Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (June 10, 2019) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (June 10, 2019) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: June 10, 2019 at 11:23 am | UPDATED: June 10, 2019 at 2:46 pmBuffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. That's all for this week everybody. Great comments and discussion this week. We'll do this again next Monday!I also don't think this whole issue should be labeled as being "how Boulder thinks." What I've mainly seen is the comments of one regent - and sort of two, although Kroll's comments haven't gained much traction - being blown up into a big deal. Shoemaker's comments have received a lot of attention because it's not the common opinion - and I don't think it will ever be the common opinion.Seattle is about as liberal a big city as there is and UW seems to be doing ok. Most college towns tend to be liberal. Boulder's liberal-ness has not been any less during the Buffs most successful years. I don't think it's a reason for lack of football success. Oral Roberts and Liberty aren't football powerhouses.He left the team last summer. I don't know if he's playing or not.Whatever happened to Grant Polley? Seemed like a player with a lot of potentialI don't know that the NCAA has much to do with that. We've seen situations in the past - such as Joe Mixon at Oklahoma - where it was handled by the schools.Does the NCAA have a say on what happens to the corn shucker who has felony charges over the sex video against him or does the Tom Osborne hypocrisy rule.....rule.Yes, they have interest. They're always looking at options to make the team better. Whether they have spots is another question. Right now there's one spot open, but how they fill it remains to be seen.Looks like there are a handful of highly recruited CBs (from hs) in the transfer portal, any talks of any having interest/talks with CU? Sorry if this has been asked, came in a bit late today!I think there are a lot of football lovers, both liberal and conservative.Since the white liberal football lovers are coming out in the spotlight....I agree with you, although good coaches should be able to take a class that's lower ranked and develop them. CU has to do in women's basketball what it has been trying to do with football: try to win with lower-ranked classes and hope that draws in better recruits. Women's basketball really isn't in much different of a position than football has been in - it's been one of the 2-3 worst programs in the Pac-12 since joining the conference. It's hard to see that changing too much going into next year.The most recent CU women's bb recruiting class was ranked #88 nationally by one service. Don't see how they can be competitive in the Pac 12 with that type of class. The youth card can only help for so long. In the 4th season the team should be more competitive in conference play, but it looks like they'll end up in the bottom half again.Yes, I agree, and the Pac-12 is now allowing that. Thing about CU's future schedules, though, is that there aren't a lot of cupcakes to schedule in November. You look at 2020, and the only "cupcake" option is Fresno State in November. They could move Northern Colorado (2021), North Dakota State (2024) and Colgate (2027) to November, but most years, they've got a lot of Power 5 teams and that doesn't really help you much to move those games.I love Mel’s idea of scheduling a cupcake in NovemberBecause at that point of the year, losses always move you down, so remove that risk even if a low level win won’t move you up.We need more SEC thinkin’I haven't heard it come from CU, but Adam at BuffStampede said Moretti tore something in his foot.What happened to MorettiI would agree with you!I think almost every receiver in the Pac12 would endorse a “Brian Rule” letting you be able to tackle them at the line if it meant you were covering them.Yeah, I do. Not as much as the recruiting sites at 247 and Rivals do, but I do speak to players being recruited. In fact, I'll have a story today on the transfer from SMU. Players I've talked to really like this coaching staff and like Tucker's approach.A question from an atheist, white, liberal who loves football if that's allowed. Haha! Do you ever speak with players currently being recruited by CU? I'm curious to know their take on the new coaching staff. Or is that more of an Adam M. thing?It's true. And, my ball skills at corner aren't great.sorry Buffman. Brian's 4.2 forty makes him overrun playsYes, I think they could make a push for the WNIT. I don't think she'll lose her job, though, because they can still play the youth card there. But, I agree with you about recruiting. There's been a LOT of roster turnover under her watch, and a lot of players they've reached for who didn't work out. That's not all on her, and frankly as a coaching trying to get going, you have to do some of that. But, the reason they are so young this year is that the recruiting hasn't been great. The staff really likes the last two classes (the players that will be freshmen and sophomores this year), so we'll see how they pan out.Do you see the women's basketball team improving enough from last season to make the WNIT in 2020? If not will JR loss her job? My feeling is that the recruiting just hasn't been good enough to make the team competitive in Pac 12 play. Thoughts?Good point!As a “Liberal”, I 100% disagree with Buffman6236! I don’t think there is any basis for his hypothesis... There are lots of very successful teams with great fan base’s located in Liberal towns and parts of the country.Hard to say without talking to him, and I haven't had a chance to talk to him. I think he would have been a second-team corner and a top option if they had injuries. He struggled a lot, though. Go back and watch the spring game and see how many times Wigley was beaten by Noyer and Lytle. That team knew exactly who was covering the receivers being targeted.Why do you think Wigley left? Felt like he was going to play a lot this season....Not sure the answer on that. As I said earlier, I think there's not just one answer and that each of those guys left for different reasons. Wallace and George, I'm guessing they saw that even with little depth, it was going to take a lot of injuries to get on the field. Wigley has dropped on the depth chart and probably knows wasn't going to be a starter (unless there were injuries). Blackmon likely would have been on the field at some point, but he wants to play receiver. It wasn't going to happen here.Why are we losing so many DBs when we're thin at the position and guys should see a chance to win a job? Related question: did Blackmon transfer because he doesn't see playing time at DB and/or because he thinks he has a better shot to play WR/returner somewhere else? Any thoughts or insights?I would guess no at this point. He seemed to struggle to keep his weight down to play corner and is at a more comfortable weight at safety. The Buffs aren't exactly deep at safety, either, so he's needed there. My guess is that we'll see them bring in a JUCO corner or two (if there's room) and build up the experience that way. It's my understanding that there are no plans for incoming freshmen receivers to move to corner.so now does Trey go back to corner? and what kind of impact do you expect from Alec Pell?I could play DB, as long as I'm allowed to tackle receivers at the line and not let them run. If they can run, I'm toast! The Buffs do need some depth at DB, though. that's for sureWe are getting closer and closer to Brian suiting up as a DB!Is it legal to advertise for positions on the portal?Like sponsored ads on Google? Because Buffa need Db’s!!I don't think it's unreasonable to think that. He's had a long road and with more set-backs could come more discouragement. Isaac Miller went through a similar ordeal and decided it wasn't worth it anymore. You have to wonder if Moretti ever gets to that point.Sounds like Moretti had another setback. Is it unreasonable to think he may never see the field?The presidents and chancellors of the Pac-12 schools.Larry Scott makes $5.3 million dollars which is twice as much as the SEC and Big Ten commissioners make combined. Who are the idiots giving Scott these contracts and extensions?Interesting view point and I don't know if I could argue against it without really looking into it. Certainly, there is a group of people - whether it's liberals or not - that simply don't see the benefits of it. To me, those who don't see the benefits have their eyes closed to it. I don't understand the desire to get rid of something that, as you said, is done by people by their own free will. You can always find people on either side to support your specific argument, but it seems to me that the vast majority of people engaged in the sport wouldn't change their experience. I've talked with countless players over the years - guys who played in every decade back to the 50s probably - and the vast majority talk fondly of their experiences. I just personally don't get the attack on football alone when there have been concussion issues in other sports, as well. And, frankly, we all put our lives at risk every time we drive and do other things.This is not a political comment, but rather demographic.College football has become more and more a Christian, conservative, half black/half white sport. It used to be 25/75. White Liberals are more and more disconnected from the sport. Their children don’t play it, they don’t watch or attend the games and they don’t have any friends who’s kids play it either.So the benefits from football of mental maturity , discipline, teamwork, camaraderie, striving for excellence are lost on them. Not to mention many athletes whose only chance at a University education (and the bevy or tutors) comes from their athletic skills.Never missing a chance to regulate, liberals now want to step in and legislate something out of existence that people engage in on a free will basis and has many positive attributes.Boulder being 75% liberal and having solidly liberal regents from some districts will continue down this path. I don’t expect you to comment Brian, but would love it if you did.I ran out of time and didn't get to that, but it's definitely something I want to ask him. I've never seen it done that way. I've seen it done plenty of times where game captains are named, but the end of the season thing is interesting.Did you get a chance to ask Tucker about his philosophy when it comes to Captains? Specifically, why it sounds like he isn’t planning on selecting/naming a group of Captains prior to the start of the season...and will instead “name Captains at the end of the season”. I’m not sure I understand that rationale...Very much a work in progress still with a LOT to prove. JR Payne and her staff have had a tough time really getting going, in terms of finding the right mix of players and doing what they want to do. This year will be interesting because it's year 4, but this team will be super young. Only three players on the team are upperclassmen, so it's hard to really know what to expect. But, I do think they'll be better than they were this past year. If healthy, Peanut Tuitele and Charlotte Whittaker could be a really good duo down low. IF Mya Hollingshed and Annika Jank can gain some consistency, they'll be good weapons. Quinessa Caylao-Do improved a lot from sophomore to junior year and I just believe she'll bust out even more this year. But, there's so much youth.How would you assess the women's basketball program at this point and what do you they'll do during the 19-20 season?You're going to make me think that far back?! I don't know exactly when I had my first sit-down with MacIntyre, but we had a few and he was good. He was definitely more guarded at times, but overall, I got along with MacIntyre pretty well. After the Tumpkin stuff came out, though, the sit-downs were different, shorter and never in his office. Mac, to me, was never the same guy around here after the Tumpkin situation. With Tucker, he was good, too. All coaches are guarded to a point, but he's a bit more easy-going than MacIntyre was.Do you have a recollection of the first time you sat down with MacIntyre for an in-depth interview? How would you compare the two first interviews you had with MacIntyre and Tucker? Any major differences?Thanks. It was a fun vacation! I think there are a few X factors for this team, with health being No. 1. I like a lot of their front-line guys, but they have very little experience at a lot of positions, especially on defense. Injuries on defense could really derail this season. But, stay healthy and they could have a pretty good year. OL is another one. If that group really comes together, I think the offense could be explosive.Hey Brian, hope you enjoyed your recent vacations. What do you think the "x" factor is for this team....meaning what makes them a 10-2 team instead of a 6-6 team.Not quite full go, but he's getting there and feeling a lot better. Surgery went well. I ran into him last week and he was upbeat and looking great.how is McKinley doing? full go yet?On the field, I believe it's two hours a week.How much time, weekly, are the coaches allowed to spend with the players during the summerI don't know their specific schedule this summer. They have classes, of course, but I'm sure they have set times for workouts. In the past under Mac, they did player-run practices. I don't know if they are doing that this year. I would assume so, but that's one thing I have not asked.what is a typical day for the players during the summer? Do they have set conditioning times? Do they run a 7 on 7 daily? etcEveryone is entitled to their opinion, of course. I don't agree with the editorial in the Camera. I think it's good that there is going to be a discussion at the regents meeting, but I'm not sure why there's an assumption that it won't be a productive discussion. Thing is, there needs to be more education on both sides. There's not enough study out there to simply say, "Football causes CTE and needs to be banned." There's a high percentage of head injuries in skiing and soccer and even cheerleading, but those sports are never brought up. Football is the easy target because it's the most physical, but the benefits to playing college football are great, too. Shoemaker seems to think that everyone that comes through CU to play football with leave with a scrambled brain, but I've never seen acknowledgement that playing football at CU provides an educational opportunity to MANY athletes each year. And, MANY of those go on to do great things - including the Eric McCarty, the Buffs' team physician. There are 5 former CU football players who were Rhodes scholars. Whizzer White was on the Supreme Court. Plenty of guys go on to great careers outside of football.What's up with the recent editorial in the DC? I'll never understand why CU, and football in particular, gets bashed so much by the media, local residents, and the regents. Shoemakers comments are despicable. I look forward to the day, if it ever comes, that this program receives the support it deserves.I have not seen a copy. I have to think it's out there somewhere, but I haven't seen it.Brian, have you ever seen a copy of Larry Scott's contract? I bet fans would like to see that if it could be dug up.There were and I'll have some more stories in the coming weeks. We chatted for a while on a variety of topics so that I could stockpile some stories and not bug him too often. But, we chatted about a lot of things. He's a good guy and definitely very comfortable in the position he's in.Any other interesting things that Tucker shared with you last week?Crazy, huh? I wouldn't mind that raise. Heck, take out a couple of those zeroes and I'd be good with that raise!Pac12 commish Larry Scott is doing such a pathetic job, yet he gets a $500,000 raise, what gives?Seems about right to me, at this point. CSU is projected as a low-level Mountain West team this year, and with CU's potential firepower back on offense, it could turn out to be a double-digit win. On paper, I'd say CU is the definite favoriteI've seen a few lines on the CSU game that have the Buffs as about a 10 point favorite. Does that seem right to you? I have no idea how CSU will be in 2019, but another double digit win would be great.what do you think of the early line CU -10 over the Lambs?Good question, and I'm not sure there's a blanket answer. I think each situation is different, and it might just be a coincidence that so many corners are leaving. Everything I had heard, Ronnie Blackmon loved the coaches, and Tucker told me last week Blackmon would "have a role." But, Ronnie had also wanted to play offense and that wasn't going to happen here. Dante Wigley, not sure why he decided to leave because he would likely have played.Hi Brian. There is always attrition when a new coach comes in. But why has our defensive backfield taken such a hit? Does MT just have higher standards for his DBs and guys aren't measuring up? Personality differences?Welcome everybody to our (mostly) weekly chat! This is our first chat in a few weeks since I missed the past couple of Mondays on vacation, so we'll shake off some rust and get back to it!