The future is likely to include a lot more football games between Colorado and Colorado State.

There just won't be many more of those games in Denver.

The current series between the two teams will end after the 2020 meeting, and will take at least a two year break, but CU athletic director Rick George and CSU athletic director Joe Parker are working on renewing the series for 2023 and beyond.

"Joe Parker and I have had a number of conversations and we're talking through that," George said on Monday at a media roundtable following CU's annual Casotti Classic golf tournament. "I would expect us to do something, or make some kind of announcement, maybe before this football season on the future."

Last year, it was announced that the 2020 game would end a 26-year run of the Rocky Mountain Showdown, because the schools couldn't agree to hold the games on campus. Now, it appears that both sides are close to agreeing on playing in Boulder and Fort Collins. Every game in the series from 2010 to 2019 has been, or will be, played in Denver.

"For us, we need to (play on campus) and I think for a new football stadium for them, I think they're going to want to host it there, as well," George said, referring to CSU opening its new stadium in 2017. "I can't speak for them, but we won't do a deal to play that series if it includes Denver."

Since 1998, the teams have played 15 times in Denver and three times in Boulder. The 2020 game will be in Fort Collins for the first time since 1996.


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CU has already filled its non-conference schedules for 2021 and 2022, but has been keeping open spots for 2023 and beyond in hopes that the CSU series would be renewed.

Nike deal

George announced that CU has completed a deal to remain in partnership with Nike. More details will be released on Tuesday, but George said, "In general, it's a $30 million deal over 10 years."

The new contract is retroactive to last year and will extend through the 2024-25 school year. CU has partnered with Nike since 1995.

"We feel really good about that relationship and that partnership," George said. "We were one of the initial Nike schools and we're excited to continue our relationship with them."

Facilities

George said the facilities expansion project is nearly complete, with just a few small things to be done. One of the last items was laying the sod for the new football practice field, and that was done earlier this month.

"Everybody is starting to get settled in, so I feel really good about that," George said.

George said over the next few weeks, rails will be added to the stands in Folsom Field and Coors Events Center. The CEC has also had a new sound system installed this summer.

George said a new sound system for Folsom Field could be done by 2017 and that a new video board for the CEC could be done within the next 12 to 24 months.

Other items from George's roundtable:

• For the second year in a row, the athletic department balanced its budget and will finish the fiscal year with a "small surplus."

• CU has raised $95 million in its Drive to $105 Million effort, and George said that number "grows every day."

• Last June, the Buffs launched a Legacy Brick fundraising campaign. More than 2,000 donors have given contributions totaling more than $600,000.

• George went through some of the highlights of the school year, including 10 CU teams earning NCAA tournament bids and three finishing as national runners-up, and 30 athletes earning All-American status and 28 earning All-Pac-12 performers.

• He also mentioned 81 athletes earning academic all-conference honors; the collective GPA of 2.968 for the fall being the best in CU history for any one term; four consecutive semesters over a 2.9 cumulative GPA; an 86 percent graduation rate; and the program's high APR rate of 983.

• CU athletes cumulated over 2,600 hours of community service during the school year.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.