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Buff Bites: Coach Mac Interview And Defensive Secondary Talk

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Doug Pensinger


Mike MacIntyre interview: New Colorado football coach on rebuilding, stats and the future - - A great interview with new Buffs Head Coach MacIntyre from Bill Connelly of SB Nation. I've highlighted my favorite Mac quotes below.

"We found players who were hungry to be successful -- I feel that's really important. Over time, we bonded as a team. It didn't happen overnight, but it just kept building, and the kids kept buying in. That started translating on the field. Last year I think they were even more successful than they thought they could be.

I think the footprint of the Pac-12 is good for Colorado. People look at me like I'm crazy when I say that, but I really do. You can recruit out of the state of California - again, there are just not a lot of schools there. And you can take the same formula - young men who are hungry to be successful, that aren't entitled. That is a key, key ingredient. They need a chip on their shoulder to prove something.The offensive line is pretty athletic, there's a real athletic receiver who didn't play last year [Paul Richardson], and they had some young running backs who did a good job. ... You'd like to settle in on one quarterback at some point; we'll let 'em all compete in the spring and see where that falls."

"We've got to improve our overall team speed. We feel we're bringing in some guys from this recruiting class who can help with that.

We won't know a lot until spring ball. We moved a lot of guys around at San Jose State. We moved a defensive back [Noel Grigsby] to wide receiver, and he ended up setting records at the school. We moved a tight end to offensive tackle [David Quessenberry], and he's at the Combine."

Football: CU Buffs' secondary set for new coaching style - Buffzone - Great story on the secondary from Kyle Ringo. There are some crucial quotes in here about the coaching that this insanely young unit received last season and how that will change this year. I definitely feel better about Yuri and Kenny staying aboard now...

MacIntyre to be positive, firm with Buffs - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN - A solid break down on the Buffs as they head into spring practice from Ted Miller.

Brooks: Do Numbers Favor Buffs Down Final Stretch? - - Official Athletics Web site of the University of Colorado

In NCAA Tournament terms, the Buffs' current temperature is near normal, maybe a degree above. Boyle would like it to be feverish. On four randomly selected websites I checked on Tuesday morning, CU's RPI was 29, 29, 27 and 28. Its four projected tournament seeds were 11, 10, 8 and 10 - and at this point all the numbers mean nothing. The exact NCAA seeding, of course, won't happen until Selection Sunday, and neither Boyle nor his players want to peek that far into March. I'd be surprised if the dark memory of that day two seasons ago still isn't lurking in the back of his mind. What was to be a celebration at his home turned maudlin when the Buffs were snubbed. That shouldn't happen this March, but then . . .

Men's basketball: CU Buffs gaining momentum on the road - Buffzone

Colorado's head coach hasn't had much of his favorite dessert lately from the Outback Steakhouse when the Buffaloes go on the road. After the Buffs started Pac-12 Conference play 1-4 in road games, Boyle and his assistants made the decision to take dessert off the menu during team meals on the road. "We hadn't won a lot of road games early and I thought we were getting a little soft," Boyle said. "Nobody loves dessert more than coach Boyle. So that one hurt, but we said until we start winning some games let's cut it out. We got to stay hungry and humble maybe we were getting too fat and happy. So there was a dessert policy change."

Thorburn: CU Buffs' Andre Roberson turning heads in Pac-12 - Buffzone - Some notes on Roberson's defensive play this year and this week in the Pac-12.

Arizona coach Sean Miller agrees: Colorado's Roberson is nation's top defender | The Field House — The Denver Post - Sean Miller knows where Roberson stands...

Bracketology: Top seeds very much up for grabs - - Dobbertean has the Buffs as a nine-seed facing off the eight-seed Sooners.

Bracketology - NCAA College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN - An updated bracketology from Joe Lunardi has the Buffs as a ten-seed facing off against Butler with Miami in the second round.

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Pac-12 Basketball: Pac-12 NCAA Tournament Watch 2/27 - Pacific Takes - Pacific Takes Jack Follman and Adam Butler speculate on where Pac-12 teams might be seeded if the NCAA Tournament was selected today.

Pac-12 Notebook: Who is defensive player of the year? » Kitsap Sun - More defensive player of the year discussion.

Stanford Daily | Men’s basketball aims to build momentum against Colorado - A preview of tonight's match-up with Stanford from a Cardinal point of view.