SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell discusses CU sports (July 15, 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 (July 15, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: July 15, 2019 at 10:37 am | UPDATED: July 15, 2019 at 1:11 pmBuffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. That'll do it for this week everybody. Good discussion on Nebraska (don't forget there's a game before that one! haha) and women's hoops. We'll do this again next Monday!His name alone will bring in better recruits initially. I'm interested to see how he does there. I don't know him, but sounds like he's a good guy and I like the former Buffs he's brought on staff, so I'd like to see Kansas turn it around. That's a tough conference to do it, but it would be interesting to see Miles get them winning again.Les Miles looks to be off to a solid start at Kansas, no stars yet, but a big, 25 player squad with all 3 stars. Big inmprovementVery few, if any. Only a couple were opened in spring, and I would guess Tucker locks it down even more with the season approaching. My guess is maybe one or two, if at all.Do you think CU will open any fall camp practices to the fansIt could get ugly, for sure. Just my opinion, but I think CU fans will act worse if the Buffs lose the game. So, the best way to keep the bad behavior and potential violence down is for CU to go win that game - in my opinion.I think I made need to get back in for some Nebraska therapy.I can get ugly pretty quick.Every fan base has that type of fan, no question.Here's the thing though on Nebraska fans, they flat out lie about things that happen out here.Part of their whole image is being the gracious fans.They believe that because in the 90's they would beat Akron State by 70 and clap for them as they left the field.Once someone started punching them back in the nose, they became, and have remained, just as chippy as the rest of the world.So, its important to them that we are worse and they are better.And I have had friends tell me stories about a friend who had a friend who had a friend who had his car keyed.Just rumors to support their weltanschaau.Oh, I'm sure there are plenty of examples of bad behavior on both sides. But, as a whole, I think CU's crowd is going to be rougher on Nebraska fans than vice versa.sorry Brian...I know you never seem to have a bad word for Nebraska but I have been treated not only like dirt in their stadium but out on the street in Lincoln whenever they see my green plates. Not friendly jostling either...mostly middle fingersI wouldn't rule out Quinn Perry, either. I think it's going to be a tough competition this fall for that spot. Van Diest has the benefit of having the whole offsesaon in the system. CU obviously is bringing in two JUCO linebackers because they didn't like the depth there, so those kids will get every opportunity to compete. Hard for me to pick without seeing the JUCO kids, but if I had to guess right now, I'd say Van Diest starts.Who do you see starting at LB (besides Nate)? JVD or Allen? I'm sure both will get plenty of time however.Yeah, that one had to have hurt Nebraska fans. They'll be fine, though. Frost will get them winning again.I forgot to add one other thing we did that will stick in their craw forever.Scott Frost's first game, the Anointed one, home to save the program, let the clouds part and the sun shine down, all hail the Frost....33-28.Melt Frost, melt.I don't know that Fauria's commitment scared him. I just think it's hard for CU to keep in-state kids here when those kids have big-time offers like Taylor has. Sounds like he's pretty high on Penn State. Until CU wins, it's hard to convince kids to pick CU when they're getting offers from schools that are in bowls and ranked top 20 every year.Doesn't sound like Kole Taylor will end up at CU. What are you hearing? Did Fauria's commitment scare him?It'll be interesting to see how CU fans act this year. My perception and experience (from two trips to Lincoln) is that the Nebraska fans are a lot friendlier than the CU crowd. I'm guessing CU fans will be harsher on NU fans this year than NU fans were on CU fans last year.Because I was treated well there (Nebraska), I really hope we have a zero tolerance policy here.Especially with booze everywhere.Can you ask RG about that?My projection is at 83 right now. They could possibly add a couple blueshirts, but those are rare. They've already got one coming in (Stillwell). If those are used, I would imagine they'd go to walk-ons.Last I heard, we're at 83 scholarships. How will the two available be used? Walk-ons? Transfers?They are both solid, but I don't know that either of them are GREAT. there's going to be a lot competition at guard and center. I could definitely see a scenario where Lynott starts at C and Pursell at G, or Lynott at G and Pursell at C. Whichever is the best lineup for the team, they'll go with that. It'll probably take all fall to figure that out.Do we have so many great Linemen, that two of our best have to fight over center? Why not purse at center and Lynott somewhere else. They are both solid.Yes, CU is a team nebraska loves to hate. But, the Huskers do have 3 national titles since CU's one in 1990. Historically, it's still a much more successful program. And, even with it's down years lately, Nebraska's been in better shape than CU the past decade. But, no question, it hasn't been the same since 2001.And we are the team they (Nebraska) love to hate, make no mistake.We did two things that Nebraska will always hate.Osborne was handed the keys to a Ferrari and as of 1990, no national championship.Mac got a Yugo, and turned it into Porsche.And then, most of all, in 2001 we destroyed their program with 62-36.They lost confidence in who they are and its been a mess since then.They (press) still will write about terrible moments (two years ago Wisconsin killing them mercilessly running the ball down their throats) and compare it to their lowest moment, 62-36.I got a lot of heat in the stadium, but the anger has cooled over the last 8 years.Wasn't shoved and heckled at as much.I've heard both, actually. Lynott spent most of spring at center because Pursell was hurt. Obviously Pursell started there all of last year, but that wasn't with these coaches. I know Lynott would prefer to play center and wants that spot. The fact that he spent all spring there, I think gives him a bit of an edge to be the starter there. That competition will go through fall, though.Different people seem to be saying Lynott will be the starting center this year, where others say he'll stay at guard. What are you hearing?I think the defense is going to be more flexible than in the past and adjust more to the opponent. The star position is a bit different from the Buff back used the last couple of years. I get the sense it's going to be more of an attacking defense.Hi Brian - I don't know if this was asked, but can you comment much on the new defensive scheme vs last year, not counting personnel. What are the key differences that Tucker is implementing vs MM?Spellcheck puts an "o" in there"I remember all those games well. Lots of emotions with those matchups for sure. I could feel that last year in Lincoln. It'll be fun in Folsom this year."I'm confused, you spell Folsom with "o" ?yes, they will. Honestly, the pac-12 is in an interesting spot. It doesn't look good now, but the way the media changes all the time, the Pac-12 might wind up looking pretty smart one day for owning it's own product and holding out a bit.If Scott sells 10% of the Pac-12 network for a tidy sum, he will keep his job. Because it will lead to a year where they have a double distribution.Never mind you are selling your seed corn.But AD's will turn somersaults to get 2x $40MM in one year.Haha!Some point in my life, and I don't know when, FolsumFan will learn to spell "F O L S O M!!!!!"Depends on which one turns their programs around sooner. If Payne doesn't start winning soon, her job is in jeopardy. If Williams has another 8-win season or two, he's in trouble.Your honest answer: Who gets fired first Ryun Williams at CSU, or JR Payne at CU? Whenever it happens.On a personal level, I really like Peyton. Great girl and I hope she does very well at Elon. But, you extremely overestimate her ability as a Pac-12 player. She's not that caliber of player. I don't know all the options she had, but I don't think CSU was ever an option. I heard Metro State wanted her, but sounds like she wanted to go out of state.Peyton Carter could shoot. She was one of the most technically skilled ball handlers on the team. She was a filthy passer and creater for teammates. The starting PG and shooting guard the past four seasons were liabilities defensively, so I'm not sure Carter's defense was the reason she's gone. Why didn't JR Payne give Carter a chance when clearly the players that were starting at guard weren't winning games the past four years? What other schools did Carter consider? I was hoping she'd transfer to CSU, as they clearly needed some bodies after their mass defection.I remember all those games well. Lots of emotions with those matchups for sure. I could feel that last year in Lincoln. It'll be fun in Folsom this year.For those of us who have gone to a lot of Buff games, I can tell you almost all of our greatest thrills and heartbreaks game with Nebraska. The 1988 Nebraska game and the Hagan pitch, pure joy.The 2001 game for most of us was like having your first "experience" and having it last 4 1/2 hours. FDNY firefighters on the sidelines after 9/11, everyone standing the whole game, Chris Brown running wild, pure, unadulterated happiness.As for pain, the missed chip shots field goal with no time left in '99 which would have the game, leading to an overtime loss.Or in 2000, the Barnett dorky squib kick that let them kick a winning field goal.Or ugh, 1994, our greatest team ever laying an egg due to a horrible Uzelak game plan.So, Nebraska coming to town again....Emotional.I'm eager to see Charlotte Whittaker play. I've heard a LOT about how good she is, and I want to see it. I'm also eager to see how much Clarke and Tuitele have grown this offseason. I'd be stunned, by the way, if this team went 0-fer in the Pac-12. Overall, they're better than last year. I think. HahaIts possible that seven teams in the Pac-12 will have more wins this season than the Colorado Women's Basketball team will have in four seasons combined under JR Payne. I can't believe that is actually the state of things. Who are you most excited to watch this season where the Buffs might not realistically win a Pac-12 game? Jaylyn Sherrod, Emma Clarke, Raanee Smith, Charlotte Whittaker, Peanut Tuitele, or the hopefully healthy return of Aubrey Knight?I agree. It's hard to say for sure. Difference between 2016 Oregon and 2019 Oregon is they've got a QB - and a REALLY good one. That program is in much better shape. I just don't see CU going into Eugene, Pullman or Salt Lake and winning. As for CU, on offense, I do think Hambright is very pivotal. If he pans out, he makes the OL a lot better, I think. On defense, I think the pivotal guy could be Onu. There's such a lack of experience at safety, but if he comes in and leads the back, they'll be OK.It's so hard to say certain games will be definite wins or losses, especially with the state of the Pac-12. I'm sure everyone said the 2016 game at Oregon was a sure loss, too. I'm a little more optimistic than most and think this team with its talented upperclassmen can win 7-8 games. With that said, who is the most pivotal player on this year's team in your view? A make or break guy? We know Viska, etc. will be good. I'll say Hambright. If he has a good year, we could be a solid team.Thanks! Summer has been fun. It'll be interesting to see what happens with Larry Scott. When his contract is up (in 2022), I think the Pac-12 has to be showing signs of improvement for him to stay. If it stays on this path, I don't know how Pac-12 presidents/chancellors can keep him. As for the Big 10, I've never heard CU mentioned there. But, I know CU is happy overall in the Pac-12.Hi Brian -- hope you are loving summer.Change of topics. What is it going to take to get rid of the PAC 12 commissioner? Do you see any scenario where CU would entertain an offer to join the Big 10?Thanks!Last I heard was that he had a setback earlier this summer. I'd be surprised if he plays at all this year. But, I don't know for sure what his status is right now.Any updated on Jake Moretti's injuryThis is the same novel you write most years. JR is not going anywhere anytime soon. She has a lot of support from administration. Most of the players you listed as being "kicked out" by Payne left on their own and for a variety of reasons. Most of those big-time in-state recruits you mentioned were going to leave the state because they wanted to go out of state. CU had no shot and it wasn't because Payne was here; it's because they didn't want to stay home. JR hasn't won, but it's been for a variety of reasons, some of which are out of her control. She's still building the roster and I think their recruiting is getting better. I think this year will be better than last year.Brian, Jenny Huth is given the credit as being the assistant that recruited Onyenwere to UCLA out of Grandview HS in Aurora. This year we're seeing Ashten Prechtel (Discovery Canyon) leave for Stanford. We'll see Francesca Belibi (Regis Jesuit) dunking on the Buffs for Stanford. JR Payne has made a mockery of the "Buffs 4 Life" and "Family" initiatives. JR Payne has kicked almost every recruit she's brought in right back out of the program. These young women commit to the University to play here in order to get their education here, but JR Payne isn't honoring her scholarships and recruiting promises. By my count alone these are the players JR Payne has kicked out of the program: Makenzie Ellis, Eleanor Jones, Monica Burich, Janea Bunn, Peyton Carter, Mathilde Diop, Sara Castro, Jamie Curtis. The best Pac-12 level recruit this program has had in years, Cameron Swartz, saw enough in just one semester to realize this CU Women's program is a sinking ship. Women's Basketball could be a flagship program at CU, it once was. It seems that every decision Ceal Barry makes inevitably just makes the program worse. I couldn't imagine the program being in a worse place than it was under Lappe. However, Lappe actually managed to win .367 of her Pac-12 Conference games and JR Payne going into her fourth season is only winning .222 of her Pac-12 Conference games. That record could get a lot worse this season. How long before Jenny Huth's name is being put out there as the replacement for JR Payne? Understanding the football buyout and Lappe's buyout what is the budget and appetite by Rick George for cutting ties with JR Payne? As things stand the mediocrity this program was mired in under Lappe seems like the "good old days" looking back. What season does JR Payne get fired?It could go that way. I think CU's margin for error is thin. One correction is that Oregon is on the road. the schedule is tough, but it's not brutal. They're facing three teams in non-conference that didn't reach bowls last year, ASU still doesn't have a QB, Arizona didn't reach a bowl. USC and UCLA are still average, Stanford isn't STANFORD. There are winnable games. the DBs, if they can stay healthy, depth won't be much of an issue. If Abrams, Miller and Blackmon stay healthy, that's a solid trio. With Onu leading the way at safety, I feel better about that spot.Great stuff on Cabral liking the new coaching staff and all, but I think this is going to be a hard, hard year for Colorado fans.Our schedule is, I think, the hardest in the Pac 12.Plus, we are just waaaay toooo thin at CB, and maybe safety for that matter.CB's a position that is always prone to injury.And as you said, a receiver may have to play corner. That's never good.Offense will be solid if the Oline can just be average.Pains me to say this, but we may go 3-9Our toughest games are at home: Washington, Stanford, Oregon and our "pick 'em" games are on the road, where we have been really weak.We may have a year like Nebraska where we get better and better, but our team keeps losing.Haha, yes it was clip. I will say this, I remember very well I was torn going into the 1990 Orange Bowl, but rooted for the Irish. The next year, I wanted CU to win because Notre Dame had won the year before. I actually taped both games on VHS and would go back and watch them. Those years were a blast. Within a 3-year period, I saw Notre Dame win a national title, CU and Notre Dame play in the 1990 Orange Bowl and then CU win a national title.Your other team.Ok, let's get to the bottom of this really quick.Did Davis clip James on Rocket's return? 🙂Again, no shade. We never play Notre Dame and the last time we did, I was at the Fiesta Bowl, there wasn't a lot of fight in those Irish.I've talked with arguably the four best players on the team - Montez, Shenault, Landman and Johnson - in the past couple of weeks and I get the sense that all four of them are 100 percent committed. If they are, that has a big impact on others being bought in. I honestly haven't talked to one player this offseason that wasn't excited about the Mel Tucker era. Obviously, there are players who left who weren't too excited about it. But, to a man, players I've talked to are excited about playing for him. I hesitate to put this label on it, but this sort of feels like 2016, in that this team has a quiet confidence and I think it's being underrated nationally. I don't think this team wins 10 games like 2016, but I do think this team will surprise people. In the last 10 years or so, CU typically doesn't surprise anyone.Brian, you doin’ good, Thanks. I know that everyone everywhere this time of year is excited about their team and the upcoming season. Can you feel any difference with this team this year as opposed to previous years?New HC, new staff, new philosophy. There is always the old question, has the team, particularly the older guys really bought in or is it just talking points? It at least sounds and seems to me on the surface like they have accepted these coaches and are willing to follow them with enthusiasm. I guess the real answer will be, will they continue to follow the call to battle this year even when things get a little rough after a disappointing defeat or the loss of some key players due to injuries? I guess it will also be incumbent on this staff to weather these peaks and valleys.I haven't heard anything about Miller having setbacks, so I would guess he'll be ready to go. DL could be a weakness with depth. Hard to say right now without seeing most of those guys play.How is Chris Miller recuperating? I have a feeling he is going to be key to a complete D. I dont see the D line as being a weakness....barring injuries of course.Thank you. By far the best interview I've had with him since he's been here. I do think he'll be ready to go for CSU.Thanks for the Viska interview, I really enjoyed it. Do you get the sense he will be healthy and ready to go against CSU?I think there are a lot of swing games on this schedule. To me, the ONE game I mark as a sure loss is at Oregon. I just don't see how the Buffs go out there and win. I put Utah as nearly a lock to be a loss, as it stands right now, and view the game at Washington State the same way. I view CSU and AFA as wins. Beyond that, the other 7 I think could go either way.It seems like many publications have us at about 4 wins, you've predicted in the 6-8 range, what are the 4 biggest games this year for the Buffs that make the team a 8 game winner vs a 4?Not sure if he was there or not. I don't think I'd recognized him if I saw him. But, I wasn't last, so that's good. I've been last before. HahaVK Berlin must have been at the golf tournament. Did you run into him and was his handicap off the charts as we believe?Interesting question ... yes, I'm a Colorado native and was big-time into sports growing up. My mom's side of the family is Irish and she's very into her Irish heritage, so I, of course, loved the fact that was a team named the "Fighting Irish" that was on TV all the time, so I became a Notre Dame fan during the 1980s and loved those teams coached by Lou Holtz. CU was my other college team growing up. I've actually never attention a CU game that i wasn't covering. Growing up, I went to the spring game once, but that was it.Hi Brian.A couple of questions.I see from Myface that you grew up in Colorado, went to college on the Front Range, etc. and that I suspect your favorite team (not hate here) is Notre Dame.What was your level of sports consciousness in the late 80's and 90's, say through 2001.Did you attend Cu games growing up etc.We all love you and you are part of the Buffalo Nation, so no shade here whatsoever.And we also know you must first and foremost be a journalist.Just wondering where you look at Colorado in that pantheon of your football evolution as a youth.It is a great course. I'm a terrible golfer, so I was typical. Bobby Pesavento is pretty good; he carded a 79. Adam is pretty solid, too. Hagan is better than me!Greely CC is a great course! How'd you guys playWelcome everybody to our weekly chat! Well, mostly weekly. We're back after taking last week off, as I spent Monday golfing in David Plati's annual tournament. It was a blast golfing with Adam M. at 247Sports, Bobby Pesavento and the great Darian Hagan.