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Recapping Colorado Buffaloes Athletics and Pac-12 News, Links, and Stories

Colorado_mediumAnalysis: CU Buffs should add women's lacrosse - Buffzone

Women's lacrosse is the most likely sport to be added to the Colorado athletic department later this spring based on startup costs, annual costs of funding the program, a growing local recruiting base and the ability to compete regionally and with other Pac-12 Conference opponents.

Athletic director Mike Bohn told the Camera over the weekend the school plans to announce the addition of a women's sport this spring, but he would not say which sport it will be. Bohn acknowledged Monday that girls lacrosse is the fastest growing sport at the high school level in Colorado and much of the rest of the nation and that it would make sense for many reasons for CU to add women's lacrosse.

"Anytime we have the opportunity to bolster our commitment to women's sports opportunities, it helps our reputation across the country," Bohn said. "With lacrosse's popularity growing nationally and in Colorado, it's an extremely viable option for us to consider."

Based on comments from the new sport post, I can only assume that Kyle Ringo is none other than Ralphie Report Regular Phil Fraser

Alabama Crimson Tide 21 vs. LSU Tigers 0 - Recap - January 09, 2012 - ESPN

The Alabama defense took no chances in the rematch. With a smothering display of old-school football, the No. 2 Crimson Tide blew out the top-ranked Tigers 21-0 in the Allstate BCS Championship Game Monday night.

Well, now that the crummy bowl games are out of the way, bring on the real Bowl Game!

Colorado_mediumBrad Childress and Bobby Ross Named East-West Shrine Game Coaches

Venerable coaches Brad Childress and Bobby Ross selected as head coaches of the 87th annual East-West Shrine "This is a great opportunity to give back and provide joy to the children at Shriners Hospital for Children," said Childress.

"Helping our next generation both on and off the field is a cause that is very dear to me." "Words cannot describe the feeling you get from bringing so much joy into these children’s lives," said Ross, who also coached the game in 2008 and is proud to support Shriners Hospitals for Children for a second time. "I’m so proud to be back coaching the East-West Shrine Game and helping raise money for a special cause." Kick-off is at 4:00 p.m., on January 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Consider this your official place to hate on the field-goal-clothes-line-WWE-matchup that masqueraded as a National Championship game. See? We can use french words even when a bowl game isn't being played in New Orleans...

The Fun In Funeral: 2011 College Football's Dark New Orleans Sendoff -

Spencer Hall attends a funeral in New Orleans, the only possible final resting place for the 2011 college football season.

"We put the fun in funeral -- NEW ORLEANS." -- bumper sticker seen on car in the Garden District

Colorado_pac-12Protect the darn ball! - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

You must protect the football. It's a football cliche that is a statement of fact when it comes to winning games, but also for winning national championships. The Pac-12 played seven bowl games. It won two. The two it won -- Oregon in the Rose Bowl and Utah in the Sun Bowl -- it was even with turnovers. Four of the five it lost, it lost the turnover battle. The exception? Arizona State won the turnover battle 3-2 with Boise State. The Sun Devils, as their fans well-know, are always weird.

Colorado_pac-12Opponent Watch: UCLA - Noel Mazzone now officially at UCLA - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

First reported weeks ago, it's now official: Noel Mazzone will be UCLA's new offensive coordinator after serving in the same post at Arizona State the previous two years.

Colorado_pac-12Opening the mailbag: Ducks are Huskies! - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN

...I thought it was a catch, but this picture does give you pause. Just a little. I still think it was a catch. But I'm just a lowly Pac-12 blogger.

And, as our your Pac-12 fans will tell you, we are shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that Pac-12 officiating left you wanting.


Colorado_mediumCU Buffs' Pletcher recovers quickly - Buffzone

On May 26, Pletcher was rock climbing in Boulder Canyon when he fell 30 feet and landed on his neck. "I hit the road and I fractured my skull in two places and both wrists," said Pletcher, who two months earlier helped the Colorado ski team to a national title by winning an individual nordic title of his own. The fall left him with broken bones, cuts and bruises, but also some brain trauma.

Still, Pletcher considers himself "extremely lucky." He very easily could have wound up a quadriplegic, or worse. "The whole situation was pretty lucky," he said. "The way I landed, I should have broken my neck. I landed on my neck, but because the ground was tilted, I landed flatter. And because I hit my wrist, that took pressure off my spine."

On Monday, Pletcher and some of his teammates returned to Boulder after competing in the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Rumford, Maine. On Friday, Pletcher and the rest of the nordic team will be at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs for the first nordic event of the college season.

Colorado_mediumRocky Mountain High -

Colorado has jumped out to a 3-0 mark in Pac-12 play. It helps that the first three games for the Buffaloes were at home where Pac-12 teams have fared well, posting a 17-6 record (.739) after two weeks of league play. . . CU has clamped down on the opposition, allowing just 54.0 points per game in league play, while limiting league foes to 32.8 percent shooting from the field. . .

Over the last five games, Colorado is allowing just 49.4 points per game. Over the last 10 games, the Buffaloes have yielded 69 or fewer points in each of those contests. . . With the 3-0 start in Big 12 play last season, it's the first time Colorado has begun conference play 3-0 in back-to-back seasons since the 1961-62 and 1962-63 seasons.

Go Buffs!