Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Dec. 16, 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 (Dec. 16, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: December 16, 2019 at 11:26 a.m. | UPDATED: December 16, 2019 at 2:03 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports at Noon today. That will do it for this week everybody. Great comments and questions as always. We will NOT have our chat next week, but will resume after the Christmas holiday. Enjoy the break and enjoy the holidays!That's good news for fans.ThisFor the first time, the mile-high atmosphere inside the University of Colorado’s historic venue will be filled with fan-facing Wi-Fi and cellular signals, thanks to new networks being installed this offseason by third-party host Neutral Connect Networks (NCN).was a joke...Download speeds at Folsom felt like 1993 in Limoncellos, Colorado.Great pointRemember how everyone used to say, 'Dollars to donuts, I bet..."But donuts are $.99 at dunking donuts now.Its only a $.01 brave to say that.I'll bet you a dollar to $.99....Lame.Alabama did play Western Carolina in November and Auburn played Samford. Those were tune-up games for the Iron Bowl. But, the other SEC heavyweights don't really do that. Florida, Georgia, LSU all played power 5 games in November (mostly conference games).Thomas, Big 10 teams, ACC teams, Big 12 teams don't play DII teams in November. Frankly, I'm not sure Bama does either. SEC got one slot this year, ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 each got a slot. Brian, who evidently doesn't even notice if cheerleaders are on the sideline, got this one right.I agree, but thankfully that didn't happen this year.Make the bowls still relevant. Rose Bowl has Pac-12 champion playing Big-10 champion to preserve tradition. One thing that has to change. No team should be eligible for any playoff format that did not win their conference championship. This nonsense of SEC teams that don't even playing in the SEC Championship game going to the four team playoff is just stupid.Sitting up in the press box, we're not that close to the field. I can honestly tell you I've never noticed the cheerleaders at a football game. Basketball more so because everything is closer, but I don't spend my time focusing on the cheerleaders when I'm covering a game. LOL" I wouldn't know where to begin on those rankings!"Oh, puuuuuuuuhleeeeese.You've been to the Rose Bow, the Coliseum and Autzen stadium.Even if by accident, you would have noticed.You could e-mail Rick George or others in the department and suggest that. I think a lot of schools still have the sports separated by gender. I just randomly looked at four other Pac-12 sites - Oregon, Cal, Washington and ASU - and they have them separated by men's and women'sBrian can you make a suggestion to the Athletic Department? If you go to some Athletic Department's websites they are progressive and have links to each sport. At CU there is a separation right to left based on gender. That shouldn't be the case. I think its very progressive that some schools have the Women's Basketball link right under the Men's Basketball link in the drop downs (like Denver, etc.). It's not 1978 anymore.Lytle can run, too, and Lewis is a better runner than both.Id better my bottom dollar its Stenstrom next year. Tucker likes QB wheels and the dude has them!I skimmed that novel, but I do think the program has better chemistry and had some good, young talent, so the potential is there to improve.JR Payne who inherited an absolute hot mess of a program, and her positivity and leadership have been exemplary throughout the rebuilding of this program. One of the things I'm most impressed with is how JR has transitioned this team from having essentially a broken locker room with players looking to "get their own" focusing on their individual scoring numbers and looking off opponents for easy baskets, and pointing the finger. I grew tired of the times I sat behind a certain player's parent and near him for pre-game meals and coach's talk. It was always negative, pointing the finger. blaming teammates, blaming coaches (two staffs) who always were holding back his daughter in his eyes. Being a parent has got to be brutal, especially when the players are struggling to compete against elite Pac-12 players and the team is in a losing spiral. I hope we never play through a period of sustained losing and players with their own scoring agendas again. Sometimes a program can lose a cornerstone player with great individual statistical accomplishments, and still get better. I think this is a better team than it was last year, and the preceding five/six years. This is as you said a "Brutal" conference. One of the lessons kids learn at the youngest age is that you win some and you lose some, and that sometimes the opponents are just taller, better, or more talented. I remember having concerns before a particular player even arrived in Boulder. Her father was feuding on Twitter constantly fighting with people about how great his daughter was going to be in the NCAA. Trying to convince everyone that even UCONN had recruited her. Now it appears the same parent after she left fighting with Buffs fans trying to convince them the program will struggle to get back to all that she accomplished. This program lost great players, sure. However, last time I check they won exactly fourteen conference games in four years. My old coach used to say, "addition by subtraction." I think there is a refreshing culture change in WBB this season, and it is fun to watch. I hope that RG doesn't listen to this former Buffs player's father as he seeks to get JR removed as part of his misguided toxic revenge thinking his daughter was failed by this staff and AD, and that is what prevented her from making it to the WNBA. I like JR and think the program is in great hands right now. I think this team is better than it has been. I think we are trending up. I hope that toxic helicopter parents aren't going to decide the future of this program.Ah ok. thanksNoyer entered transfer portal 52 minutes agoTrue. They'll be tough to beatPlus.....Clemson doesn't face SEC defenses every week, so they are less likely to be all banged up or missing key players.I get your point. But, again, Ohio State's November (Maryland, at Rugler, Penn State, at Michigan) and LSU's November (At Bama, at Ole Miss, vs. Arkansas, vs. Texas A&M) and were tougher than Oregon's (at USC, Arizona, at ASU, Oregon State), and those teams both made the playoff. Neither of them played an FCS game as a warmup to a rivalry game. So, yes, I think it's an excuse. If you're truly one of the four best teams in the country, don't lose to an ASU team that was on a four-game losing streak."The Pac-12 would be in the playoff if Oregon didn't lose to a very mediocre ASU team."Again, thanks for your thoughts, and I accept that you don't agree. But to pretend that going on the road in November to play ASU is anywhere near the same as playing a Div II team at home in November just doesn't jive for me. Nor for the three Power-5 conferences that play 9 Conf games and (not incidentally) have all sat out a year or two in the current Pretend-off format. Maybe I should say this and then leave it be: If Oregon had played a Div II team the week before they played ASU, do you think they would have lost? It is a big advantage imo.PS: Thanks for talking about this!OK, sounds good to me. I wouldn't know where to begin on those rankings!Brian, you've never ranked the Pac 12 Cheerleaders.So I will do for you:UCLAUSCOregonCU ArizonaArizona StateWashingtonCalOregon StateUtahStandfordWashington StateYes, Guy Thomas, an outside linebacker from Coahoma CC. He's still expected to come here.Brian, there was a guy who was going to transfer here from Nebraska, can’t remember the name but highly rated. Is he still coming and name?I agree. that's the biggest change I would make is expanding the playoff to 8.All of this is solved by 8 team playoff with Power 5 champions getting in. The lame excuse about the contract being 4 more years is just that. Add two more games and do a pro rata increase and who the heck negotiated that contract anyway!!_(*&$_@&$_)@$*!!!!!! Dad gum it!!Hmm, ok. I haven't seen that yet. But, it wouldn't be a major surprise. I'm not sure how much playing time he would on offense or defense hereNoyer entered transfer portalI'm just glad I'm not in charge of USC, so I don't have to make that choice! I think Clay Helton is better than he gets credit for, though.If you were in charge of USC and you could hire any coach in America, who would you hire? And don't say Dan Hawkins, he's at UC Davis now.Hey all, I need to cut off questions for the day, as we're over time and I have a few to get to still. thanks!People seem to forget Clemson has been in this spot the past several years. They know how to win. They have winning players. They have a QB who won a national title last year. Their conference was down this year, but they are still really freakin' good. They've got arguably the best QB in the country, a top 2-3 RB, a top 2-3 WR, Oh, and their defense is No. 1 in the countryI think you are right on Clemson.People say they haven't been tested.I remember Darian Hagan being asked that once.He said, "Every practice I play against the best team we see all year. We are tested every day. Saturday is easy compared."Clemson too.If I had to pick right now, I'd say Tyler Lytle, but the competition is open this offseason, so a lot could change.Who is QB1 for CU vs CSU?Again, it's not about the number of conference games. It's how many quality games. Georgia had one less conference game than Utah this year. Who had the tougher schedule? Georgia, by a mile. The bigger issue that you raise is the SEC teams playing FCS teams late, such as Alabama playing Western Carolina. But, guess who else they played in November? LSU and Auburn - and lost both. LSU played Alabama, Ole Miss and A&M in November and survived. Ohio State finished with Penn State and at Michigan in back-to-back weeks and survived. The Pac-12 would be in the playoff if Oregon didn't lose to a very mediocre ASU team. They didn't lose that game because they had one extra, oh-so-tough conference game. They lost it because they didn't play well against a mediocre team.Thanks for your thoughts. I am really surprised to hear you defend the 8 versus 9 game conference schedules. I'll tell you what. Let's race, you do 9 miles and I will do 8. Who do you think will win.Yes, since 4 of 5 conferences can still get in, playing 9 conf games isn't automatically going to knock you out. But any team that loses a game in November is not going to recover in the polls. So the fact that the SEC/ACC are essentially shielding themselves from a lost in November is an advantage, not to mention resting your key players. Think about it. This is THE issue. If the SEC had to play 9 conference games, they would have just as many November upsets as any other conference. Period. Thanks!Not that I'm aware of; moving away from the position for a year would put him behind the othersNoyer wants a shot at QB again?I have put zero thought into that since I only really see them once a year! I would hope Collin Hill can come back and win the job and stay healthy though. He's a good kid and been through a lot.Who will be QB1 for CSU?I agree, although I think Clemson vs. Ohio State is outstanding, too. My pick is that Clemson wins the title, though. They've been kind of brushed aside as LSU and Ohio State have had great seasons, but I think they're still the best team.Clemson LSU matchup would be about as good as it gets if it happens.Two NFL QB's.Incredible receivers and running backs.Great D lines and corners.All the pathos of LSU trying to get back on top and lil ol' Clemson trying to stop 'em.I predict both those teams roll in playoffs.BIG 10 always looks good until they go up against team just as strong and faster.Hmm, that's a good question and not one I've really given much thought. I like that they continue to work on the targeting rule. I thought it was better this year. I like the kickoff rule, too. I like having the kickoff in the game, but the new rule gives teams the option to take it out of the game if they want. So, I'm not sure what I could change, but I like some of the changes they've made. As for Pac-12 officials, I think they were OK this year. In watching other games, I'm not sure the Pac-12 is really worse than other conferences.What one rule would you like to see changed in college football? Side note- any impressions concerning Pac 12 fb officials after the scathing (my word) summer independent report?I think it helps that's a Husker - grew up there and played there. And, yes, there was a culture change at CU this year, but it was still 5-7. With Frost, we're not there, so we don't see the day to day. The athletic director might really like what he sees that Frost is doing to change things, and it usually does take 3-4 years for a college coach to turn things around. I know the Frost era is off to a bad start, but I'm not ready to bury him as a failure there. I think he can still have success there.One of the strangest things that happened this year was Nebraska extending Scott Frost another two years. He had five years on his contract and they extended him to seven. So far his record is 9-15, versus Mike Reilly at 15-11 at this point.They keep saying he needs to build his culture, but I think what you already see with him is what you get.We certainly saw a culture change here in the first season, they've got through two.One thing for sure, he's a "bro" coach not a CEO. Hoody all the time and has kept his same staff despite a bad defense, evidence of poor conditioning on the field and poor QB coaching.One thing Mac II did early on was fire and hire. He was never afraid to go out and try and hire better.Fortunately for Buffs, that two year extension means we will get to feast on some Frosty treats again in four years.Please grade my Scott Frost/Nebraska rant....And agree with my comment that Group of 5 success is about as predictive of Power 5 success as a dart thrown by a monkey.Sometimes good (PJ Fleck, Urban Meyer) and sometimes, well Mac II and Frost and a million others.His contract runs through 2022How much longer does the Pac12 have to put up with our pathetic commissioner Larry ScottI think they are aware of this. I'm sure they are. In my opinion, the conference schedule unbalance - Pac-12 having 9, SEC/ACC having 8, is an excuse by the Pac-12. Having 9 conference games didn't hurt Ohio State. Penn State and Wisconsin are still top-10 teams despite nine conference games. Oklahoma is in the playoff with a 9-game conference schedule and Baylor was right there. Yes, the SEC plays 8 and they have that built-in FCS game in November. But, LSU also played AT Texas and didn't do an FCS game in November. Georgia played Notre Dame and Georgia Tech in non-conference and didn't hae an FCS game in November. Alabama played Duke, which at the time it was scheduled probably looked like a tough game; this year Duke wasn't very good. In the ACC, Clemson played Texas A&M and South Carolina out of conference. By comparison, Utah played BYU, Northern Illinois and Idaho State. Bottom line if you're the Pac-12: win your games. I just think that extra conference game is an easy excuse.There was a statement by Larry Scott this week about Pac-12 not making the pretend-offs, and he said "first, we need to get better." But let's look at this factually. Of the five "Power-5" conferences, only 2 play 8 game Conference schedules, and ironically, those are the only 2 that have never been locked out of this current pretend-off system. Frankly it all comes down to statistics. The same weekend Oregon lost a road game to a conference foe by 3 points, Alabama played a team I have never heard of... in NOVEMBER. If you ever speak to Larry Scott, please promise me you will explain statistics to him. Can you promise me this? Please!?Keep in mind, however, that this young backcourt hasn't had to defend Pac-12 guards yet. You're comparing what the previous guards did vs. Pac-12 competition to what these young guards are doing against Denver and Xavier and Indiana State, etc. The Pac-12 could be eye-opening for those guards.Very impressed with this young Buffs WBB team. They are playing a very refreshing style of TEAM basketball, with great ball movement and getting good looks making the extra pass(es). This team is much improved compared to the past several years. What I really love is that we finally have a PG that can play some defense. Our guards have been turnstiles recently not being able to match up with the length, and athleticism and elite PGs in the Pac-12. While the backcourt could score, they were giving up a lot more than they were putting up, and our spacing was always a problem with defenders trying to help. Finau and Sherrod have been very impressive so far defensively, and here is hoping they keep it up. This young backcourt defensively is making CU much more dynamic than we've been in the recent pass.There's always going to be attrition, whether it's a new coach or not. That's just the nature of college football. we're always going to see a handful of players who decide not to return, and now with the transfer portal, we're going to see players leaving for better playing opportunities. We might see some attrition all the way to the summer, as guys go through spring and figure out where they stand on the depth chart.Will we see as much attrition as last year or has Mel already cleaned house?350? No way. that's huge! I'm not sure anyone is close to a 350 average. A 305-315 average would be solid, though.The Oline finally got thicker last year, more of the same this year. Are they on their way to a solid 350 average?I think there are some fun bowl matchups. Boise State vs. Washington could be a good one; I agree BYU vs. Hawaii could be entertaining and close; USC vs. Iowa, and Oregon vs. Wisconsin should be really good. I'm interested to see Utah vs. Texas and I think Air Force vs. Washington State could be really interesting, with the option vs. the Air Raid.You may have been asked / answered this in past week, but which non Pretend-offs match ups are you most interested in during Bowl season?For me, USC v Iowa, Oregon v Wisconsin, Hawaii v BYU has potential for closest game (since it is in Hawaii), Minnesota v Auburn, and Notre Lame v Iowa State (just because I think the Cyclones have the ability to keep this one close). Thoughts?I think they are improved. The team chemistry is better, the depth is better. I really like that they've got several people who can step up and have big games. that said, I think the Pac-12 is brutal and they're not going to win a lot in the conference. But, if they can finish 10-1 or 11-0 in non-conference and pick up 4-5 conference wins, they can get to the WNIT and that's a good step for that program.I have watched parts of a few of the women's BB games. It's hard to gauge how they will do in the very tough Pac-12, but I think they are much improved and do a good job of sharing the ball. Your thoughts?I think it's OK. Nothing flashy. It surprised me because I never really thought of him for that job. He was very mediocre at Boston College, but maybe he brings some edge to CSU and makes them better.What do you think of the CSU hireI agree with you. I don't have any insights on it, but I agree with you that it's been frustrating for years with that team. That's one issue that pops up almost every year with CU men's hoops. If they don't get that figured out this year, it could be a frustrating season.I really like Tad but do you have any insight as to why he can't seem to coach offensive flow or smart, crisp passing? Turnovers are mostly the result of lazy, careless and sloppy passes and really bad decisions. The response from the team is that "we've got to get better" but Tad's mantra seems to be that all they can really control is defense and rebounding. Really frustrating to watch!if he's eligible, I think he can be a force up front. Obviously, we'd need to see him, and see how he meshes with this team and picks up the defense. But, based on his hype and his rankings coming out of high school, I think he's probably an instant starter and a guy who can really get after the QB. A starting lineup of Alfano, Sami and Johnson is pretty darn impressive. Have Lang, Rodman, Williams, etc., as backups and that's a deep group.What type of impact do you expect Alfano to make in 2020, assuming he's eligible? Can he be a dominant pass rusher?I'd rather have the dog question, to be honest! haha"Do you have any dogs? My wife and I are getting a puppy (Husky) after Christmas and our 4 year old is really excited about it."ClassicI miss Folsum, we need her to complain about the women's basketball team.I think if you asked the coaches, they'd say every area is an area of need and you always want more talent. But, I think this staff has done a good job of addressing the main areas of need with this team. If everybody signs, this should be a solid class.Are there any areas of need that you think the coaching staff is worried they haven't covered in this recruiting class yet? The class rank itself is hard not to be excited about.Good afternoon and happy holidays! Coates probably winds up at Nebraska or Oregon. Rice hasn't committed to Michigan. I am expected him to sign with CU this week.