Monday CU Buff Bites - Pac-12 Third Among Nations In Medal Count, Will #LondonBuffs Add To The Total?

LONDON, ENGLAND - I present to you: the Olympic Crab Monster!!! (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Recapping the Colorado Buffaloes Offseason Football and Buffs at the 2012 London Olympics with news, links, and stories.

Colorado_mediumColorado Buffaloes In The 2012 London Olympics - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado - Cool info for the 5 Colorado Buffaloes In the Olympic Games including the event schedule and airtimes for the #LondonBuffs.

PS, all the CU Olympians are competing for the United States, and are running really freaky long-distances. And half of the events are being televised at 4:30 in the morning (MT). So when the thing says 'August' and you're on 'Olympic-Overload', blearily watching events in the dark pre-dawn and you have the TV on mute to not wake anyone; head toward the runners and cheer for the USA and you should be good.

Or just record it I guess...Either way.

Colorado_pac-122012 Olympics Medal Count: Pac-12 Nation Tied For Third With Seven Medals - Pacific Takes

Early on in these Olympics, Cal has one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, USC has one gold and two bronzes. A more official medal count table will be coming along later these Olympics. The Pac-12 thus has two gold, one silver, and four bronze medals, which would put them in a tie for third place with Italy in the overall medal count

Colorado_mediumBrooks: Ten Questions To Ponder As 2012 Season Looms - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

#10. Will Embree's second camp be structured any differently than his first? Not significantly. Physical play will be emphasized, as it was last summer. But here's one difference: Last August, the CU staff had to be cognizant of a 13-game schedule with no open week, no built-in healing time. Not so this season; the first week in October brings a bye.

That's not to say Embree and his coaches believe they can get away with not "practicing smart" in this camp, but a schedule like last season's definitely demands adjustments. This camp's practice schedule shows the first day in pads on Aug. 10 (four days in) and the players' first day off not coming until Aug. 26. That could be readjusted depending on progress and performance.

The camp schedule is liberally sprinkled with "walk-throughs," teaching and review periods designed to bring everyone up to speed. Only two major scrimmages are set. All practices are closed to the media and public, and Embree has made his incoming freshmen off-limits to interviews until after the opener (Sept. 1 vs. Colorado State).

Question #9 covers kicking, and how there should be less sweating and fretting on the subject. I'm just glad they're not getting over-kicked.

After the Jump, Pac-12 watch as Stanford hires a new AD and the Pac-12 would be third in medal count if it were a country.

Colorado_pac-12Stanford announces Muir as AD - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - Stanford has hired California hero/hippie and Sierra club founder John Muir as their new Athletic Director

Muir has a national reputation as a superb athletic administrator," Stanford Provost John Etchemendy said in a statement. "He also has a deep personal understanding of what it means to be a scholar-athlete, performing at the very highest levels both academically and athletically.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Stanford community," Muir said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our family. I'm looking forward to being part of the world-class tradition of excellence that characterizes the student-athlete experience at Stanford."

Stanford has won the Director's Cup 18 straight years -- given to the most successful program in all sports -- and the football team has gone to back-to-back BCS games. Stanford athletic teams have won at least one national championship annually for the past 36 years, the longest run in the country.

I wish them all the best, and hope they know that the guy's been dead for nearly 100 years.

Colorado_pac-12Oregon Vs. Utah, USC, Or UCLA In Pac-12 Championship Game? - Pacific Takes

The Oregon Ducks seem to be the favorites to win the Pac-12 North. According to one projection, there are three co-favorites in the South Division in the USC Trojans, UCLA Bruins and the Utah Utes. Who do you have?

ESPN NCAAB Bracket reveal: Charleston Classic - Whom others are picking:

Eamonn Brennan: Baylor over St. John's
Andy Katz: Baylor over Murray State
Myron Medcalf: Baylor over Murray State
Dana O'Neil: Murray State over Colorado

Colorado_mediumColorado Week: Q&A With The Ralphie Report " Rush The Court - Parker answers some questions with Rush the Court.net...

Dinwiddie's performance in the Pac-12 championship game and Booker's play in the NCAA Tournament game against UNLV both prove that they are certainly ready to take on bigger roles for this year's team. From the moment they played their first game for CU, they acted like confident, experienced players. One of the best qualities Dinwiddie has is his ability to get his own shot, yet never force it. He's a great defender when he wants to be and the more he plays under Boyle the more consistent of a defender he will become. The thing to look for with Dinwiddie this year is if he can start to be a facilitator rather than just a scorer.

Colorado_mediumColorado freshman receiver Peyton Williams likely grayshirt, Embree says | The Field House — The Denver Post

Although 2012 signee Peyton Williams was listed on the Colorado roster distributed this week at the Pac-12 football media day, chances are the wide receiver from metro Dallas will not play for the Buffaloes until 2013, CU coach Jon Embree said. "It’s looking more like that (he will grayshirt). … If it looks like he’s going to have to continue to rehab and do other things before he’s able to start football activities and it (would take) into early October, then we’re just going to grayshirt him rather than waste his year."

Colorado_mediumBuzz surrounds new CU forward - Buffzone

...the four-star recruit decided to pass on the blue-blood tradition in Westwood for a unique opportunity to help build something special at Colorado.

"It's the place to be right now," Johnson explained of the decision during a recent interview with the Camera.

"The Buffaloes are just a great program. Everything here is just perfect," said Johnson...

I don't care what sport it is, I love hearing a freshly-arrived recruit saying this about Colorado...

Colorado_mediumJosh Scott contains potential to overpower for CU Buffs - Buffzone

"Josh is very fundamentally sound and he's strong and he's skilled," Boyle said. "For a freshman big guy, that's pretty rare. Josh is used to overpowering people in the post. Right now he can't do that every single time at this level, so that's an adjustment."

All six freshmen were at CU for summer sessions to take classes and workout with their new teammates. The confident group says the future is now. "It's been good. We get to know everybody, get to know the system a little bit, kind of get a feel for what college basketball is like," Scott said of the early practice sessions at the Coors Events Center. "Maybe it's not going to be as bad of a freshman jump for us since we're up here already."

The players and coaches will reconvene in one week for practices leading up to four games against semi-pro teams in Paris (Aug. 15-16), Antwerp (Aug. 19) and Amsterdam (Aug. 20). Boyle is counting on the foreign trip to give the young and restless Buffs an opportunity to establish some chemistry and get a head start on the learning curve ahead of a challenging 2012-13 schedule.

"I think we can do everything they did and hopefully more," Scott said. "We're young, but that's not an excuse. Hopefully, we just go out and play basketball."

Colorado_mediumColorado players: Pac-12 "faster" than Big 12 - As David mentioned, predictable questions were asked at the Pac-12 media day, and this one had predictable answers.

Colorado’s two player representatives at the Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles, junior offensive tackle David Bakhtiari and senior safety Ray Polk, were asked by a reporter how their new league compared to their former league, the Big 12.

"The Big 12 is a little more bigger, stronger; Pac-12 is a little more faster," Bakhtiari said. "You have ‘freaks’ in each league."

Colorado_mediumCU Alum Tolan Rallies To Win Colorado Open - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

Former University of Colorado golfer Derek Tolan rallied from five strokes down to win the 48th Annual Health One Colorado Open here Sunday, the ninth time a Buffalo alum has won the state's premier professional event but the first time a CU golfer has won it twice.

Tolan, who graduated in 2009, won the event that same summer when he first turned professional; Buffaloes have now captured four of the last six Opens.

Go Buffs!

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