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Wednesday Buff Bites - 27 Days Until Fall Ball

Colorado_mediumEarly questions for CU football team include injuries, academics - Boulder Daily Camera
Kyle Ringo asks and answers some of the questions surrounding the Buffs' football team going into fall ball like Tyler Hansen's injury, the academic standing of Edward Nuckols and Andre Simmons, and the overall health of the team.

Defensive line and wide is important that Edward Nuckols and Nick Kasa are ready to go when August rolls around on the defensive side of the ball and hopefully, Andre Simmons and one of the freshman are ready to go and provide instant offense, potentially start.

Colorado_mediumFour Downs: Congress looks at the BCS | Sporting News
The Sporting News thinks that Ralphie is the best college mascot in all of the land:

Curtis: Best mascot: Ralphie at Colorado. Because I don't have the stones to tell her there's someone better.


Hayes: Best mascot: Ralphie. Nothing like 1,300 pounds of raw fury, rolling along at 25 mph, leading the Buffaloes onto the field. Get goose bumps just thinking about it.

Colorado_mediumFrei: Hawkins believes in family time - The Denver Post
New offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau talks about what seperates Dan Hawkins from other coaches and why he has chosen to stay with Hawkins over the years of being courted by other programs:

When I recently profiled new University of Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau, I asked him why he had made what seemed to be a lateral move when he left Jeff Tedford's California staff to join the Buffaloes as Dan Hawkins receivers coach in 2005.

"One hundred percent because of the type of person Dan Hawkins is," Kiesau said. "It was not a football decision. . . . When I was at Cal, I never saw my family, never saw my kid. We would grind all night. I'm not saying that's wrong. Different guys have different philosophies about how they work and how they operate."

Colorado_mediumSLAM ONLINE | " Big 12 Recruiting Breakdown
SLAM, the basketball magazine, takes a look at the Buffs in 2009, specifically the incoming recruits. I am particularly excited to watch Marcus Relphorde and Alec Burks next year:

Don’t expect Colorado to be challenging for a conference title any time soon, but the Buffaloes did bring in size at several positions that should help next season. Combo-guard Alec Burks will be an immediate impact player thanks to his versatility and solid 6-4 frame. A graduate of Grandview Sr. HS in Missouri, Burks knows how to get into the lane and create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. Australian center Shane Harris-Tunks will help the frontcourt right away thanks to his strong 6-11 frame that is more than ready to handle the rigors of playing in the paint at the big time Division 1 level. Having recently left the Australian Institute of Sport, Harris-Tunks has a polished post game that includes the ability to consistently hit the mid-range jumper. California small forward Keegan Hornbuckle had offers on the table from the likes of Arizona and Arizona State, but went with less of a sure thing in CU. The 6-5 wing earned his attention thanks to his sharpshooting from the perimeter that will help to spread out opposing defenses. Colorado also added a pair of junior college transfers in point guard Shannon Sharpe and small forward Marcus Relphorde. Sharpe (no relation to the football player) averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists as a senior at Centennial HS in California before missing his one season of JuCo. The 6-0 floor general is super explosive, very fast in the open floor and has a build that can handle contact on the way to the basket. He is definitely a guy who will excel when he can get out and push the tempo of the game. Relphorde spent his freshman year at St. Louis before transferring to Indian Hills-Ottumwa for his sophomore campaign. Now back at the D-1 level, the 6-8 small forward will be a match up problem for Big 12 defenders thanks to his ability to post up and operate on the perimeter as well.

Colorado_mediumStillwater NewsPress - Commentary: Check these preseason Big 12 football picks
The Buffs are shown little respect in this Oklahoma newsman's picks for Big 12 standings and all-conference players.

Colorado_mediumThe Quad Countdown: No. 58 Air Force - The Quad Blog -
The NYTimes continues their countdown to the Air Force Falcons are up. Something tells me they will finish higher than they are expected to, they always seem to do that.