Plus, I think SS already hurting, thus hampered. I think except for perhaps an extra TE and RB, our offense will be here this Spring. Shumer has to do better with this group, as it is deeper and more talented, but he has time and familiarity with players/Prime. They need to play cleaner–less penalties, TFL, sacks and get some running game.

      Excited for the D, but guarded. We do need to give Livingston some time, but we have tested talent returning and I like the looks of our new portals–with most guys here for Spring, they should have enough time. Dline is definitely bigger and should with better talent and experience, thus expect more production. DB’s come back as a talented and experienced group. Need to figure out LB. Our LB’s may be here, but we might get lucky with an big ILB spring portal. It is simply a matter of this group coming together in a coordinated fashion during a decent install. Just minimizing those gash plays via positional/mental breakdowns will be huge. Even with the new Oline, I think the O will be ahead of the D into Spring/Fall; but they can catch up. For the D, it will be a matter of imposing our better talent on less talented Os (Nubs, CSU etc…); and just playing stout and very inspired at home. 6-0, 5-1 at home, and CU is bowl bound. They do not have to be a Top-30 defense for the team to be good, but cannot be worse than 75th.

      For all the coaches including Prime, it is about playing complementary football. Last year’s coordinators did not gel, this time the heat is on for them to gel. Overall, our team talent improvement is significant, so if the coaches tap into that talent it should be a good season. It does not have to be pretty, but it can be functional.

      Go Buffs!

  7. I saw this over at 247 that may give the shurmur haters some hope, but it may not.

    BuffStampede.com previously reported that former CU coordinator Sean Lewis’ offense did not mesh well with Shedeur, resulting in a change in playcaller duties at CU going into the final month of the 2023 campaign. Shedeur provided some excellent insight into what did not mesh well.

    “There were a lot of times last year we had choice routes to where it messed it up… I can’t anticipate anything. So, now a half second holding it longer, but I never blamed anything on the linemen because there was always something I could have done better,” Shedeur Sanders told DNVR. “But the indecisiveness, that wasn’t my style of play. I like definite things. I like to be the one everything falls on, at the end of the day. If it doesn’t work, I would rather it be my fault, I made the wrong read, rather than them making the decisions. I don’t like all that.

    “I don’t need this to be a dig or a post (route). You get what I am saying? Because then I am wondering if I am seeing it right. What type of ball is this going to be? It is too many variables. I don’t like having all them variables. I like, this is it, y’all going to do this, and I see stuff in the way that I see it. So that’s why I like Coach Shurmur a lot, because he understands how I see it. He dealt with a lot of NFL caliber quarterbacks. Everybody sees things different in the NFL so we can relate a lot.”

    Go Buffs

  8. So I am more and more concerned with this staff. Loadholt, one of the most technical positions, one of the positions hardest to recruit for has never been the full time on the field coach. Our defensive coordinator has never called a defense during a game. Our ends coach has never coached at the d1 level, our linebacker coach only coached d1 last year. These are a lot of questions. I am not saying I am off the Prime train by any means….. I am just saying there is a lot of risk here. It seems to go with Prime’s way. Take a big risk and expect it to pay off. Maybe this dc is the next best thing. Maybe Loadholt will connect really well with the kids and be able to teach them great technique. Maybe Dancy’s drills and coaching will give the best athletes he ever coached tools to rush the passer while defending the run? I don’t know. I wish there was more experience. I actually like the Shurmur hire. That sort of experience is fantastic and while it didn’t work out at the broncos it has been very successful elsewhere. I just really wished we had a few more guys that really had experience in their role at the power5 or nfl level….. we are counting on a lot of guys stepping into new roles and being successful

    1. Shurmur already hasnt worked here. I couldnt believe he didnt do one single thing to help out the overwhelmed O line. The only time I heard him was when he was talking about scripting plays…..which might work sometimes but to me it shows a lack of confidence or abillity to adapt to the action. He also come across like a real “low energy” guy.
      I’m just wondering if all the new turnover guys on the line are going to be good enough. I used to say most of these guys would work their tail off as a lot of them were getting another chance to start. Now I’m beginning to wonder. Bringing in over half a new team isnt condusive to bonding as a team or learning to work as a team mate.
      On to Shedeur. He very well could be the best QB in the draft when he goes. What he is doing is putting pressure on himself with that kind of talk. Is he that confident with his new O line without even playing a down with them? Is he that confident in Shurmur?
      I got no taste for kool aid left
      show me the money play

    2. The Athletic is giving shock-jock for clicks. I just have to default to Prime, as a relatively new coaching finding his way in P-4 football. We have to allow Prime to grow. For all of his talking, I do think that he does a lot of listening and re-evaluating. I believe he is blessed with good mentors and sounding boards. Last year was his first Div I staff. As the season progressed, I think the NFL guys made more sense, and it conformed with what he desires to build–a program built towards the NFL. A program built on growing boys into men, having them graduate and get an NFL shot if good enough. I like the intensity, togetherness, and competitiveness of our locker-room. Despite the coaching changes, our recruiting did not drop-off and no mass portal exodus occurred.

      To presume the guys he initially hired were home-runs because the media liked them or CK being from Bama is over-simplified. As gifted coordinators, they should have been able to mesh some complementary football, which did not happen. I think Lewis and BOB oversold their Oline evals installing an offense not well suited those shortcomings or the whole team (up-tempo…while a new D install in underway). That was a mutual parting. CK left, but I would not say he was beloved by the players, staff or Prime either. I thought the D improved but many fans hated the Pelini similarities. I don’t know how this effected the players. His move to Auburn looks like a demotion, as he is not even calling the D at Auburn.

      Overall, I sort of felt neither Lewis or CK really meshed well with their assistant coaches, scouting people, or each-other. The Stanford debacle was squarely on the coaches–the OC and DC needed to talk at halftime. Prime failed too. I felt they were missing coordination from the box above to field level.

      A few of things. I think younger coaches are in right now at all levels. Teams are sacrificing experience for youth, even in the NFL. I really like Loadholt as a coach. Not a ton of coaching experience, specifically Oline and although a physical monster, he really developed well in community college, at OU, and the NFL. He became a tactician. Then he spent his years under good relatively good offensive minded college staffs led by offensive coaches. Also, Shumer has 11 years of OLine coaching experience. I would say the Oline coaching situation is a huge upgrade at the prime spot of need.

      DC is a reasonable concern, but Livingston is well thought of. Summers was younger. Sapp is coming in as a GA, and this will help recruiting. IMO, the tell here will be how well they use the box above, game-plan, make adjustments, and handle things on the field. IMO, CK was like a one man show out there. Also, this is year 2 of roster building with better talent on both sides, so we may be able to simplify some things.

  9. Wow. Chip’s off to OSU. Not the one in Oregon, nor Oklahoma. Less hassle, still silly money, and he probably doesn’t have to recruit.

    Go Buffs

  10. So Livingston doesn’t look like a high profile “sexy” hire we’ve all been waiting for, so I went online to find out more; some really good NFL players are loving on his hiring as DC for the Buffs. Add that you can’t give new up and coming people a chance if you only recycle hires that have experience.

    Prime sees something in Livingston and his NFL experience & energy (youth), AND his relationships with players; let’s hope Livingston is a hit with the Buff’s players. Livingston also will help two of the Buff’s starters in Hunter and Sanders with his NFL experience in the backfield… So there’s that too!

    I’m hopeful, isn’t hope what Sanders was bring to Boulder?

    I’m hopeful that Livingston while be looked back on as a splash hire of a new up and coming talented DC!

    1. agreed
      Livingston has a solid contiguous emplyment record…..and relatively recent. That means he is current with the game, unlike an old carousel dog, fired multiple times who cant seem to learn new tricks.

      1. This is a wish hire
        Wishing he can actually design and run and situational play call a defense to stop college teams

        Wishing it will help the Deon “kids”

        I am gonna have to see this deal to believe it.

        Buffs Up

        Note: Same with the OC……………..Just not feeling glass 3/4 full

        1. I was trying to decide if I should be mystified why the GOAT hired a guy with a DB back ground. Doubling up? or do the safeties have the best view of what is unfolding in front of them?
          Hopefully he is, at this moment, buried in film of the top half of the bug 12. hmmm was that a typo or an unconcious slip?
          Even with Sanders here, a wish hire seems to be all CU can get with their dismal record. It could be a lot worse than a guy who has steady success at the NFL level. I’m sure he knows what he has to do. Juast do it? right?
          and yes the OC is a cringe factor.

          1. Keep in mind this wish hire came into a situation where he wouldn’t be hiring his own guys, whoever took the job was expected to come in and manage a staff already in place. I’m betting there were a few that bulked at that and wanted to bring in guys they feel they can count on and who would make them look good, make their job easier or they are just comfortable or friends with.

            But, this wasn’t a situation where a whole defensive staff or most of were fired and a DC coming in could bring his own guys and would be hiring any other coaches. So, I hope Livingston can manage a staff that was put together before he arrived, if he does, then he’s better than most just for taking on the challenge.

            Creativity and positive energy can go along way here.

  11. I like the hire of the dc. Young dude, who spent his career seeing things from the top of the defense. Along with being a scout for a bit. I wonder what he thinks of chidobe?

    Go Buffs

  12. Good for Oliver
    Funny how the Lions and Ravens cratered.
    My favorite bar question, as long as the conversation doesnt get around to where I went to school, is “what school produced the 2 left tackles that protected Brady and Rodgers?”

  13. Interesting read on the nearly $10 million dollar athletics department deficit reported by CU. But all told, for now it appears that CU can simply polish the alarm bell instead of ring it. One needs to only look at the likes of AZ, UCLA, and Cal all with athletics department shortfalls of over $35 million dollars. CU’s situation is heavily influenced by conference mismanagement on the Comcast fiasco and the Dorrell buyout. It’s rather comforting to know that CU is now heading to a more stable conference. And from an institutional standpoint, the school is steered by a stock and trade budget wonk like Saliman who was the point man on money matters for two state governors at a time when Colorado found itself on a far more sound fiscal footing than exists currently. Go Buffs !!

  14. The two non conference games on the road may be tough (poll answer), but Fort Collins is close and they are going to be feisty & a fight regardless if home or away, but the five home conference games are probably because of those two road games to begin the season, so there’s that.

  15. August 31st – North Dakota State; Good home opener tune up game against a great FCS team, and NDS will come out hard.

    September 7th – at Nebraska; Going into the lion’s den, this will be a hard fought test for both teams, but it’s still kNowledge U and the new O-line will make it a great day for Shedeur and the offense.

    September 14th – at Colorado State; Going into the little lion’s den… make that the lambs… I mean rams den… err field. They will be mean and feisty and as physical as possible, but the Buffs will take it.

    October 5th – Bye; Pretty good timing for the buys with the buys after games five & eight works. 1st buy is before the Homecoming game against a pre-season ranked team and the buys break up the season nicely.

    Looks pretty good with games that should make for good TV.

  16. unbelievable
    Buffs are opening with the 3 teams I dislike the most (going with polite language), right in a row.
    Dont just want to beat them but bury them as well.
    Bury those 3, win at least 3 more for the bowl and call me a happy clam fan.

  17. For me, prime’s new digs aren’t my style. I painted some nice homes in and around Boulder, back in the day. One of my favorites was up flagstaff rd. But? To each their own. And he likes the view of whatever reservoir that is.

    Go Buffs

  18. The few times I get back to Boulder If I am not at Folsom I am usually being escorted to watering holes by buds who know the city these days, better. I dont recognize anything anymore. All the places I used to stay have been razed and rebuilt or remodeled to something completely different looking.
    But I digress
    I was trying to think of a 17,000 sq ft place close to campus. I know there were some impressive older places high on the hill but I wouldnt think that big.
    I know Coach will need a fairly decent film room, another grand rec room for entertaining, and possibly an indoor pool. That still leaves quite a lot more room for an empty nester. I wonder if that includes the 5 car garage for the Maserati, Escalade and Mercedes etc.

    1. I think “close to campus” is relative.
      If you watch the video, it looks like they are heading down 93 towards Golden, then up a canyon.

      1. Yup,

        That’s what I saw..
        A little far away from campus.

        Go Buffs

        17000 sq feet? Not yur style cause it is not affordable.

  19. They should actually teach financial literacy and credit management in high school, or incorporate it into existing curriculum. It ain’t just for athletes. Anyone and everyone whether they get a windfall of cash, or not should learn about that stuff. But the lack of knowledge definitely is exacerbated for athletes, and now at even younger ages.

    Go Buffs

  20. “The University of Colorado Boulder’s athletics department didn’t turn out a profit for FY2023 after posting a deficit of -$9,086,178… The football program turned out a profit of $15.1 million.”

    Prime had a positive effect on football revenue for the 2nd half of last year which was mostly down time and the spring game, and this year’s revenue will be more reflective of the monies made during the season and beyond, so we can expect an increase that should cover that $9 mill deficit.

    The football program needs to be able to take that additional revenue and invest in building the program back to top 10 program and with Prime and a top 10 standing there should be continued improvements in revenue and enough to cover the Buffs climb back to the top.

    It was reported that every home game brought in millions to Boulder and the school, so improving salaries and recruiting/NIL monies should be a priority to keep the momentum that Prime has brought in.

    This kind of opportunity to build off of already proven gains doesn’t come around to most programs… At All! Especially a last place team, and the Buffs have been in the desert for far too long, gotta grab this opportunity by the horns.

  21. I really wanted to hear what coach had to say about Schurmur but I didht have the time to wade past all the stuff in the beginning that didnt have anything to do with the Buffs. Can someone relay that to me?

    1. I was going to post here I didn’t expect that interview to be so long. Like an hour. But good stuff. Give it a listen. Rg3 and Deion were classic, informative and real. And rg asks some good questions. I only found time for that this morning, but definitely worth a listen. You will love what Deion has to say about players and coaches.

      Go Buffs

    2. Oh yeah. And yes, Deion has his talking points. But still good stuff. He understands frequency and consistency of messaging matters. Is that coaching?

      Go Buffs

  22. I find the current poll interesting. Or at least the results. I am in the no big deal camp. I think you’d be hard pressed to find two dudes on the team who work harder and are more team oriented than Shilo and Shedeur. And both will play on sundays. And they’re connected to Pharrell and getting paid. And they missed the first team meeting covering stuff they are already intimately familiar with. Ie: the tone of the program.

    I’d love to hear how people think that sets the wrong tone within the team, locker room, etc.

    Go Buffs

  23. Kansas State … 60:1
    Utah … 80:1
    Arizona … 120:1
    Nebraska … 200:1
    Texas Tech … 200:1
    TCU … 300:1
    Colorado … 300:1
    UCF … 300:1
    Oklahoma State … 300:1

    So half of the Big12 are 300:1 odds or better for the NC, with KSU at the top… Hmm. I don’t know about UofA at 120:1 with the recent changes what’s going on there.

    — Heisman Trophy odds …

    Quinn Ewers (Texas QB) … 7.5:1
    Carson Beck (Georgia QB) … 7.5:1
    Jalen Milroe (Alabama QB) … 8.5:1
    Dillon Gabriel (Oregon QB) … 10:1
    Noah Fifita (Arizona QB) … 20:1
    Shedeur Sanders (Colorado QB) … 40:1
    Cam Rising (Utah QB) … 50:1
    Travis Hunter (Colorado WR/CB) … 75:1

    Wow, Shedeur & Travis are not getting any love here, QBs have become the easy picks for front runner, but great two way players have taken it too; there’s just not very many of them. Shedeur’s chances/odds depend more on the O-line’s play and their ability to let him play at his best, do that and he’s a top three. Vegas is basically saying the Buffs shouldn’t win more than 4.5, but even at 10 wins they don’t see Shedeur or Travis winning the Heisman.

  24. Looks like the pundits don’t like the size of the class, but I would draw a parallel to the NFL. The average for players to play in the NFL is around 4 years (sound familiar?). They add about 3-6 players from college each year (again sound familiar?). In this day and age if the NFL had unlimited free agency like the NCAA, most competitive teams would be made up of them (most are actually when teams enter their championship window). Why take a chance on a rookie when you can get experienced players, the recruiting paradigm has changed, you can now look at players who have played a year or more and college and see if they fit your scheme, instead of taking a flyer on unproven talent. These pundits are living in the past.

    1. Ding ding ding!

      And as prime has pointed out, in the nfl, there’s roughly 30% roster turnover every year. 16 or so dudes. Does that hurt culture and team performance? Doesn’t seem like it. Dudes make plays. Dudes win games.

      Go Buffs

      1. IMO, CU alum, you have it. For the Athletic to cry coaching malpractice, someone has to truly fail with this model or a model close to it. Ole Miss is the test case, and perhaps the team nobody wants to play this year. Chip Kelly is doing it too, I know he has detractors, but he is no rookie in the realm of college football. I think everyone thought Lane Kiffen = Josh McDaniels, but whatever road Kiffen took, he stepped back, reevaluated, and looks to be a top ten coach. Think about that, the guy that got fired on the tarmac.

        College football is changing. Do you want a HS class of 6-8, maybe not? However, if you have to build just overall talent, depth and size to your roster, this portal (this year’s portal is much different) is pretty much a no-brainer.

        1. Kiffin and sark are two good football minds and great recruiters who have continued to learn and progress through the challenges they faced as coaching wunderkinds. And kiffin is hilarious. Pretty fun to watch.

          Go Buffs

  25. When a guy says he signed with the school giving him his best chance for the NFL is he going to a school like Alabama that sends more kids to the NFL than a lot of other schools?
    I’m not sure that is the best way.
    As long as it is a power5 (4?) school he might be better off signing with a school that has his position of need, Seems to ne that would give you a better chance to get on the field to strut your stuff. At one of the big time schools you might be fighting for PT with other 5 stars and risk backing them up from the bench where the scouts cant see you.

    1. We are heading more to an NFL feeder system. For the NFL, I think the general message that they are sending is that they want older players now, without a ton of wear and tear. I do not think the NFL cares if it is someone from a football factory or a mid-major/Div II guy that transfers into the P65 for their last two years and performs. Also, their degree has to be worth something, as most guys to not go to the NFL. For instance, if a guy goes into the Ivy league he is already ahead educationally and maybe assured playing time then can see how he grows etc… with a minimized chance of injury. IMO, this is better than a marginal HS recruit going P65 playing early and failing or getting banged up.

      Things are going all sorts of directions these days with the transfer portal now bringing in more Blue-Chip underclassman than ever coupled with HS signing day. IMO, Upperclassman TP guys slot in pretty well, and are there for a year or two.

      For the other HS or Underclassman TP guys, it comes down to managing/projecting the depth chart, based on when a TP/HS recruit actually enrolls. If a roster is somewhat set, then they have more/better information based upon when they actually enroll. Fact is, the transfer portal is just blowing up with more 4*-5* Frosh-Soph changing teams, rendering a later signing day makes sense. IMO, for the portal move the ultimate name of the game are getting these guys enrolled in January, so they can play Spring ball.

      Then HS players sign, when rosters are more in-tact. You will have the 2nd portal period, however I would argue these guys are not as valuable, as they miss Spring practice. Maybe doing away with early signing day for HS Frosh, except those that can graduate early and enroll immediately for Spring Semester. Moving HS signing day into Mid-February or even March gives much more information that a HS signee can use. Also, they get past some coaching uncertainty problems. This may result in more HS kids staying a bit closer to home.

      1. I realize there are a plethora if issues standing in the way but I am wondering if the day will come when College football merges with the NFL as an official feeder system.
        I dont think I see a limit to the money thrown around to the college players without some college admins getting together and asking the NFL to foot the bill somewhat or vice versa, the NFL actually offering to do the same for more control leading to changes in then draft.
        In Hockey, if you are good enough you can get drafted as a 16 year old in juniors. Baseball, which I pay zero attention to, may have a similar tier system tier system.
        Looking further ahead I am also wondering if the sports madness ever reaches a saturation point to where the money factor actually recedes.

        1. In some ways I see a merger, but in others, football with it’s enormous boys becoming men from all different places is another animal. The transfer portal opens eyes for the lower division kids, all of a sudden gaining a bunch of inches and weight, then transferring then to NFL. I think the NFL needs the overall player volume to sustain the professional sport quality.

          Baseball has signing bonuses and the college option, but still pitchers get drafted by the Rockies and never sign, then get re-drafted. The money is really just a signing bonus. NHL does it all different ways with all the foreign talent.

          For football, I do not see a saturation point soon as interest has just increased exponentially over TV each year. When you look at ratings, I think it is cheaper to do pro or college FB contests rather than producing real shows with real actors that demand $$$. Then there are all the different revenue angles in sports.

          IMO, college football is the only volume model at this point. Dennis Rodman is a good analogy. Janitor at DFW. Grows 8″ maybe a foot after age 18, then CC and in the NBA. This guy never goes to the NFL because the biggies cannot really sustain. NFL would get smaller, slower, etc… NBA would have been fine without “the Worm.” NFL would not without the volume.

  26. Interesting in that 5 star players aren’t nearly getting what I though they would, especially after it was reported the Texas A&M spent $30M on one recruiting class a couple years back. Maybe that was a lesson learned, although it still looks like 5* get over a million if they stay all four years which seems unlikely if they truly are that good.

  27. If the O line truly gets fixed I will go with the No. 1 pick for Shedeur…..and subsequently the run game benefits as well, Buffs will be in the playoffs.

  28. So does anyone understand if signed transfer Anquin Barnes of Alabama must stay with the Buffs this year, or can he jump over to Auburn with Kelly? We really could use his size and talent on the D-line. Not an edge rusher but a true down lineman with strength and size. Really hope he stays here and makes us stronger as there aren’t many good D lineman left to transfer at least not till Spring.

    1. It’s my understanding that transfers sign non binding FA agreements, and since it now looks like the “transfer once rule or transfer twice and have to sit out a year rule” is out the window, he could leave at any time.

    2. The Letters of Intent for transfers are binding on the schools, but not the players. Until they enroll, they are not bound to CU (recall the Texas Tech QB who committed to CU a few years ago, stayed in Lubbock to graduate in the spring, and then switched to Cal at the last minute). Once they enroll, they’ll be Buffs for the spring. They could theoretically transfer again this summer, but if they get admitted to CU for the spring, they probably won’t want to go through the hassle of the transfer process with yet another school’s administration … but they could if all they see is a backup role and they want to start.

  29. What’s the scuttlebutt on who will be the new DC (just had to use scuttlebutt in a post at some point)? Are we talking Zimmer (a la Pat Shurmur)? Someone else? Let’s hear some names…

    1. Carl Reed Jr., 247 Sports …
      But the Defensive Coordinator that is coming in, buckle up 🤯🤯🤯! I can’t give you the name just yet, because of our relationship and the trust factor that we have. But the commitment to providing an NFL atmosphere is evident with this move. “They Comin”

      Dennis Thurman is already on the staff as the defensive quality control analyst, so would that qualify as a “buckle up” hire? Ken Norton, Jr.? Mike Zimmer? Jack del Rio?

      Plenty of room for speculation … absolutely nothing to go on in terms of actual evidence …

  30. So someone in FL (in govt?) was going to sue the Playoff committee on behalf of FL St. Maybe their lawyers will go work for Georgia now.

  31. Kelly leaving too, now… all we’re left with is Pat Shurmur ??!?

    Gotta bring in coaching talent too, not just dudes who touch the ball

  32. This poll question/answer cracks me up:

    High. There are 27 seniors, and more than a few juniors who will be going pro. You can’t build a program changing over a third of your roster every year.

    When was the last time we had a few juniors who will be going pro? Heck, the last time we had a few people going pro was the 2017 draft, after the 2016 season. I don’t recall, but not sure any of those had any eligibility left?

    The level of talent is rising. The level of winning will follow.

    Go Buffs

  33. Stuart,

    Happy New Years. I thought today’s poll question on level of concern re: Upperclassman and Lower-classman was one of the best that you have put out all year. I picked one, but I do not think that there is necessarily a wrong answer; and it could be all of the above.

    This year is an odd one across college football, as a whole. All the conference changes . . . normal coaching changes . . . NIL . . . and the portal signings same as HS signing day, has made it interesting. The recent NCAA memo allowing auto-eligibility for multi-team transfers should open the portal up more. I thought the transfer portal might die down some (especially with the NCAA rule, now not in force), rather numbers wise it looks to be close to where we were last year. After all the bowls are played (players get extra days to enter if they are in CFP or play NYD) perhaps 1000 guys, then 600-800 more after spring and they are the same quantity as last year.

    However, I do not recall winning teams/good programs having their highly touted recruits bolting in masse’ like USC, A&M, Oklahoma. Coaching changes do it (Jimbo was fired) but with A&M’s rumored NIL, that alone does not seem to keep players.

    It looks to me like players with better HS resumes are now jumping into the portal earlier in their career with more frequency. Everything is happening so quick, the ratings services are even overwhelmed.

    Some observations from last year and in prior years, on the HS side it looks like your blue-chips end at 350-400. Last year your transfer blue-chips are much less (247: 204, Rivals: 160, On3: 133), however when you look at the transfer destinations the good/great blue-blood’s sign contributors from the portal to around 500-600–you still see Bama, LSU, Louisville, UW, Ore going deep down into the portal. CU got Shilo– 531 Rivals; 798 on 247. Weaver 408, Dominick 407, Arden Walker 572.

    I’m starting to think HS route v. the Portal work about EVEN, although your transfer guys are generally older, thus maybe an easier projection to start/immediately contribute at a certain position. Prime and Lane Kiffen have taken an extreme approaches toward the portal, but other good head coaches seem to be trending there, as well.

    It will be interesting to see how all this works over the next 2-3 years.

    1. That is amazing and abysmal. No position has busted more at CU–just abject “strikeouts.”

      Believe it or not, we used Brady Russell for all 5 years of his eligibility. It appears that he was stayed on the Seahawks practice squad–listed at 6’2″ 250, this year. Brady was a w/o on the 2017 class, which took 3 more TE’s ahead of him! LOL Also, I think there were 1-3 additional upperclassman wash-outs, whom he beat out. I think Poplawski maybe played a bit one or two years.

      Prior to Prime, I think it may be more than 15; maybe like 18. 2020 was CU’s year of the TE as we recruited 4, 2 HS and 2 TR. 2021 our best recruit was a TE, he is focusing on academics. During the other Smell and KD years, I think we got 3 just about every cycle, some 4. Plus, Harrison was another walk on.

      Last year, Harrison had a decent year as sort of an attempted TE, rather than a true TE. He was really a slot receiver. I wish him well at SDSU, as he did great here as a walk-on and will get to play the slot. SDSU signed Jude Wolfe from USC a few days ago, so I think he will be their every down TE, he is 240+. Prime’s guy Traore was a bust plain and simple. 6’5″ good; 210, not good; little experience playing football, not good. Pass is the only TE left with the team, I’m rooting for him, maybe he catches a TD in our upcoming bowl game to end his career!

      So here we are: “And then there were 2:”

      Meteyer and Passarello (I hope he gets healthy for one last go) + I think Prime will add at least 1 if not 2 more. I did not count Yelverton, since although PWO as a TE, he really did not find the field except on STs. If he could have played, they would have gave him a shot, instead toward the end of the season they tried Zilinikis as an added OL. Let’s hope Prime hits gold with Meteyer and whomever else he brings in. I think for this position, time and dumb luck have to be in our favor.

      CU flat-out flailed miserably, scouting, recruiting and/or developing this position–as the guys that played were walk-ons. I’m not sure there was very much really healthy to develop. I doubt anyone can find Stats’ of a former CO TE putting up anything on a P65 team post-CU.

      Pass or Trevor Woods appear to be last guys standing from CU’s holdovers.

  34. I must be reading the schollie list wrong. I was under the impression Bentley, Shiloh, Washington, Baily and some others have run out of eligibility

  35. I’m not sure how many games McCaskill played in last year so I’m not sure how many years he has left. If he is good enough to be drafted after next season that will probably mean the O line is working out and the Buffs will be in a more prestigious bowl. That will be OK.

  36. So,
    This roster will have 50+ Upper classmen in 2024. 28 seniors 22 juniors?
    What?

    The world has flipped.

    Go Buffs.

    Note: Getting 6 wins? Possible!!!

  37. I’ll be interested to see how many more transfers we get this Spring now that NCAA lets a kid transfer twice. We might get some seriously good talent who couldn’t leave this Fall, but now can come Spring and they aren’t starting there, but could here. Fingers crossed we pick up 3-4 more top level kids, not just fill ins. I think our starting Center (who left) is probably better than some of the kids coming in (maybe Conn, FIU, etc.)
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  38. So the talent between this transfer portal class and the freshman is much higher than we have had in a long long time. But the talent we had last year was higher than we had in a long time as well, and the results were about our average….. I think we should expect much better this year, not just becuase we upgraded the talent again but becuase the coaches have had time to start building culture. One item I think will be very interesting. Now that the NCAA will allow anyone to play after any number of transfers will we lose a bunch more in spring….. many of those guys were locked in up until this week. Could we see an exodus on guys who were dissatisfied with CU. There were guys we should have seen more of but didn’t. I am worried about depth again. This is my concern about Prime’s approach to building a team. Building from the transfer portal may get you a bunch of guys, but when one of those guys finds out he is not the starter he disconnects? Stops working hard and then when you need him he is not prepared. How do you manage that? When you are using high school recruiting it’s a development thing. “Your time will come” but the mercenary transfer portal I don’t think that works the same unless you are getting a sophmore? I don’t know.

  39. A thought (hope? Wish?) on Seaton. He has already shown his desire to be a bit different (dropping CU from his finalists before announcing for CU) and his desire to make a splash (announcing on the show he did). Coach Prime is also a showman and loves attention. I wonder if they are just playing a game, attracting attention. That or Maryland came up with one massive bag….

  40. I read somewhere Seaton’s Uncle is guiding him through the process. I would be shocked if he doesnt benefit financially. Hopefully mom is first in line. Just curious if professional agents have arrived or if they are even legal….yet

    1. Legal or not, it’s happening, even if only it’s people they know who are playing agents to profit off of them.

      Remember the movie “Johnny B good”? The HS coach looking for a HC job at a college? It doesn’t have to be a high profile job, I’m sure there are plenty of support jobs a HS coach would want that pays much more than HS.

      Point being offers for NIL monies are going through HS coaches, parents and other people close to the 17/18 year old recruits, and how much is the collective giving them to come through for them?

      A new car, a new job, a house & a job for mom, if you’re going to give a kid a few million you can give his mom a house in middle America.

      I’m sure agents are there, just not all professionals.

    2. If Seaton is focused on the bag he’s going to get right now, he’ll probably end up somewhere else. That being said, I think after a year or two the exposure a good player would get being around Coach Prime could easily provide bigger NIL exposure and brand development which would serve him in the long run. For Seaton’s position in particular, he could show his worth to the NFL immediately by providing protection for Sheduer… it would be night and day.

  41. I gather Seaton is holding an auction right now. Alabama, Ohio State etc can afford to make a kid a million dollar offer without a down in college and still survive a bust.

    1. Yep, I would be shocked if he ends up at CU, I mean just as a WAG he might be getting an offer of $1M/yr vs CU’s offer of 200K. The amount of money he would be giving up to go to CU would give anyone pause.

    2. What would you do if you were in his shoes? Knowing that it’s harder to imagine someone else’s shoes than it seems.

      Still curious how you’d weigh your options.

      Go Buffs

      1. Obviously with NIL we would all take the money if it was over double the next offer. There are factors that would make me take less money. How much is unknown until you are in that situation and have to deal with personalities, academics, the geographic etc.
        What I wouldn’t do is shoot my my off like Seaton has done and then turn and run. I would make damn sure where I wanted to go before I committed. Having said that I’m sure some of these other schools waited until 10 seconds before midnight to throw a wad of money at him. That makes pre signing commitments worthless these days….why bother?

        1. Definitely a lot of fluidity. Always has been, but no doubt there’s more now that the bags are actual bags with hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions, vs. a job you don’t need to show up for to get paid, a personal “tutor” aka someone who does your coursework for you, a car, and some walking around cash.

          Nevertheless, CU is now playing within a talent level we’ve not seen in 25+ years. I’ll take it. Landing Seaton would be awesome – especially if he’s certain Boulder’s where he wants to be, vs. being home sick and leaving after spring ball (as a potentially slight exaggeration). I’ m sure at least part of the pitch is comparing the skill players at CU vs. MD, or anyone else, for whom he’d be blocking, along w/ building the future around him.

          But, the offensive line looks to be much improved, even without him.

          Go Buffs

  42. I’m Going to stick my neck out and do the “nearly impossible” and say Loadholt will do just fine.
    It hasnt been that long since he was in the trenches ……in the NFL. I feel that gives him a leg up in communicating with the younger kids. He should also have plenty to communicate about his position.

    1. What’s the investing cliche and disclaimer? Past performance may not be indicative of future results.

      But what is cool is that of the new offensive linemen, in the last two years, they have collectively given up ten sacks.

      Granted, apples and oranges to some degree. But it’s still football. And that is an impressive number.

      Go Buffs

  43. “I love Boulder, Colorado, and Colorado. I’m not chasing finances. I’m not chasing the bag”

    At the beginning of the season when everyone was excited about the first three wins and all the attention, ratings & viewership of games, sold out home games, game day shows in Boulder, you know the Prime effect and all the pundolts (ep’s tm) were saying he’ll leave Boulder for a better job, I was posting this very thing, Prime doesn’t need to chase a salary he makes 20 times more money than any other coach from sources outside of coaching.

    Also, RG giving Prime freedom to be… well Prime.

    AND, we all know just how great a place Boulder is to live and Prime is living a great life there, with an office with one of the most beautiful view’s in all of college football with the Flatirons. What’s not to love? Prime has brought in five O-line upgrades in this last few days and beating out the big boys for Seaton is just the beginning.

    1. totally agree… let Coach Prime be himself, and he may never leave. This really is the best shot CU has at building back to national relevancy, so we should just relax and enjoy the ride +++

  44. Being bashed by other teams and coaches in order to detract or hope to confuse recruits is nothing new. The idea Buffs are being crushed in recruiting is absurd. Witness Jordan Seaton…the resulting snowball effects will reveal the truth. Can’t wait for the 4*s to line up and prove the ‘negative Nancy s’ wrong.

  45. Pretty sure both these guys were out of eligibility and this was just a formal declaration, not anyone being pushed out the door.

    1. Agreed.

      As to prime saying he ain’t goin anywhere? Why would he?

      His next big challenge? Yes. But that’s usually after overcoming the existing challenge.

      To coach his kids in the nfl? Doubt it. Possible, but doubt it. Which would he choose? Not to mention he seems to not want to be an nfl coach.

      Because he fails? Rrriiiiiiight.

      He can build his world in Boulder. And, increase diversity and access at the same time.

      He had no idea Boulder existed until a year ago. It can be captivating.

      Go Buffs

  46. Shedeur is breathing a sight of relief. I’m breathing a sigh of relief.
    Get the aforementioned OU kid to flip, a couple of just average guys from the portal. Brown pans out and we just might survive the Shurmur beyond basic offense.

  47. Well? Looks like Seaton’s going to Boulder. That’s huge. Now, if they can flip that Jacqwan kid from UO, and add a transfer or two to the OL? That’d be nice.

    For the athletic piece? Funny.

    So far, they’re at like what, 65 scholarships? Probably some more portaling out this month, and I’d guess a few more after the spring. So, maybe they sign 10-12 from high school, and 10-15 transfers?

    Prime has said, he only does in home visits for special prospects. He’s changing the formula. Maybe. Because he can?

    Lots of dust yet to settle between portaling, NFL coaching changes, trickling college coaching changes, and all that goes with those things.

    It’s also interesting that there hasn’t been a mass exodus of players from Boulder, particularly compared to many other schools.

    Fun offseason.

    Go Buffs

  48. So let me get this straight. Travis wins the Paul Hornung award, but whoever votes for the All PAC team puts him on the second team behind Vatu? Just another indication the PAC 1(2) was a travesty for the Buffs and good riddance to it!

    1. Easy, killer. Travis was first team all pac 12 d (db). Vatu’s a DL.

      Hornung award is for most versatile player, too, so not quite the same, even if Travis was on 2nd team – which he’s not.

      But, the bigger issue is, at least we got a small handful of guys w/ a modicum of recognition. That’s been a while.

      I think UW and UO had 8 or 12 guys each, between first, second and honorable mentions?

      Go Buffs

      1. I think he is referring to the fact that Sione Vaki of Utah (safety/running back) was voted 1st team All Pac-12 as all-purpose player, while Travis was voted second-team All Pac-12 as an all-purpose player.

        1. Well that makes his gripe make more sense, doesn’t it?!

          I wonder if that’s because he was on a better team, maybe didn’t get hurt, or had more touchdowns/interceptions? Or just bad voting?

          Go Buffs

          1. Vaki had one good game, where he had over 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Cal – pretty good for a a safety. Otherwise, his offensive production was pretty minimal – some 150 yards and no touchdowns in the other 11 games combined.

          2. Honestly, from what I saw it was the correct call. Other than a few picks Travis has tons of room to grow as a CB. The Stanford game alone was evidence of that.

  49. Regarding Pat as OC. Anyone notice that he is often a 1 YEAR coach at that position??? Yes he has many years in the NFL but other than early on in Philly he is 1 and done by the NFL team!!! Somebody please tell Prime not to confuse many years of poor work experience with many years of GOOD work experience. He is a dull guy, kids won’t be excited to play for, can’t recruit a ham sandwich and is turning off the fans and alumni base. Let’s see, top exciting recruiters kids want to play for like Lewis and Williams are going, dull Pat is staying. Prime WTF are you thinking!!!

    1. It’s a little worrying. I would be surprised if Shurmer at OC was part of the plan. Also, a “most likely” comment going national does not bring a lot of confidence to offensive players and recruits and their parents. But who am I but an idiot watching from the peanut gallery.

      1. I think the “most likely” comment is prime being honest. Pat probably gets the gig unless he gets a better opportunity, or prime finds someone he thinks is a better fit.

        Sounds like the truth to me, right?

        And I agree with Jason, coach prime, Shedeur and Travis are the draw. Come play with some dudes.

        Go Buffs

  50. Deep thoughts, by eric:

    That si piece is great.

    I believe all the hate and doubters have to be fuel for prime.

    Was that Charlie oftenball in the new california almonds commercial with prime?

    Go Buffs

  51. So what are the specific rules about a coach’s ability to cut players? The roster is full of kids who never saw the field. What if most of them dont want to go? How many who we would like to stay wont? This seems to make the acquisition of linemen even more urgent.

    1. In their first year, a coach can remove players from the 85-man roster. They can continue their scholarship and finish school, but no play football. Coach Sanders doesn’t have that option this year. That is my main worry — that he needs to fill O- and D-line but doesn’t have enough spots to do it (let alone getting them to commit), while still trying to bring in more skill players. I don’t see how the math works.

      1. The Transfer Portal officially opens next week. Watch how many scholarships become available over the next few weeks (and how panicked some Buff fans become when the roster goes from 85 to 65)

  52. I hardly think that six losses in a row is “a fall of biblical proportions”. Whoever wrote that mishegoss obviously hasn’t been paying very close attention to the Buffs over the last 20 years. Yes, Coach Prime will always have a target on his back because of his fame and demeanor, but c’mon give the guy a little slack. The national media loves building things up just so they can then destroy it.

  53. How is losing commits, regardless of their year, part of a plan that has a direction? How did this Corey get such a position? Other than being part of Jr’s inner circle… Please someone share some real info. Losing commits, yes it happens; but Relax, it’s part of the plan????

    1. Unfortunately, ‘hope’ is not a plan… but on the surface that looks like what we’ve got to work with. I do wonder where all of this goes… what will we say 5 years from now looking back on this pivotal period. Is this part of a carnival ride or are the Buffs actually moving towards some form of sustained success (?)

  54. “CU’s final tally on 13 seasons in the Pac-12: 28-84 in league games for a .250 winning percentage“
    ….absolutely thrilled to be leaving the PAC-Whatever. It was a nauseating experience!

    1. I look at it the other way. Would’ve been nice to climb up that mountain. But, I also mostly grew up in Pac 10/12 land, so definitely carry a bit of that bias. However, the early 2000s looked a lot better for CU due to a very weak Big 12 North. 2024 may be another similar offering (albeit without divisions). Now basketball? THAT’s going to be a challenge. I think Tad’s up for it.

      Go Buffs

  55. I agree that it was a success. 1 win to 4 wins with that schedule is a success. This season was more exciting than any since the mid-GB years. CU was featured more this year, than any other since 89-94. 2-4 at home was the biggest surprise for me. The roster has holes, but overall it is much better, and will get better. No doubt, I got my hopes too high with the great start, then got down with Stanford and the 2nd half of the season. The season was a roller-coaster. If there are four things that I learned about Prime: (1) he is an old school coach; (2) he has high expectations from everyone for everything in the program; (3) he wears his emotions on his sleeve, so I believe he is caring real love and tough love; and (4) he is honest, not afraid to say or do things that bring himself and others some heat.

    Does Prime still have things to learn as a P65 coach? Definitely, and I think that he would agree with that. They looked like a 1st year staff in every way: inexperienced working together as a staff and an inexperienced team in terms of playing together. The staff did not gel. Are there some games lost by the Coaching staff? Yes, at least one, but could be more. However, on the other-hand there were only two blowouts: @ORE (who is favored w/ UW) and @WSU (we hardly ever play decent there). So, I think there is much learning, gelling, and growth required for the staff.

    Agree with what Prime is saying about NIL, investment into the program, and that we are not an ATM. If you want to play big time college football, your program must compete in all areas. If you are a player, come here to play football to the best of your ability and get a degree; perform on the field and NIL will come your way. You may initially get some NIL, but don’t just come for a silver spoon or because another school will pay you more. Texas aTm has learned that the hard way.

    He is doing things above board.

  56. The frustrating thing is it wouldnt have taken much more to be huge success with wins and I blame that squarely on the below basic ground hog play offense. Of course you need the best players you can get but you also need the coaching to help those players be the best they be. There has to be a major overhaul just to get an average diverse offense and if that means cleaning house on the coaching for the O side of the ball do it.

    1. There is the Buffs4Life collective, which covers all sports (though you can designate a specific sport, if you would like).
      There is also the 5430 Foundation, which seems to be more aligned with Coach Prime and his people.

      No wrong choice, but if you are looking more at recruits and retaining football players, the 5430 Collective is probably the better option.

  57. Anyone notice who Jonathan Smith’s first hire was at MSU? His OL and run game coach from OSU, Jim Michalczik. Smart man planning for the most important position in Power 5 college football:
    the offensive line.

  58. This year was absolutely a success a success for Deion, CU and Boulder, by any objective measure, including wins and losses.

    The funny thing is, the top teams have been paying players for decades. Prime knows that. He was one of them.

    Now it’s just done a little more above board.

    Go Buffs

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