There is a heated quarterback battle that looks as if it will go down to the wire at USC, and five new coaches making noise at programs across the Pac-12 Conference.
Certainly Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is curious about all of that. Just don’t bother him with the details until it matters.
As the final days of preseason camp finally edges closer to game week for the Buffaloes, it would be easy and even understandable for CU’s leader to distract himself with whatever information is available about the preseason travails of the Buffs’ league rivals. However, the tunnel vision centered on CU’s opener next week against CSU has nullified all outside distractions.
“I have not read anything,” MacIntyre said. “Honestly. I’ve been in a submarine, and we’re just trying to work on us. I’m worried about this team and CSU. Now, I’ve looked at stuff on CSU. But I haven’t looked on anyone else. I really stay that narrow-minded. Because if I don’t you lose focus.”
That’s not to say MacIntyre isn’t stockpiling pertinent information to consume at a later date.
“I have people that collect information for me and they give it to me at the right time,” MacIntyre said. “But right now, if they brought me something on USC, they would know, ‘Don’t do that.’ All we’re worried about is CSU, period.”
The bombshell report released Tuesday by USA Today detailing alleged misappropriation of recruiting-trip funds and athlete time demands at Texas A&M was culled largely from information provided by linebacker Santino Marchiol, a former Cherry Creek star and a one-time recruiting target of the Buffs.
In attempting to receive a waiver for immediate eligibility after moving to Arizona from Texas A&M, Marchiol detailed receiving hundreds of dollars from an A&M assistant to entertain recruits on unofficial visits — which, if true, would be an NCAA violation — and also accused coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff of ignoring the time-demand boundaries set for student-athletes.
MacIntyre said Marchiol committed to Texas A&M too early to establish a relationship, and that he was not contacted by Marchiol after he opted to leave A&M.
“Santino committed to A&M really, really early in the process,” MacIntyre said. “I really don’t have enough knowledge (on the A&M situation) to make any comment at all. I’ve never talked to Santino or his dad (since leaving A&M).”
Anyone traveling into Boulder Valley on Wednesday noted the stale haze lingering in the air due to distant wildfires, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an ozone alert for Wednesday. MacIntyre said procedures are in place to make certain the air quality is safe enough for his team’s outdoor workouts.
“(Athletic trainer) Adam Holliday and our guys, they have a monitor that they do for the cleanness of the air and we were able to be out (Wednesday),” MacIntyre said. “They constantly are watching in case there’s thunderclouds around. They constantly do all of that type of thing and they tell me before practice if there are any issues. They said everything was fine (Wednesday).”