Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Jan. 27, 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. 27, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: January 27, 2020 at 11:40 a.m. | UPDATED: January 27, 2020 at 1:38 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. OK, now that's all! See you next Monday, fans!I'll reopen this for the last question. Oliver had some academic issues and couldn't get into CU. They set up a plan for him to go to a JC in Mississippi, but he didn't follow that plan and went to JC in Iowa instead. Not sure if he'll ever wind up here or not.Brian - Whatever happened to Trustin Oliver? I remember Matt McChesney saying he was the most gifted athlete in the state at the time of commitment.That will do it for this week everybody. Great comments and questions again this week. We'll do this again next Monday. Have a great week!Last year was frustrating all around for that team. Opened with a bad loss to Utah in the conference opener, and then a couple tough close ones to start 0-3. Then, they lose Kennedy. Lexi gets hurt. Peanut dealt with injuries. Mya played but wasn't healthy. They had Cameron leave during the winter break. I think a lot of negative things snowballed.Your podcast with Peanut she talked about the negativity last year, and she wouldn’t allow it anymore? What are the details there?Can they? Yes. Will they? That's a tougher call. This is a very tough week to try to get one. Next week, the Washington trip is always tough; they can beat both teams, but I'd anticipate a split. They can beat Cal at home, but the last three home games are against ranked teams. Get one of them and that's a good step. Finishing the season in LA, they could beat USC there.Massey ratings have CU women down for four remaining games with a 50% or better chance to win. 7-11 would be the 2nd best Pac-12 season ever for CU. Can we do it? Will we?I don't know for sure, but I'd guess it's still one that has some bad blood.Do you know whether Tad or Andy Enfield has reached out to the other to clear the air/bury the hatchet? Or is this going to be a grudge match for as long as they both are coaching at their present schools?Hmm, good question. There are some good shooters on both teams. I'd take my chances with Emma Clarke, but the men's team might be able to get more creative with its athleticism.Who wins a game of horse for Men’s and women’s?He could. He got in a bit this year with Temple and threw the ball well when he got a chance. They'll have a QB competition on their hands there, but he's definitely one that if he doesn't win the starting job could still be a factor.Just saw that Centeio transferred to CSU from Temple. He played a lot this year at Temple and was good as a change of pace QB but was a much bigger threat as a runner than passer. If he graduates in May and is eligible for the fall I would not be surprised to see him play at the very least a few series against the buffs in September.Sometimes, but not always. It happens all the time in recruiting. When you see a player announce that he's decided to re-open his commitment, that's not always his choice. Could be academic issues, or a team that got a better player.When CU offers a scholarship to a player and he verbally accepts, will CU consider itself bound by the offer, even though the player can back out of a verbal offer? What if a markedly better player at the same position expresses interest in coming? Will they still stand by the offer?There's a lot more to women's basketball than the Pac-12. In fact, it's been nearly 30 years since the conference won a national title. The SEC has some great teams. The Big 12 has some great teams. The ACC has some great teams. The best team isn't even a Power 5 team. I do think the Pac-12 is the best conference this year, but there's not much of a gap.Let’s address the elephant in the room. For WBB there is the PAC-12 and everyone else. If this is the WNBA G-League, let’s forgo recruiting and go to a lottery style draft. Boregons getting all the McDonalds All-Americans isn’t very...American.I think a sweep is possible this weekend. those are two very beatable teams in UCLA and USC. USC will be tough at home, though. Regarding Tad's plays, that's a better question for Pat Rooney, who follows it closer than I do. He's not a perfect coach, that's for sure, and I think offense has always been the questionable part of his teams. They often defend well and rebound fairly well.Let's Go MBB, can we get a Road sweep this weekend? Seems Bey has to get back to himself and re: Tad how about calling a timeout when needed and running a set play. We've got an experienced team why don't we run more set plays?Again, purely my opinion, but let's say CU goes 7-5 this year and 8-4 in 2021. Now Tucker has had back-to-back winning seasons at a place that hasn't done that in nearly two decades. He's got a good reputation already, and if he shows he can win consistently at a place that's been dreadful for years, that's going to make him attractive around the country. I don't think that necessarily means he has two years left here. But, I do believe that if he gets CU on a winning track over the next 2-3 years, he will be a hot candidate for a lot of jobs. I really like Tucker and hope I'm wrong. Maybe he and his family will grow to really love CU and he'll be here for 10-12 years.How long do you see Tucker being here? I really hope you're wrong about him leaving relatively soon, but I could easily see it happening.I talked with him last night and he's a really nice young man. Don't much about him as far as playing, but sounds like's fairly new to offensive line, but took to it pretty well last year and is fully embracing it. Not a highly rated in-state prospect at this point, but that could change. Looks like a kid with a lot of room to grow as a player.It looks like they got a big O lineman for 2021. Do you know much about him?I don't think Tad is anywhere near exiting CU, but at the rate he's going, I anticipate Tad retiring from CU after a long, successful career here. With JR, it's a good question, but I do think if she gets this team to the postseason, there's a new contract coming. She's close - really just needs another win or two to secure that.What does Tad’s exit from CU look like and when? What does RG need to see or is CU content with sporadic NCAA appearances and 1st round exits? If JR Payne gets this team to the WNIT this year does RG let her go into the last year remaining on her contract, or will he renew her for another season, through 2021-22?Ha! Not sure if it's one or several fans asking, but I do appreciate the passion of that fan base.How many different logins and names can one person use to ask questions about women’s basketball?On another football note, I have seen some fans curious about a photo that Antonio Alfano posted on Instagram that shows him in the hospital getting an IV. From what I'm told, it's nothing serious. He caught a bug that's been going around, but should be OK.Yes, he has some flaws that won't play well in the NFL if he doesn't correct them. But, I agree, I hope he gets drafted and gets with the right system where he can improve. I think it would be great for him if he could be a late round pick for a good team and be a practice squad player or a third-stringer for a year or two and really learn the game at that level and fix his flaws. I've always believed that Montez will get a lot better when he can focus solely on football and not have to worry about school. So, I'm curious to see if it plays out that way.I watched Montez in the senior bowl and all of his bad tendencies were on display from off mark throws and trying to make a play while being tackled and throwing a bad int instead. I really hope he gets drafted and makes it and like him but I just don’t see it. Hope he gets the right coach and system in the nflHa! They hit a lot that night!Just got a text Utah WBB just hit another open 3 on us!I agree with you that it's the typically the critics who are louder. From the fans we hear from, it does seem very polarizing. But, I do think Tad is more widely praised than criticized. It's not just the young fans, though. I know some older fans who are very critical of Tad.I read Rooney’s article about the “polarizing” views on tad Boyle from fans. I’m sure you guys can get a sense of the mood and opinions of fans from volume of emails with a particular viewpoint but I don’t think the fan base is divided thet much. You’re going to hear way more from the critics than the pro/Tad side aspeople tend to make the effort to critique but not to praise.I also think you’re hearing more from younger fans who don’t realize that he is likely the most successful coach we’ve ever had and how irrelevant we’ve been for decades. All they know I s tad has made us pretty good but they expect the next step and level of success. That’s not unreasonable to want but to expect it at Colorado is a bit absurd. Tad is great for the program and has made watching cu basketball a must for me. That wand the case at all in the 80s when I was cu.I don't know that Tucker will be here long enough to take CU to 1990s caliber. I think if CU starts winning 7-8-9 games consistently, Tucker is going to be a very hot coaching candidate nationally and move on to something bigger. That's nothing I've been told by anyone and it's not a knock on him at all - just my opinion.Does Tucker bring CU back to 90's caliber? What I meant was if ever, not so much if in the near future? Because if CU were to be winning 8-9 by the time things take off for the image rules, that could help... or hurt if not.Playing one of the top point guards in program history and CU's all-time assist leader over a freshman still adjusting to college life was indefensible? Come on now. Cameron is a talented player and I'm glad she's doing well at BC. But she had not EARNED that playing time. She didn't stick around long enough to earn it. She was in college for one semester, and during that time had a minor heart procedure that slowed her down a bit and struggled at times to even deal with the rigors of practice. I absolutely think she would have adjusted and come around and possibly been a very valuable player on this year's team. But, she didn't stick around. The family didn't have patience for the process that almost all freshmen have to go through. She wasn't pushed out of Boulder.What was JR thinking playing the two seniors last year over fab phenom Cameron Swartz? The seat was warm and they hadn’t and wouldn’t win in four years of opportunities. Cam was the truth. She’s scored 203 points for Boston College even missing several games to injury. This CU team struggles with FG%. If JR had not so stubbornly played players that weren’t getting it done, Cam never leaves. CU would have three wins over top-10 teams already. I love her coaching this year, JR can coach, but playing Leonard, and especially Robinson over Swartz was indefensible last year. Accountability is huge and we basically pushed our best player to the transfer portal with only ~40 minutes of playing time. What could have been!Yes, I think he gets drafted. He's got all the tools and the NFL loves guys who have the tools.Do you still think Montez gets drafted? I think he is too inconsistent to get drafted on an NFL team. He has shown throughout his career that he is inconsistent. If he could get that behind him, he has all the physical tools.A lot of it depends on the QB situation. If the Buffs are set at QB, I like Tucker's chances of success, against new coaches and older coaches. I do think that Washington and Washington State will have tougher adjustments than, say, CSU, but we'll see. I think Washington and Washington State are more beatable than if Petersen and Leach were still around.Grades on the new coaches CU will face next year (I think there is 4) v. Tucker's improvement in year 2?Ha! Yeah, this afternoon! No ... I wish. I've never covered a Super Bowl and I hear it's madness, but I'd like to do that at least once. I had a nice conversation with Embree this weekend, though. Look for a couple stories this week on Buffzone.Are you flying to Miami to interview Ahkello Witherspoon, Eric Bienemy, and Jon Embree? ;-)Certainly it gives him more exposure. But, it also gives CU more exposure.Seems like it just gives Rick George more exposure. Good for his resume.I think it's a lot to ask Tucker to bring CU to 1990s caliber at this point. I want to see the Buffs in a bowl game or two before I'll go that far. I think he can get them to playing winning football. As for the other part of your question, it's impossible to answer because they have yet to figure out what the image and likeness rules will look like.Does Tucker bring CU back to 90's caliber? Can he do it before the player's image laws give some schools the upper hand for good? Will It give them the upper hand for good if a player can get $4,000 to show up a camp?It's a big deal for CU because it gives the school more national exposure and that's never a bad thingHow does Rick George being on the playoff committee help the Buffs? I believe the Pac-12 always had a rep on the committee. I just don't see what the big deal is.The defense makes the improvement it should make and they find a steady starter at QB.The Buffs go bowling next season if....I would not anticipate the Pac-12 breaking up or losing Power 5 status. They might continue to lag behind the others in revenue, but it'll be interesting to see if that changes at all when the new TV deals are struck in a couple of years.Does the PAC 12,Become a group 5 conference... err group 6? Catch up w/ the other conference? Have some teams go to another power conference while a few go down to group 5?No question, she's been fun to watch. I'd temper your excitement a bit. It's not Sherrod pulling all of this off. This is a better TEAM. Mya is better. Emma is better. Charlotte is a legit big that is improving. Peanut is starting to come on. Aubrey is healthy and playing well. There's a lot of improvement made from last year. Sherrod is a big part of it, but not THE reason they have more wins and have been able to hang with some teams. As for the assist record, she has a chance at it, but I don't think she'll shatter it. She's behind pace, actually. But, she's got a chance to leave here as the all-time assist leader if she keeps it up and stays healthy.Brian I’m shocked at what this freshman Sherrod has pulled off. Already more wins than two of the previous four years. She’ll shatter the freshman Assists record. Beat Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA for multiple quarters. Wow!I believe he will, but I think that one will come down to the wire.Will Ashaad Clayton sign with the Buffs?I'm not sure at this point. I'm just learning of the new rules myself and I think it's a great thing for the Olympic caliber athletes. I would hope it opens more doors for an athlete that is Olympic caliber, yet still wants to compete in collegehow do you think this new Olympic rules will affect college sportsit's a three-man competition right now and I have no idea how it'll turn out. I like Tyler Lytle's chances because he's been here so long, knows the offense and has prepared for this moment for a long time.The starting QB for the Buffs, Sept 5th, 2020 in Ft Collins, is?Signing day is coming up Feb. 5. The Buffs will probably sign 2-3 players.When is the next recruiting deadline and do we have any room to take any more players?Speaking of women's basketball, fans, this is a great week to get out and support that team. On Thursday night, the Buffs play Oregon State at the Events Center and on Saturday they have Oregon here at 2 p.m. If you've never been to a CU women's game, I'd encourage fans to go on Saturday against Oregon. I don't work for CU, so there's no benefit to me promoting them, but, I'd recommend fans go to see Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, if nothing else. Might be the best player in all of college basketball.JR Payne told me it was simply because she felt they needed their best rebounders on the court against Cal. She said Jank is totally healthy. Jank's minutes have decreased a lot this year, but it was surprising she didn't play at all. She has played at least 5 minutes in every game of her career before yesterday.Do you know why Jank didn't play yesterday?Thank you! They won't happen much this time of year, but had to get some extras out there last week.by the way, always enjoy your Monday Rewinds!They'll get to the WNIT. To qualify for the WNIT, which has 64 teams, you need to be at least .500, which for CU means 15-15. They are currently 14-5, so they really just need one more win. At .500 they aren't guaranteed a spot, but the WNIT will almost surely pick CU, because the program draws fairly well for those games.Besides the blowout to Oregon, the Lady Buffs have been competitive against the top ranked teams they have played, an improvement over last year. Do you think they will make it to a post season tournamentThey have a couple players they really like coming in next year, one is a guard from Denmark who they think is a fierce competitor like Sherrod. Right now they are only set to lose Caylao-Do, but you never know with attrition.Who do the Lady Buffs have coming in next year? Who do we lose?OK, so I just went back and looked at it. It was Hollingshed's player that scored, but Mya got screened and caught in the screen. Tuitele was the other defender, but she was racing over from her player to try to get a stop. Stanford just drew it up well and executed.