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Colorado_mediumCU’s Burney to stay at safety : All Things Colorado Sports Colorado
In news that should make all of us very happy, the defensive staff has decided to keep Ben Burney at safety after a breakout performance last week against Wyoming. The former cornerback was all over the field with five tackles, one for a loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Colorado_mediumColorado coach on the defensive  - Sports - The Charleston Gazette
It looks like West Virginia quarterback Jarret Brown is healing well from his shoulder contusion suffered during the Auburn game but two defensive starters are still not practicing:

Defensive starters Williams (foot) and Berry (shoulder), though, both dressed for Thursday's practice in red jerseys, meaning they were essentially allowed to do nothing. Williams is still wearing a walking boot on his injured right foot.

Colorado_mediumCU’s offensive line shuffle continues - The Longmont Times-Call
Offensive line coach Denver Johnson gets back OT Bryce Givens this week but he is undecided as to who will start on the offensive line come next Thursday night. Givens started the first two games of the year at tackle but it looks like Ryan Miller may get the start there for the second week in a row.

Johnson said he does not know who’ll be his starting five when the Buffs visit West Virginia next Thursday (5:30 p.m., ESPN). And he’s totally OK with that. "We’re a long ways away from being where we intend to be," Johnson said Wednesday. "But we are incrementally making some progress. Hopefully we’ll continue to progress.

Colorado_mediumKevin Sumlin, Case Keenum have Houston Cougars in BCS hunt - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Stewart Mandel of SI.com has a nice article on Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin, who is on the rise in the coaching ranks. A former Oklahoma Sooner assistant, Sumlin has roots in the Big 12. Mandel mentions him as a possible candidate for the Colorado head coaching job if the program decides on a change at the end of the year:

Most important, however, is the question of how long the school will be able to keep Sumlin. His name has already surfaced as a replacement for struggling Colorado coach Dan Hawkins. Sumlin signed an extension last winter through the 2013 season (with a reported annual salary of $700,000), but if Houston has a big season, his stock will continue to rise. "He knows what it takes to win," said Klingler, who lives in Houston and served as a radio analyst for Cougars games in past seasons. "There are a lot of guys who can call plays, but he stresses attention to detail, work habits and the things that make you successful.