Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Jan. 20, 2020) 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 (Jan. 20, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: January 20, 2020 at 11:03 a.m. | UPDATED: January 20, 2020 at 1:30 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. Thanks for the comments and questions. I hope you all have a great week. We'll do this again next week!I appreciate you giving us the lyrics to the song! haha! From what I can tell, Mister Williams is a tough kid. It'll be fun to see him play here!Missus Williams or better yet, Misty Williams.Those are the kind of names that will make you tough!!Well, I think that's the point.By giving his son the name "Sue," it made him tougher and able to fend for himself.Well my daddy left home when I was threeAnd he didn't leave much to Ma and meJust this old guitar and an empty bottle of boozeNow, I don't blame him 'cause he run and hidBut the meanest thing that he ever didWas before he left, he went and named me "Sue"Well, he must o' thought that is quite a jokeAnd it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folkIt seems I had to fight my whole life throughSome gal would giggle and I'd get redAnd some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his headI tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue"Well, I grew up quick and I grew up meanMy fist got hard and my wits got keenRoam from town to town to hide my shameBut I made me a vow to the moon and starsI'd search the honky-tonks and barsAnd kill that man who gave me that awfulnameWell, it was Gatlinburg in mid-JulyAnd I just hit town and my throat was dryI thought I'd stop and have myself a brewAt an old saloon on a street of mudThere at a table, dealing studSat the dirty, mangy dog that named me "Sue"Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dadFrom a worn-out picture that my mother'd hadAnd I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eyeHe was big and bent and gray and oldAnd I looked at him and my blood ran coldAnd I said: "My name is 'Sue!' How do you do!?Now you gonna die!"Yeah that's what I told 'emWell, I hit him hard right between the eyesAnd he went down, but to my surpriseHe come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my earBut I busted a chair right across his teethAnd we crashed through the wall and into the streetKicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beerI tell ya, I've fought tougher menBut I really can't remember whenHe kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodileI heard him laugh and then I heard him cussHe went for his gun and I pulled mine firstHe stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smileAnd he said, "Son, this world is roughAnd if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be toughAnd I know I wouldn't be there to help ya alongSo I give ya that name and I said goodbyeI knew you'd have to get tough or dieAnd it's the name that helped to make you strong"Yeah he said, "Now you just fought one hell of a fightAnd I know you hate me, and you got the rightTo kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you doBut ya ought to thank me, before I dieFor the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye'Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you "Sue"Yeah what could I do, what could I doI got all choked up and I threw down my gunCalled him my Pa, and he called me his sonAnd I come away with a different point of viewAnd I think about him, now and thenEvery time I try and every time I winAnd if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name himBill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name! YeahThanks for participating!Thanks Brian for your insight!Let's see if I can pull from a cliche that an athlete or coach has given to me throughout the years ... "I'm enjoying working here and I can't predict the future." Does that work? Haha! Neill does a great job over there. The biggest difference is that he doesn't have to worry about tracking down news and breaking news. He's also writing to promote CU in a way, so there's more leeway to be critical in what I do. I'm not overly critical, however, so I don't think the transition is too difficult.When Neil Woelk retires, would you be interested in that job with the Buffs? I understand if that’s a question you would rather not answer, but you would be great at it! In what ways does your job truly differ than his job? Do you feel like while it isn’t an easy thing to do, you can be more objective with your coverage?Although ... if you're a boy, wouldn't you rather be named Mister than Sue? Great song reference, though!Given the central thesis of the song, "A Boy Named Sue," Mister Williams dad didn't do him any favors. Not sayin', just sayin'.Totally agree! Either that or LSU was just better than I thoughtBrian, you and I both predicted Clemson all year. I fell like Trevor Lawrence really let us down and its not really our fault.Let's hope! Ha! Last year, they had 3 quality control coaches and also several graduate assistantsBRIAN, HOW MANY "CONSULTANTS" DO BUFFS HAVE ON STAFF? LIKE COACHES IN WAITING, LIKE JAY JOHNSON WAS AT GEORGIA? ALSO, I THINK THIS WILL BE MY LAST MESSAGE IN ALL CAPS.thank you! you too!Hey Brian - good chat, as always, have a good week.Potentially, that's possible. It's always been an issue for CU. Adding the multi-year contract option a couple years ago was huge, though.Brian, i'm not concerned about other sports. i am worried that CU's budget issues will prevent CU from keeping good coaches - per your article this weekend regarding Coach Kap. thanks!Hmm, that's a good question. I really like the potential of Mister Williams at ILB, but I've heard some people who also love Montana Lemonious-Craig and thought he was underrated coming in at WR.Who do you think could be the surprise of this recruiting class.....Thanks for that!Here's the link to the petition to bring back the tuba cheer: www.change.orgWithout really looking at the books of other schools, I don't know. CU obviously used to have other sports. It's possible that schools with less money just never got rid of those sports and therefore already have the infrastructure in place. I think it's cheaper to maintain a program than to start one. You ask a great question, but I do think it would take a dive into the books to really try to figure that out.Thanks for participating! I do think he needs another year. I expected a bit more consistency out of him. I think he's got NBA potential, but if you don't bring it every night, when you're only playing 2 times a week, it's hard to think they'll do it for an 82-game schedule. So, I do think he could use a senior year here.Hi Brian. Thanks as always for the chat. In watching Bey so far, he has been really inconsistent. Great one game and then disappears the next. I think another year at CU could really help him -- not sure he is NBA ready yet. Any thoughts?No I don't think it crushes momentum. Given that they have a new QB and lost Shenault and that they'll be picked to finish last, I don't think 5-7 crushes them.It's unfortunate that Nebraska isn't on the schedule this year, I always love a guaranteed win, lol. I believe Tucker needs to be here 4 years before we judge him, but do you feel another 5-7 year crushes any momentum the staff is trying to generate? A bowl game seems to be a must this year for CU to be headed in the right direction.Haha! I'm sure a lot of Buff fans are loving those nuggets of info!No Huskers in the Super Bowl for first time in 26 years and last year broke a 25 year streak of Huskers being drafted. Carthage must be destroyed. (If anyone gets that historical reference I will send them a do not).Fontenot for rushing. Receiving ... it's a toss up. Nixon or Arias or Shenault.Who leads the team in rushing yards next season? How about receiving yards?They are on Pacific time for most of the season, actually. The final month of the year, they'd be in the Mountain time zone. They would never give those schools games that early in September and October, though. it's too hotBrian, the arizona schools are in the mountain time zone but don't observe daylights savings. thus, in the fall ua and asu would be available for that duty also.I don't remember how that came about. I wasn't covering the basketball team much in those days. I remember Bohn making a big deal of getting them out there, but I can't remember how it was funded.How did Bohn get funding to send C-Unit to the Pac-12 tourney and March Madness? That was the most hyped I've ever seen the student section and I don't understand why it was discontinued.Good question. I'd start with KD Nixon and Nate Landman. Those two displayed their leadership last year. Beyond that, nobody really jumps out. Brady Russell would be my third choice. Maybe Will Sherman, or Mustafa Johnson.Building off my last question regarding Captains, who do you see as the most likely 4-6 guys to be named Captains if Tucker takes a more traditional approach?I don't know all the reasons why, but I do know that adding a sport is costly and CU doesn't have extra money laying around to do that. Baseball is the sport most people talk about adding, but to do that, you also have to add softball. And, then you have to build two stadiums. That's a huge expense right off the bat for two sports that will lose money annually.second issue: i am not clamoring for cu adding more sports, far from it. i just wonder why it hasn't be POSSIBLE. historically and currently, schools with equal or lesser revenue have been able to field a 'full' slate of sports, even with title IX. so, therefore CU's admin costs must be disproportionately high relative to other schools. further, it is either bloated staffs & salaries or, that the U charges the ath dept full freight for out-of-state scholarship athletes. if so, do out-of-state athletes ever qualify for in-state tuition rates? thanks.Have they not been doing it this year?? I haven't noticed!Can we please bring back the supa dupa tuba cheer?Utah has a lot of holes to fill, but as long as Whittingham is there, I pencil them in for 7 wins at least, just to start. That's a tough team to play at the end, because by the time CU sees them, their new guys won't be new. USC will be solid. They have a ton of talent as always and a solid QB. Those are the two favorites for the South, in my opinion, with ASU not far behind. North is wide open, but I do think Oregon is still the class of the division.What are your thoughts on USC and Utah next year? I think the north is wide open for the taking.Ahkello is the only player. But also Jon Embree and his sons (who weren't Buffs) - both are coaches, one with the Chiefs, one with the Niners.Ahkello and Bienemy the only Buffs in the Super Bowl?For CU, going into the second year together as a staff, I think it's a big deal. Tucker spent a lot of his time last winter filling out his staff and then having to get to know each other and teaching the staff. Now they know each other. Now they can go in and made adjustments off of last season and it'll be easier than starting over with a new OC or DC.How big is it to have most if not all coordinators and assistant coaches back this year?Good afternoon! Hard to say at this point. You never know how those guys will respond to the college practice/life schedule and how they do under the lights. But, I think Christian Gonzalez, Jason Harris and Brendon Lewis are solid candidates to play. Of all the freshmen, Harris is probably most likely to play, in my opinion. Given the lack of depth at TE, Fauria or Passarello could get on the field.Hello Brian, which true freshman will get playing time next year?I don't think it would be limited to CU and Utah, if they go that route. I'm OK with a 10 a.m. kickoff now and then, but not frequently. I think there are good and bad elements to it for fans. It's pretty early to get up and get to the stadium and tailgate, etc. But, I'm guessing most would prefer 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also if they did it, I do think it could for conference games, as well.Good day, Brian, thanks for the chat.two things today: 1) are the mountain-time-zone teams to be the labrats for 10am KOs? if so, will those be for OOC games primarily? cu has done those in the past for NU games - it wasn't awful and are preferable to 6-8pm KOs, especially on weeknights. your view?Other than Kapilovic having interest from Auburn and Missouri - which was reported last week - I don't.You wrote about how some of the football coaching staff was offered SEC jobs. Do you have more details on that? I'm guessing not.I would expect 2-3 new signees that dayBased on your answer we shouldn’t expect much Feb 5?Tucker hasn't decided how he'll do captains this year. That's something he and the staff will figure out once they're able to sit down after signing day and have some time to discuss a plan in that regard. He has told me that just because he did it that way last year doesn't mean he'll do it that every year. Last year, he was getting to know his team and had not seen anybody really step up as a team leader. So, he took the week-by-week approach, but wanted at the end to have captains go down in the books as season captains.Do you think we will likely see Tucker take the same approach when it comes to naming Captains this year? What do you think his rationale was for not naming Captains for the entire season at the beginning of the year?I get your point, but if you notice, there are 11 players on offense. It takes more than a great QB and WR (who was banged up a lot). The OL was average, at best, as a unit, and that's a huge part of it. I'm not totally excusing Johnson; I think the offense was a disappointment. But, I also think a coordinator needs more than one year when he's coming into a new job with a whole new staff.I still can't square how our OC still has a job. We had a 5th year senior QB (who you brian thinks will be drafted) and a first round playmaker in Laviska. Give any OC in America those two elements and you will have an offense in the top half of their league. If we can't be at least above average in that scenario, we need another coordinator.Good afternoon! 1) Right now, Anglen is coming in this week. I think that's it for right now. I haven't heard of others. 2) In the past few weeks, I've done some stories on Carson Lee, Brendon Lewis, Justin Jackson and Antonio Alfano. Those interviews were done before those guys arrived. Now that they are here, CU's policy is that newcomers are off limits to interviews. It's likely we won't get a chance to interview them before fall camp. 3) As for the women, last Friday was a step back for sure. That was a bad loss for them. I don't think they've peaked, but they missed a great opportunity.Good Afternoon Brian-Any visits planned for 2020 recruits for Feb signing? Any chance you could get an interview with some of the 10 already enrolled to get their perspective on their recruitment-totally different subject- it appears the CU Women took a step backward last Friday night or have they hit their peak?William Anglen, a safety from Cleveland, is coming in for a visit this week. He's a 3-star player and they like him a lot.Aside from RB who do the buffs think they have a good chance of signing in FebruaryNo, I don't think he was going to play much, if at all, and that's probably why he left. They were thin on the DL this year and he couldn't get on the field. They're potentially really deep on the DL this next year, so he's further down the list. It doesn't really change the recruiting aspect, though. Just opens up a scholarship and gets them closer to the 85.I saw that Va'atofu Sauvao is entering NCAA transfer portal. Was he going to get much playing time and does this open up another spot for a recruitIt's going to be interesting to see what they do with Nixon. I have to wonder if part of talking him into coming back was telling him the potential he has to fill Laviska's role of playing all over. I don't see Stanley going outside, and I love Arias' potential, but he's got to prove himself on game day. I would guess Nixon has better numbers than Stanley and is top two in receiving. I could also see him carrying the ball a bit and being used that way.Considering the talent and depth the Buffs have at Receiver, how do you think they will use KD Nixon? While I am a big fan of Stanley at the slot and in general, do you see a scenario where they move Stanley outside and move KD to the Slot? I also think Arias is very talented and could easily see a scenario where Nixon ends up being third in receiving yards behind Stanley and Arias.They just might! ... But, no question these guys get hyped up for big games. I think that's human nature and this team has always been that way. it's too bad for CU that Arizona doesn't come here this year, because they'd have a shot to beat them.Also, I'm convinced McKinley/Gatling/Kountz/Schwartz know every single word of every rap songGetting to the game early for hoops is fun to see the players warm up and how both teams get loose. I could tell they were going to beat Oregon. Entire team locked in and doing their thing. Meanwhile, the Oregon players were warming up and sizing up CU the whole time.Both - I think ASU could be pretty good, but I also think the Buffs could beat them in Boulder. Having the QB settled is huge for them, and the way Herm Edwards' teams play, they've been competitive almost every week, and he's going to have them running the ball and playing solid defense. But, they're certainly not unbeatable and they've got some big holes to fill, especially on offense.ASU football is really getting hyped up on Sirius PAC12 channel.Do you think they have improved that much or is it just that we know who their starting qb is going to be? They are losing some really good skill players. I think the Buffs can beat them in Boulder if we have a quarterback.Oh yeah, Rick is a competitive guy and he's passionate about the Buffs.Sat near Rick George last hoops home stand and proud to report that he was as animated cheering and yelling at the refs as your hardcore fan. I love seeing that from the AD. Mike Bohn was the same way. Fierce competitive streakI thought it might be an option for them, but I'm not really surprised by it. When I've talked to Mel Tucker and Jay Johnson, they've been adamant that's not on the table for them at this point. I just asked Mel again last week and he said that's not even a thought for them. They want to see how Lytle, Stenstrom and Lewis look this spring. If they go through spring and none of the 3 is stepping, I do think a grad transfer is possible at that point - if there is a good one available.