Summarizing what Gary Barnett said on AM 1510 the Score this morning: He was asked the question: If Dan Hawkins is fired, what should be the profile of the next head coach? Barnett's answer: He thinks a former player or former coach should be the next head coach if Hawkins is let go. CU has too many PR problems right now and they need to bring everyone back in the fold (former players, coaches, boosters). Barnett says the program needs stability and familiarity. Barnett did not name any names. Shapiro & Armstrong ran down the list and couldn't peg anyone that would be a slam dunk under that former player or former coach designation. Talked a little about current Minnesota Vikings RB coach and former Buffs RB Eric Bieniemy but Barnett thinks you might need to be at least a coordinator before being a bead coach.Gary Barnett on AM 1510 The Score with Armstrong and Shapiro Neill Woelk is on next - 7:45
Give all the credit in the world to Colorado. Whatever Jeff Bzdelik and assistant coach Steve McClain are doing in Boulder is working. They ran the Princeton back cut offense to perfection in the first half and their ball movement was just spectacular. They consistently caught the Zags off guard and slow in rotation and made big basket after big basket. Defensively, the Buffs frustrated the heck out of the Bulldogs' big men all game. You had to think that Mark Few's game plan was to feed the post early and often and Colorado had it down pat. Whenever the ball went into the post, the Buffs crashed down on Rob or Elias and their guards went to work trying to strip the ball. They really took Elias out of the game in the first half and forced the Zags into ten first half turnovers. When the second half began, Gonzaga found itself down 11 points and really struggled to gain any consistent momentum. Whenever they punched CU in the mouth and went on a min-run, Colorado just fought back and made plays. The difference of the game, however, was that Steven Gray was on our side. The smooth shooting junior guard took this team on his back and put together a complete game. Gray was 6-12 from the floor (4-7 from three) and connected on 11-14 free throws. His 27 points was a career high and the Zags needed every bit of it.SB Nation Gonzaga Blog - The Slipper Still Fits Here is the what they had to say about the Buffs today
One more week in the Colorado Buffaloes' 2009 season as they will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Buffs are 8 point underdogs, the ninth straight week Colorado has been on the wrong side of the line in Vegas. Colorado was favored the first three weeks of the season where they went 1 - 2. Nothing is worse than a meaningless game against the Cornhuskers and that's what this Friday's contest is. Yes, the players will be playing for pride but this is the first time in three years that the game doesn't have anything riding on it for the Buffs. What makes this year doubly worse is the fact that Nebraska has already clinched a birth in the Big 12 championship against Texas. Hopefully the Buffs can send the Cornhuskers into the conference championship with a loss.
According to the Tulsa World: Sources indicate that Zac Robinson will be in uniform tonight, but is not expected to start and probably will not play. Alex Cate, who has not started a game since the 2005 season at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, is expected to start at quarterback for OSU. A fourth-year junior, Cate has taken the majority of first-team snaps in practice this week.
In case you want to put yourself through more torture this season, here are some highlights from cubuffs.com from last week's games... Penalties, Penalties, Penalties and Bad Turnovers
Hawkins doesn't cheat. He insists that his players go to class. He does his best to teach accountability and responsibility, and he tries to teach that practicing such traits will reap long-term rewards. Simply, he tries to teach the same things that all of us expect from our co-workers, our employers and our employees. The fact that many sports fans are willing to accept far less from "their" teams and coaches is a sad commentary on society. Those are also the reasons CU athletic department officials and administrators across the campus wanted him to succeed. They want to believe that doing things the right way can still produce the right results in college sports. Thing is, we should all be tired of cheaters. We should be sick of coaches who break the rules and call it a matter of business, who embarrass their universities and families but are forgiven because they win.We should be tired of programs that make a mockery of the term "student athlete." Tired of programs who use up a kid`s eligibility, then send him out into the real world with no degree, no skills -- and no chance of ever getting hired by one of the rich alums who patted him on the back on Saturdays. Neither should we continue to tolerate coaches -- and fans and media and administrators -- who look the other way when a player beats hell out of his girlfriend on Wednesday and still plays on Saturday. We should not think it`s OK for coaches to simply say they will "handle discipline internally." But we do. All too often, simply in the name of winning, we accept behavior from coaches and players that we would never -- ever -- permit in our little corners of the world. It is hypocrisy at its zenith. That being said, I also realize that while Hawkins has tried to do the right thing at Colorado, he has failed to do the one thing that coaches must do to keep their jobs: Win. He has lost roughly twice as many games as he has won in his tenure here. His teams have never shown the ability to improve as the seasons have progressed; rather, they tend to regress. Doing it the right way is terrific -- and it can be done -- but the bottom line in the business of college sports is that no matter how you do it, you`d better win.Neill Woelk - Boulder Daily Camera Bingo! Something we have muttered on this site since the beginning of the year. Somehow, winning needs to be intertwinned in "the right way" or "things." I am just surprised how long this sort of comment has been used by Hawkins. The question for Mike Bohn is what is the goal for the football program?
So we will be scouring the net for a radio link for today's game for you Buff fans who are out of town. If you have a good radio link, please post in the comment section. We will try to get as many up as possible so everyone can hear today's game.
Look like Assistant Coach Steve McClain will coach the Colorado Buffaloes in their season opener tonight against Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Coach Bzdelik had to leave for a family emergency. We will have a game thread up shortly. Best wishes to Coach Bzdelik and his family.
Columbine High's Danny Spond said Thursday he is still committed but "will open the door to other schools." "I'm a little concerned about how stuff's been going a little bit, to be honest," said Spond, a quarterback who is listed as an athlete on recruiting sites. "In the beginning of the season I had a lot of high hopes for them. I know a lot of people did, with the size of the offense and the second year they've all been playing together. The year they're having has got me a little worried about their whole chemistry and how things are going." Spond said he's "anxious" about the Buffs' final three games. If CU (2-3, Big 12 North) wins at Iowa State on Saturday, Kansas State loses to Missouri and Nebraska loses at Kansas, all distinct possibilities, Colorado would be tied for first in the loss column. A loss Saturday, however, would give coach Dan Hawkins his fourth losing record in four seasons. "If CU doesn't finish out the way that I think they should and doesn't feel like the right place," Spond said, "I'll definitely look to go somewhere that's going to be the right place for the next four years."Colorado Buffaloes Four Star Commit QB/Ath Danny Spond Has Recognized the Buffs are struggling CU finds most recruits staying loyal - Denver Post