Recapping the last week in Buffs news.
Immediate Impact or Slow Burn? Spring practice was an all-business counterpoint to Hawkins' more … inspirational approach, specifically emphasizing bottom-of-the-pyramid fundamentals like "toughness" and "intensity." That suggests a long-haul schedule that demands patience, which should be in no short supply as the Buffs move to a new conference — and, hopefully, a better foothold in the greener recruiting pastures of Southern California — with a woefully understocked talent base. If Embree successfully projects the image of a down-to-earth professional with a tangible vision, it could buy him two full rebuilding seasons before the demands for a return on investment in the standings take priority.
Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Compliance Offices Struggle Through Possibility of Finding Multiple Interpretations of the Same Rule - A great interview with University of Colorado Director of Compliance, Julie Manning.
Steele found that Colorado has the most returning experience on the offensive side in the trenches in the Pac-12 with 97 career starts back. The Buffs do have four starters from 2010 back, but the total numbers are somewhat misleading because backups such as Blake Behrens would factor in to Steele’s totals.
Building a rivalry: Utes, Buffs starting from scratch | The Salt Lake Tribune - Building the hate for our new rivals.
Husky Football Blog | Monday links --- Analyzing UW's schedule, and more | Seattle Times Newspaper - Could Colorado be a trap game for Washington?
I picked Colorado more because I think that's a game most will expect UW to win (though not by the margin of the Hawaii game) but will potentially be a lot more dangerous than some might think. No one figures the Buffs to be great in 2011. But as should be expected of a BCS team, there's some good front-line talent there (RB Rodney Stewart might have had the quietest 1,318-yard season in the nation a year ago, LB Jon Major could be one of the best in the conference, to name two). And who knows how the Buffs will respond to new coach Jon Embree? Maybe there's a lot more there than was apparent the last year or so as the team played under the seemingly constant cloud of a pending coaching change (or maybe there's not, who knows right now?)
Boulder is one of the eight sites Steeg already has visited. There were no major red flags that came up in evaluating Folsom Field and Boulder's ability to host the game. "Each one has got a different set of circumstances, different things that make them tick," Steeg said. "You kind of learn every step along the way. For me, it's been great because you learn so many different ways to do things other than the standard way it's done in the NFL."
Bill Stewart Allegedly A Source For Chuck Landon's Report On Dana Holgorsen - The Smoking Musket - This Bill Stewart/Dana Holgorsen story just keeps getting stranger...
College Coaches, Drinking, And The Two Men At The Rail - SBNation.com - Just in case you missed this last Friday. More great stuff from Spencer Hall.