Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Feb. 3, 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 (Feb. 3, 2020) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: February 3, 2020 at 11:42 a.m. | UPDATED: February 3, 2020 at 2:41 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. That will wrap up this week. Thanks for the great comments and questions again. Big week for the men's hoops team with the Bay Area teams coming to down. Big week for football with a couple players expected to be signed. We'll talk about it next Monday. Have a great week everybody!I'll add that they probably need to keep adding TEs. They'll lose Russell and Poplawski after the 2021 season, so they need to develop some depth there.It's always going to be the lines. Need to get bigger and better up front. And, you always want a good QB. Beyond that, I think they need inside linebacker and secondary help, and another solid RB. Offensively, though, they won't lose much after next year. There's only two seniors on the entire offense: KD Nixon and Kary Kutsch.Biggest need for CU recruiting in 2021?Yes, he's the offensive coordinator at South Carolina.Do you know if Bobo got a coaching jobRight now, I'd pencil in Landman and Jones as the starters. If healthy (which he wasn't much of last year), Van Diest will compete hard for that spot again. Quinn Perry, Marvin Ham and Mister Williams could be in the mix, as well. Allen is playing outside at this point.Brian - What about the LBs? Landman and Jones the starters against CSU? Do guys like Perry and Allan, the two JC guys, get some playing time?In some cases, he does get those guys off the floor, but I think there have been enough times where big leads have been coughed up to where he doesn't want to take any chances. I agree, though, when you're up 20-plus over USC with 2 minutes left, it's good to get McKinley and some of those key starters out of the game.This may be a better question for Pat, but here goes anyway- I generally love Tad, but one small beef I have is that he tends to leave important players in blowout games for too long. Why play McKinley (and other starters) until the final whistle against USC instead of taking him out (at latest) at the 2 minute mark? I get wanting to secure a win, but it seems like the chances of having your most important player injured are significantly greater than the chances of USC making up 20 points in 2 minutes. Tad also left rotation players on the floor in the last 4 minutes of 40 point wins over Utah and Iona. What are your thoughts?I do agree with you that the whole picture has not been in the spotlight. People focus on the massive TV deals and the coach contracts and think colleges are just raking in the cash. That's not the case. At some schools, yes, it probably is the case. At CU and many others, it's not the case at all. You're right, football turns a very good profit and men's basketball sometimes turns a profit. Other than that, the other programs are losing tons of money, and it's thanks to football that they are still afloat. All those nice TV deals basically allow for women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, etc. So, I'm not at all in favor of a model where the schools pay the athletes. But, I do think it's time to allow athletes to profit from their name and likeness. Laviska Shenault, for example, probably makes a nice bit of cash this past year if he could do an autograph signing session.I don't care for all this **** about players getting jilted out of their fare--pushed by the Jay Bilas' of the world. If you don't value a degree -- with no loans to pay back -- you're selfish. No one is forcing anyone to play college sports, and do they not realize that yes, football brings in millions but most of the sports do not? What business model in the world would spend $4-5 million on women's basketball and they make what in revenue, 300K? And that's more than most of the others. It pays the freight for all, deal with it. Coaches salaries have caused almost all of this. Thoughts?I have not heard anything about new uniforms coming.Do you think we will have any new uniform changes next year?I believe it's Sept. 1 of the recruit's junior year. That's when coaches can begin reaching out to players. Before that, players can contact coaches and they can talk that way, but coaches can't initiate the contact before the junior year.Every so often, there is a story about some FB program offering an 8th grader. What are the rules, if any, on the minimum age of a player before a coach can make contact?He's a good player and would be a nice addition for CU. They need some safety depth and he would provide that.Thoughts on William anglen?Mel Tucker told me twice - in December and a couple weeks ago - that they were not looking at QBs in the transfer portal. If they kicked the tires on a couple of guys, it wouldn't surprise me, but I think they like the potential of the 3 they have on campus.There were a few high quality grad transfer QBs that entered the transfer portal and have since gone to other teams. Do you know whether CU reached out to any of them? Perhaps they did, but that is not something that they would want out in the public because it might send a signal to their current QBs that the coaches lack confidence in their ability to handle the job next fall.Yes, I get what you're saying, but we have only two people covering CU and football and men's basketball dominate our readership. I agree, there are some good stories out there in all the sports, and we do hit some of those sports at times, but it's hard to devote too much time to the others when the numbers show our readers want football and men's basketball coverage. I write several women's basketball stories each week during the season, but it's still football and men's basketball that attracts the readers.Maybe you would if you had some more stories. Or more room. I'm not talking every day, but once a week would be nice.Right now, I think there are so many unknowns, it's hard to say. I hate making a record prediction without even knowing who is playing QB. But, I think the talent is there to get to 6-6, 7-5. it's been there for several years, but they haven't been able to get to that 6th win. I like the ability of the defense to get better next year. If they take a step or two forward and the Buffs get solid QB and OL play, they'll be in a bowl.What do you think our record will be next year?More postgame celebrations maybe? As far as major changes to the structure, no. The Wifi should be upgraded, but that's about it.Are we going to see any changes to Folsom next year?Both good hires. For Washington State, it's unfortunate that Leach left because I think he was a perfect fit for the Cougars and he did a great job. He came into a place where it's tough to win and he made them a consistent winner. That said, I think Rolovich is about as good of a replacement as you can find. He'll fit in well in Pullman and do a good job there. I do think there will be a drop-off initially and I'm not sure Washington State will be as good as it was under Leach, but I still think that's going to be a competitive team that goes to bowls a lot. With Washington, sort of the same thing. Petersen was such a great fit there. Lake has never been a head coach, so we'll see, but he's been on the radar for a number of years. We'll see how he pans out. Right now, I'd probably rank WSU's hire a bit above Washington's.Any thoughts on Pac-12 coaching hires this off-season?We do a little bit from time to time, but you're right that our time mainly goes to football and basketball. That's what our readers read. We don't get much readership outside of those two sports.I know space is limited, but it seems like you all run 5 or 6 stories on the same men's basketball players over the course of the year. How about spreading the wealth and write about some of the Olympic sports kids -- never anything on golf, tennis or skiing.It depends on how ready Clayton is to contribute. I know that people get excited about certain players coming in, and Clayton has exceptional talent, but it's a big jump from high school to college. I've asked coaches in the past how they feel certainly freshman will fit in and they often say they have to wait and see how prepared those kids are, how they respond to practices and workouts - which is probably tougher than they are used to. And, at RB, there's a lot more that goes into it. I talked with Jaren Mangham in December. He had a nice freshman year, but said it was night and day from high school. There's a lot to learn. So, it's hard to answer that question. But, I'll say that based on his talent, I do think Clayton will have a shot to play and contribute next season. However, going in, I'd put Fontenot and Mangham at the top of the depth chart.If Clayton signs with CU what do you think the depth chart will look like at RB?They get a couple hours a week at this time of yearHow much time do Coach Tucker and the coordinations get with the team this time of year when it’s primarily a lifting focus?Agreed on both accounts!I have to say, we have lucked out in getting Mel Tucker. As busy as he is, there he is at the MBB games cheering the Buffs on and shaking hands after the game. Very impressive. Separately, the Buffs need to reestablish/Reinvigorate the C Unit at the MBB games. Need that spirit!There are some holes to plug, with Hambright and Lynott graduating, but I think it has a chance to be better. I could see Sherman moving back to LT and Frank Fillip taking over at RT. Fillip hasn't played much yet, but I like his potential and he could be a pretty good tackle. Sherman, I think, is just getting better. I'd expect Purcell to be back at center and if he's healthy, he'll hold down that spot pretty well. At guard, Kutsch has a lot of experience and Roddick got some experience last year, but I also like what Kanan Ray and Austin Johnson bring to the table. And, I wouldn't rule out Carson Lee. So, i think it's got potential to be better.Will the OL be improved from last yearIt's going to be an interesting competition there because there's so much talent and some unproven guys, but if I had to guess right now, I'd say it's going to be KD Nixon, Dimitri Stanley and Vontae Shenault (or Daniel Arias).What do you think our starting wide receiver will look like?I would assume so, but I don't know for sure. It's my understanding it wasn't a big deal. Just a bug.Is Alfano back in the winter lifting after his illnessI have not. I haven't met him in person yet, just over the phone. I've seen his high school film and he's a good passer.Have you gotten a chance to see Brendon Lewis throw?If you can call it a "breather." Since the end of the season, they've been recruiting a TON and then had the holidays. I think after Wednesday is when they'll really start to sit down and analyze the schemes and prepare for spring ball, which starts mid-MarchBrian - After signing day, do the coaches get a little breather before they start spring football planning? When does spring ball start?More so it helps CU just from an exposure standpoint. it's always good to have someone from CU in a high-profile spot. Not sure it really does much for the Pac-12, because they've had people on the committee before.How does Rick George being on the playoff committee help CU or the Pac-12?It's a young group, but the converted WRs have now been corners for a year. Looking at it right now, Mekhi Blackmon and Chris Miller are juniors and if they're healthy, they've got a lot of experience. Jaylen Striker, the JUCO transfer, is a junior, as well. Then, there's Nigel Bethel, who came in from Miami last August and spent the year practicing with the Buffs. KJ Trujillo is a true sophomore, but has more than half a season of starting experience now. Coaches raved about Luckett after he moved over last year, and Dylan Thomas is there. There's also DJ Oats, and the new freshman Christian Gonzalez. Now, it should be noted that Tucker told me that some of those guys listed as corners right now will be playing safety and that he hasn't decided who. But, I think overall, there's better depth and talent this year, especially if they stay healthy.Where do we stand at CB next season? Miller has had a hard time staying healthy and beyond that, we have young guys and converted WRs.Correct. The proposal was for athletes in all sports, and that's all it is right now is a proposal. It would need to be voted on nationally to become an NCAA rule.Apparently, the Big 10 ADs voted in favor of a proposal to allow FB players (and maybe athletes in other sports) to transfer once in a career without having to sit out a year. I am assuming this would have to be approved by the NCAA for all leagues and teams before it would go into effect. Correct?Really smart kid, really good football player from a tough, smart family. I think he's a great addition for CU. He was the leading tackler at Brown, which certainly is a different level, but he's a good player. He's trying to become a fourth-generation NFL player in his family. Where he fits in at CU, I'm not sure, but he said the Star position is fairly similar to what he did at Brown, so I could see him maybe competing at that spot. Maybe at safety. And possibly a big help on special teams. Could be a bit like Beau Bisharat in terms of special teams.What can you tell us about Brendan Pyne, the grad transfer? What should we expect from him, if anything.It's probably going to be this summer before know. It's possible we don't know when camp starts in August.When will we know if Alfano will be eligible this fall?Yes, he can. Going into the portal doesn't mean the player is definitely leaving. It just gives them the opportunity to explore options and talk to other teams.Hi Brian, Do you know if a player can pull himself off of the transfer protocol if he doesn't like his prospects?I don't think I'd label him as a "punk," but certainly he needs to cut that out of his game because a) it's hurting his team and b) it's not making his head coach very happy.Looks like Bey is turning into a punk...2 T's in three games, with a couple of other times where he could have been called.I'm not sure on him. I think he's in a better position for what he's become physically, and he had a really good season on the scout team DL. But, they are becoming so loaded on the DL, I'm not sure how much time he actually gets. And, yes, it's my understanding he left in part because of playing time. What's different now is that he's more mature and from what I hear has a different perspective and just wants to play. I don't see him transferring again.Brian - Does Dante Sparaco have a shot at playing time this next year? Why did he leave in the first place? If it was playing time related, why would it be any different now?It's my understand from things I've read that Reid calls the plays, but certainly Bieniemy helps to put together game plans and has input during games. Maybe that lessens his attractiveness, but Reid was promoting EB as a head coach this winter.Did Andy Reid call the offensive plays for KC even though EB was the coordinator? If so, does that somewhat lessen EB's attractiveness/qualifications in the eyes of other teams looking for HCs?It's hard to tell right now because he hasn't even been on the field in a practice yet. I think he has a shot at it, for sure, but Lytle has put in a LOT of work and Stenstrom has, too.Schools don't seem to have a problem starting true freshman QBs like they once did. And it's huge that Lewis is an early enrollee. Do you see him starting against CSU?Yeah, I expect we'll see two signees with Clayton and Anglen. Neither one is for sure, but I think CU has a good chance at both.Brian - What are you expecting on the recruiting front Wednesday? A couple more signees?I didn't see it coming. Great win for CU! Excited for Wednesday? Not really. Should be a fairly quiet day, but it'll be a big deal if the Buffs get ClaytonAnyone here call the USC blowout last Friday? Asking for a Friend. Also, happy Monday, Brian! You excited for Wednesday???Good day to you! I do anticipate the Buffs signing two players on Wednesday, and right now, I'd guess it's Clayton and Anglen. Where the scholarship number is right now, I'm not positive, but it's around that 90 mark.good day, Brian. thanks for your time today.Q: there will be a big day this week. do you perceive that the two hot prospects will sign on weds? and, with the announcements last week, what is the scholarship numbers assuming the RB and S sign?I think he's got to get a shot at a HC position at some point. I felt going in that KC needed to win that game to boost his chances. I didn't really care which team won, but I root for people. There's people I know on both sides, with Embree and Witherspoon and EB, but I thought that was big for EB.So happy for Eric Bieniemy getting that ring. What is next for him? Will he get an NFL head coaching job? Or maybe a HC in college?It does, yes, but that doesn't necessarily mean that CU can sign more players. There is a limit of 25 additions per year. Now there are ways to play around with that number. But, it doesn't mean CU can just go ahead and sign a couple more guys.