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Midweek CU Buff Bites - Steeplechase Winners, Simply Saturdays, and 1 day closer to the Pac-12

Colorado_mediumCU Buffs' Emma Coburn national champ in steeplechase - Buffzone - We're starting to make a habit out of this...

Colorado senior-to-be Emma Coburn won the women`s USA 3,000-meter steeplechase title on Sunday. "Bridget Franek helped me keep my pace the entire race," Coburn said. "This is the time of the year where most racers are at their peak, so I knew the level of competition would be high." Coburn will now have an opportunity to compete on the world stage as a member of Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships, Aug. 27-Sept. 4, in Daegu, Korea. She will join CU assistant coach Billy Nelson, who won the men`s championship on Saturday.

Colorado_mediumPac-12 Spotlight Visits Utah, Previews Men's Basketball - - continues its countdown to the Pacific-12 Conference with a profile of the University of Utah and conference-wide men's basketball.

Colorado_medium'1961 CU Buffs forever a family - Buffzone

They don't party like it's 1961 anymore. But those who played on that legendary Colorado football team -- which stood up to rugged competition in the Big Eight and racial segregation in the South -- still celebrate together 50 years later.

"We used to meet up at The Sink. I worked there, a bunch of guys on the team did," said Jerry Hillebrand, a first-team All-American end for the Buffaloes. "We'd be sloshing our beer ... we had a pretty good time in college. We still meet there, but now, now we're sloshing water and orange juice."

...After the historic win over Nebraska, CU closed out the regular season with convincing victories over Iowa State (34-0) and Air Force (29-12) to become the program`s first nine-win team. An invitation to the Orange Bowl was accepted by CU officials, and turned down in the locker room.

Romig and McBride announced that the Buffs would only play powerhouse LSU in the Orange Bowl if the entire team -- white and black players -- could stay at the same hotel.

During the trip to Miami earlier in the season, the five black players -- Harris, running back Teddy Woods, wide receiver Ed Coleman, running back Noble Milton, and tackle Al Hollingsworth -- were segregated from the rest of the Buffs.

"We were sort of nervous, but also proud and happy with what our teammates stood up for," Harris said. "I think a lot of that stuff we went through that year made us a really close-knit family. The racial stuff in the South, it`s something we were aware of. But our teammates kept us pretty secure, and we just stayed together as a team and a group. "When you`re with your teammates, you forget a lot of that stuff."

Colorado_mediumSimply Saturday: Great in college, not NFL? - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN is running a cool feature this week that has some Pac-12 flavor: Simply Saturday. It's about 50 great college players who never made a mark in the NFL. So far the only Pac-12 players noted is former Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam at No. 42...

Colorado_mediumPac-12 TV Network: Assessing the options (one of them is a doozy) | College Hotline
Guessing along with the Pac-12 is a risky business these days given the bold, creative nature of the conference under commish Larry Scott. But the Hotline has never been afraid to swing and miss, especially when it comes to big stories — and the Pac-12 TV Network qualifies as a big story.

You want ESPN preseason position previews for the Buffs? Jump.

Colorado_mediumCU's Jon Embree fills void with Buffs4Life - Buffzone

Long before he was the head coach of the Colorado football program, Jon Embree recognized the lack of a solid support system for former CU athletes who encountered tough times in their lives beyond school.

"I just felt like there are so many great experiences you have here as a player, and for guys to just go away and not really have anything that brings us back. The university does their thing, but I wanted something where we did stuff for ourselves," Embree said. "We can't rely on the university because, A, they can't do everything we need, and, B, it really should be us helping each other from a family standpoint."

Colorado_mediumPreseason position reviews: tight end - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Good Shape: Colorado: Ryan Deehan, honorable mention All-Big 12, caught 25 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown in 2010. Backup DaVaughn Thornton has potential. The position figures to get more work with new coach Jon Embree, a former Buffaloes and NFL tight end.

Colorado_mediumPreseason position reviews: Running back - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

Great Shape: Colorado: Rodney Stewart, at 5-foot-6, 175 pounds, is a diminutive workhorse. He rushed for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010. The only issue here is depth, though redshirt freshman Tony Jones had a nice spring.

Colorado_mediumIn case you missed any of the recruits: Embree Adds Three; Completes 1st Recruiting Class - - Football coach Jon Embree has added three more players to his first recruiting class in Boulder, signing the three in the last month to bring the final total in his initial class to 23 players.

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