Friday CU Buff Bites - Colorado's Running Back Class 1st in Pac-12

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Colorado_mediumCU running back signees ranked No. 1 in Pac-12 | The Field House

Football recruiting analyst Adam Gorney, the West Coast-based evaluator for Rivals.com, has released his annual position-by-position rankings for the Pac-12′s recently signed classes. Colorado fared well in many categories, especially at running back where the Buffs’ four-player haul was ranked by Gorney as best in the Pac-12. Wrote Gorney:

"After a 3-10 season in 2011, Colorado needs players that can make things happen all over the field, and the Buffaloes did a quality job of loading up at running back by signing four players. Three-star Davien Payne (5-11, 225, Perris, Calif., Citrus Hill) and Terrence Crowder (5-10, 210, Galen Park HS, Texas) are big, punishing backs, and Donta Abron (5-9, 190, Upland HS, Calif.) could be the sleeper in this class. Clay Norgard (6-1, 240, Highlands Ranch Mountain Vista) is expected to play fullback and he’s a tough, hard-nosed player."

Colorado’s conference ranking at other positions...

Colorado_mediumRoberson closing in on CU Buffs' rebounding record - Buffzone

The legendary Colorado basketball star was informed that he will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor during the conference tournament next month at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"I'll have to admit, when I first received the contact I thought, 'What the heck is this? I didn't play in the Pac-12,'" Haldorson said during an interview with the Camera. Haldorson, know affectionately as "Birdie" by longtime Buffs fans, led CU to its first undisputed Big Seven championship and only Final Four appearance in 1954-55.

During that magical season, CU's first-team All-American averaged 21.0 points and 13.8 rebounds.

Haldorson's 346 rebounds still stand as the program's single-season record. At least for another couple of weeks.

Colorado_mediumLinda Lappe expects 2013 NCAA Tournament to benefit CU Buffs - Buffzone

CU announced earlier this week that the Coors Events Center would be one of the 16 host sites for the first and second rounds of the 2013 NCAA Women's Tournament.

"Our administration did a great job in putting out a bid for that," Lappe said. "I really thank them for that. It shows a true commitment to women's basketball. It's an exciting event and I know the people of Boulder are going to come out and support it really, really well, and I hope we can be a part of it." CU last hosted Tournament games several times, most recently in 2006.

Hosting the event could serve as motivation for the Buffs, who have not played in the NCAA Tournament since 2004. "You have to have smaller goals within that," Lappe said. "Yes, we want to be a part of the NCAA Tournament as fast as we possibly can. At the same time there are a lot of steps between now and then to be in position to have a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament and then, obviously, playing on our home floor.

Will the men be motivated to play tourney games next year in Anchorage? Let's find out!

FULMER CUPDATE: TCU SPECIAL EDITION - Every Day Should Be Saturday - I know how much y'all liked being in a 4-way tie atop the Fulmer Cup scoreboard, but you knew it wouldn't last.

This morning 17 TCU students were arrested in a drug sweep resulting from a six-month investigation by the TCU and Fort Worth Police Departments. Of those 17, four were football players: Tanner Brock, the leading tackler from the 2010 team, defensive lineman D.J. Yendrey, offensive lineman Ty Horn, and cornerback Devin Johnson. All four have been expelled and removed from the football team, but were all on the football team at the time of their arrest. These crimes are therefore all eligible for the Fulmer Cup. The awarding of points shall begin...

TCU Football Players Arrested: Drug Sweep Nabs Tanner Brock, Three Others - SBNation.com - DAMN!

An ongoing drug investigation at TCU has already resulted in arrests of four football players, with 17 total getting picked up. Three starters and another potential starter have been named.

DARREN ROVELL'S CENTURY OF LEGENDARY TWEETS - Every Day Should Be Saturday - Just. Amazing.

Darren Rovell,Sports Business Reporter for CNBC and Twitter personality, was on Twitter before it even existed.* A sample of the most important moments from his extremely historically accurate and somewhat humanity-deficient archives.

*No he wasn't.

LAKE PLACID, 1980

"Maybe we call it the Miracle on Ice because it'd take one to name a single player on that team. Amateur players = amateur publicity."

Colorado_pac-12Larry Scott, Pac-12 networks look to break sports media frontiers - Stewart Mandel - SI.com - A comprehensive write-up of the Pac-12 networks ground breaking that took place this week.

Colorado_pac-12Pac-12 lunch links: It's track season - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - David got linked by the new ESPN Pac-12 Co-Blogger

I'm Kevin Nealon, and that's news to me...

...from late Friday night, an early look at the Colorado offense in 2013.

Don't worry Kevin Nealon, we won't* make any poop jokes in the headlines...

*We'll try**

**We'll fail.

Colorado_mediumBiggest Risers/Fallers in 2012 #RR vs 4Yr Ave Class " College Football Matrix

Don’t tell Colorado you have to win to recruit. I don’t believe it, and have always said you recruit to win, not win to recruit. After just a handful of wins in 2011, the Buffs pull the #35 class in the country. By doing so land a better class than 30 other AQ school that had more wins in 2011.

Colorado_mediumFormer CU Buffs quarterback Tyler Hansen fights for an NFL job - The Denver Post

It took four years, but for one glorious week former Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen finally found a comfort zone in an 11-player huddle. In Tampa, Fla., of all places. For all of the ups and downs during his Buffs career, he left his work week at the East-West Game last month with the hope his future could still have the NFL in it. "It was funny, enough that I almost had to keep myself from laughing out loud," Hansen said.

"I step in the huddle on the first day of practice on a team where I didn't know most of the guys and we had never played together and I'm just spewing it all out. I knew all the reads, all the adjustments, it was a really awesome feeling, just to be locked in like that. "The other quarterbacks on the team — Dan Persa from Northwestern and Chandler Harnish from Northern Illinois — were like, 'What's up with these play calls? How do you know all this already?' I finally had to tell them it was the same offense I just ran for a year. But it was so cool."

It was an offense that gave Hansen, who may not have always gotten to show what he could do with the Buffs, the chance to offer up some of his best work as he prepares for April's NFL draft. That's because former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress was calling the shots for the West team for which Hansen played. And it was Childress' Vikings offense that Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy brought with him from Minnesota to Boulder. Childress, who interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coaching job last month, was just hired by the Cleveland Browns to run a version of the offense there.

Go Hansen, Go Buffs!

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