Shane Dillon left Colorado and the Buffs' football program in the summer of 2013. Nearly a year later, he's headed back to the Centennial state, but as a forward for the Metro State University basketball team. Dillon announced the news on Twitter, "After a long journey Im (sic) proud to say that I'm going to be playing basketball at Metro State University next fall ...??
Colorado at UMass: UMass is one of those teams that could qualify to be the worst in college football. They scored once (or no) times in six of their defeats last season, with their lone win coming against 0-12 Miami (Ohio). Still, Colorado wins on the road approximately never, so keep your eyes on this one.
Colorado fans have been waiting patiently, so here's the reward: The Buffaloes seem the most likely to improve in 2014, though the conference's depth at quarterback is going to stress every defense in the league.
CU has sold more than 400 new season tickets for the 2014 football season and season-ticket renewals are up slightly over the same time last year. In late May 2013, 84 percent of season-ticket holders had renewed their seats. This year the number was 86 percent.
The University of Colorado is officially pushing back the projected completion date of its facilities project in and around Folsom Field to late fall of 2015 if a proposed $24.8 million parking garage is approved. Chancellor Phil DiStefano will brief the Board of Regents Capital Construction Subcommittee on the proposed 580-space garage on Thursday morning and present a program plan for its construction. The garage would be paid for by the sale of bonds initially and through campus parking revenue over time.
Colorado will win four games in Year 1 under Mike MacIntyre: And Buffs fans will be reasonably encouraged.
"Some weeks you will be able to meet with them more than others because you don't want to cut into too much of the running and weight lifting because you only got so many hours," coach Mike MacIntyre said earlier this spring.
The Colorado Recruiting Class of 2009 had 19 members, comparatively small compared to the normal Class size of 22-25, and the smallest of all of the Big 12 schools. The Buffs’ Class was ranked 48th nationally by Rivals; 57th by Scout … and 10th in the Big 12. According to Rivals, CU’s Recruiting Class had four four-star caliber players, eight three-star players, and seven players rated with two stars. Scout had the Buffs’ signing one five-star player, nine three-star players, and nine players with two stars.
With the addition of Colorado product Paul Richardson via the NFL Draft and a healthy Percy Harvin added to the lineup, quarterback Russell Wilson believes the whole crop of talent can’t get much quicker.
Wilson also praised Richardson, the team’s second-round draft choice from Colorado. Richardson’s blazing speed was on display again Monday when Wilson found him behind the defense for a 55-yard touchdown catch. "Our receivers right now are as fast as it gets," Wilson said. "You’ve got Percy and Doug Baldwin, and now can add Paul Richardson, who you saw [Monday] get that deep ball. So I think our receivers group is one of the faster ones in the league now, based of who we have."
It’s all about speed for some of the Sound-Off Saturday voters, selecting wide receiver Paul Richardson as the rookie who will have the biggest impact for the Seahawks in 2014. Richardson, the team's top draft choice as a second-round selection out of Colorado, garnered 30 percent of the vote to finish ahead of UCLA defensive end Cassius March, a fourth-round selection who received 24 percent of the vote.
"As a corner, you want to have 15 interceptions," Smith said. "It might not happen being a man-to-man corner, but you want to watch the film and see exactly what you did wrong or how you can make your game a little bit better. I didn’t play a lot of off-coverage, so when I play off-coverage I look for certain things about how I’m playing it and what I can do to make it better so that teams will throw at me a lot and I can get some interceptions."
"I think I had a good year (as a freshman)," he said. "I think I learned a lot. Going into the next year, I'll know what to expect, so nothing is really going to be a shock to me. I learned a lot from the older guys my freshman year and I think we went through a lot of things that brought us closer as a team."
Draft projection: As he’s still recovering from his knee injury, franchises won’t be able to get the full spectrum of what Dinwiddie brings to the table, in terms of working out and in head-to-head competition with his peers. But he won’t be a forgotten man on the night of the draft and while it would be surprising to see a team take a chance on Dinwiddie even in the late first round, he’s almost a lock to be selected in the second, as an organization would be able to monitor the tail end of his rehabilitation without making a big financial commitment.
"I feel like I stepped into a new role and I played a significant role in what we did," Talton said. "I think (head coach Tad Boyle) had confidence in me to step up and take on a leadership position." With Talton in the starting lineup, the Buffs (23-12) played well down the stretch, reached the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and returned to the NCAA Tournament.
No. 34: Tad Boyle, Colorado Boyle took over for former Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik (whose three sub-.500 seasons were so enticing Wake Forest just had to hire him), and that swap may go down as one of the best coaching upgrades in Colorado hoops history. Boyle has been comprehensively good in Boulder, Colorado, both on the court (where he's 92-49) and off it, where CU fans are now deeply engaged with a program that spent most of the past two decades awash in Chauncey Billups nostalgia.