Buff Bites for 12-12-12, CU recruits Sefo Liufau and Phillip Lindsay will stay with the Buffaloes, and other news, links, and stories.
CU Football - From now on, known as #MacAttack
Let's get these out of the way first:
Got an unexpected call i was excited about it im ready to ball !!— phillip Lindsay (@I_CU_boy) December 12, 2012
Both CU recruits say they received a call from coach MacIntyre, and both recruits are still committed to the Buffs. If that's not proof enough for you, one has a CU shirt on in his profile picture, and the other has CU in his twitter handle. They're Buffs.
This is a great profile from Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News of MacIntyre. It's notable how MacIntyre turned his focus to conditioning and recruiting. MacIntrye, meanwhile, organized a plan to have he or one of his assistant coaches meet and personally shake the hand of every single high school football coach in California. MacIntyre also organized "traveling San Jose State camps" at high school fields in San Diego, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Ontario and Sacramento.
They were one-day clinics that cost $40 for players to attend -- but also served as evaluation sessions. The high school coaches were encouraged to send along any player they thought had college potential. "California is like four states in one," MacIntyre said. "It was a way for us to spread the word about San Jose State. If we sign 20 players in a recruiting season, at least 17 or 20 of them have been at our camps." The new recruiting effort, plus the conditioning ramp-up, made the Spartans far more competitive in 2011. MacIntyre was also able to keep his coaching staff stable. Although San Jose State finished with a 5-7 record, late season victories over Navy and Fresno State created momentum moving forward. San Jose State's two losses came to Pac-12 champion Stanford, 20-17, and 20th-ranked Utah State, 49-27. It finished the season with strong wins over BYU and Louisiana Tech.
"As good a coach as Mike MacIntyre is, he is an even better person. He recruited me to Ole Miss with a little help from my mother and father, and I was fortunate enough to work with him on both sides of the ball. "He coached our wide receivers my freshman year, so I worked closely with him on our passing game, and then for the next two years I got to throw against his secondary every day in practice when he coached the defensive backs, which was invaluable in my preparation.
In Mike MacIntyre's first game as head football coach at San Jose State, his team lost at powerhouse Alabama 48-3. Before 101,000 fans in Tuscaloosa, the Spartans were hammered, pounded, overmatched and routed. MacIntyre still found something positive to say about his players. "They played harder in the fourth quarter than they did in the third quarter," he noted.
Mike MacIntyre’s most recent and best-known rebuild was done in northern California. His mannerisms, a bit of his accent and his football roots are steeped in the South, where he watched his father, George, transform forlorn football programs at the University of Tennessee-Martin and Vanderbilt University. The younger MacIntyre is taking on the same challenge – perhaps even a more difficult one – at the University of Colorado. He was introduced Monday as the Buffaloes’ 25th head coach after signing a five-year contract that CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn said will pay MacIntyre $2 million annually.
Mike MacIntyre has a few favorite words.. "As you get to know me you will say one thing about Mike MacIntyre: ‘He has passion,’" he said at the press conference introducing him as Colorado’s 25th head coach. "You might say a lot of other things, but you’ll say he has passion." His southern tongue is rolling out phrases and slogans faster than an up-and-coming creative director at J. Walter Thompson. "The word I use instead of patience is perseverance. There’s a big difference. Perseverance (means) you’re working continuously everyday." He continues. "My slogan is ‘No excuses, no regrets.’" He is a breathing motivational poster.
The unbeaten University of Colorado women's basketball team shook off a lethargic start, took control with an 8-0 run and never looked back in dispatching the University of Denver 83-63 here Tuesday night. Now the Buffaloes can look ahead. Finally, they can focus on their biggest non-conference game - a Friday night date with No. 8 Louisville at the Coors Events Center. The Cardinals are 9-1, with their lone loss by one point (48-47) to archrival Kentucky.
So Buffs Nation…that game happened. But I’d rather not have a football coach than have Charlie Weis, AMIRIGHT? Look, those games happen and, frankly, there’s not much to take away from them. Sometimes you tip your hat and burn the game tape. The bitter taste will still be there but that’s what’s supposed to stick around. If you harp on the minutiae of such a dismantling you’ll go mad with frustration and self-destruct. Know that it was bad and remember that you don’t want it to happen again.
Road woes have been the topic du jour for BasketBuffs this week, especially in light of last weekend's disastrous trip to Lawrence. Of course, road struggles have long been a concern for almost all CU athletic programs, and the men's basketball team has been no different.
Even in the Coach Boyle era, CU has struggled away from the friendly confines of the Coors Events Center. The non-conference road win list from the past two seasons looks like this: Cal St Bakersfield, and Air Force. That's it, one per year.
Winning road games has been a long-standing challenge in Colorado men's basketball - and the challenge still stands. It's what this CU team finds confronting it as the 2012 non-conference schedule trickles toward a close. The Buffaloes need, really need, a true road win. They are 0-2 after losses at Wyoming and Kansas, with chance No. 3 - the last chance before Pac-12 Conference play begins next month - presenting itself Wednesday night at Fresno State (8 p.m. MST, AM 760).
On Sunday night, two former University of Colorado players - linebacker Brad Jones and placekicker Mason Crosby - proved crucial in the Green Bay Packers' 27-20 victory over the Detroit Lions. Jones is in his fourth season with the Packers after they drafted him in the 2009 NFL Draft, and he put on yet another dominating performance to lead the 'Pack' on defense. Starting for the seventh consecutive game, Jones recorded 12 tackles, eight of which were solo. No one on the Packers defense recorded more total tackles on the night than Jones did.
The Pac-12 designated bowls are an interesting lot. The selection spreads out primarily around the Southwest and features a couple of the most historical bowls in the field and only one bowl that actually takes place on, or after New Year's Day.
College Football, which I can now hate slightly less
This being the practice offseason, let's go ahead and follow Twitter's lead and begin ranking every single mascot in terms of edibility. This goes all the way down to the least edible, and counts up twenty or so slots into the cannibal category.
We do rank humans as being edible, but only as a near last resort, and even then grade by hypothetical quality. Yes, we would rather eat a rocket than a yellow jacket.
Shaw believes that Kelly already has begun to make that adjustment. It's not that freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota didn't run a lot. He finished the regular season with 98 rushes, second on the team. Shaw said it's how Mariota ran. "If you really watch what Oregon does, the last couple of years, the quarterback doesn't really get hit a lot, because he only runs the ball when he's free to run it," Shaw said. "It's not take-a-snap-and-run. There's not a lot of guys getting banged around. We hit the quarterback a couple of times. I've become a bit of a believer that it could work at that next level."
Maybe Chip Kelly will go to the NFL. A Buff can dream, right?