University of Colorado football fans will have ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with new players and coaches next month during fall camp.
Coach Jon Embree has opened the first 18 practices of camp to the public, including the first two major scrimmages both of which will take place on the practice fields instead of Folsom Field. The first practice is scheduled for Aug. 4 (5:30-8:30 p.m.). The final open session for fans will be the second major scrimmage Aug. 19 (noon-3 p.m.).
The Buffs will have only three days of two-a-day practices this year, but most other days will feature two mandatory sessions for players, a walk-through and a practice.
Embree opened the first week of spring practices to the public and the media before closing the gates until the spring game. Embree said his team needed time to itself in the spring for players and coaches to get to know each other and to learn. He indicated during the spring that he would likely open more practices in August.
Embree said future fall camps might not be as accessible, especially in years when the Buffs' first opponent is Colorado State. He said not playing the Rams until Week 3 this season factored into the decision to open more practices.
Embree said he wants to embrace an open door policy as much as possible in the spring and during fall camp, but he also must be smart about just how much information makes its way to opponents. With the Buffs opening this season at Hawaii, there is less risk of that. However, Embree said practices could be closed if video, play-by-play analysis or extremely detailed reports are published by fans or media. All practices are closed beginning Aug. 22, except to visiting recruits, high school coaches and guests of the program.
Cell phones are prohibited at practices and anyone who uses one inside the gates could be asked to leave. Live blogging, tweeting, and posting to message boards and social media sites also are prohibited, according to policies announced by the sports information department.
CU Fall Camp schedule
Aug. 3 -- Players report for physicals and team meeting.
Aug. 4 -- Walk-through (6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.); practice 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Aug. 5 -- Walk-through (6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.); practice 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Aug. 6 -- Practice (8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.); walk-through 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Aug. 7 -- Practice (8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.); walk-through 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Aug. 8 -- First day in pads Practice (8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.); walk-through 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Aug. 9 -- Two-a-days 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 10 -- Practice (8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.); walk-through 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Aug. 11 -- Two-a-days 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 12 -- Practice (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.); walk-through 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
Aug. 13 -- Scrimmage Noon-3 p.m.
Aug. 14 -- Academic meetings, no practice
Aug. 15 -- Practice (8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.); walk-through 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Aug. 16 -- Two-a-days 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 17 -- Practice (8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.); walk-through 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
Aug. 18 -- Practice (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.); walk-through 5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Aug. 19 -- Scrimmage Noon-3 p.m.
Aug. 20 -- Meetings; no practice
Aug. 21 -- Team day off
Aug. 22 -- First day of classes begin; normal fall practice schedule begins 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Practices are closed.
Sept. 1 -- Team departs for season opener at Hawaii.
Sept. 3 -- CU at Hawaii 8:15 p.m. (MDT) ESPN2