Tuesday Buff Bites - Colorado Has A "Tricky Passing Attack Run By A Sly Quarterback"

Colorado_mediumThe Times West Virginian - Brown expected to start against Colorado
I don't know what to make of this quote but I am once again amazed at what comes out of the mouth of Bill Stewart. Never has an opponent of any Dan Hawkins-led Colorado team been worried about the passing game beating them. Bill Stewart might be the only reason Colorado wins this game Thursday night:

A year ago WVU ran the ball well against Colorado and may lean more toward the run this week than it has in the first three games as they want to control the ball and keep away from what Stewart believes is a tricky passing attack run by a sly quarterback, coach Dan Hawkins’ son, Cody.

Stewart speaks as highly of the Colorado offense as the Buffaloes speak of his. "I’m very worried about Cody Hawkins," Stewart said. "He’s a tough guy. He has the ability to make three and four reads. The guy has winner written all over him. He understands exactly what his dad’s offense is all about. He was reared in it back in the Boise State days."

Colorado_mediumRivals.com College Football - Q&A with Colorado coach Dan Hawkins
Two thumbs up to Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com for his Q&A with Dan Hawkins. He asked the difficult questions, this is definitely worth a read. Here is a piece of the interview:

Q: Because he's your son, do you think you stay with him too long when he's struggling?

A: "I don't look at it like that. I always talk about handling the quarterbacks - it doesn't matter who the guy is, in the NFL or Pop Warner - that's a unique position. And I think the last thing any quarterback needs is somebody who isn't supportive. He needs someone who will be supportive. I was the same way with Bernard [Jackson] in '06. That doesn't mean you sit down with guys and talk about throws and reads and plays. But that guy better be your guy until he is not your guy and you go with somebody else. Look at in the NFL, when they just even talk about bringing someone else in, what it does to a quarterback's confidence. All of a sudden, he goes, 'Holy smokes.' "

Colorado_mediumRoad woes to confront Buffs again - The Longmont Times-Call
The Mountaineers are very tough to beat at home at night, especially on Thursday nights:

According to CU’s weekly notes, since 1988, the program has won 59 of 104 road games, which is a 57.2 winning percentage — putting the team at 13th-best nationally. The 59 wins are the 11th most in the nation and third among Big 12 programs during that span. Numbers suggest this isn’t the right spot for CU to have a breakthrough. West Virginia is 22-6-2 in night home games, 15-2 since 2000. West Virginia is 6-0 when ESPN televises a Thursday night game from the Mountaineers’ home venue in Morgantown, W. Va.

Colorado_mediumBig East, Big 12 to announce Yankee Bowl formation - NCAA Football - SI.com
This is a pretty cool announcement for a future bowl game at Yankee stadium.

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the commissioners of the Big East and Big 12 will announce at a news conference Wednesday the formation of the Yankee Bowl, to be held at the new Yankee Stadium beginning with the 2010-11 postseason, according to sources with knowledge of the event. The game, which will seek NCAA certification next spring, would reportedly pit the Big East's fourth-place team against the Big 12's No. 7 selection. Organizers plan to hold the first edition between Dec. 29, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011.

Colorado_mediumISU football: Cyclone assistants’ salaries at or near Big 12 bottom | DesMoinesRegister.com
The Buffs pay their assistant coaches $1.5 million in total which is second to last in the Big 12, only ahead of Iowa State at $1.3 million.

Colorado_mediumDenver Sports Talk Radio - The Score with Armstrong & Shapiro - 1510 AM Mornings
Buffs DB Ray Polk was interviewed on the score by Jim Armstrong and Les Shapiro today.

Colorado_mediumWVU fairly healthy after off week  - WVU Football - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart pledged Monday linebacker Reed Williams and quarterback Jarrett Brown will play in Thursday's 7:30 p.m. ESPN game from Mountaineer Field, but said he isn't sure defensive tackle Scooter Berry will go against the Buffaloes.

Colorado_mediumBig East: West Virginia Looks To Turn Tables On Colorado -- Courant.com
Coach Bill Stewart also felt sick after re-watching last year's game in Boulder. I hate things that put me in a bad mood too Coach:

Last year Colorado beat West Virginia in a 17-14 overtime thriller at Colorado. "I watched that thing this morning and I got sick," West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said Monday on the Big East coaches weekly conference call. "I wish I wouldn't have done that. I watched it at 7:30 in the morning with the offensive staff and I've been in a bad mood ever since."

Colorado_mediumCoker, Who Won It All at Miami, Starts Over With Nothing in San Antonio - NYTimes.com
Apparently on the recommendation of current Buff offensive line coach Denver Johnson, former Miami Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker inquired about the heading coaching job at the brand new program at University of Texas-San Antonio.

But on the recommendation of Denver Johnson, a friend who is an assistant at Colorado, Coker called Hickey about U.T.S.A.’s job in January and left a message with her receptionist. Hickey said the message — "Larry Coker called and said he would be interested in the job" — left her stunned. "Do you think this is the Larry Coker?" Hickey recalled asking.

Colorado_mediumHawkins' Monday Press Luncheon Transcript - CUBuffs.com
CU Head Football Coach Dan Hawkins had his weekly press luncheon Monday at the Dal Ward Athletic Center.

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs feel need for speed - Boulder Daily Camera

The Mountaineers (2-1), despite losing quarterback Pat White to the NFL, are the most physically gifted team the Buffs (1-2) will face to date. "They still have a ton of talent, a ton of speed, they spread you out," Hawkins said at his Monday press conference. "I don't know that they're hugely different than they were. They're still multi-dimensional and have a quarterback who can run and hurt you that way as well. They're pretty talented. ... "They definitely have juice at every spot. All their guys can run."

Colorado_mediumScout.com: Stew's Views: Striking Quickly

"We are going to try to keep them off balance," said Bill Stewart of the defense of this week’s opponent, Colorado. I don’t want them to be able to hone in on us. I don’t want them to bend and not break. I want to see if we can break them and break them early."

Colorado_mediumOklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks and Virginia Tech Hokies are back in the title mix - ESPN
Pat Forde of ESPN who picked Colorado as his Big 12 North champion this preseason takes a nice shot at the Buffs and Dan Hawkins:

(Lesson Eight Caveat: A lousy season opener can still augur a lousy season. Virginia, Maryland, Colorado and UTEP got off on the wrong foot and kept hopping on it until falling down a manhole. Perhaps taking their coaches' employment with them.)

Colorado_mediumStewart ready for second crack at West Virginia - College Football Nation - ESPN

Colorado_mediumThe Harmon Forecast - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
Harmon predicts Colorado 17, West Virginia 30.

Colorado_mediumTickets remain for CU vs. KU : All Things Colorado Sports Colorado
According to Colorado officials, about 7,000 tickets remain for CU’s Oct. 17 home game against Kansas.

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