Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (March 23, 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 23, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: March 23, 2020 at 11:35 a.m. | UPDATED: March 23, 2020 at 1:06 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. That will do it for this week everybody. We'll do this again next Monday. Until, stay safe!As long as they can play! haha! But, yes, I believe this group is developing and has potential to be better in the next year or two.I think we agree this is the first year in maybe the last 10 where we can actually debate about all the talented OL men we have and who should play..... it’s a great changeThey got through 7 of their 15 practicesHow many spring practices did CSU have before they were shut downQuite possibly, but they also have Kary Kutsch, who played LG all of last year and you would assume gets better.Ray came through HS and UCLA as a tackle but if he can pull I see him more as a guard, I believe Johnson was a guard in HS.... one on each side with Sherman at one tackle , that’s the foundation of a top lineToren Pittman comes in as a safety. Christian Gonzalez could be an option there. Jaylen Striker is a big guy (6-3, 195), so he could be an option, as well. Potentially, Luckett or Thomas.of all the new people coming in, who do you think will be moved to safetyLast year was tough because Pursell had his medical issues and they were stuck at guard. Roddick was one of their best options last year.I was surprised Roddick got minutes last year, and being new and all there were plays where is was totally lost.... I hope the other two can get some minutes even if at his dxpenseMany of us! Take advantage of some open hiking space while you can! :)I went to Concordia College, home of the Cobbers. And if you gained weight your Freshman year they called it Cobber Butt.How many of us sitting at home, eating frozen pizzas and old films of Buff games (thanks for the article BTYW) are going to look back and say "That's when I gained Corona Butt."I agree. Johnson, especially in my opinion. I think there's great potential with both players. I think Roddick has good potential, too, but I'd probably like to see him at 310-315 instead of 330K ray and Austin Johnson are going to be beastsI think we'll see some combination like that, yes.With Nixon, he's obviously very different from Laviska, but I think he has some of that same ability to where he can be used in a lot of different spots. I think there's great potential for him this year. After reliving the glorious CU beating of the corn this weekend, I realized that Nixon has to be utilized more and hopefully in space. He is electric and keeping him in the slot seems to be the best usage of his skill set, especially at the next level. Do you see Arius and Bell/Shenault getting the outside WR spots with Nixon and Stanley in the slot?For sure, and they did that in the past. But, if you're Kap, you don't know who the new coach is going to be or how you're going to mesh with them.I don’t think it’s out of the question to say to a new coach would like to offer you the job but we have to insist that you keep the following coaches. You probably can’t do itWith Nick Saban but it seems you could do it with a brand new head coach what do you thinkI think Utah loses a lot, but I don't see them having a major drop off. Maybe not winning the South again, but they'll be top 3. WSU is coming off a disappointing year, so I wouldn't expect a big drop off from what they were this past season. Rolovich is a good coach and he can keep them in the 5-7 win range annually. Oregon State could be poised for a bit of a jump, as well as Cal. I like both of those coaching staffs. From last year, if Stanford gets its QB situation figured out and stays healthy, they could make a big jump. Dropoff, Arizona is already doing that, but I don't see them being much better, and I'm curious to see what happens with Washington under a new coach.Which team in the PAC is going to make the biggest jump and which team the biggest drop in your opinion? I have to think WSU or Utah has the biggest drop, while possibly USC makes the biggest jump.I do because I think it's a group that has been developing. I would expect to see Pursell replace Lynott at center. That would open up a guard spot, but they've got some guys that have been developing there, including Casey Roddick, Kanan Ray and Austin Johnson.do you think the OL will be improved next year and who do you see replacing LynottMaybe, but I would guess it's more of just a difference in personality. I think Rick George probably knew that Shoemaker as going to vote no regardless, so I doubt he spent much time worrying about it.I have been wondering this since the regent vote and Shoemakers comments about liking Dorrell more than Tucker because he talked about developing people and not just hitting. Do you think the A.D. learned something and coached Dorrell to talk more about those type of things than just hitting and tacklingI think there are probably going to be a lot of schools doing similar things as this gets sorted out. There will be a lot of players looking to capitalize on their brand.to previous question, here is a link to the state legislature, the signed bill can be downloaded here. leg.colorado.gov . Brian, what do you think the the husker's move on NIL?As you've hopefully seen on Buffzone, we've been busy with some news that has come about, as well as some feature stories we've written. Despite no live games, there are still things to report on and some interesting stories to come about because of all of this. I'm hoping we'll be allowed to talk to some of the new football assistants soon, as well as Dorrell.What's college sports reporter do with his time when the are no sports to coverI did chat with a few players at Pro Day on March 11 and had some social media exchanges with a couple in the past 10 days or so, but as of right now, we're not being allowed to talk to players or coaches. As for a video with Adam, I think we'll probably wait until football resumes. We did a podcast a couple weeks ago where we talked about spring ball and each position (this is when we thought spring was happening!).Have you been able to talk to many of the players? Also, are you and Adam M. going to put out another video in the near future? We all really enjoy your take on all things Buffs.Certainly it's important, and I'm sure he and the staff have had numerous conversations already. Still, if you're Tad, you want to get the best players you can find and at positions where you need help.so, MBB has two open slots. before Tad fills them, if he does, isn't it necessary to first understand the team's numerous meltdowns (throughout the season) and the fold at the end? that said, do you have a sense of the problem and if so, the solution? thanks.No question. I thought he was getting CU on a good track, but I think Dorrell can be a good coach for the Buffs for years to comeI agree and I hope you're right. I'm still suffering from MT withdrawal, is all. ThanxA few states have done that, but it still had to be ironed out at the national level with the NCAA. There are a lot of factors to be determined there to try avoid the rich getting richer.Hey Brian- I saw that Governor Polis signed a bill allowing college athletes to make money off of their likeness- I didn't know that anything had been passed- do you have any details?Both teams are in similar spots, of course, with new coaches, but I'd give the edge to CU because there's more talent on the roster right now.to football: assume the fb sched is played as is, that CU is allowed extra fall and/or summer practices as a substitute for spring ball, on sept 5 in fort fun, which team, if any, has an advantage, and who wins? thanks.Yes, but if you're an assistant coach and the head coach leaves and offers you a job at his new place, it's hard to turn that down when CU didn't have a coach in place yet. Kap and the other coaches had no idea if they'd have jobs with a new coach. It was a tough spot for them. I know Kap wanted to stay here, but he was put in a tough spot.The players loved Kap, and the improvement was immediate...... in my opinion more should have been done to keep him here but what do I knowI'm not sure what to think of her leaving. She struggled at the end of the season, but overall had become a better player and had a chance to become a really good all-around player next year and as a senior. I thought she was progressing well as a player. I don't know if she's homesick, or had a falling out with coaches or what. I think her departure was out of the blue.I was really surprised Emma Clarke is leaving the WBB team. She was getting plenty of playing time and the team was improving. What's your take?Certainly they're hoping for better overall results than that. But, I'll say something good about each of those coaches: Hawkins' teams were at least very competitive against just about everybody and would spring an upset now and then; they just weren't consistent. And, MacIntyre got this program back on better footing, and a big part of that was what they were recruiting on defense. You look at the NFL caliber players CU is producing lately and they were brought here by Mac. So, if Dorrell can just take what's been started here and take it up another level or two, CU will be fine.Thanx for the response. Finesse= macintyre, Hawkins type of playGotta love that!!a note in passing: this weekend, on espn2, a dodgeball tournament was broadcast. the ocho lives!Regarding TV, I'm not sure if they would look at a model like that or not. I think that's got to be one of the things on the agenda if we get to that point. And, I'm not discounting ticket revenue. That's a big part of CU's budget and it's a big part of a lot of schools' budgets. Because of that, they might have to go with a "royalties" type of model like you mentioned. As for the football season, I think right now, obviously, the hope is to start it on time. Could they push it back? Possibly, but there are challenges associated with that, especially at the college level.2) in your opinion, Brian, could the FB season be moved forward, say beginning in october, and running through february? also, good point about TV revenue - could the contracts be modified and royalties paid on a sliding scale based on ratings/shares? yes, i'm grasping at straws.Haha! I'm sure a lot do. I've covering the past 10 years of CU football and grew up here, so I watched the Buffs a lot in the 80s and 90s. As a young fan, obviously I loved the Orange Bowl win in 1990 and the Nebraska game in Lincoln. Over the last 10 years of covering this team, I'll never forget the Oregon game in 2016, as well as the Utah game later that year. The Georgia game in 2010 was an awesome atmosphere and, of course, the two Nebraska games the last two years have been fun.I re-watched the CU vs NU game from last year, probably the top 5 best games I have seen. Do you have a favorite game during your time covering CU or even before then? I hope all Buff fans find some solace in that even though we are going through all of this stuff right now, at least we aren't Cornhusker fans!!Depends on what you mean by finesse football. I do think they'll be more of a passing team than Tucker had in mind for the Buffs. But, Dorrell has stated he believes a strong defense is extremely important. You have to be tough and physical to have a good defense.I don't know much about torrell. Not hearing words like toughness, physical, conditioning etc. Are we going back to finesse football?I think they will try to work something out in that regard, but it is difficult to navigate that because of the scholarship limits. They might have to do a one-time exception in 2021 to allow for more scholarships.Do you think the NCAA will give spring sports athletes a year backYes, and Rodrigue worked with Johnson for 10 years at two different stops. Although they left, I do think Kap and Johnson were highly respected in the building, so their opinion probably meant something.Really!?!? Well tht would make me feel better. I’ll have to ask Coach KapI don't know who they are looking at, but a lot of the top quarterbacks have found new spots already. The challenge for CU is that a lot of transfers might want to come in with the promise of a starting spot and CU can't offer that right now. That's where not having spring ball is difficult, because they can't get a feel for Tyler Lytle or Brendon Lewis.Hello Brian! Do you have any idea of good QB Transfer candidates that CU may be looking at? I know we have two good options, but would be nice to have another good option.You can ask all you want! Mitch Rodrigue was coaching high school, but he had not been out of the college game very long. To my knowledge, Dorrell did not know him, but it's my understanding that Rodrigue was highly recommended by Chris Kapilovic and Jay Johnson.Thanks one more thing then I’ll listen..... Did Dorrell know the new OL coach from somewhere? It’s strange that this guy was at very small schools and in fact was coaching HS ball and trying to sell his blocking machine... and Dorrell decides to pick HIM for a Power 5 programI don't know for sure, to be honest. I was expected there to be a couple for the women's team, but never thought Emma Clarke would be one of them. There's nobody on the roster that I know for sure is leaving, but I think when you look at playing time, those are the people to look at first and question whether they will want to stay. For the men's team, I would think that's it for now, but again, I don't know if there is another player or two unhappy with their situation.Ae the transfers over with both basketball teams or are you hearing of any othersWe don't know at this point. It's just hard to know when the spread will slow and social distancing is not as important as it is right now. As long as things remain as they are, there won't be any spring ball going on. Rick George did say last week he would push for summer practices, but that's, of course, dependent on COVID-19 being more under control.Hi Brian, Any knowledge about whether spring ball could still happen in the future? Can they practice after school is out?Thank you, and I hope you are also doing well! Those are great questions and ones that we hope to answer in the coming weeks. At this point, it's hard to know if it will impact attendance at football games. We are talking more than 5 months from now. I think we're all hopeful this doesn't last that long, but I don't think we know. And, I'm not sure any of the people in college athletics know. You're right that it could be dire for the Pac-12 if they have to play in front of empty stadiums, but if they play, there is still TV revenue, and that could be a major boost. It's going to be interesting for sure.good day, Brian. i hope all is well with you and yours.RE: topics for discussion during this time. 1) the financial effects on college athletics are only partially known, e.g., hoops tourneys. do you anticipate that the FB season will be partially played (with fans present?). if not, the economic effects on the pac12 and CU especially, could be dire. CU has debts to retire, salaries to pay .... how will it deal with these issues?No. The could certainly look at grad transfers, but JUCO transfers are possible. There are some high school players who have not yet signed. They could go the international route, as well.With the basketball players entering the transfer portal at this point is the only recourse to try to add a Grad transfer?That's a good question. I don't think it'll be much different. I would imaging the academic team over at CU has a plan in place to figure all of that out with remote learning. This week was supposed to be CU's spring break, so it gives that team more time to figure things out, I would imagine.HOw will this semester's grades be processed with relating to player eligibility this coming football season?Welcome everybody to our weekly chat. I hope you all are doing well and that you and your families are safe and have what you need. I realize sports are not the highest priority for people, but I do hope this is a nice diversion for people at times.