SportsBasketballMens' Basketball Chat replay: Pat Rooney discusses CU Buffs athletics (Feb. 14, 2020) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Chat replay: Pat Rooney discusses CU Buffs athletics (Feb. 14, 2020) By Pat Rooney | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: February 14, 2020 at 11:55 a.m. | UPDATED: February 14, 2020 at 1:20 p.m.BuffZone.com beat writer Pat Rooney takes questions and leads a discussion on CU Buffs athletics. Thanks folks I've got to wrap it up here. Appreciate all the chatter, good stuff today! I'll have all the coverage from Corvallis tomorrow night. Thanks again for tuning in and we'll do this again next Friday. Have a good weekend.....Pat R.It's just College Football 2020.Just an old school comment... In the past coaches changed to go to a more prestigious school (like Notre Dame, their alma mater. etc.) But it wasn't a lot more money, just a cooler place to coach. Now it is bought off and that seems wrong.Even after last night, in conference games they lead the P12 in overall FG%, 2nd in 3%, 2nd in FT% and a very close 3rd in FT attempts (probably would be leading if they'd gotten to the line like normal last night). Also still fourth-fewest TOs per game even after last night. But sure, the offense stinks.I love Tad and want him to coach here for 100 years, but he needs help with the offense. In football, zone blocking teams with smaller linemen run well in the midfield, but they struggle to score from the 3 yd line because they can't force a score against a tough packed in defense. Same with our BB team's offense.Just as long as he doesn't have a son who plays QB.Just last week they shot .488 overall and 11-for-21 on 3s against a Stanford team that entered the game with the top D FG% in the league. Last night they shot OK, but I still don't ascribe the loss to missed shots. If those 18 turnovers are down to 11 (the team's per-game goal) or eight like last time vs OU, even if they shoot 39 percent (last night's FG%) with those extra shots they win the game. For me, last night was all about the turnovers.Once again Tad's offensive fails when we need it most. We post great numbers but their are padded against poor defenses. When we go against a tough defense like in the second half, the kids have not enough set plays that can force a basket when it is needed to stop a runI got a form of this question last week and not sure why some folks think they are "so inconsistent.' Going into last night they had the best record through 24 games in program history. They're still tied for first in the P12. It's college basketball. Winning on the road is tough. Just a couple weekends ago three of the top teams in the Big East all lost at home on the same day. I said earlier here I don't think the press was a major issue last night. They had a few turnovers against it, but you take the shot clocks and a few careless getting-stripped scenarios out of the equation and the turnover total would have been more reasonable.Hi Pat - what's up with the Buffs men's basketball? Why are they so inconsistent? And why doesn't Boyle make more adjustments. Home against Oregon State they couldn't adjust to the zone and last night the press got them. They should have won both. Is it nerves? Coaching? Inexperience being a winning team?I think they could. The previous Boise guy was hired ages ago and doesn't mean another one may not work out.No way CU would hire another coach from Boise State, right?? ;-)I'd be surprised if it was Bieniemy. Despite being passed over this year you have to think he would be in line for an NFL HC job in the near future, and I'm not sure how fired up he would be about the recruiting aspect of being a college HC. I don't really have a gut feeling on who it will be,. but I'd also be surprised if it's Chiaverini leading the team to start the season. Not that Darrin isn't committed, but I think Rick would prefer to get a guy with more HC experience who is committed to being here. Or at least says he is. ha!Pat whats your gut feeling on our next coach...Bieniemy, Chiaverini, or a name we don't even know yet?I won't speculate on what comes next for him, but Kountz certainly is one guy you can say has definitely not taken a step forward this season, and maybe even regressed. Teams are taking away his drive and letting him shoot from the outside. His confidence is low right now.How is Kountz performing in practice? He was so good late last year, fearlessly driving to the basket and even hitting outside shots. Is he doing any of that in practice or has he just totally lost confidence? He's a local kid and very exciting when he gets it going, so I hope he stays, but I wouldn't be surprised if he opts for a change of scenery.From what we've seen from Tucker the past week, he still might bolt for the SEC. Maybe next year if given the chance.Buff alum here + MSU lifelong from Detroit. FYI, it was grim here leading up to the hire. Feeling was the inevitable slide was beginning again. Probably for the best - Tucker would have split for the SEC...Getting close to deadline here folks, so get your questions/thoughts in if you still have them. The shot clock is ticking---unlike last night, don't let it run out on you!No, that's pretty much exactly how I feel. I figured he's be here a few years and maybe bolt after getting the Buffs to a 7-5 or better season. And I certainly didn't think he'd bolt hours after making a radio tour reasserting his Buffs devotion.One quick thought on Tucker. I'm not even mad at him. Business is Business, and he was never going to be here long term, I just thought he'd bolt after an an actual winning season. Do you see it differently?I agree that 16 seems a little high for them. I was surprised by the jump this past week. But I've gotten away from the AP poll as a big metric. They're still top-20 in the NET and that's what matters. I'm not sure missing threes in the 2nd half was the biggest culprit last night. They had the league's best FG% going into last night, and though they didn't shoot quite as well as normal last night, they weren't exactly laying bricks either. The 18 turnovers was 18 shots that league-leading FG% didn't get to take.Pat I watched that meltdown last nite, and saw it coming a mile away. We live by the three and by the three, and as soon as Oregon got their switches corrected on defense, we collapsed. If said this team has peaked at #16 in the rankings for the year, would you disagree?In the hoops tournament, the league gets a piece of the pie for every round a team advances, to be shared across all league members. I'm not sure of the fine print of the NCAA bylaws, but having the NCAA oversee the TV contracts for its entire membership doesn't seem feasible. Alabama football is a much different market than Cal football, and so on. Notre Dame football would fight that tooth and nail. They basically have their own network station.Back to the TV thing: I think the NCAA negotiates the TV contracts for the NCAA BB tournament. Are those revenues shared with all D-1 schools - even those not making the tournament? Same question with the "Final Four" in FB. I'm sure that the Big 10 and SEC like the current system where conferences have their own TV contracts. But given the HUGE $ from TV revenue these days, it would be much more equitable (and perhaps lead to a more level playing field, if all TV revenue was shared equally. The big programs still would have an advantage because of attendance, but this might help. Would there be anything to prevent this from happening? (other than intense lobbying against it by the biggest fish).I've been to a few of those early kickoffs vs Nebraska in the last decade of the B12. It didn't harm the enthusiasm for the game in any way.Yeah, fans shouldn't panic over last night. They're still 19-6 and in great shape for an NCAA bid. And, indeed, it's a wide-open year this year.I will say that the good news for the Buffs is that there aren't any dominant teams anywhere, really. Even the ACC is down. So if they can get themselves together, they could do well in the postseason!As far as early kickoffs, I remember a few Nebraska games that started at 10:30 AM. They could definitely do it in the Mountain time zone.I'm interested to see if they follow through on experimenting with those 9 am PT kickoffs for football. I think it would be more of an every-so-often thing, but I'm curious to see what impact it might makeI am on the east coast. Yes, 11 PM basketball tipoffs and 10:30 kickoffs are a drag. The only other option is 9 AM Pacific/ 10 AM Mountain, though. I know they looked at it but that could make for some rough games, I would think.I do think they'll win, but it will be a battle. The Buffs have responded well after losses, and they know they need this one. OSU really handed it to Utah last night.Back to basketball since that's your beat. Oregon State seems to have regressed a bit since they were in Boulder but have looked really good at times and home cooking usually helps everyone. You think that the Buffs will win tomorrow night?And yes, the late starts don't stop. Last night's top-20 game starting at 9 ET is a good example, but sometimes there's not too much that can be done about that. It was 6 pm local time out here. The late kickoffs in football are a much bigger problem. Unless its a particularly huge matchup, fans out east are probably cashed on football for the day when ASU and WSU kick off at 10 ETSimilar thoughts here that I'll handle together. Yes, it's the distribution of the P12 networks that has it lagging. The ACC and SEC networks partner with ESPN to expand profiles. P12 opted to go its own way and it's just not working out. They've put all the marbles when the next TV deal is up--and I apologize, I forget off top of my head when that is, but it's still a few years down the road. In the meantime, the distribution between the P12 and those other leagues will continue to be a major hurdle.It was definitely the right move for CU, they have always identified more with California than the Midwest. The Big 12 has the same problems as far as revenue. The business model needs updating but TV is going to be the biggest revenue source. The Pac 12 Network looks like a big bust right now, especially when you can't get it on DirecTV.What is the reason for the discrepancy in TV revenue between the Pac-12 and Big 10/SEC? Is it the number of viewers? If so, since most of the east coast may be asleep when Pac-12 FB and BB teams play night games at 8 MST/7 PST, the Pac-12 may never get the viewership necessary to get the big TV bucks. Too bad the NCAA can't control the TV contracts and divide the revenues equally between all D-1 programs (although the NCAA probably would screw that up).I agree. I still think the conference move was a good one for CU. But, just my opinion, I think the time is coming for P12 to rethink its business model from the top down.I suppose revenue is why they wanted to get Texas into the conference when CU joined but I would think that they could do better with SF and LA in the footprint.And hopefully for the fans the base of that construction stays in place. I think the bigger problem for CU and the P12 as a whole is how this illustrates the revenue gap between the P12 and the rest of the Power 5's, which are starting to treat the P12 like poachable mid-majors. Tough to compete when a place like Michigan State can just keep adding to a pile of money until it gets what it wants.As far as the football coach, the whole affair should make everyone wake up and realize what has been constructed even if there is little that anyone can do about it. Other than that, Michigan State cannot lose enough.I'm sure that correlation can be made in the history of a lot of programs. Good players win games. As much credit as Tucker deserves for the recruiting, so too does Chiaverini, who I'm guessing will be retained regardless of how this plays out.It seems to me that based on CU football history our best teams have had the best recruiters in our history other than the neu way, and remember he won primarily with coach Mac's playersYeah, taking someone off the dribble isn't exactly Bey's game. McKinley gets to the bucket pretty well, as does Schwartz like you said. I prefer to look at the whole of the offense though instead of quibbling about individual skills. Their offense has been solid much of the season, and until last night the early turnover issues had turned around.We are missing a slashing forward who can drive to the basket and finish or dish off to someone who is open. For as good as Bey is, he is not that guy. If he gets the ball way down low or on an alley oop, he can dunk it. But it seems he never drives to the basket and when does try (usually on the baseline), he gets stuck under the backboard or otherwise doesn't finish. Offensively, he basically is a jump shooter. Schwartz actually is much better driving to the basket. Battey will bull his way in there sometimes, but is much more comfortable with his back to the basket.and win the two home games, obviously.Agreed. Scoring 20 in a row at one point in a game like that, only to come out with an L, is a gut-punch. With four road games left beginning Saturday, I think they have to go at least 3-1 to have a shot at the title.Such a shame to fumble away a game that started so well. With only two more games in Boulder, they need to toughen up a bit and be more consistent.I'm sure it's a factor, but I believe Rick George when he said he's going to keep all options on the table. If, as one example, he thinks Bieniemy can be the guy, even with a thin collegiate track record, he'll go with it. Tucker had a great recruiting background, and look where that got them.I believe that it is central.How much is having an excellent college coaching recruiting resume weighing on the search for a new coach?I'm not sure if the team tracks that, but I'll find out. Certainly four last night was a huge issue. And that doesn't count a few times they had to huck a wild one up at the buzzer. I'm not sure what missing Kim English would have to do with that. I'm sure the players miss him, because they liked him, but despite last night's result this team is much better than a year ago.Pat, does this team have the most shot clock violations this year - is that stat tracked? I love our guys but there seems to be a lack of awareness on shot clock and game clock by this team - especially on the road. Does this team miss Kim English?I think some of that will depend on Rick George's interview process. If someone wows him that might be more than just a band-aid hire, I think Rick will go in that direction. Just my opinion, but Chiaverini I think is a great fall-back option to hold things steady for the upcoming season.What are the chances that Chiaverini gets the full-time head coaching job?Feb. of 2017. The Derrick White teamWhen's the last time they won in Corvallis?They better be! It's not the same kind of press, but the Buffs for the most part handled Oregon's press just fine last night. The turnovers came from other issues.Are the Buffs prepared for OSU's 1-3-1 zone this time around?Greetings Matt. Yeah, a lot of them are saying all the right things via social media, but I don't think we'll have an answer for that really until the end of the semester. We saw a glut of post-spring departures last year as Tucker was settling in. A lot of it I'm sure will depend on what the final verdict is on the coach search. I'd be surprised if there weren't a few meaningful departures.How many of the football recruits do you see leaving the program? There's been a lot of solidarity from that group so far.All right folks hello again. Tough one last night for the Fighting Tads, but in the end still in a share of first place with six games to go. I'll be happy to talk hoops and whatever else might be on the minds of Buffs fans this week!Hello Buffs fans and greetings from Oregon! We will begin shortly at noon MT.