Pictured, from left to right: The End Of Times. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Recapping your Colorado Buffaloes Offseason News, Links, and Stories. And the Beginning Of The End of College Football.
Tony Jones, RB, Colorado: Replacing the highly productive Rodney Stewart was a spring priority and Jones, a sophomore, answered the bell. Jones is built a little like the diminutive "Speedy" -- 5-7, 175 pounds -- and he has a versatile range of skills, just like Stewart. With questions at quarterback, he will be asked to do a lot. Just like Stewart.
12. Colorado: The most crushing injury this spring was Buffs WR Paul Richardson blowing out his knee. On the plus side, the offensive line looks solid, and Tony Jones stepped up at running back. If everyone stays -- or gets -- healthy, the linebackers will be first rate. And DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe could be a breakout player. But there are huge questions at receiver, on the defensive line and in the secondary. Colorado may play as many freshmen as any team in the country this year.
Xavier Johnson – Just ask Austin " SoCal Recruit Spot - Thanks to Phil for the link. Phil doesn't agree with the entire post. Incidentally, neither does Xavier Johnson. What do you think?
The Dunk. Tens of thousands have seen it. Xavier Johnson secures a defensive rebound and begins dribbling down court. As he approaches the key a defender swipes at the ball and Johnson cuts inside to evade. He picks up his dribble and leverages a powerful jump off his right foot. ’11 #1 Overall recruit Austin Rivers (son of Doc Rivers) has trailed the play and enters the screen. Looking to deny Johnson an easy two, Rivers times his jump to that of Johnson and explodes upwards to the rim. All the makings of a highlight worthy swat….except that’s not the way it went down. At 6’7 200lbs and carrying next level hops Johnson easily out-jumps Rivers and emphatically throws down a rim-rocking left-handed dunk. Rivers falls to the ground, Johnson roars in victory, and YouTube has its next nugget. No doubt there’s more than a single highlight to Xavier Johnson’s credit, but as far as social media was concerned, the Dunk was the one which mattered, and Johnson had arrived with authority.
As Jon posted earlier this week, the Big12/SEC Champions Bowl is the future of College football, but not for the reasons you think.
Ok, ok... it's exactly for the reasons you think.
The move does not kill the bowl system entirely, but it does build one tantalizing mechanism in: the bidding process for a hypothetical expanded playoff. When the four team test balloon soars through the air, the eight team will then roll out of the hangar, and we'll have another round of games to bid on with demonstrated market value. The extra bowl game in the short term eliminates Jim Delany's carping about taking a Rose Bowl team and putting them in the playoff, but in the long term it might as well be the utility lines and little stakes of wood reaching into the wilderness.
That's not the immediate strategy, but it will be a happy accident. In the short term this is about the schools walling off control of the sport from any outside forces: NCAA, bowls, and schools they feel don't cut it as top-tier who want to share the money they make. (Oh, and this will make them money.) In the long-term, it's consolidation, or as every Chinese emperor liked to call it, "the part where I get mine, and you get dying of cholera in a gutter." You can also use the word "triads" in place of "emperor" here. The dynamics are the same
And for counterpoint:
SEC and Big 12 folks have been tweaking the Big Ten and Pac-12's love of the Rose Bowl of late. That made me grin because the primary motivation for those tweaks was jealousy. Don't buy that assessment? Well, then what do you make of this: The SEC and Big 12 champions, starting in 2014 after the current BCS contract expires and we presumably adopt a four-team playoff, will meet annually in a prime time New Year's Day "bowl" game. So the SEC and Big 12 have adopted the Rose Bowl model in its entirety. Other than the fact that they can't play in the Rose Bowl stadium as the sun goes down over the San Gabriel Mountains.
Relegation: Why College Football Needs To Embrace Cannibalism - SBNation.com - If you haven't read any of the 'relegation dream-sequence' at the main-SBNation, you really should.
College football's leagues are shaped by pact-making aristocrats, while world soccer is a series of meritocracies. It's time to make college football more American. The English Premiere League may not play the best soccer in the world, but they do play the most Michael Bay soccer in the world. This movie, year in and year out, is rigged to explode, and usually with multiple diabolical charges planted directly beneath important protagonists' tender parts. (And just like a Michael Bay movie, no one important ever really dies in all the fire, but more on that in a bit.)
Kelly Rae Finley has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Colorado, head coach Linda Lappe announced on Friday. Finley takes over for Jennie Baranczyk who resigned in April to become head coach at Drake University. She will serve as Colorado’s recruiting coordinator and will also coach the Buffaloes’ forwards.
Finley, 27, joins Colorado after spending four years on the staff at Harvard University (2008-12); the last three as a full-time assistant coach. The Crimson posted a 75-41 mark in her four seasons in Cambridge including four second place Ivy League finishes – a record of 42-14 - and three Postseason WNIT appearances. "I think I’m going to be able to learn a lot from Linda, she’s a great coach and is somebody that every day makes you want to be your best," Finley said.
"The opportunity to coach with someone like that on top of the rest of the staff, and at a great university, I don’t know how you could pass it up."
This game could be the most pivotal of Colorado's season. If the Buffaloes start off 3-0, then get a victory in Pullman, they'll head home to face a still-uncertain UCLA team before the bye week. It's not out of the realm of possibility for Colorado to be -- wait for it -- 5-0 heading into the bye week. Of course, a lot of things have to fall into place for all of this to come together. And it might be a stretch -- but it's not a big stretch.
I like the sound of 5-0, we'll end there. Go Buffs.