He added, "Guys out there are interested in us – very good football players." In addition to talent, his recruiting process focuses on "character, guys who want to be at (CU) and guys who fit into our system." If those areas can be successfully addressed, "the wins will take care of themselves," he said.
That's why this offseason is so important for CU. The Buffs have nine months to build on that belief and prepare themselves for turning the corner. No question, recruiting is vital for CU if it wants to be a Top 25-caliber program again. But, the next step has to come from the players already in Boulder. With a few exceptions, the players who fill key roles in 2015 are already on the roster.
"I believe to turn anything around in (any endeavor), it takes hope, passion and endurance," MacIntyre said. " And endurance is the biggest thing. If you can endure, then you'll keep your hope and passion alive. There are a lot of gut-wrenching things that happen along the way. It takes a little of 'iron-sharpen-iron' in a way. I believe we're getting there."
The 20 seniors who were introduced before the home finale against Utah included six survivors from the Recruiting Class of 2010, 12 members of the Recruiting Class of 2011, and two transfers. Of the 20, there were nine members rated as three-star prospects by Rivals, four were two-star prospects, and six – 40% of this year’s seniors - who were walk-ons or unrated prospects. That being said, it’s really not their fault that there Classes were so poorly rated and represented.
The Recruiting Class of 2010 was the last Class brought in by Dan Hawkins. As you will recall, Hawkins should have been fired at the end of the 2009 season, but, due to some last minute dealings Thanksgiving weekend, was given a year’s reprieve. The Class he recruited and signed in February, 2010, knew – or should have known – that they were being recruited by a staff that was not likely to be there for the majority of their careers.
Now, 17 years later, a $143 million, state-of-the art athletic complex is under construction, with a completion date set for August. The project includes a multipurpose indoor practice facility, as well as refurbishment of the Dal Ward Athletics Center. The 120,000-square-foot practice facility will include a 100-yard, artificial turf football field and a six-lane, 300-meter track.
The Buffs go winless in conference play for the first time since 1898, when they lost both games in the Colorado Football Association to Colorado Mines and Colorado College. And how could we forget those lean years? That said, four conference losses this season were by five points or fewer. This was, by far, a more competitive team than last season. Next season, though, the wins will have to start coming in. Simply being competitive won't cut it anymore.
"College football is about one thing: recruiting," said former CU quarterback Joel Klatt. "And the recruiting restrictions that the university imposed on the program ultimately sunk the program to the point that it was going to be very hard to have success.
Colorado going winless in-conference - The Buffs were greatly improved in 2014, but that officially will not show in their record. It is too bad, because I don't know if I have ever seen a Pac-12 team that came so close to winning so many games but lost every one of them.
The reality of college basketball is that there are few elite teams every year, teams that can go on the road and dominate the way most others do at home. There are few teams in the country who aren’t handicapped offensively once the pace slows down and they’re forced to execute in the half court. Few coaches have the strategic chops to diagram flawless offensive execution and the recruiting ability to enroll the talent to make it all come together.
"That's what makes us not great just yet," Booker said. "The great teams put teams away and keep them there. The good teams, they slip up at times. We slipped up (Sunday against Lipscomb). Thank God it didn't cost us a (loss). We're happy we got the win, but we have a lot to learn.
As they go forward, the Buffaloes (4-1) have several issues to work out, but figuring out how to close out a game properly is near the top of the list. "We've gotten soft in the second half (of games)," senior Askia Booker said. What the Buffs have shown is that when they are interested in a game, they play well, but they have a tendency to lose interest.