The Colorado football program could benefit this fall from the NCAA sanctions recently slapped on the Southern California athletic department.
Sources said USC senior wide receiver Travon Patterson is contemplating transferring to CU for the fall semester. Patterson, a speedster who also returns punts, is eligible to transfer to any program without having to sit out and lose the normal year of eligibility.
Just got off the phone with a source familiar with the negotiations between the Pac-10 and Big 12 schools, who said:
* Colorado "is likely to formally accept" an invitation to join the Pac-10 on Thursday.
Repeat: Colorado to the Pac-10 on Thursday.
At that moment, it will become the Pac-11.
The search for the next Colorado men's basketball head coach is moving swiftly and it appears to be a three-man race to replace Jeff Bzdelik.
A source has told the Camera that CU associate head coach Steve McClain was formally interviewed on Thursday night.
Former Metro State head coach and Denver Nuggets assistant Mike Dunlap, who is currently the associate head coach at Oregon, will interview today.
And Northern Colorado head coach Tad Boyle is scheduled to interview on Saturday.
The CU search committee could be ready to introduce a new coach by Monday.
Alec Burks needs 17 points to break Richard Roby’s program scoring record for freshmen at 480. Cory Higgins needs 23 points to move into CU’s top 10 career scoring list.
Good, but not uplifting write up.
What Went Wrong: It's easy to lay the blame for the Big 12's worst total offense at the feet of the quarterbacks, Cody Hawkins and Tyler Hansen, who split duties and took an equal share of the blame as two of the three least-efficient regulars passers in the conference. (They were joined at the bottom only by Kansas State's Grant Gregory.) The pair barely completed half of their passes, tossed a league-high 18 interceptions and averaged a league-low 5.7 yards per pass, almost a shot-for-shot remake of the same duo's 2008 struggles.
But they hardly had a chance behind an offensive line that allowed more sacks than all but three other teams nationally and earned fewer yards per carry than all but four. Eight opponents dropped Hawkins and/or Hansen at least three times -- including Missouri, which racked up eight sacks, and Texas A&M, which notched seven -- and four Big 12 backs ran for more yards individually than the Buffs gained on the ground as a team.
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins was recruiting under one of the most difficult situations this past season. With questions looming about his future, the Buffs struggled to draw the attention of high-profile recruits both nationally and locally. The Buffs missed out on the top 10 players in their state and finished with their lowest ranking in the Big 12 (last) since Rivals.com has been covering recruiting. Colorado's previous worst came in 2004 and 2006, when it finished at No. 10 in the league.
Every visit we had and when they were here around faculty, they were very impressed with the kind of kids they were here. They look you in the eye, have great twinkle and great smiles, great handshakes-all of that is really, really awesome.