1. Toledo considers beer/wine sales
If handled correctly, selling beer and wine at college football stadiums and basketball arenas can be a profitable endeavor for universities. Handle it the wrong way and you might find yourself $16,000 in the red as the University of Minnesota did following its attempt to slang the suds at 2012 Gophers home games.
Toledo announced today that it wants to get into the business of booze starting with its Sept. 14 home football opener against Eastern Washington. Officials will meet this week to approve or deny the measure. If it passes, Toledo will become the 12th university to sell alcohol at an on-campus stadium and only the 23rd stadium overall.
Colorado's neighbor to the north, Colorado State, offers beer at the off-campus Hughes Stadium and Rams fans have been toasting the green and gold for more than 35 years. It's hard to say if beer will flow if and when CSU goes through with proposed plans to bring a stadium to an on-campus location. It's also unlikely anyone will be sipping a frosty one in the stands at Folsom Field anytime soon as the taps have been turned off for the general public since 1996.
2. Key players for CU football
The Denver Post's Tom Kensler breaks down the top players for the upcoming season of Buffs football. Leading the pack are quarterback Connor Wood, wide receiver Paul Richardson and running back Christian Powell as CU begins to rebuild after the forgettable 2012 campaign. Missing from Kensler's list are second-year cornerback Yuri Wright and punter Darragh O'Neill.
3. Bakhtiari in the mix
Packers.com mentions former Buffalo David Bakhtiari as he attempts to get in the mix with Green Bays' No. 1 offensive line unit. Bakhtiari, a fourth-round selection, joins a Packers line that gave up 51 sacks last season. That was second to the Arizona Cardinals' league-worst 58.
4. NBA draft gets an order
The Cleveland Cavaliers were awarded the No. 1 pick -- again -- in the 2013 NBA draft on Monday night and they'll now have a chance to select Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel. With a finalized order comes a slew of mock drafts. Colorado's Andre Roberson is ranked as the No. 55 prospect by ESPN's Chad Ford (sorry, it's an Insider article) and CBS Sports' Matt Moore has the Buffs' rebounding expert landing at pick 36 with the Sacramento Kings. NBADraft.net's most recent mock has Roberson going 42nd to the Philadelphia 76ers. Here's hoping Roberson's NBA dreams become a reality next month.
5. Run Buffaloes run
Buffzone's Brian Howell wrote earlier this week about Colorado's steeplechase standout Aric Van Halen and his quest to climb the podium at nationals. CUBuffs.com has a story today about the 20 individuals and two relay teams that will represent CU when the NCAA West Preliminary Championships begin tomorrow in Austin, Texas. The top 12 in each event will advance to the June 5-8 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.