KUSports.com featured the Colorado Buffaloes in their review for the 2009 today. Not a bad breakdown. I immediately take two points off if they don't mention the issues on the defensive line but Eric Sorrentino mentions the question mark at quarterback and the strength of the team at running back. He also picks the Buffs coming in 4th this season in the Big 12 North, presumably behind Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
Continuing an annual summer series, Packers.com caught up with the members of the 2009 draft class to ask them about the game they'll never forget. It could be a game at any level of competition that took place at any time. They're all hoping their new NFL careers will give them new memories and new games to cherish, but for now, these rank at the top.
This week, former Buff LB Brad Jones, who was drafted by the Packers this spring. Jones recaps the 2008 West Virginia game as one he will never forget.
Colorado and Colorado State athletic directors continue to talk periodically about the future of the football series between the two schools, and they are discussing a 10-year extension beginning in 2011.
So what is the hold-up? The 6 home game promise Colorado made to it's season ticket holders:
CU has promised its fans no fewer than six home games per season. The pledge led the Bohn bringing the game back to Boulder this year and Kowalczyk retaliating by vowing to play in Fort Collins next year even though doing so will likely cost the Rams hundreds of thousands of dollars.
He said the difference between playing in Denver and playing in Fort Collins at Hughes Stadium (capacity 34,400) is approximately $600,000 to $800,000 depending on the year. CU also makes significantly more with the game in Denver.
You just have to read the article on Buffs' track phenom Jenny Barringer to fully appreciate her accomplishments. Barringer raced in the Prefontaine Classic, finishing second to Ethopia's Gelete Burka in the 1,500 by .01 seconds. Barringer raced to a personal best 3 minutes, 59.90 seconds. The time is Barringer’s sixth NCAA record this season, shattering the previous record of 4:06.19, set by Hannah England (Florida State) on June 14, 2008 and was the best mark by an American woman this year. More amazing, only three women in American history have obtained sub-four minute performances, and Barringer becomes the youngest to do so. The American record is 3:57.12 and was set by Mary Decker Slaney, a former Buff, in 1983.
Buff senior guard, Dwight Thorne, is preparing for his final season in Boulder after his first three years at Colorado have been "unfulfilling."
"It’s hard to answer that," Thorne says when asked about the season’s prospects. "I think we’ll be better than last year, but that won’t be hard to do. "I’m looking forward to being a leader on the team and helping us win more games. It’s been a fun three years, but it hasn’t been fulfilling. ... I want us to be a good team, a team that people can be proud of."
Coach Dan Hawkins and his staff will work with more than 3,200 football players beginning with today's youth camp through the end of the month. Hawkins runs a variety of camps for all ability levels, from youngsters still getting used to putting on helmets and shoulders pads to elite level high school recruits who will be packing their bags and heading to college this time next year.
Hawkins' camps have more than tripled in size during his tenure in Boulder. Two years ago, he hosted approximately 1,000 campers. Last year, the totals grew to about 1,800, setting a new record at the time. The camps raked in $492,481 in revenue and cost the school $488,755 in expenses, including well over $200,000 in professional staff salaries in 2008.
A couple more Big 12 links follow after the jump...
Tulsa World: Holding pattern: After a huge financial hit, will OSU's Athletic Village ever become a reality?
The Tulsa World wonders if the economic downturn will halt the rapid expansion that Oklahoma State and T. Boone Pickens had planned. Currently, Oklahoma State is the only Big 12 school without an indoor practice facility.
The Oklahoman mentions a few players for the Sooners who might not be starters when the season starts but could end up making a big impact when it is all said and done in 2009.