Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Athletics and Pac-12 News, Links, and Stories
QUICKLY:• Colorado and Arizona are tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 with identical 3-2 records
• CU has lost two-straight, matching a two-game skid in Puerto Rico with losses to Wichita State & Maryland
• CU has won six of eight games
• CU is 1-3 this season when scoring under 59 points (2-3 over the last two years)
• The Buffs are 9-1 at home this season and 27-3 at home (.900) under head coach Tad Boyle.
Which is why this article is important:
Guess who's finally back in Boulder? University of Colorado students. After final exams ended a month ago, CU was able to rattle off six consecutive home wins and surged to the front of the Pac-12 without most of the program's rowdiest fans. But while their peers were wrapping up the extended holiday break, the Buffs suffered consecutive road defeats last weekend in the Bay Area. CU hopes to start the spring semester with a healthy serving of Coors Events Center cooking Thursday night against Arizona State (6:30 p.m., Root Sports).
And why this article sucks:
Colorado freshman Damiene Cain will not be a part of the Tad Boyle's program during the spring semester. Boyle told the Camera after Wednesday's practice that Cain, a physically gifted 6-7 forward, will not play for the Buffs the rest of the season due to personal reasons. CU's second-year head coach isn't sure whether or not Cain will rejoin the program in the future or if he will remain enrolled at the university. Cain appeared in seven games for the Buffs this season, averaging 1.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 7.4 minutes. The highly touted recruit from North Hollywood, Calif., missed three games in December after suffering a concussion in practice.
Find out who from The Ralphie Report will sub-in for Cain...after the jump.
I honestly thought both teams would be able to get a split this week. When the men played a tight game against Cal (a game I couldn't see thanks to Comcast), I figured we would take Stanford out. I figured with the laid back crowd (the 9ers game was at the same time) and the team pissed off after letting the Cal game slip away, they'd take control and find a way to finish the week 4-1 in conference. When the Buffs tied the game at 42, despite playing some pretty sub-par ball, I thought this is where we make our move, flip a few things and go on a big run to put the Cardinal away.
Embree said he recognized that to build the kind of program he envisions, he needed players who won't tuck tail when things turn tough. "I think that mindset is something we need in this program," Embree said during an interview in the most recent recruiting dead period. "We need guys who understand this is their opportunity. This is their chance to improve their lives in a lot of different ways. When you have that kind of hunger that kind of motivation, it can be contagious." Embree and his staff are in the final stages of assembling the largest recruiting class at CU since the program signed 28 players in 2002. CU is expected to sign 27 or 28 on national signing day (Feb. 1) in less than two weeks. It will be only the second time since 1978 CU has signed more than 25 players in one class. The program currently holds verbal commitments from 22 players, including fullback Clay Norgard from Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch. He enrolled in spring semester classes after graduating high school last month and will participate in spring football practices.
ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. projects that five Pac-12 players will be among the 32 picks of the first round of this spring's NFL draft. Kiper also rates the top-five players by position. Luck is the No. 1 QB, Kalil is the No. 1 OT and DeCastro is the No. 1 OG.
Colorado's Ryan Miller is No. 5 at OG.
Washington again raided California to complete its revamped coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Eric Kiesau away from the Bears.
It has been reported that Kiesau will be the Huskies' offensive coordinator -- he coached receivers for Cal -- but it seems likely that head coach Steve Sarkisian will continue to call plays, as he did with former coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, who is leaving for Alabama.
The 2011 season is over. That means report cards are due. Up next: Colorado Overall: Look at those grades. Bad, huh? But guess what? The Buffaloes, who played a 13-game, no-bye schedule that was among the toughest in the country, were statistically worse than their season actually was. No, going 3-10 is not good by any measure. And the numbers are hard to spin -- 109th in the nation in scoring offense and defense. But Colorado won two of its last three games, including an impressive effort in a win at Utah that ended a 24-game losing streak outside the state. The question is can coach Jon Embree parlay that small bit of success into offseason momentum, both in recruiting and offseason workouts? And can that then carry over into a strong spring session that inspires some confidence within the program? Grade: D Overall: Look at those grades. Bad, huh? But guess what? The Buffaloes, who played a 13-game, no-bye schedule that was among the toughest in the country, were statistically worse than their season actually was.
I'm convinced that Ted's upset that there was no red bicycle incident between Colorado and Utah this year
What do we know about the 2012 college football season? We know a few things you should and shouldn't expect to happen.
Do: Covet others' experienced quarterbacks...
Don't: Covet their running backs...
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The 2012 Colorado Football Preview Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 2 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Alongside CU head coach Jon Embree, former CU great Jeremy Bloom will serve as featured speaker. The program is set to begin at noon on February 2, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and doors opening for registration at 11 a.m. The cost of the event is $50 per person for season ticket holders or Buff Club members, $75 per person for the general public, or $500 for a reserved table of 10. For $750 corporate tables are available that include a table sign, preferred seating, program recognition, and an optional VIP guest. Corporate tables with coaches are limited and based on a first-come, first-serve basis so register today.