Commissioner Larry Scott told the coaches during the league's spring meetings here at the Arizona Biltmore. SI.com first reported the league was in discussions to move the game. However, a source told CBSSports.com Tuesday the feeling was that the move was likely. The reason: “A ****-load of money,” according to the source.
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Shoes to fill - WR Paul Richardson
Who might fill them? Jr Nelson Spruce, Sr. D.D. Goodson, Sr. Tyler McCulloch
Richardson was far and away the most talented player on the Buffs in 2013, sometimes seeming like their only dangerous player on offense. However, the Buffs do have an underrated cluster of receivers who have shown the ability to be effective pass-catchers with great size who might end up filling his shoes by committee.
He said one of the biggest talking points was in regard to the NCAA’s 10-second rule proposal, which would have allowed defenses to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock. Under this proposal, offenses wouldn’t be allowed to snap the ball until the 29-second mark of the play clock, which would’ve severely affected up-tempo teams. The NCAA Football Rules Committee tabled the proposal in March.
The CU Recruiting Class of 2015 received a boost this weekend, even though the Buffs did not pick up any new recruits. Dillon Middlemiss, previously unrated by Rivals, is now considered to be a three-star prospect (Rivals bio). With the change in status for Middlemiss, all three of CU’s 2015 recruits now have three star ratings.
Yes, the atmosphere for the ’12 game at Stanford was awful, but that was largely because of the timing (Friday night) and weather (torrential rain). And the short turnaround has caused logistical issues for the host school. But otherwise, the atmospheres in Eugene and Tempe were better than they would have been for neutral-site games.
Paul Richardson didn’t want to wait another year. He’s ready for the NFL now. The former Buffs receiver had an impressive junior season in Boulder in 2013, catching 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Colorado: The Buffaloes defense looks like it will get a boost from CB Ahkello Witherspoon, LB Kenneth Olugbode and DE Derek McCartney, who certainly has good Buff bloodlines. On offense, WR Bryce Bobo pushed into the top three at receiver, while redshirt freshman RB Phillip Lindsay provided a challenge to veterans at one of the team's deeper positions.
Best player: Wide receiver Torrey Smith (second round, 2011). This was a tough call over cornerback Jimmy Smith. While Jimmy Smith made a significant impact last season, Torrey Smith has a much better body of work. Torrey Smith became the first Ravens receiver to produce 1,000 yards since Derrick Mason in 2009. His 17.4 yards per catch ranked fifth in the NFL last season.
Early entry wasn’t kind to Colorado, either, as Spencer Dinwiddie announced that his career in Boulder is over. The Buffaloes still have a chance to make the tournament in 2015, but they went from being a potential top 15 team to one that is probably closer to the top 40 when they lost their best player.
Dinwiddie has outstanding size for a guard, standing 6'6 with good length and an improving, albeit wiry, 200-pound frame. As we have written before, he is not the most explosive athlete, but he shows the quickness, first step, and body control to suggest that he can play a variety of positions and roles at the next level. Teams will have to do their due diligence tracking his recovery, however, to see how he is able to bounce back both physically and athletically from injury.
Yes, Virginia, there will be a 2014-15 basketball season. In a sign that the calendar is slowly (so painfully slowly) inching towards November, season ticket renewal forms for men's basketball went out late last week. While the notice means I have to open up my pocketbook, it's a pleasant surprise to see the ticket office on their game, as renewals didn't out last year until early June. We'll see how the rest of the process goes, but maybe this is a sign that things are turning around for a universally panned portion of the athletic department.