TEMPE, Ariz. -- Chad Brown held court.
After Colorado's practice on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena, head coach Tad Boyle asked the legendary Buffs football player to address his team.
CU is looking to rebound from a difficult 92-83 overtime loss at No. 3 Arizona with a victory Sunday over a solid Arizona State squad.
Brown, a member of the 1990 national championship team, told this generation of hardwood Buffs about how his talented teams "set a new standard and legacy" at CU.
"These guys are young, and I don't want to say Chad's old because he's not. But he's been around and his words to our team were right on time and very appropriate," Boyle said. "I just want our players to understand who he is and what he represents and what he has done with his athletic career because it's pretty special."
Boyle was planning to call on Brown, a 15-year NFL veteran who is doing color commentary on CU's radio broadcast this season, at some point.
As the Buffs attempt to get over the controversial defeat in Tucson -- Sabatino Chen's game-winning shot at the end of regulation was erased by the officials after a video review -- Boyle decided the timing was perfect for a motivational speech from another voice.
"He helps us. He talked to me a few times before the Arizona game," Booker said of Brown. "He knows what we've been through and he's probably been through a lot more than we've been through. He knows how we're feeling."
Boyle wants to build the CU basketball program into a Final Four contender like the one Brown played in.
The Buffs are coming off back-to-back 24-win seasons and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
"I want to have these guys come back to the University of Colorado 20 or 30 years from now and be proud of what they helped build," Boyle said. "That's what Chad and his teammates and coaches did with the football program. That's what we're trying to do with the basketball program. We're not there, but we're on the track."
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