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MacIntyre no stranger to rebuilding projects - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - A good story on Coach Mac from the ESPN Pac-12 blog.

Pac-12 football: Quarterback Comfort Levels | College Hotline

11. Colorado: Jordan Webb’s out until sometime in September with a knee injury, and Nick Hirschman has transferred. That leaves Connor Wood, the former Longhorn with 42 career attempts, as the likely starter.

Colorado Buffaloes spring wrap - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

1. QB questions: Last year there were three -- Jordan Webb, Nick Hirschman and Connor Wood. This year there are three -- Wood, Shane Dillon and incoming freshman Sefo Liufau. There are rumblings Webb might make it back by October -- but even then you have to wonder if he'll be close to 100 percent. Still, there are lots and lots of question about who will be running the new offense.

Football: CU Buffs athletic department suffers financial loss - Buffzone

CU also had a deficit a year ago, but much of that was due to the penalty CU had to pay to leave the Big 12 for the Pac-12. This year's deficit was not planned, as the football team struggled more than anyone anticipated. With a 1-11 record in football, the Buffs didn't bring in the revenue they normally do. "We missed our ticket revenue piece on football dramatically," Bohn said. "When we miss our ticket revenue number in football by over $2 million, that creates a significant challenge for us."

What we learned in the Pac-12 this spring - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

1. Quarterback competitions (mostly) unresolved: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon State and USC entered spring with straight-up QB competitions, and none arrived at any clarity at the position, though some seemed to hint at a front-runner. B.J. Denker looked like the Wildcats' best healthy QB, while Cal's Zach Kline seemed to assert himself slightly for the Golden Bears. At Colorado, Connor Wood's case was helped by attrition. USC's and Oregon State's battles were too close to call.

Colorado booster has given a $1 million donation - The Denver Post

A Colorado booster has given a $1 million donation toward the school's fundraising drive to upgrade facilities, a source close to the athletic department said Tuesday. Athletic director Mike Bohn, at a media round-table discussion at Bender's Bar and Grill, would not confirm any major donations.

Most important player: Colorado Buffaloes - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Colorado: WR Paul Richardson 2012 production: Did not play Why Richardson is so important: He's a difference-maker on a team that doesn't have a lot of them. There's a reason that Colorado ranked last in the Pac-12 in total offense and scoring offense -- they didn't have anyone who could stretch the field and defenses would simply load up the box. As a result, the Buffs managed just 110.2 rushing yards per game (11th in the league behind Washington State) and were forced to throw more than they wanted to -- and because they were usually down by large amounts. They weren't great at throwing, either, ranking last in pass efficiency with 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions while completing just 55 percent of their throws.

CU Buffs QB Jordan Webb may be ready to play by Pac-12 season - The Denver Post

"We're hoping he's back sometime in September and see how that goes for him," MacIntyre told the Houston-based station. "He's not going to be able to get a sixth year, the way everything's worked out, so he's got to push and try to get going and help sometime this year."

Pac-12 post-spring power rankings - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

12. Colorado: Colorado will be better in coach Mike MacIntyre's first season than it was in 2012, mostly because it can't get any worse. The Buffs were one of the nation's youngest teams last season, and it showed. They figure to be bigger, stronger and smarter this fall. But probably not so much as to escape the basement here.

Nick Hirschman, former CU quarterback, transferring to Akron - The Denver Post

Former Colorado quarterback Nick Hirschman is transferring to Akron, ESPN.com reported Thursday. The junior will be eligible this season as he is earning his degree from Colorado this month. Hirschman announced he would transfer after he didn't earn the starting job following spring practice. First-year Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said Hirschman was even with fellow junior Connor Wood.

Spring a vital step for Pac-12's new coaches

But MacIntyre may face an even bigger challenge in Boulder. Colorado has been on a downward slide since the Gary Barnett era ended in 2005. The Buffaloes have not had a winning season since and had their worst record in the program's 123-year history in 2012, finishing 1-11 to cost coach Jon Embree his job after two seasons. MacIntyre gave his new players a pep talk when he first arrived at Colorado and spent spring practice trying to build their confidence while getting them accustomed to a new way of doing things. "We've been improving daily and I feel good about the team," MacIntyre, a former secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets. "But it's all relative until you get out there in a Pac-12 football game and see exactly where you stack up. I feel like we have some talent and just need to utilize it correctly and make the most of it."

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Men's basketball: Former CU Buff Andre Roberson invited to NBA combine - Buffzone - The NBA released a list of invitees to its annual draft combine Thursday and former Buff Andre Roberson is on the list.

Men's basketball: Dominique Collier commits to Tad Boyle's CU Buffs - Buffzone

"It was the love that Tad Boyle and the rest of the coaches have been showing me the last couple weeks, and I just like the way he has been turn´ ing the program around," Col´ lier said explaining why he com´ mitted. "I like the style of play and I feel I fit in real well." Collier was named Gatorade Player of the Year and Colorado Mr. Basketball after his junior season when he averaged 20 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. Collier might be the best overall talent to come out of the state since for´ mer CU star Chauncey Billups in the mid-1990s.

Pac-12 coaches discuss league's officiating mess - college basketball - ESPN - A look at the awful state of Pac-12 officiating.

3-point shot: Colorado's buff schedule - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

1. Colorado didn't burn any bridges when it left the Big 12 and the Buffaloes are taking advantage of the relationships to schedule quality nonconference games for a team that should make the NCAA tournament in 2014. The Buffaloes already get Kansas in the return game of a home-and-home series with their former Big 12 rival. Colorado coach Tad Boyle then searched for an opponent to play at the MGM Grand -- site of the Pac-12 tournament -- on Dec. 20. Boyle locked in Oklahoma State, a team likely to be picked to win the Big 12. The Buffaloes now have the potential to have two top 10-15 nonconference games by scheduling KU and OSU. The Buffs already had scheduled Front Range games against Wyoming at home and Colorado State and Air Force on the road -- both extremely difficult stops. Boyle said he's trying to add one more neutral site game and one more home-and-home series as well as two other guaranteed games. Meanwhile, the Buffs, who lost Andre Roberson early to the NBA draft, are getting great reviews on incoming freshmen Jaron Hopkins and Dustin Thomas.

My early college basketball top-25 for the 2013-14 season: It’s Louisville, Kentucky and everyone else | College Hotline

16. Colorado: Would be a few spots higher if Andre Roberson had spurned the NBA. But Spencer Dinwiddie leads a talented returning core for under-appreciated coach Tad Boyle.

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Bill Tierney hopes to see Buffs, Rams follow his trailblazing Pioneers - The Denver Post - Yes, please

In the future, Tierney would like DU's first-round opponent to not have to fly to Denver. Rather, take a bus from, say, Fort Collins or Boulder. Indeed, one of college lacrosse's most respected and accomplished coaches thinks the Colorado State Rams and Colorado Buffaloes should take their outstanding club programs to the Division I level. The Rams and Buffs are the top two seeds, respectively, for next week's Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association national tournament in Greenville, S.C. CSU (17-0) opens Monday against Purdue, and CU (15-2) plays Texas on the same day. CU's two losses came to CSU, 8-3 on April 20 and 9-6 on Saturday. "Great guys, both coaching staffs, just really doing it the right way," Tierney said of Tierney's DU Pioneers play host to Albany in a first-round game of the NCAA Tournament at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file) CSU's Alex Smith and CU's John Galvin. " Sometimes you think of club programs — drinking, partying, practice a little bit, whatever — it's just lacrosse. But these guys run it like Division I programs, and I know they both have visions of being Division I some day. "If Michigan (second year of Division I) can move in the way they did, certainly CSU and CU could. It's just a matter of support from the upper levels. But those guys run it right with a lot of in-state kids."

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