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Colorado_mediumHawk thinking big - The Denver Post
Dan Hawkins sat down with Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post for a little Q&A session. A lot of brief one word answers at the beginning of the interview but then Hawkins got into a little at the end. Asked if the program is close to where he wants to be, here was his answer:

That word has been used a lot. And I think it's pretty appropriate. I really do think we're close. I really do. Now, I've said this before: You don't want to be close to having a good marriage, you don't want to be close to making the basket. But I do think we're really poised. This talent, depth, experience thing, and when you talk about the culture, our whole balance of life, the excellence with class, guys figuring the whole thing out. I just think we're really knocking on the door.

Asked if he expects any more departures of players in the future:

There's always stuff on the horizon. Just the complexity of guys' lives and things that go on.

Colorado_mediumCU's Plati to be recognized for 25 years of service: Boulder Daily Camera
Congrats to Dave Plati, long time CU sports information director, who will be honored for his 25+ years of service at Colorado. I have met Dave Plati and he is a great guy who really cares about the University he works for. Woodrow and I went up to talk to him one day about our site and how we can best work with them. He couldn't have been nicer to us, considering going in we thought we were the evil internet. Well deserved award.

Read the article Kyle Ringo wrote, it is full of interesting information including a run-in with O.J. Simpson.

Plati will begin his 26th year as Colorado's sports information director this fall and his 32nd year with the athletic department overall, and he is finally receiving some recognition for all of his hard work spanning those three decades. Later this month, Plati and 12 of his peers from around the nation will be honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America for 25 years of service in the profession. Plati's longtime counterpart at Colorado State, Gary Ozzello, is also, fittingly, being honored.

Colorado_mediumHistoric Season Ends With Title - Jenny Barriger -

University of Colorado senior Jenny Barringer capped off a historic career on the track for the Buffaloes as she became the first to win three NCAA titles in the same event over the course of four years. The Oviedo, Fla. native captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase crown at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Friday night at John McDonnell Field at the University of Arkansas in an NCAA and meet record 9 minutes, 25.54 seconds. It is also the fastest time recorded in the world this season. Barringer currently holds the top two times as her mark of 9:26.20 had been first since May 30.

Simply amazing what she has accomplished over her career.

Colorado_mediumOrms takes last shot at strutting stuff - The Denver Post
Buff commit, S/Ath Parker Orms, took place in the annual Colorado high school all-star game in Greeley. Orms scored two touchdowns and threw for another as his North squad beat the South 40-14.

Colorado_mediumCoach Dan Hawkins Will Be Back For Sports Corp 2009 College Football Kickoff Luncheon On June 25
He’ll be back again for the popular Sports Corp College Football Kickoff Luncheon on June 25 at Noon, the official opening season preview of college gridiron programs at Air Force, CU, CSU, CSU-Pueblo, and Northern Colorado with the head coaches in person.

Colorado_mediumRemember Roman Hollowel? - Where are they now? -Evolution Sports Management
Twitter brought me this little bit. I noticed the name Roman Hollowel, a former Buff and a member of the 2001 Big 12 Championship team. Hollowel was hired at Evolution Sports Manager, a Denver based company who provides services to professional athletes ranging from draft prepration to financial planning. Other promiment members of the staff include former Mullen high school prep and Miami (FL) quarterback Ryan Clement, former Denver Bronco K.C. Jones, Yatil Green, Justin Armour and Darius Holland

As Director of Recruiting, Roman is responsible for cultivating relationships with current and prospective ESM clients. Roman blends his unique communication skills, integrity, hard work and dedication to his craft to serve as a value added member of ESM.

It looks ESM is a relatively new company as their only listed client is former Buff FB/RB Maurice Cantrell. Cantrell is currently playing for the Colorado Ice, scoring two touchdowns last night. We will try and reach out to a few past Buffs this summer like Hollowel, Cantrell, Mel Holliday and Hugh Charles.

Always good to hear about a few former Buffs.

Colorado_mediumMBB Excels in the Classroom -

During the spring 2009 semester, the men’s basketball team achieved their highest grade point average on record a 2.926. The 2.926 GPA shatters the spring 2001 semester of 2.744.

Congrats to the men's basketball team.