Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Athletics and Pac-12 News, Links, and Stories
Rodney Stewart certainly has the respect of his peers. The Colorado senior tailback was named by his teammates the Buffaloes' 2011 Most Valuable Player. CU announced the award at the team's annual senior banquet Sunday at the Omni Interlocken Hotel.
Stewart led the Buffs in rushing this season with 854 yards, becoming the first player in school history to lead the team in four seasons. He also led the team in receptions with 45, gaining 571 yards. Stewart's 1,686 all-purpose yards were the sixth-most in a season at Colorado, despite the fact that he missed the better part of four games with knee and ankle injuries.
Given approval from a handful of media types, Linda Lappe briefly delayed her post-game press conference Sunday afternoon to watch the Denver Broncos defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the final 2 seconds.
"Unbelievable," said Lappe, referring to the Broncos - not her University of Colorado women's basketball team moving to 7-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 season. If the Broncos are prospering during "Tebow Time," the Buffaloes are countering with "Chucky Time."
Sunday's 68-59 win against gritty Idaho didn't slip into the "unbelievable" category, but neither was it as one-sided as CU's previous six wins this season.
The Buffs will host Sacramento State on Sept. 8 next season in the second game of the year. CU has played only two FCS teams in the modern era, losing to Montana State at home to start the 2006 season and the Dan Hawkins era in Boulder. The Buffs beat Eastern Washington at home two years later, but needed a late interception to secure that win.
The Hornets finished this season near the bottom of the Big Sky Conference with a 4-7 overall record, but one of those victories was an upset at Oregon State in the season opener. Former CU graduate assistant Andy Avalos coaches linebackers at Sacramento State.
Next season will mark just the third time since 1962 that CU will not play at least one other team from a Bowl Championship Series league in the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Buffs are slated to play Colorado State in Denver, host the Hornets at Folsom Field and play at Fresno State on Sept. 15.
After the jump, Ted Miller gives you the secret to time travel, and USA Today gives you a handy way to see how 'awesome' the coaches poll really is...
The USA Today Poll in awesome-chart-form...An interactive breakdown of each ballot in the final regular season ranking.
While waiting for the uninspiring final pre-bowl games to play out, it’s time for some pre-bowl awards from The Dash. Some are national. Some are conference-by-conference. All are priceless rewards for players, coaches and teams.
The Dashies will come with a gift bag appropriate for the 2011 season: a Dr Pepper autographed by Pitbull; a signed band-aid from the Allstate "Mayhem" guy; a coupon for 100 percent off tattoos in Columbus, Ohio; a forwarding address in the joint for Nevin Shapiro (he’s lonely); a DVD copy of the "Honey Badger" clip; a big red sucker with the word "Oklahoma"printed on it; a picture of Mike Slive in the Atlas pose, holding the world on his shoulders; the book "Realignment For Dummies,"detailing new 2012 conference affiliations; and (sigh) a copy of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s report that took a lot of the fun out of the season.
There’s a reason they became the first team to finish with a perfect BCS score (1.0000): They’re unanimous No. 1 in both human polls and every computer ranking. I’m sure most, if not all voters will put Alabama on top if the Tide wins the rematch. But you could make the case that as long as it’s a close loss, the Tigers should still be No. 1. They’ve been that much better than everyone else for three months. To the winners and losers …
SB Nation has a complete breakdown of the 2011-2012 FBS Bowl Schedule so you can find out where to go for every matchup.
The system's broken, you say? You're outraged that (random No. 2 team) was selected over (random No. 3 team)? Then it's time to pick which method would be better. Small playoff? Big playoff? Go back to the old way?
Thought of the week: Getting two BCS bowl berths for a second consecutive year means each Pac-10 team will take home at least $1.2 million more over the past two years than if it had just one.
And, yeah, I mean Pac-10 because Colorado and Utah don't get a BCS bowl share this year. Commissioner Larry Scott had nothing to do with Oregon and Stanford getting good, but he is the commissioner of record during those two years. Just by standing around and smiling, it seems as though Scott makes revenue appear.
3. Stanford: A Fiesta Bowl victory would give the Cardinal a second consecutive top-five finish. Become your 2007 self. Now re-read that first sentence. Amazing, eh?
With college football's regular season over and $2 million to spend, Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez is moving quickly to assemble a staff. Today, he landed three important pieces. Former Pittsburgh assistants Calvin Magee, Tony Gibson and Tony Dews have all accepted job offers with the UA and will start immediately, Rodriguez told the Star this morning.
Additionally, Rodriguez said recruiting coordinator Dave Emerick has left to join Mike Leach's staff at Washington State. Emerick served as Leach's operations director and "chief of staff" when both were at Texas Tech.
"They took great pride in their swords, sharpening them just like players do their bodies by lifting the weights and doing all of the drills we do," I said. The players said nothing. I swung this long sword through the air in front of them.
Fresno State fired football coach Pat Hill on Sunday, hoping that a change will rekindle interest and provide a boost to the program as it moves into the Mountain West Conference.
"Any time any program is evaluated, the most important thing is to do it over time and evaluate their entire body of work," athletic director Thomas Boeh said. "I don't think it comes down to a single game. I don't think it comes down to a single season. It comes down with what the trends are. If you see consistency one way, good or bad, that should be a point where an alarm takes place.
Senior tailback Rodney Stewart was named by his University of Colorado teammates as the Buffaloes’ 2011 Most Valuable Player, highlighting the team’s annual senior banquet Sunday at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield.
Senior wide receiver Toney Clemons and senior quarterback Tyler Hansen were named the John Mack Award winners as the team’s most outstanding players on offense...
Senior outside linebacker Josh Hartigan and junior defensive tackle Will Pericak shared the Dave Jones Award as the team’s outstanding defensive players...