1. Buffs get a verbal

New Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre received another verbal commitment for his 2014 recruiting class on Tuesday when defensive back Chance Waz from Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas, said he'd like to play for the Buffs.

The 5-11, 173-pound defensive prospect reportedly had offers from Utah and multiple schools in Texas. As you can see, Waz enjoyed his visit to Boulder over the weekend for camp and is on board to help build CU's defense.

Establishing a recruiting pipeline in Texas is never a bad thing, either. CU recruiting coordinator Troy Walters tweeted about Waz's verbal:

2. Nebraska's committed to basketball

Yahoo's Jeff Eisenberg writes today about Nebraska basketball's move to get assistant coach Kenya Hunter from Georgetown. Hunter left the basketball powerhouse to join coach Tim Miles' staff in Lincoln and will make $230,000 in his first season in red.


The long-tenured assistant Hunter hopes to help build the Huskers into a contender and ultimately secure his own head coaching job. Growing a basketball program in the shade of the football behemoth will be difficult, but offering $200,000 and up for assistant coaches will help.

3. APR bonuses

The NCAA released its Academic Performance Rate (APR) figures on Tuesday and some coaches are banking on good grades. Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain will receive a cool $150,000 after his team met its goals.

While the numbers were good news for a UConn basketball program that's now eligible for postseason play, they weren't so kind for Alabama State, Florida International, Grambling, Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and New Orleans. Those schools will not be allowed to Dance in March.

CU once again reported strong APR numbers, with all 16 intercollegiate programs offering good news. Tad Boyle's men's basketball program saw the highest increase at CU.

4. It's CWS time

The field's set for the 2013 College World Series in Omaha after North Carolina topped rival South Carolina 5-4 on Tuesday to round out the list of teams that will vie for a national title starting on Saturday. The Tar Heels will take on another rival, North Carolina State, in their first game at the CWS.

The two Carolina schools join Louisiana State, Louisville, Mississippi State and first-timer Indiana. If you're the Pac-12-solidarity type, you'll have Oregon State and UCLA to root for.

5. Rams' line

Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post takes a look at Colorado State's defensive line as the Rocky Mountain Showdown approaches. Dempsey says the Rams' D-line is improving on the field and in the weight room. We're down to 82 days until kick off between the Rams and Buffs.