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CU-Boulder student leaders to vote on field swap with athletics - Buffzone

Student leaders at the University of Colorado are expected to pass a bill that gives the athletic department ownership of Franklin Field — and the $490,000 in debt associated with the field — as crews prepare to break ground next month on a $143 million project to upgrade sports facilities.

The Coin Toss: CU's new athletics facilitiesCU Independent - No, just no dude.

Jordyn Siemens: I want to preface my points by saying that Colorado athletics are definitely on the rise. After winning four games last season, the football team has already shown significant improvement under Coach Mike MacIntyre. But despite this upward trend, I don’t think new facilities, overwhelmingly geared toward football, are necessary.

Brooks: Hagan Will Enter Hall Of Fame - With A Smile - CUBuffs.com - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

"I think (Barnett) has been proven wrong," Hagan said, flashing the high-wattage smile that always has been as much a trademark as were his option pitches to "Jaay-Jaay Flannigan" during a giddier and grander era of CU football.

Said Hagan: "I watch spread teams come in here and run the option. I was doing it 20 years ago but I was under center and getting hit sooner. That’s the only difference."

Who is a Sleeper Team to Watch in the Pac-12 in 2014? | AthlonSports.com

Outside of Washington and Oregon State, keep a close eye on Utah, Arizona and Colorado. The Buffaloes should show significant improvement in Mike MacIntyre’s second season, and the Utes are expected to regain the services of quarterback Travis Wilson in 2014. Arizona is a bit of a mystery, especially with uncertainty at quarterback and running back.

CU football: Alex Kelley gets nod at center for now - Buffzone

Third-year sophomore Alex Kelley is the starting center following 15 spring practices. Kelley, a product of Oceanside, Calif., who was born in Madrid, Spain, still faces competition for the job in the fall. "He's getting his body in better shape and understanding those nose tackles are quick and powerful and I thought the last half of spring he did really well," coach Mike MacIntyre said. "So right now, he would be our starter."

Drawn and quartered: Pac-12 teams scoring by quarter breakdown - ESPN

Colorado was outscored in the first three quarters but won the fourth decisively, 130-70. That suggests Mike McIntyre's team didn't quit.

Pac-12 coach rankings: New guy Chris Petersen No. 1 - NCAA Football - Sporting News

A solid coach dealing with a brutal situation. It’s still the 1980s at CU with facilities and the thought process of spending money to make money (although planned improvements are on the way). In less than two decades, CU has gone from a Big Eight/12 powerhouse, to a Power 5 school that could possibly lose a successful coach to another program.

Mike MacIntyre points out 8 Colorado players for impressive springs

In no particular order, here are the names mentioned by MacIntyre: • Redshirt-freshman running back Phillip Lindsay • Senior offensive guard Daniel Munyer • Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Bryce Bobo • Sophomore center-guard Alex Kelley • Sophomore linebacker Kenneth Olugbode • Junior defensive tackle Josh Tupou • Redshirt-freshman defensive end Derek McCartney • Redshirt-freshman defensive back Ryan Moeller

Colorado Buffaloes | Pac-12 Football: 5 Teams Having the Best Spring Camp | Bleacher Report

By now you might be sick of hearing this writer gush about Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau. But while the Buffaloes' woes in recent years are due to a lack of talent across the board, nowhere has it been more apparent than at signal-caller. In March, Liufau was seen sporting a gold jersey, a reward put in place by coach Mike MacIntyre. At the time, Liufau had this to say, via Irv Moss of The Denver Post: "If you make a hustle play in practice and Coach thinks it helped the team a lot, you get to wear a gold jersey the next day in practice. If you win it twice, you get to keep it for the rest of the spring."

Spring Grades – Defense " CU At the Game - A CU Football blog by Stuart Whitehair

The easiest out for a grade for the CU defensive line this spring would be "incomplete". After all, two projected starters, defensive tackle Justin Solis and defensive end Samson Kafovalu (who between them have played in 36 games, with 14 starts), did not participate at all in spring drills. Not holding their own academically, Solis and Kafovalu were held out of spring practices so that they could concentrate on trying to stay eligible for the fall.

FROM EQUIPMENT MANAGER TO QB: Former Rancho Bernardo High signal caller Sessions gets improbable shot to play at Colorado - Pomerado News | Pomerado News

"There were about 10,000 people there and I had Colorado on my chest and Buffaloes on my helmet," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Sessions, who went 3-for-5 and hit a 42-yard pass to setup a 1-yard touchdown run for the Black team. "I don’t know. Words cannot describe it honestly."

Ranking the 2014 Pac-12 non-conference schedules: LA schools face major challenges outside of the Pac-12 - Pacific Takes

11. Colorado (Colorado State, at UMass, Hawaii) Far from an intimidating slate for the Buffs, but a good one for a team that needs to win as many games as possible and keep improving.

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CU basketball: Buffs have no plans to plateau - Buffzone

"We have to get our players to completely buy into the defense and rebounding philosophy," he said. "They semi-bought in (this past year). The great teams have bought into it. Ours ... they understand the importance of it and they'll talk it, but in terms of believing it, that's one of the things this team taught me is the power of belief — in a good sense and also in a sense that you don't really believe."

Paul Klee / Buffs: NBA or nah? Spencer Dinwiddie will…. - My headline was way better than this one...

CU basketball: Future Buff Dominique Collier earns All-American honor - Buffzone

Future University of Colorado men's basketball player Dominique Collier was named honorable mention on the MaxPreps 2013-14 boys basketball All-American team Sunday. Collier, who led Denver East to the Class 5A state title in Boulder last month, averaged 23.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.5 steals for the Angels this season.

Colorado men's basketball: Buffs using loss to Pitt for motivation - Buffzone

CU head coach Tad Boyle had that score — PITTSBURGH 77, COLORADO 48 — laminated and taped up on every door and on some of the walls in the basketball office, in the locker room and in the weight room. "We're not going to forget it," Boyle said of that March 20 loss in Orlando. "It's going to motivate us to get better between now and when next season starts.

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