Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Dec. 30, 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. 30, 2019) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: December 30, 2019 at 11:27 a.m. | UPDATED: December 30, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon. That will do it for this week, everybody. Light week, as I expected with the holidays, but we'll pick it up again next Monday. Big weekend ahead for hoops. Also, check back later today at Buffzone.com for a feature story on Antonio Alfano, and later this week, Buffzone will reveal it's all-decade football and men's basketball teams as the 2010s come to a close!Laviska for sure. Beyond that, maybe Montez.No, but I think Mel Tucker might be.Which CU players are likely to get invites to the NFL Combine?Am I the right coach to take CU to a ranked and nationally competitive level?It all sounds like a good plan!CBS exited negotiations with the SEC to broadcast games. They wouldn't go above $300 million per season. With both Amazon Prime and AppleTV having corporate headquarters on the West Coast it seems like the Pac-12 could find an equity partner willing to bundle their streaming distribution with the Pac-12 brand. That is millions of eyeballs and millions in potential ad revenue from live and restreamed broadcasts. Instead of trying to make a Pac-12 network stand alone, why can't RG step up and lead the drive to partner the Pac-12 with an existent distribution platform. While he's at it, bring the Kroenke's in and get the Nuggets and Avs on there was well!Well, first, I don't think they need to get to 8 for respectability. The way this program has been going, just getting to a bowl game is respectable. But, the greatest need for improvement is on offense. They have to score more points, plain and simple. To me, that starts with the OL and at QB. They need to be better up front, and if they are, it makes the QB much better. The area for greatest potential of improvement is in the secondary. They were so beat up and inexperienced this year, but there's a lot of good talent coming back, or coming in.What do you see the area of greatest need for improvement next year for the Buffs to return to respectability (8 wins). What do you see the area of greatest potential for improvement for the Buff next year.Well, first off, I think it's VERY different to try to coach up a team to beat a Pac-12 heavyweight once, as Payne did at Santa Clara, as opposed to trying to do it night after night. ... As for this year, I disagree that the only difference is at PG. Yes, they lost Kennedy. They also lost Alexis Robinson at SG. Sherrod looks like a star in the making, I agree. The best point guard I've covered at CU is Chucky Jeffery, because she was fearless, relentless and an ultra competitor who made her team better. (Leonard was very good, too, but Jeffrey had the IT qualities you want out of your best player). I see some of that in Sherrod already. I'm eager to see her develop because I think she can be a big-time player here. But, it's not just Sherrod. Knight, as you mentioned, being healthy and very confident is huge. Adding Whittaker is huge. Mya Hollingshed is a more complete, confident player. Emma Clarke is vastly improved. So, this is not the same team - even if it's a lot of the same faces.JR Payne upset mighty might Stanford while coaching at Santa Clara which I think that helped her get the job here in Boulder. So she can take mid-major talent and coach them up to play vs big conference programs. What's amazing to me is that the only real difference between last year's Women's team and this year's team is PG. We seem to have found a star in waiting with a freshman playmaking PG in Jaylyn Sherrod. She can be a fierce on-ball defender which we haven't had, and looks to be more dangerous than people realize as a scorer. With the expected improvement she might shatter the CU record books for Assists. Sure, Aubrey Knight being available and Charlotte Whittaker have been pluses as well. Other than that this is the same team, but as a team they just LOOK so much different. In the recent past it honestly looked like Julian Newman trying to share a roster with other players, but it never looked like they had the same goals or were even playing for each other. This year is totally different. What do you attribute it to?Grad transfers aren't a magic solution for success. The Buffs got a few of them this year and finished 5-7. They are trying to build the roster for the long term, and obviously hope they've got the talent to win enough games for a bowl. If you're talking specifically at QB, the Buffs like the guys they have (including Lewis coming in).Is the plan for the Buffs not to make a bowl game next year? Seems they would be pushing harder for grad transfer if they wanted to make a bowl game.Yes, it looks like Trevor MoawadAny idea who the guy is Mel Tucker posted a picture with on instagram? Trevor Moawad. Not the first time Mel has posted with him.Recovery is going well for him. I think he'll be ready to go for spring ball.Do you know how Stefanou is doing?Try this: https://www.teamrankings.com/ncaa-tournament/bracketology/ ESPN also has Lundardi's bracketology Do you know any ratings website with projections?I personally don't see Lindsay getting to that level. I don't think you want Lindsay getting that many touches. ... I haven't heard much about Ed McCaffrey up at UNC, but it will certainly add some excitement initially. We're going to find out how good he is as a coach. I think it's fairly easy to coach at Valor, where the best players come to you every year. that won't be the case at UNC. He's got to figure out how to take second and third-tier talent and win.McCafferey just pulled of a 1,000 yard rushing and 1,000 receiving season. Straight up, with Drew Lock can Phillip Lyndsey potentially manage the same feat? What kind of buzz are you hearing about his Dad taking over as HC at NoCo? Do you think that program will ever get to the point where 3-4 star players CU is looking at want to go play in the Big Sky if they are winning everything and competing for a National Championship in the FCS? I keep telling everyone that the four-team playoff in the FBS is crooked. People forget that the "College Football Playoffs" this four-team travesty is NOT sanctioned by the NCAA.The Pac-12 certainly needs a boost from its next media deals, and getting some teams in the Playoff or deep in the NCAA Tourney will help. I don't know if the Pac-12 will ever get to the SEC, Big Ten level, however, because those areas of the country are just more football-hungry.Brian, the USA TODAY databases for coach salaries (head & asst) plus the 17/18 fiscal year revenue/expense numbers have been published. together, those compilations present a bleak outlook for the pac12, to wit: significantly higher coach salaries, revenues, and expenses. with respect to the pac12's existence and CU's role in the P5 scheme. absent a significant revenue increase from the conference and ticket sales i am concerned that CU may not be able to compete at the P5 level much longer. i believe that RG is one of he top ADs around but he can only do so much. so, how does CU hang on, i.e., win recruiting battles and games?Check out the NET rankings: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/rankings/net/Whats best ratings website for MBB team as questioner KD mentioned? I used to use RPI forecast, but it no longer works.If the Buffs somehow got to 18-11 going into Vegas, they'd probably be on the tournament bubble, I'd guess. But, even if they were to get those games against Utah, USC, Cal, Wazzu, ASU - there's not a great win in there. So, the Buffs might need to do some work in Vegas to get into the Tourney. There's a LOT of basketball to be played to see if that's even possible, though.Ratings websites have the WBB picked with a probability to win over 50% against USC, Utah, @Wazzou, Cal, ASU, @USC which would give us 7 conference wins going into the Pac-12 tournament. That's not even counting a 49%/51% tossup against Washington against that Jody Wynn coached team that won two games in Vegas (upsetting OSU and played Stanford tough). So going to Vegas sitting on a record of 18-11, would that be good enough to make the NCAA tournament out of the Pac-12 or would we need a Pac-12 tournament win (or two?) to get to 20 wins to get the invite?yes. they'll be in the Fort Myers Tip-off in Florida. Butler, Wisconsin and South Florida will also be there.Are the Buffs playing in any preseason tourneys next year for basketball?No question, it's been a strong start for the CU women's team and they've played well. But, as you pointed out, the competition gets much much tougher starting this week. I would expect to see some losses in bunches coming up. But, the Buffs are making progress and they are a better team than they've been in recent years. The main goal for this team ought to be 15 wins and a trip to the WNIT. They need 3 more wins to get there.Hey Brian thanks for doing these chats. Buffs beat Utah yesterday. Jaylyn Sherrod that Freshman can play! 10 assists in her first Pac-12 game. Wow. Three voters giving CU some love in the AP top-25 voting this week. One vote at #21 (5 points), one at #23 (3 points), and one at #25 (1 point). We haven't impressed Mechelle Voepel or Michelle Smith yet, though. With just a brutal January schedule, we might not be able to anytime soon. In the 8 games we play in January, we play #2 Oregon on the road, #3 Oregon State on the road, USC at home, #10 UCLA at home, Utah at home, #5 Stanford on the road, California on the road, and then #3 Oregon State at home. Five of our 8 games in January are against AP top-10 teams. That's not even counting playing Oregon Feb 1st. Break up the Pac-12!For now, Scott isn't going anywhere. He's got two years left on his contract, so he'll be heavily involved in the next round of negotiations. But, I do think some positive momentum needs to happen between now and 2022 for him to keep his job.can we talk pac12 macro issues? the most important seems to be whether Scott will be replaced and a new leader will conduct the media contract negotiations. my guess is that he will not be renewed, but i have no idea who may take his place - RG?That's a better question for Pat Rooney, as he's been following the team much closer than I have. I have watched the Buffs off and on this year, but not as closely as Pat. But, I do think we'll see the Buffs mix their defense a bit. I don't know if we'll ever see Tad play predominantly in a zone, though.What do you think about the Buffs playing predominantly zone or at least switching it up to limit OR penetration and forcing more outside the lane play. Maybe box and one?Harris is expected to announce this week. Clayton is obviously committed to CU right now, but has options. As for the transfer portal, Tucker is always keeping an eye on it, but there's not a lot of room for the Buffs to add anyone.What is latest with Jason Harris and Ashaad Clayton? Also is Mel Tucker after anyone in transfer portal?I think the Buffs have a great shot against Oregon. They're playing well and they often play well at home. They also tend to rise up against top notch competition, especially in Boulder. This is a great opportunity for CU.in watching the men's BB team, it seems that Tad is refning his rotations to include more offense while encouraging MWIV to shoot more. it seems the team is coming together, what are the chances against UO?Keep an eye on William Anglen, too. He's a safety from Ohio and is planning to visit CU in JanuaryThanks and Happy Holidays to you! I think Ashaad Clayton and Jason Harris are both possibilities. Both have shown a lot of interest in CU.good day, Brian. i hope your holidays are going well.about recruiting: of the HS kids that didn't sign during the early period, whom do you expect will sign in february? e.g., the running back; the DE;, etc.? thanks.Welcome, CU fans, to our weekly chat and Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a great Christmas.