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Colorado_mediumQ&A: Colorado D-coordinator Greg Brown - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

GB: Too many big plays were given up. Too many points were scored. We had a laundry list of a lot of things. Too many injuries. The roster was thin. It was one of those years we'd like to see not repeated.

The Big 12 is hardly an offense-poor conference. You've coached there and the Pac-12. Were there any adjustments for your players moving from the Big 12 to Pac-12?

GB: Absolutely. Not to take anything away from the Big 12. That's a terrific league that stands on its own merits, that's for sure. But you just have some unique offensive minds in the Pac-12, different styles of attack that we had not seen in the Big 12. There's nobody in the Big 12 that plays the same style as Oregon. Nobody plays the same style as Stanford or Washington. They are all unique and were tough styles to contend with. We've got a lot of offensive-minded head coaches and very innovated offensive coordinators.

There's more! You should read it!

Colorado_mediumSpring Game Quotes - CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair - Quotes from Embree, post-spring-practices:

On Junior Day

"Junior Day went well; I would imagine we will hear from some kids here. There were a couple kids in particular. There were seven kids that came, that it was good they got here, they made a great effort to get here, so we'll see on that. We had kids coming in all last week, and really the week before because they couldn't make that particular day. We'll continue to recruit to get some guys in here and see what happens."

On Having A Young Team

"It's always important to keep the standard or set the tone, so they understand what you're trying to do. Every game counts for us, we don't have the luxury of trying to let guys ease their way into it. We have to go. It's important we get off to a fast start and it's important for the kids who play to understand they can help us get off to a fast start."

One nice thing about CUatg is that he has no problem re-printing an article in its entirety; so there's plenty more quotes and stuff.

Shocking news! College students and, by extension, college football players are smoking marijuana! Or hadn't you heard? Oregon tops the list of green-leaf-smoking-hippy-ballers...

Colorado_mediumBrown Has Strong Showing At Portsmouth Invitational - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Departing senior guard Carlon Brown participated in the 60th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament from April 11-14, competing against some of the best players in college basketball as he helped lead his team to the tournament's championship. Playing for Roger Brown's (a team sponsored by a local restaurant), Brown averaged 10.0 points per three games on 40.6 percent shooting from the field (13-of-32) and 40.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (2-of-5). He also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. His team was led in scoring by Wichita State center Garrett Stutz (14.7 points per game). "I thought our team played well together and we were all very unselfish, which I believe led to us winning the whole thing," Brown said. "As far as my play is concerned, I wish I would have made more shots and had fewer turnovers. But overall, I thought it was a good experience for me."

Colorado_pac-12NCF - Oregon Ducks don't deny the drug culture in Eugene - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN

On a frosty January evening in Eugene, a University of Oregon student plops onto a couch, nestled between a whirring space heater and a muted television at a friend's off-campus apartment, and pulls a nugget from the bag. The sandwich bag brims with weed.

At his feet sits a backpack emblazoned with the logo of the Rose Bowl, which he and his teammates had won barely a week before. "Purple Kush," he says of his preferred marijuana strand, which he rolls into a hefty joint between his forefingers and thumbs. "It's pretty much all I smoke."

Alabama Crimson Tide's crystal BCS trophy is shattered in mishap - ESPN

The Coaches' Trophy from this season's BCS national title was accidentally knocked off its podium and shattered by a player's father whose foot got caught on a rug that sits beneath the trophy display. The Waterford crystal trophy was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility halls, home to coach Nick Saban's office and other athletic personnel.

The handmade trophy sculpted in Ireland is valued at $30,000. The university previously had two such trophies, one at the Paul W. Bryant Museum and the other at the athletic facility.

Colorado_pac-12Ten Biggest Pac-12 Recruiting Busts of the Internet Era - Pacific Takes - Click the link to see the rest of the list. There's no Darrel Scott, but it's interesting to see the flip-side of West-Coast recruiting.

When talking about busts, most people think of the NFL and NBA Drafts. However, with the increase in coverage in college football recruiting in the last ten years or so, athletes coming out of high school have become much more hyped up, making the idea of a college player who doesn't live up to expectations being thought of as a bust a reality.

1. Lache Seastrunk - Class of 2010 - RB - Temple, TX - Oregon
2. Whitney Lewis - Class of 2003 - WR - Ventura, CA - St. Bonaventure - USC
3. Randy Estes - Class of 2004 - S - Los Alamitos, CA - Washington State
4. Jeff Schweiger Jr. - Class of 2004 - DE - San Jose, CA - Valley Christian - USC
5. Dillon Baxter - Class of 2010 - RB - San Diego, CA - Mission Bay - USC

Colorado_pac-12Ranking the Pac-12 quarterbacks - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - This is a terrible list. Bennett is too high, Wynn and Scott too low.

1. Matt Barkley, USC
2. Keith Price, Washington
3. Jeff Tuel, Washington State
4. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
5. Bryan Bennett, Oregon
6. Zach Maynard, Cal
7. Brett Nottingham, Stanford
8. Kevin Prince, UCLA
9. Jordan Wynn, Utah
10. Matt Scott, Arizona
11. Mike Bercovici, Arizona State
12. Connor Wood, Colorado

The list is from Athlon, but still. Not great looking right now.

Colorado_pac-12Cal's Football-Stadium Gamble - WSJ.com

As state legislators shrink its appropriations, it's hard enough for the University of California-Berkeley to maintain the nation's highest academic ranking among public colleges. But there now looms a financial threat from another, somewhat unlikely quarter: the university's football program. Until now, the years-old effort to renovate the school's football stadium, which sits on an earthquake fault line, never raised many alarms.

Although its $321 million price tag would make it one of the most expensive renovations in college sports history, the university said the project would be funded privately, largely through long-term seat sales and naming rights. But three years into the fund-raising effort, a projected $270 million from the sale of seats has failed to materialize. At the end of December, the school had collected only $31 million in the first three years of the sale.

Now it has become clear that the university will have to borrow the vast majority of the money. In recent interviews, university officials acknowledge that if revenue projections fall short and won't cover the bond payments, the shortfall "would have to come from campus." The idea that money for the football stadium could come from campus funds, which include student fees, is an admission likely to stir outrage at a school that's already facing possible double-digit tuition increases.

Colorado_mediumWomen's Basketball Celebrates Season With Annual Banquet - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado women's basketball team celebrated the 2011-12 season with its annual awards banquet attended by nearly 200 school administrators, family members, donors and fans Sunday afternoon at the Byron R. White Club Level of Folsom Field. Colorado's coaching staff recognized 10 letterwinners, including the Buffaloes' lone senior Julie Seabrook, who earned her fourth team letter. Second-year head coach Linda Lappe and her staff also handed out several individual awards.

Freshman Lexy Kresl received the Crystal Ford-Adams Scholar-Athlete Award. Kresl has made the transition from high school to the college classroom smoothly, earning a 3.572 GPA through her initial collegiate season.

Junior Chucky Jeffery received the Lisa Van Goor rebounding award after leading the Buffaloes at eight boards per contest. The award was presented by Van Goor, CU's all-time leading rebounder. Jeffery ranked eighth in the Pac-12 Conference in rebounding and her 280 boards were the most ever by a CU guard in a single season and overall the ninth-best total in team history. Jeffery had 10 double-figure rebounding games - all double-doubles -- including a career-high 17 in the WNIT win over Villanova.

Coach Lappe also presented Jeffery with a commemorative ball representing her 1,000th career point milestone.

Colorado_mediumBaranczyk Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach At Drake - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Jennie Baranczyk, a University of Colorado assistant coach the past two seasons, has resigned her position to become the head women's basketball coach at Drake University.

Baranczyk, 30, takes over for Amy Stephens who resigned in March after leading the Bulldogs to a 151-130 record over the past nine seasons. The Bulldogs were 18-16 in 2011-12, advancing to the Postseason WNIT after a fifth place regular season finish in the Missouri Valley Conference.

It was Stephens who gave current CU head coach Linda Lappe her first full time position as an assistant at Drake from 2003-06. A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Baranczyk was Lappe's first hire at Colorado, joining the staff on May 10, 2010. She served as the program's recruiting coordinator and assisted with opponent scouting, practice planning and pre and postseason workouts. On the floor she had an emphasis in the development of CU's post players.

Colorado_mediumMIke Bohn: CU Buffs' hoops attendance soaring - Buffzone

Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn discussed a variety of topics while hosting a roundtable meeting with reporters Tuesday at the Blake Street Tavern in Denver, including sharing some research showing the CU men's basketball program led the nation in attendance increases during a four-year period that concluded this season.

Bohn said the surge in attendance has been led by students who have been more loyal in coming to games and creating a fun atmosphere that has led others to want to be a part of it. CU received overwhelmingly positive feedback on Bohn's decision to take 50 of the most loyal students to Los Angeles for the Pac-12 Tournament and 100 students to Albuquerque for the NCAA Tournament. Bohn said he plans to take students to the Pac-12 tournament again next season in its first year in Las Vegas.

Colorado_mediumCarlon Brown making push for NBA - Buffzone

Carlon Brown's performance at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles last month, highlighted by the windmill dunk against Cal, captured the attention of college basketball fans from coast to coast. Now the 6-5 guard is hoping the momentum from Colorado's memorable postseason run will help him on the narrow path to the NBA.

Brown competed at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a longstanding showcase of senior talent for the NBA Draft, last week. He averaged 10.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a starter on the team (Roger Brown's) that won the championship.

Colorado_mediumBohn says Lappe on right path with Buffs - Buffzone

Winning. Generating excitement. Filling the seats. That formula has worked wonders for the Colorado men's basketball team in Tad Boyle's two years as head coach. CU athletic director Mike Bohn would like to see the women's team follow the same path. "We're using the men's model, basically," Bohn said Tuesday when he met with members of the media.

"We're going to use that model to try to inspire the fact that if we want to win, we've got to be hungry to win." Bohn has been quite pleased with the job done by head coach Linda Lappe, who recently completed her second season with the Buffs. She led CU to a 21-14 record and a trip to the Women's NIT quarterfinals. A year ago, she led the Buffs to an 18-16 mark and WNIT quarterfinal trip.

"The fundamental structure of the program has improved dramatically," Bohn said. "They recognize they're on the right track and they're making wonderful progress. They also recognize the importance of continuing to enhance that."

Lappe has preached the importance of strong fundamental basketball, including rebounding, defense and limiting turnovers. She has also been the type of leader Bohn wanted when he hired her. "Her leadership is consistent with our guiding principles around leadership: commitment, work ethic and passion for CU."

Colorado_mediumCU Football Coaches Hit Spring Recruiting Trail - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

CU concluded spring drills on Saturday night with the annual Spring Game at Folsom Field. On Sunday, all but two members of coach Jon Embree's staff - coordinators Eric Bieniemy (offense) and Greg Brown (defense) - hit the road recruiting.

Embree told several media members on Monday afternoon in a post-spring wrap-up that Bieniemy and Brown were "getting some things finished up from offensive and defensive standpoints." The entire staff will be back on campus next week, then return to the road for the month of May.

NCAA rules prohibit Embree leaving campus to recruit until Dec. 1 - "But I can make telephone calls over the next five to six weeks," he added. CU had its Junior Day in conjunction with the Spring Game, and Embree called the event a success. There were upwards of 65 attendees, many from out of state and some with their parents, and Embree said he "expects to hear from some kids soon - a couple in particular. Seven kids that came . . . it was good they got here; they made a great effort to get here.

We'll see on that." He said his preliminary count on available scholarships for 2013 is "16 to 20."

Go Buffs!

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