Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (March 17, 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 (March 17, 2020) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: March 17, 2020 at 10:51 a.m. | UPDATED: March 17, 2020 at 5:54 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. We'll do this again next Monday!I thought Montez looked really good, as did Davion Taylor. Tim Lynott had a good day, too, and Delrick Abrams showed up well. Arlington Hambright had a good day until he pulled his hamstring on his 40.Which players stood out and exceeded expectations during the Pro Day?It's almost always at Noon on Mondays. Yesterday got away from me and it didn't happen, but I'll plan on sticking with Noon on MondaysCan you post somewhere when and/or if you're having these chats weekly? I kept looking for an update yesterday and didn't see anything about whether it was on or not or when/if it would be held at another time.Agreed with all! I think CU has leaders in place to make this a positive.Trying to make lemonade out of lemons, the delay re football recruiting and holding off spring practices really helps out staff get their plans together before it is show time. That's the best I can come up with for a positive out of this situation besides that the fact that Trump or Pelosi haters are more concerned with COVID than the political leaders. So in a way it is bringin the country together.If Sherrod is better - and I expect her to be - she's going to be an elite PG in the Pac-12. I expect Mya to refine her game. Emma Clarke started showing that improvement, but didn't maintain it; I would expect her to be more consistent. I also think Charlotte Whittaker and Peanut Tuitele will be a more formidable duo in the paint. Aubrey Knight, it would be nice to see her get more consistent, but if other pieces around her improve, I like what she adds to the mix.Who do you think will take the next step and help the WBB team improve. I believe Sherrod will be better, but who else do you see taking the next stepI don't think Dorrell is going to be as passive as you're eluding to here. He's also shown some leadership through this situation, and this will be his team. Yes, different style from Tucker, but he's going to be a leaderI have some friends who fear KD will be a really nice guy and be supportive of the team, just like Vance Joseph was with the Broncos. However, that doesn't make up for leadership like MEL displayed. There are different styles to leaders, please tell me you think KD won't be just another guy as head coach.Not a bad suggestion. I would expect that Tad and his staff will spent a lot of time on those 5 games and learning from them. Sometimes coaches learn a lot when they step back from it and have time to really dissect what happened. Definitely a learning experience for the Buffs!I really like Tad and hope he stay our coach forever. I'd like to suggest to him to visit with his coaching buddies and show them the last 5 game filma and ask what they might have done differently to stop CU's slide. It isn't monday morning quarterbacking, as much as expanding his vision of possible actions. When we have a broader array of tools, we can pick different ones for different situations and improve our coaching in the future..That's the hope, but as I'm told, "It's up to the animal to decide that."Are we going to have a new Ralphie ready and trained to run by season's open?He has said he's learned a lot about prioritizing the players. I also think he's just learned a lot about being a coach and he's grown. We all grow and develop in our jobs. I'm a better reporter and writer (I think) than I was 10 years ago.From conversations with Dorrell, what has he learned from UCLA and his coaching experiences that he will strive to change as an HC second time around? Do you think he will make an effort to communicate more with players and be more vocal or show more fire? Different schemes...?I'm really hoping we'll get access to people, but that's the plan - lots of profiles, and I think there will be some news that comes along with this. We're not planning to be silent. We'll cover CU athletics and sports in general as best as we can.how are you going to fill your story topics with no sports or spring practices or anything else going on? With player and coach profiles or something?I think Tucker was mostly frustrated that he couldn't have 579,314 staff members like he was used to seeing at Georgia and Alabama. Although he said they have the resources to do what they needed, I don't think he believed that. Admission standards are a bit different now. They were tough under Embree, but they relaxed those standards a bit for MacIntyre and others. I was told, in fact, that Embree couldn't get CU to allow one particular player into school, but after Mac was hired, that player got admission - and went on to become one of the stars of the 2016 team. I've also heard that Devonte Booker was all set to sign with CU, but they wouldn't admit him into school, so he went to Utah.What kind of things frustrated Tucker and/or other coaches about having trouble getting some players into CU? Are our standards really that much higher than most schools aside from not accepting physical education transfer credits or offering phy ed classes?We haven't heard yet. those are among the many questions I'd like to ask when I get a chance to talk with DorrellHave you heard how the coaching staff is staying connected with the players while they are away and if they have any plans to build out some form of remote program to help the athletes learn the playbook, stay on top of work outs, diet etc?Nothing yet. it's been very quiet around football the past weekAny word on Grad Assistants coming onboard? Analyst roles?I don't know what his salary was, but nothing like he's getting here.any idea about how much dorrell was making with the dolphins?I do remember that, and I still don't think that would have been a great idea. CU needed to give more support to Embree and Embree needed to hire a better staff. He was working on changing his staff when he got fired. For a first-time coach, there needs to be that period where they get a chance to upgrade the staff; he didn't get it.Remember when Embree was a serious candidate and coach Mac was advocating that they name him coach and Embree kind of like his protege coach in waiting to mentor him then hand off the program's reins to him. It sounded so wacky at the time, but in retrospect I think it was exactly what was needed and probably would have helped Embree/Mac attract quality assistant coaches perhaps as well. What do you make of that scheme in retrospect (yeah, I'm reaching for topics now...)Well, first of all, I think it's a valid excuse for this team. They are very young. But, it will be interesting to see how they use this year to get better. The potential is there to get better and they now believe they can beat good teams. I go back to the 2015 football team that kept losing close games and finished poorly. The next year they won those games and won the South. If the WBB team turns some of those games around, they an go, say, 9-9 in Pac-12 and now they're in the conversation for the NCAA Tourney.In a recent article, J.R. said she was happy with the progress of the team. Do you think they will be more competitive next year or do you think they will have another season like this one and we will continue to hear how young the team is as an excuseI would start with Barnett and then go with Neuheisel, MacIntyre, Dorrell, Hawkins, Tucker and Embree. I hate putting Embree at the bottom because he's not a bad coach. He was put in a bad situation and didn't have much experience. He's actually a very good coach that I think could have thrived in CU's current situation as opposed to what he came into.In what order would you rank the overall quality of the Coaches since Mac: Neuheisel, Barnett, Hawkins, Embree, MacIntyre, Tucker and Dorrell?My guess would be no because so much of their emphasis has been on player safety and well-being, and that's why there have been practice limitations put in place in recent years. I don't see a situation where they will add a week to what is already a long camp and season. if anything, I could see them adding a few hours to how much access the coaches get to players in the summer, but that's just speculation. It's going to be interesting to see what they do to navigate this.Do you think the NCAA would give the schools who did not have spring ball an extra week in the fall to make up for itTo follow up on that, I think the right thing for the NCAA to do is to give an extra scholarship for each senior who wants to come back, because at this point, a lot of schools already have their incoming freshmen signed. My guess is that the number of seniors who exercise the option for an additional year is pretty small.I believe that's one of the issues that is being addressed by the NCAA, but without a definitive answer at this point.There has been speculation that seniors in these spring sports will be given an extra year of eligibility. Does that mean they are going to allow more scholarships next year or how does it work with the incoming freshmanThe latest I heard was from a few weeks ago, and I think it'll take some time to know if the new buffalo will be ready. Here's a link to our article that talks about the new buffalo: https://www.buffzone.com/2020/02/27/colorado-ralphie-program-to-get-new-manager/What the latest on the new Ralphie? Do you think she will be ready to run this upcoming season?I don't believe it will be this year. The cost is significant, although I don't know what the total is. But, honestly, I think any capital projects like that are up the air because of what's going on with coronavirus. I think CU and other schools have to figure out the financial impact of this before proceeding with anything newDo you know how likely it is that we will see upgrades to the sound system, as well as the scoreboard on the south end of Folsom in the near future? How significant of an investment would both those upgrades require? I’d like to see them tackle both of those before the major project of addressing the West side of the stadium.I don't know why he waited, but I do think it probably cost him. He can definitely get guaranteed money, but I would imagine if he slips into Round 2 he will lose some money initially. It's really that 2nd contract that matters, though, so as long as he gets in the league and stays healthy and produces for the first 2-3 years, he'll cash in down the road.Any clue why Shenault didn't get his surgery done and heal before the combine? He really cost himself millions by not being healthy for the combine. Sad. Such a great player. Someone is going to get a steal drafting him in round 2. Will some of his money be guaranteed if he's a round 2 pick or is that only for round 1 guys?I think he's a late-round pick, 6th or 7th. He has definitely showed well in pre-draft workoutsWhat do you hear about where Montez moght get drafted? He seems to really have improved his stock at the combine.it wasn't installed last season, but I believe it will be for this seasonWhat do you know about the enhanced WiFi that was supposed to be installed in Folsom? I thought it was supposed to be installed last season, but I never noticed any improvement.I think everyone else will remain intact. The biggest question marks outside of Anglen were Harris and Clayton and they both appear to be on board. Harris is for sure.Other than the Safety from Cleveland, are you expecting the rest of the 2020 Recruiting Class to remain intact? Anyone else “on the fence”?That's a great question, and maybe fans on here can chime in, but I'd definitely start with anything from the 1989 and 1990 seasons. The 2001 Nebraska game is a must, too, and I'd throw in the 2016 game vs. Oregon. YouTube has a lot of those old games on there. There's actually some really old footage from the 1950s and 1960s, too, which is kinda cool. Also, there's a really good documentary on Whizzer White. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embedWith no new sporting events on TV for the near future, which classic CU football games should I watch to keep myself sane and entertained in these dire times?Until we know if they can play at this level as starters, I have to go with QB at this point on offense. there's almost zero experience at the most important position, while there is good experience and talent at other spots. On defense, I have to go safety because of the lack of experience and bodies right now.What will likely be the weakest units in football on both sides of the ball for the Buffs next season?Maybe, but I doubt it. the teams start fall camp in late July/early August anywayWould the NCAA consider allowing a summer session for those who did not get spring ballI haven't totally gotten to that point yet, but my list will include finishing the series of King of Queens. If this goes too long, I might have to do Breaking Bad for a third time. And, I think it's a good time to run through as many sports movies as possible. Netflix will get a lot of use in our house the next few weeks!Hey Brian- do you have a good binge list for shows to watch while we're on Lockdown?I would avoid all three fan bases as much as possible!...and USC basketball fansGiven social distancing guidelines, how much farther should Buffs fans sit away from Nebraska and Colorado State fans than we usually do in normal times?I think the odds are very good at McKinley Wright returning. I expect him to be like George King, where he goes through the process and gets information and then comes back. Bey, I think it's 50/50. With the shutdowns created by the coronavirus, however, it could really impact both - and all the players - who don't get as much of a chance to work out for scouts.With McKinley and Bey looking more like 2nd round picks or not picked at all now, what do you think are the odds for each of them of returning next season?I'm sure it was one factor, but I don't think it was the main factor. Dorrell's experience vs. Chev's is a bigger factor. But certainly I think Dorrell is attracting more experience on the staff than Chev would have.I'm super impressed with the staff Dorrell has attracted - and on short notice and at a bad time to get coaches. I think it's a great mix of collegiate and pro experience, ace recruiters, etc. Is the ability to attract experienced coaches one of the main reasons Carl and George didn't go with Chiv? It would have been really hard for him to attract much more than up and comer types instead of guys with lots of experience, don't you think?Not yet. He did hire a quality control coach for special teams, but he has not said which assistants will handle particular aspects of special teams.Any insight on how HCKD is planning on handling Special Teams coaching responsibilities?I don't know numbers. Nobody from CU is talking much, or at all, so I'm getting what I can from sources. I don't think very many stayed and I think more will go home. It's my understanding that they were getting together for workouts on campus, but that is likely to be shut down. I'd be surprised if they have the meeting on March 29.Thanks for hosting this chat, Brian! Any idea how many football players are staying on campus versus leaving until the team meeting on 3/29? Are they still getting together for workouts for those still on campus?No, I don't. With the way things are going, I'd be very surprised if there is spring ball. The ACC already canceled all games and practices through the end of the school year. I would bet that the Pac-12 will do the same soon.do you think they will have spring ball.Oh wow, I read that wrong. Sorry!! Must be all the hours at home that have me seeing things! I don't know Lewis' 40 time, but he's got some wheelsWhat is Lewis' 40 time, not Davion Taylor. Brandon Lewis, QB... how fast is he?I've definitely heard some things, but it's rumor at this point. Bottom line, he wasn't following rules and doing what he's supposed to do in a team environment and that's disappointing given his talent and the fact that he's on a second chance. I don't think he's necessarily an example of being entitled, but he's had an interesting path to this point. He's on his fifth school in four years and that's not a good pattern. What have you heard about the issues that led to Alfano's suspension? Is he an example, so far, of an entitled and arrogant star who has potentially been given exceptions for less than stellar attendance, effort, attitude, etc. and Dorrell/CU isn't going to tolerate it (to their credit!), no matter how good a player is? What is your take?