The Colorado Buffaloes have received approval from Boulder health officials to begin football practice. This news comes after a temporary halt to activities following COVID-19 outbreaks on campus in September.
Buffaloes coach Karl Dorrell officially kicked off fall camp on Friday after the Pac-12 conference voted to resume fall/winter sports last month. This will be a different look for CU from past seasons for several reasons. The most notable change will be a mock “bubble” environment for practice, along with the players and coaches staying at hotels and use rapid testing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
“We’re grateful for the collaboration with Boulder County Public Health that’s made this return to practice possible,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement released Thursday. “We will continue to employ robust protocols and procedures within our program to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community.”
Colorado opens their seven-game football schedule at home on Nov. 7 against UCLA. It’s the first time Dorrell faces his former team after coaching the Bruins for five season until 2007. The Buffs last home loss to UCLA came in 2014— a heartbreaking 40-37 double-overtime defeat.
According to CU’s Dave Plati, “The last time CU played only seven regular season games was in 1943, when the (Mountain States) conference schedule was limited due to World War II; the Buffs played just two league games that year, with three of the others against teams from Army bases.”