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Saturday CU Buff Bites - Football has New Developments

It's all still rumors, but here's what's floating around...

Colorado_mediumBellotti, Richt get early looks for CU coaching job - The Denver Post

Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti and current Georgia coach Mark Richt have emerged as candidates to replace Dan Hawkins as Colorado's football coach. Bellotti said Friday he would like to get back into coaching and has had preliminary talks with Colorado about its opening. A source close to Colorado's search also said the school is interested in talking with Richt, one of the top coaches in the Southeastern Conference over the past decade.

Colorado_mediumTanaka's Take: CU's next head football coach - KDVR

Dan Hawkins went from up and comer to cautionary tale in less than five years...Mike Bohn admitted Tuesday that sometimes in a coaching search you "hit a dry well." As much as Hawkins felt the heat when he didn't come through, now too will Bohn as he prepares to find Hawkins' successor. So who should Bohn hire as the next head coach at C.U.?

Colorado_mediumCraig Alan Silverman: Top Ten Reasons Why CU should Hire Dave Logan - Huffington Post

1. Proven football winner year after year with an exceptional ability to successfully multitask. 2. Colorado's home-grown all-American three sport athlete who starred at CU. 3. Excellent pro receiver who remains tall and fit, and impressive in any recruit's living room....

Colorado_mediumReader: Bill McCartney-Eric Bienemy teamup at CU better than McCartney & Dave Logan - Denver News

Dave Logan is a great local celebrity but he hasn't paid the coaching dues it usually takes to be a head coach at a BCS school. The history of raising high school coaches to head coaches of major college football programs is not good. Make Eric Bienemy head coach and have Bill McCartney come in as a special advisor. Together, they'd bring a vision for winning, energy and passion. And they'd have the alumni, former and current CU players and fans behind them.

For once, it's still CU football after the jump...

Colorado_mediumRecruits trickle in for CU Buffs football team - Brush News-Tribune

Colorado football coaches received their first commitment of the 2011 recruiting class in the middle of June from quarterback Nick Sherry of Petaluma, Calif., but they have added just four more recruits to the class in nearly five months since then....

CU coaches have hosted only 10 prospects on official campus visits so far this season. They are allowed to host 56 per year and when they have "banked" leftover visits from the previous year, the number can grown to as many as 61. CU has 61 officials visits available in this cycle.

The program generally hosts the bulk of its official visitors in December and January after the high school season because recruits don`t have the same scheduling conflicts. Coaches said 10 official visits to this point in the year is slightly lower than past years, but they said they continue to maintain a steady stream of unofficial visitors from local prospects every week. It also should be noted that CU does not expect to sign a full class once again this year because it is replacing a small senior class.

Colorado_mediumDandy Dozen: College football's multisport stars

#9 Jeremy Bloom, Colorado. Bloom was a speedy and dangerous kick returner and receiver at CU, but his real gift was freestyle skiing. He won three world championships and competed in two Olympics (2002 and '06). But to fund his training he had to accept sponsor money and that's a no-no under NCAA rules. He wrangled with the NCAA through various appeals, before he was finally ruled permanently ineligible in 2004 after playing only two seasons of college football. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006.

#11 John Elway, Stanford. Elway also played outfield for the Cardinal baseball, a skill that came in handy when he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts with the first pick in the 1983 draft. He had already played minor league baseball for the Yankees by that point, and said he would go that route if the Colts didn't trade him. The rest, as Denver Broncos fans will tell you, is history.

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs fans may have more pep in their step after coaching change - Colorado Daily

For the first time this football season, University of Colorado junior Drew Willeke will be in the stands Saturday cheering on the Buffs. Willeke bought a ticket to the home game against Iowa State after CU officials announced Tuesday that they fired head coach Dan Hawkins. As a reinvigorated fan, Willeke even plans to attend the pre-game "Pearl Street Stampede" Friday night. Those joining in the pep rally just might have some extra pep in their steps given the coaching change. "I don't think Dan Hawkins is a bad person," Willeke said. "I just don't think he's a good football coach. I think everyone at the game is going to be anticipating something different on Saturday."

Colorado_mediumColorado Athletic Hall Of Fame Profile: Cliff Branch -

If one was to visit Folsom Field on a given Saturday during the fall of 1971, he or she may have been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of Cliff Branch-just a glimpse, however. Those expecting to see anything more than a blur would need to wait until after the final whistle had sounded.

Cliff "Speedy" Branch was, quite simply, one of the most electrifying players ever to strap it up for the Buffaloes on Saturdays. Standing 5-feet, 11-inches tall and tipping the scales at 170 pounds, he was hardly an imposing figure, yet Branch struck fear in the hearts of defenses and gave opposing coaches nightmares week in and week out. As former teammates and coaches would attest, he was a threat to score every time he touched the ball.