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Tuesday Buff Bites - Hagan Never Worried About Scott Leaving

Colorado_mediumRB Darrell Scott loyal to CU despite Smith's absence - The Denver Post
Runningback coach Darian Hagan was adamant that he never felt Darrell Scott was going to transfer when WR Josh Smith left, in fact, he said Darrell thought Josh was "crazy" for leaving:

"I wasn't worried about Darrell leaving," Hagan said, "because I know for a fact that Darrell didn't come to Colorado because of Josh, although a lot of people think that." Hagan said Scott told him Smith was crazy for deciding to leave. "Darrell said he loves it here, that he is excited for the season and isn't going anywhere," Hagan said. "Darrell tried to talk Josh out of it, but Josh had his mind made up." Interviewed during CU's annual golf day for boosters and media at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club, Hagan said being separated from Smith could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Scott. "He was always having to answer questions about his uncle. Now he won't have to do that," Hagan said.

In other news,  CU athletic director Mike Bohn said he has not been contacted by the Minnesota Timberwolves or any other NBA team about Buffaloes coach Jeff Bzdelik. Bzdelik engaged in a "casual conversation" with the Timberwolves last week about their coaching vacancy. Bohn said he expects Bzdelik to remain at CU.

Colorado_mediumThe Longmont Times-Call - CU targets fall groundbreaking for practice facility
Athletic director Mike Bohn also said yesterday that fundraising for the new basketball practice facilities is his main priority as well as driving football season ticket sales.

Completing plans and raising money for a new basketball and volleyball practice facility remains the "No. 1 priority" within the Colorado athletic department, director Mike Bohn said Monday. He said the same thing last July, too. What was different Monday was Bohn said he hopes ground can be broken on the facility this fall, which is a little later than the August date officials once targeted. But Bohn’s main point Monday was despite challenges fundraising in this economy, a roughly $1 million increase in its price and the recent layoffs that stung the university, the facility has not been forgotten. "It is on schedule; it is our No. 1 priority; and it is moving," Bohn said. "It is not on hold." Football season-ticket sales are down about "3 to 4 percent," but close to last year’s pace. Bohn said CU had sold 19,000 as of Monday, but he expected sales to increase once Denver Broncos camp starts, as they do every year. Bohn said last year’s season-ticket sales figure was 22,300. He said he anticipates student tickets to sell out for the fourth year in a row, and suite and club seat renewals are going well.

Colorado_mediumBohn not playing numbers game : Top Stories : Boulder Daily Camera
What's new, Colorado State and Colorado are trying to work out a deal for the Rocky Mountain Showdown series. Surprise, Surprise. They say they are getting closer but we will see, I think concessions will have to be made on CSU's part:

CSU contract talks continue Bohn said he hopes to announce a long-term contract extension in football with Colorado State before the teams meet in Folsom Field on Sept. 6. The schools have been discussing a 10-year deal that would run through 2020. He said the schools continue to try to work out problems in years in which Colorado is slated to have only five home games if the Buffs play the Rams in Denver. He said moving the 2010 game back to Denver instead of playing in Fort Collins is a possibility. "I think that's still something we're trying to obviously resolve," Bohn said.

Colorado_mediumCollege football already getting serious - The Denver Post
Natalie Meisler of the Denver Post talks about how serious summer college football workouts have become with almost 100% participation from both veterans and newcomers. All that being said, here is the comment I took away from this article:

Added CU linebacker Marcus Burton: "Accountability is real big. We're tired of losing."

Colorado_mediumBrooks: Football, Facilities Dominate Round Table Discussion -
B.G. Brooks talks about a ton of different subjects from facilities, football, Colorado State, Coach Hawkins and season tickets. He also makes note of the Buffs talking with ESPN and ABC for a possible national television game with Georgia but Mike Bohn understands for that to happen, winning in 2009 is very important:

Bohn also said discussions are underway with ESPN and ABC that possibly would put CU’s 2010 home game against Georgia in a prime time television slot. But once again he underlined the importance of stockpiling the 'W's’ – something Hawkins hasn’t done to his own satisfaction during his first three seasons (13-24 overall, one bowl appearance) at CU. Said Bohn: "How will that (CU vs. Georgia being a prime-time TV attraction) happen? If we’re winning and we’re successful. So we understand that."

More Buff links after the jump...

Colorado_mediumThe Score with Armstrong and Shapiro1510 " Mike Bohn Interview 7-20-09

University of Colorado Athletic Director Mike Bohn visits the show. How is Coach Hawk doing after his surgery? Why does he feel that Toledo could be a "trap" game?

Colorado_mediumStillwater NewsPress - Big 12 Week 7: Undefeated OSU rolls Mizzou
We would all take this right?

Kansas at Colorado: The only other divisional matchup of the week. Kansas travels to Boulder undefeated and likely ranked in the Top 15. We talked yesterday about Colorado finding a way to play above itself for one week and pull off a major upset. And doesn’t it also seem that since Kansas turned good a few years ago it seems to find a way to lose a game it shouldn’t. Look for something wacky happening late here, like Colorado’s Jason Espinoza returning a punt for a touchdown in the game’s final two minutes. Final score: Colorado 24, Kansas 17

Colorado_mediumCollege Football Countdown: Nos. 66-70 - D1SCOURSE - Washington Times - Colorado State #66

No. 66: COLORADO STATE Effectively interchangeable with Air Force, the Rams were also much like the Falcons in that they beat everyone they should have and lost to all the superior teams on their schedule in '08 --- with the possible exception of upending Houston. In any case, another season like that will produce another 6-6 and another lower-tier bowl berth. And for this year, that's OK, because the Rams did go four seasons without a winning record until last fall. There's reason to pause, certainly. Quarterback is in flux, and trips to Colorado, Brigham Young and Texas Christian don't look promising. But the offensive line looks strong, and that's a good thing to possess in an increasingly defense-oriented conference (at least at the top, anyway). The Rams might, in retrospect, wind up a little too high. But coach Steve Fairchild turned things around last year, and he thrived when he was the offensive coordinator in Fort Collins a decade or so ago. Maybe this ranking is a little on faith, but there are worse teams to roll the dice on than Colorado State.