Other Buffs responded in different ways. Some were mad, others numb, others did not want to acknowledge more bad news coming from a 2-6 program that has fans threatening boycotts and protests. While Hagan conducted interviews, several Buffs walked by the scrum telling reporters to "get over it." But Hagan, the man who recruited Scott from Ventura, Calif., to Boulder when every other program in the nation craved his signature, could not mask his anger. This might take him awhile to get over. "I don’t even want to know a reason," Hagan said. "There’s not a reason. He’ll probably say, ‘I want to get home to my mom’ or ‘I wasn’t happy here.’ He’ll make up a whole bunch of different things. "But the truth of the matter is, this is something he shouldn’t have done."
But what is lost is twofold: One is potential. Scott is a physically gifted young man who could very well still blossom into a top-notch Division I running back. It would have been nice to see him reach that potential in a Buff uniform. The biggest loss, however, may come in terms of recruiting. The Buffs lost a five-star recruit on Tuesday. Guaranteed, every opposing coach recruiting a prep standout who is considering Colorado will bring Scott into the conversation. They will use it as a tool to steer players away from CU and to their program.
Losing Scott, said Hagan, will not adversely affect the chemistry at his position: "All my guys like each other, they're all competitive. We just lost a pair of legs. But like I said, I wish Darrell nothing but the best . . . life goes on; I'll wake up tomorrow and it'll be a different day."
For Buffs fans, powder blue is the color of defeat. It's the color of losing streaks, of (arguably) poor coaching, of lackluster fans. It's the color that the University of Colorado Buffaloes football team wore from 1981 to 1984, when they won a total of 10 games out of 44.
CU owed Scott more than an excellent education. He had committed to Hawkins and given the program a significant recruiting lift when it was needed. He deserved more of an opportunity to play when he was healthy, just as Marcus Houston deserved more when he was healthy. And Houston, the last "great" running back recruited by Colorado, had to run away. Who's next? In his first practice before last season, Scott looked impressive, elusive and fast. One senior defensive lineman predicted he would win the Heisman Trophy in two years. Others predicted immediate stardom. Nobody at CU is predicting trophies or stardom for Scott anymore, and Scott is not predicting a national championship for the Buffaloes. As the knight told Indiana Jones after the bad guy grabbed the wrong goblet and his head exploded: "He chose poorly."
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Hawkins’ stubborn refusal to play the best players on Saturdays bothers the powers that be just as much as the average fan. The slow starts and appearance that the Buffs are unprepared to play bother the powers that be just as much as the average fan. The attrition rate in Hawkins’ program bothers the powers that be just as much as the average fan. The never-ending excuse about the youth of the team while other young teams around the country are finding success bothers the powers that be just as much as the average fan. The handling of the quarterback situation and the lack of player development atthe position over 31/2 years now bothers the powers that be just as much as the average fan. The team’s inability to win on the road under Hawkins bothers the powers that be just as much as the average fan. Seeing Dan Hawkins handle news of Darrell Scott’s decision to transfer this way on Tuesday bothered the powers that be just as much as the average fan.
Running backs coach Darian Hagan said Scott's decision caught him by surprise. But Hagan admitted he had talked with Scott on several occasions in recent months about previous rumors of a transfer. "I didn't find out the way I thought I deserved to find out," Hagan said. "It's unfortunate he decided he had to leave. He has to do what he has to do, but I just wish he did it in a different way." Scott has said that his relationship with Hagan and the fact that his uncle was a Buff were the two biggest reasons he decided to join the CU program. After making his decision to end the recruiting process, Scott said Hagan was like a father figure in his life. "I had no idea he was even thinking about it," Hagan said. "I've asked him on different occasions, 'Was he OK? Was he thinking about transferring?' Because I heard people saying stuff. I told him to be a man about it and look me in the eye. He said, 'No, coach. I never thought about it.'"
He said his interest in UCLA is high, "really high, really," and said despite the team's recent struggles he believes the Bruins can turn it around. "They started the year off pretty well," Scott said by phone Tuesday night. "I think they're struggling, but they can turn it around. I played football with most of the guys on that team, and I think they have a lot of potential. "A lot of talent."
There has been some Internet chatter among CU fans wondering if redshirt-freshman safety Ray Polk might move back to running back, now that the stable is without Darrell Scott. Don’t look for that to happen. Defensive backs coach Greg Brown said moving Polk to the starting lineup has really solidified the secondary.
Head Coach Dan Hawkins held his weekly Press Luncheon Tuesday at the Dal Ward Athletic Center, the following are quotes from the session.
Klatt said the fact the sign was painted over concerns him and other former Buffs because it is an indication in their eyes that Hawkins and athletic director Mike Bohn don`t value some of the traditions in place before their arrival.
Freshman defensive end Nick Kasa spoke at length Tuesday about his season coming to an end because of a case of mononucleosis and an enlarged spleen. "It`s really frustrating definitely," Kasa said. "I can`t catch a break. But if I get the season back, that would be even be better because I get some playing time and I still get my four years to play."
The proposed change would be for teams never to go more than one year without facing each other in the regular season. Colorado would play Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State this year and then play the other three South Division foes next season. In the third year, the Buffs would play Texas, Texas A&M and OSU again but at the opposite site from this season.
Colorado coach Dan Hawkins returned to normal this week at his media luncheon today. There was no long, introspective opening statement, reading of letters of support or acknowledgement of mistakes made as was the case a week ago. Hawkins stayed with a business as usual approach in discussing last week's homecoming loss to Missouri and this Saturday's home game against a Texas A&M team he called "very electric."
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Miller leads the nation with 13½ sacks as the Aggies (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) head into Saturday's game at Colorado (2-6, 1-3). He needs seven more sacks to pass the Texas A&M single-season mark of 20, set by defensive end Jacob Green in 1979.
This coming weekend Nduka Onyeali will be taking an official visit to Arizona State. "I’ve heard a lot of good things about ASU," Onyeali said. "I’ve seen a few of their games on TV and the area looks great. It’s also a pretty good program. They seem to be doing well and I know they have great coaches." The Sun Devils were Onyeali’s first scholarship offer last spring.
Texas A&M's offense put up big numbers in its first three games, but the level of competition raised doubts about how good the Aggies really were. After losing three in a row, A&M (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) has now topped 500 total yards in consecutive Big 12 victories and the offense remains one of the nation's best. The Aggies rank third in total yardage (490.5 yards per game), eighth in scoring (35.8 points per game) and fourth in third-down conversion rate (52.5 percent) heading into Saturday's game at Colorado (2-6, 1-3).