"They've done a really good job of manning up and asking more of themselves," UCLA Coach Steve Alford said. "That's not always an easy thing to do, especially in a league like this. Their staff and players have done an excellent job of moving things forward and not keeping it status quo."
"I would say the injuries generally affect the seeding more than the selection process," Wellman said. "We have to be very careful about the amount of emphasis that we put upon an injury. We don’t know, for instance, the opponent of that player who is playing for Team A and might be injured . . . "We just have to be very careful about what the injury impact is on any particular team."
So that’s a good sign for the Buffs, who played well last weekend but whose record hasn’t been exemplary in the eight games since the Dinwiddie injury. They’re 1-4 against the RPI top 100, with three additional wins against USC, Utah and Washington State.
Well, here’s an opinion from Tad Boyle, the Colorado coach, on what’s happened over the last several weeks. He made his feelings known on the weekly Pac-12 teleconference call Tuesday morning. Asked about the officiating changes, he joked, "What officiating changes? It’s being called right now the way it’s always been called, in terms of conference play. The officiating changes have gone out the window."
"Norman Powell is a phenomenal athlete," Boyle said. "He gets a head of steam going, he is hard to deal with."
Powell showed that again against USC on Saturday. He had a career-high 21 points, again making eight of 13 shots. That included two three-pointers.
"He has improved his outside game," Boyle said. "It has never been his strength, but he was capable. He is becoming a much more complete player."
Sometimes a shoot first, think later, seldom share "two" guard, Booker has reversed those tendencies. Since Dinwiddie’s injury seven games ago, a headier Booker leads the Buffs in scoring (17.0 points) and assists (5.1 a game; 6.0 in the last six). Tying his career high with seven assists in CU’s 91-65 rout of Washington last weekend, Booker surpassed last season’s assist total – 72-71 – with seven regular-season games and the Pac-12 Tournament remaining.
6. Colorado (18-6, 7-4) In the time it took you to read these power rankings, Askia Booker found Josh Scott for three more alley-oops over the Huskies and Xavier Johnson just scored 20 more points. Are the Buffaloes still scoring?
I saw in the recruiting rankings that, at one point, Colorado was one spot behind Old Dominion. Two things stuck out to me. One, I didn't know Old Dominion has a football team. And two, how in the world was Colorado ranked below it? I remember when Colorado once fielded good teams. What happened? Is it still suffering from the recruiting scandal from years ago, or has it just quit caring about football?
-- Ronnie levitzke, Andalusia, Ala.
I found this hard to believe at first, but sure enough, on 247Sports' composite rankings (which combine the rankings from all the major recruiting sites), Colorado finished No. 76, barely edging out No. 77 Old Dominion (another school that oversigned, incidentally). First of all, yes, Old Dominion has a football team, and while it's just five years old, it's moving up from FCS to join Conference USA this season. Obviously, that one slipped by all but the true realignment junkies. As for Colorado, apparently Mike MacIntyre didn't enjoy the customary new coach recruiting bump, a la Kentucky's Mark Stoops, which shows just how tall a rebuilding task he's facing. The recruiting scandal is now a decade old. No question it decimated the program originally, but that's no longer the issue.
1. To get something … and that something is the $3 billion deal with Fox and ESPN over a 12-year period … you have to give up something. The networks need programming and want flexibility, and they were willing to pay for it. The Pac-12 decided the money was important enough to give up the neat-and-tidy schedule that had been in place for eons. (That’s true on the basketball side, too.)
Galveston, Texas, native John Humphrey Jr. received his first Pac-12 football scholarship offer on Wednesday. The 6-foot, 160-pound athlete with a 4.25 40-yard dash time has more than enough speed to keep up with cornerbacks and receivers in the conference.
Up next: Good Will kicking
Who and against whom: Colorado opened its 2013 season with a 41-27 win over rival Colorado State, and kicker Will Oliver was perfect along the way in helping the Buffs to a 1-0 start. The numbers: Oliver went 4-of-4 on field goal attempts, including boots of 22, 41, 44 and 52 yards, and hit all of his PATs for a 15-point day.
Two junior defensive backs from the Houston area have reportedly picked up offers from the Buffs. The Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas) football program tweeted today that Colorado has offered scholarships to 2015 recruits Jordan Tolbert and Jameel Cook Jr. The 5-11, 160-pound Tolbert is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. He gave a pledge to Houston in October, but is listed as a soft commit. Tolbert also holds an offer from Baylor. Check out his Hudl page and sophomore highlights below.
11 out of the 20 recruits are from the state of California, which is the home of MacIntyre’s former school, San Jose State University. MacIntyre clearly has a lot of connections and roots in California, specifically Northern California. California is a battleground state where MacIntyre needs to continue to succeed in recruiting.
The early Top 12 Pac-12 prospects for the Class of 2015: USC in on a number of elite prospects early - Pacific Takes - Ranking the Top 12 prospects in Pac-12 country for the Class of 2015.
Bohn's major mandate at UC: get the Bearcats into one of the five "power" conferences — the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern and Pac-12. After a flurry of conference rearranging, UC is in the lower-profile American Athletic Conference.
College football relegation revisited: Updating the simulation to 2014 - SBNation.com - Dammit, we're in the Mountain West.