Bob Hofman arrived at the University of Colorado in 1969. Forty-six years later, he returned home to officially hang up his whistle.
After 20 seasons as the head coach at Fort Lewis, Hofman, a guard for CU in the early 1970s, spent his final game on the bench for the Skyhawks on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, prior to his team's visit to the Coors Events Center, Hofman learned the lower practice gym at the CEC will henceforth be known as Bob Hofman Court.
"They're going to name the court after me at Fort Lewis, and I thought that was really cool," Hofman said. "This is really humbling."
Hofman announced before the season that he would retire, and has helped transition the job to longtime assistant Bob Pietrack. Wednesday's contest was the final one in which Hofman will share the bench with Pietrack, ending a career that featured well over 450 victories.
Hofman also led Fairview to the 1981 state title, and on Wednesday one piece of memorabilia he brought to the CEC was an edition of the Daily Camera from March 14, 1981. Not only did the front page feature a story on Hofman's title-winning Knights, but it also contained a Rick Reilly-penned piece highlighting the top prep basketball recruit in Colorado.
That kid was none other than a rising star out of Greeley, Tad Boyle.
"The symmetry of it has really been perfect for me," Hofman said. "Coming back here was pretty special. My first college experience was here at CU. Because Tad in 1981 was a high school player in the state I was coaching, I always watched his career. I honestly chased this job for 30 years, but when Tad got it I knew he was the right guy."
An underwhelming early home slate and a student exodus for the Thanksgiving break have dampened the attendance numbers through the first five home dates for the Buffs. While coach Boyle reiterated his gratitude for those that have shown their support for a club that has played an entertaining style of ball in a 6-1 start, he admitted the early glut of empty seats is disappointing.
"We haven't had a raucous environment at the Coors Events Center yet," Boyle said. "To say I'm disappointed probably would be an understatement. We have a hell of a team that's fun to watch, and the people that aren't showing up are missing out."
The Buffs have averaged just 7,538 fans through five home games.
Senior forward Josh Scott surpassed the 1,300-point mark for his career and joined an exclusive club Wednesday night, becoming just the third CU player to amass 1,300 points, 700 rebounds, and 100 blocked shots in his career. David Harrison and Cliff Meely are the other members of that group.
Scott's 24 points increased his career total to 1,311 and moved him past Alec Burks and Jay Humphries into 15th on CU's all-time scoring list.
Longmont High alum Cade Kloster scored nine points for Fort Lewis ... CU committed a season-low 11 turnovers ... The Buffs have shot .485 (32-for-66) from 3-point range over the past three games.