"Firm and accountable," MacIntyre explained. "These kids hear negative all the time. It’s in the papers, when they go to restaurants and from other students. You have to be firm and make sure they do certain things, but you also need to be positive with young men so when they come to the practice field and meeting room and weight room, it’s a place they want to be and grow and thrive. It can’t be a negative place. They have to know you’re in there with them."
Colorado football: Mike MacIntyre, CU Buffs regroup after latest loss - Buffzone - Mike MacIntyre needed some perspective Saturday night in the immediate aftermath of Colorado's loss to Arizona on the football field.
Colorado is really struggling in Pac-12 play but it can’t blame injuries. At all. The Buffaloes (3-4 overall) hasn’t lost a single starter to injury this year. It has lost only 17 from its entire roster through seven games and only 12 on its two-deep. That includes seven by reserve tailback Josh Ford.
"I'll be honest, it's been tough adjusting to it," said Wood, who was replaced by true freshman Sefo Liufau early in CU's 54-13 loss at Arizona State on Oct. 12. "I think any competitor would say that. Everyone wants to play."
Despite his disappointment, Wood is throwing his full effort into his new role. As a team captain, and the No. 2 quarterback, he is doing what he can to help Liufau, who has started the past two games. Liufau is slated to start Saturday, as well, when the Buffaloes (3-4, 0-4 Pac-12) visit No. 17 UCLA (5-2, 2-2).
MacIntyre contended the Pac-12’s young QBs and young players at other positions "have matured. I just think (the league) is at a good peak right now for the upper echelon teams. My hope and my plan is those guys (on other teams) will kind of ease out and my guys will keep growing and getting better and we’ll be there. And that’s what usually happens; it goes in a little bit of cycles. It better happen that way."
He's definitely positive," senior center Gus Handler said. "He was probably just a little emotional after the game (Saturday). He felt we could've won. We watched the film as a team on Sunday as an offense and defense together just to show how close we were."
Gemmell: The Bruins will look to become bowl eligible and keep pace with the Sun Devils in the conference standings after dropping back-to-back games against Stanford and Oregon. The Bruins are heavy favorites, and for good reason. I don’t see them dropping this one. But their youthful offensive line better get up to speed quickly. And whatever has been ailing Brett Hundley has to change before the four-game finale that includes at Arizona, home to Washington and ASU and then at USC. UCLA 38, Colorado 21.
Miller: After tough road games at Stanford and Oregon, I think UCLA is going to play mad in front of its home crowd. I think Hundley comes up big, and OLB Anthony Barr will make life tough for Buffaloes freshman QB Sefo Liufau. UCLA 45, Colorado 20.
"I wasn't doing well at all (academically) and there was a possibility I couldn't continue at this university. When (MacIntyre) came in we did have to make a couple changes and just really pay attention to my academics so that I could pay attention to football."
"Paul was doing good today," said coach Mike MacIntyre. "He was moving around and did good in the drills so hopefully he’ll be able to practice some more tomorrow. I think he’s a go for Saturday but I’m not positive at this point. We’ll see how he does. Hopefully it doesn’t swell up tonight but I wouldn’t think so."
"We just have to do a few more things," MacIntyre said Tuesday. "I know that sounds simplistic, but I don't see fractions and I don't see people pointing fingers at each other. I don't see guys not coming to work. I don't see guys not going to class.
"The good thing with our punt, we have the ability to move it if we see something, because our punter is so athletic," MacIntyre said. "We really don't give them the same landmark every time. Hopefully we can keep doing that and I think that helps because people don't rush us quite as much."
"I'm the perfect example," said King, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward from San Antonio, Texas. "I wasn't so pretty (early on), it got worse and I think I'm on the incline right now. It's getting better. I'm doing things without thinking about it. I'm not hesitant anymore."
It’d be easy to sit here and tell you how great Spencer Dinwiddie is. That he represented USA basketball at the World University Games and that he gets to the free throw line than faster than a co-ed to The Sink for dollar wells (more later). Spencer Dinwiddie is good and it’s going to get boring how good he is. And so I love the Buffs because of Xavier Johnson.
The Buffs went to the NCAA Tournament last season on the back of a 21-12 regular season that included a 10-8 record inside of the Pac-12. While they may have made it as an at-large bid by making the final game of the conference tournament, Colorado earned an at-large bid after they lost to Arizona, another at-large bid, in the second round.