Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (March 30, 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 30, 2020) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: March 30, 2020 at 11:31 a.m. | UPDATED: March 30, 2020 at 1:07 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. Great comments and questions. As long as we keep getting good participation, I'll keep doing this each Monday. So, I'll look forward to seeing you all next Monday! Have a great week!I don't think you're alone, my friend! A lot of us are missing basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, auto racing, or whatever that passion is. I'm also missing having my kids leave the house for 8 hours a day! :)HOw am I to cope without Football in the Fall after suffering BB withdrawal? They make it so hard to play golf now, my future looks bleak!I'd probably take the Spartans because it's got a better overall roster. But, I'd give CU a shot with it being in Boulder.Who would win in a game between the 2020 Buffs and Spartans? Let's make it a home game in Boulder.Well said. Roberson worked because he fit a niche in the NBA. Roberson fit really well on that Thunder team. Tyler can do the same, if he gets with the right system.HOpe it works out for Bey, he seemed a good kid and he worked hard. He is such a tweener for the NBA. They took a chance on Andre because he was so good at def, and so is Bey. Rooting for him to get a 1st round call and be a small forward to 2 guard in the NBA.I don't remember Tucker saying that, and when you look at his staff, I don't know if they were his "friends," but he hired a LOT of people that he worked with at Georgia, and he brought a lot of people from CU to Michigan State, so I'm not buying that he doesn't hire his friends. I don't think Dorrell is doing anything different. Coaches hire people they are comfortable with. MacIntyre was loyal, to a fault. Dorrell will have to be quicker to change if needed.Tucker said he was told never to hire his friends as assn't coaches. Sounded like good advice. However, KD seems to be hiring his friends and I wonder if that will prove hard to correct like MAC did with his coaches (tight end, Def line) etc. when he keep them around too long when they weren't the best. Your thoughts?That's a good question and I don't know really know the answer to that, other than I believe that most people don't have much respect for the talent in Colorado. And, granted, the talent pool is not as deep here as in some other places, but there is high-end talent here every year. We've seen other Power 5 schools be more aggressive in Colorado than Macintyre's staff, for example. Tucker went after guys in Colorado. But, I think there's a tendency by CU coaches to go after California and Texas athletes. They'd rather take a second or third-tier prospect out of Dallas than a first-tier athlete out of Colorado - and it's hard to blame them sometimes. There is a TON of talent in CA and TX. It's amazing to me that its often a big deal to get a top-100 player in Texas. There's not 100 worth taking in Colorado at the Power 5 level. There's often not even 20 or 25.Why do you think most staffs including this one are so passive with instate recruiting compared to tucker.I answered this earlier, and I don't really know. It was very odd. I think it was very much between the ears, though. Yeah, we can nitpick about playing with a zone, or mixing things up, but I saw a team that lost confidence. I don't think playing a different defense, for example, fixes things. This team needed to play with confidence.Why do you think Boyle was unable to stop the bleeding at the end of the season for five straight games against, mostly, inferior teams - Cal, Stanford, Utah and Wash St? Feels like he couldn't find a way to get their confidence back and that he didn't experiment much (zone? 1-3-1) to try different things to do give them a potential spark.It could be some of that, but sometimes players don't put in the effort to develop, or they press too hard. I'm not suggesting Kountz didn't work. I'm just saying that sometimes you just see guys get squeezed out of the rotation for whatever reason. This year, Kountz lost his place in the rotation and just didn't have the burst off the bench he had last year.following up on DOVIC I could see Dombek being a big liability on D with his light weight problem but I feel Kountz regression was more of a coaching problem on offense. I dont see kids with slightly less of the Bey/Wright talent being used properly in a team setting.It's the first I've heard, yes. Plati is from New York, which has been hit the hardest, by far, in the US. He has family very close to the hot zone in New York, too, and did have a 58-year-old cousin (one year younger than Plati) die this weekend. Very sad situation for that family.Heard that Dave Plati had a death in his family from the virus -- first one you know of connected to a staff member or athlete? This is so hard to figure out.I don't know for sure which side initiated that type of move, but my guess is that it was Kountz, who believed he would have a better opportunity somewhere else.Do you think Boyle sort of gave up on Kountz a little too fast based on a sophomore slump potential type season or was Kountz just so unresponsive to Boyle's attempts to give him opportunities and encouragement and showed so little progress that he gave up on him having the potential to turn his attitude and development trajectory around?I don't know the extent of their meetings, but I know they've had conversations. I think if CU was showing them the type of love they got from Tucker, they'd still be committed.Do you think it's any big deal that the 2021 and 2022 teammates have "decommitted" temporarily? Can't Dorrell have a Zoom video call with each of them or has he already done that and these guys are still high on CU but just keeping their options open as they haven't gotten to meet him and the staff yet?Yeah, I get that, but I do think all these players get a fair shot every day in practice. They earn playing time in practice. And, if Dombek wasn't getting playing time, it's because he showed he wasn't ready for it. I was disappointed to see Kountz leave because I think there's a lot more potential there, but he did regress this year.I'm okay with the Kountz transfer, but the hate the Dombek transfer, mainly because Kountz got a fair shot to show what he could (or couldn't) do. But Dombek never really got that shot. We never got a chance to see what he could really do. Barely even got any garbage time. I would have liked to have seen him just thrown into the fire with significant minutes, even for 10 second-half minutes of a lost cause like the Arizona game, to see how he would have handled himself.I don't know everything about his story, to be honest, so it would be hard for me to speculate. I think that when an athlete is at three different high schools in three years and already on his second college, though, that's a red flag.From what you hear, and why he was suspended, does it seem to you that Antonio Alfano is one of those stereotypical star athletes who has been given special treatment by coaches and administrators, and transgressions like not showing up to things on time or at all, have been tolerated because he's so good on the field?He was so hot and cold, but he's intriguing. He had some amazing moments vs. Arizona last year, but also got pulled in that game for a bunch of INTs. I love his talent, thoughCole McDonald slipped my mind. I watched a couple of Hawaii games including the bowl and he blew my mind. Be interesting to see where he goes and how he does.They can't visit or have recruits visit campus, but they can contact recruits.are teams allowed to recruit in any way, shape, or form or has that been shut down entirely as well?No, I don't think so. You should be able to find both on Hudl. I'll say this, however, keep in mind that Lytle played in arguably the toughest conference in the country for high school football and he had a sophomore-laden team in his senior year. So, his film may not look as impressive.do you need a subscription to compare the high school high lites of Lewis and Lytle?I think we'd have to be back to "normal" by June or July 1 for there to be a normal football season. The reason why people are predicting it could impact the season is that we just don't know. I spoke with a doctor last week who thinks this the calm before the storm and it could go another 6 months; he told me he thinks it's very possible that the kids don't back to school when the fall semester starts. Other people you talk to have more optimistic timelines. But, I do think if we're re-opening a lot of things by June, there's a good chance the football season happens as normal.By which date do you think the current crisis needs to be over for there to be a 2020 football season? Why are people predicting there won't be a season that starts in September? Because they think we'll still be mired in this crisis or that the crisis will disrupt practicing and preparation so much that teams/programs won't be ready for the season? I mean, if this thing passes as late as June, in three months, isn't that enough time to have a 2020 season?I think it plays well. In certain places, I think the experience is better, but not everywhere. On paper, I think CU lost a lot with Kapilovic and Els leaving. Rodrigue has a lot of experience as an OL coach, but not the Power 5 experience that Kap had. There's not as much experience with Embree at TE coach, but I think he's viewed as a good up-and-coming coach. Martin, Langsdorf and Maxie bring some good experience.How do you think the mix of experience - NFL and college - will play with recruits? Do you think the experience on this staff is better than Tucker's staff in terms of attracting recruits?Yes, I think there should be some concern. it doesn't appear right now that the Dorrell staff is being aggressive in-state. So far, it's been very MacIntyre-like in terms of the passive approach to in-state recruits. Tucker was aggressive in-state. Now, I know it's only a month or so, but the change is evident so far.Should we be concerned with in state players de-committing last week? Seems like we are not as aggressive recruiting as the previous staff.Certainly depends on who you talk to. CBS Sports listed Montez No. 14 among QBs. Most people have Eason, Fromm and Hurts ahead of Montez. Some also have Anthony Gordon of Washington State; there's James Morgan of FIU, Brian Lewerke of Michigan State, Jake Luton of Oregon State, Bryce Perkins of Virginia, Cole McDonald of Hawaii, Nate Stanley of Iowa, Shea Patterson of Michigan, etc. I think Montez could really go anywhere after the top 7 or so.Aside from Burrow, the kid from AL whose name I wont try and spell, Love and Herbert, who else is in front of Montez in the draft?Oregon is still loaded with talent. I think it's more realistic that CU starts 2-2. A&M is going to be a really tough game for the Buffs and Oregon might be the best team in the Pac-12, even with a new QB.Looking at CU's schedule it would be huge if they could start at 3-1, but that is going to be difficult. Do you know much about Oregon and what they have lost and what they have coming in? I think Texas A&M is going to be a tough one, that would be great if fans weren't allowed for that one.I think there could be, but I don't know that they would be stiff sanctions, given the allegations didn't occur under Tucker.Do you see any sanctions hitting Michigan State? Just how inconsistent is the NCAA on enforcementWe did have a conference call with Dorrell last week, but that's been our only interview access really since this whole thing started. CU is wanting to limit the amount of voices out there right now, and I'm not totally sure the rationale behind that. I'm sure part of it is that there are still some unknowns and they worry about people speaking about unknowns. But, I would like to at least meet the assistants through conference calls and hear from some of the players. CU has not decided to open that up, however.It sounds like your access to conducting interviews with Coaching staff and players has been limited to non-existent. What’s the rationale for that?I think it's a combination of the staff not being sold on them and the players unsure about the new coaches at this point.How much do you make of those two kids recommitting. Is it the coaches falling down on their jobs. the new staff not liking the kids as much or the kids not at ease with the new coaching staffI don't know. It was a huge mystery and I wish I knew. They were so good for much of the year and just seemed to lose confidence down the stretch. They were messing up some very fundamental aspects of the game and just didn't look like a confident bunch.Why do you think the Buff hoop team completely cratered towards the end of the seasonWe'll see on Bey. There were question marks about Roberson and Dinwiddie, too, and both got drafted. It just takes one team falling in love with a prospect. In football, I do think Montez gets drafted. Lynott, more of a long shot, but he'll get an opportunity. He has teams interested.Side note, I personally think Bey is making a mistake with the loaded draft class coming out, but it is also hard to fault a kid who has a chance at millions. Back to football do you think Lynott and Montez get drafted?CU is doing remote learning and many of the players have been at home for a week or two at this point. There are some still living in the Boulder area, but they can't work out at CU. Like most people, they are limited to working out in their homes.I dont even know if classes on campus have been cancelled. Are all the football players at home or elsewhere or are some still in Boulder working out?I'm pretty sure he is retaining that title, as well, but I'm not 100 percent positive.Is DC still the recruiting coordinator or are they changing that with his OC titleit's certainly an idea that has been floated. That would be very odd if that were to happen. The good thing is that most revenue comes from TV, but there are a lot of schools - including CU - that need that ticket revenue, as well.Could there be a potential of games being played without fans in the stands this fall?Oh, ok. Yeah, they might, but right now, we're not talking about football players. Currently, it's only spring sports athletes that have that possibility of the extra year.by affordability I read where some schools will have money troubles keeping the seniors on for an extra year.I don't know if it's in any more trouble than it was before. Frankly, I think if guys like Miller were going to lose their job over this scandal, it would have happened already. Unless, of course, some new evidence comes out.Is Miller's job at AU circling the drain or will this be another NCAA case of protect the big boys with amnesia?Once he gets on campus and enrolled. Usually that's in the summer, but this year, who knows? Basketball signing dates are Nov. 13-20 and April 15-May 20.The Hoops signing dates always confuse me. When will Clifford be officially a Buff?I'm not sure what "affordability thing" you're talking about with college football. ... As for the extra year, they are discussing that for spring sports and I believe its only seniors. We should know an answer on that soon - as in today. But there are some issues involved there because all the spring teams were planning to lose X-amount of seniors and had already recruited to fill those spots. So, if you let seniors come back, you could have a situation where teams go over the scholarship limits. They would likely have to relax that limitation rule for a year.what are some of the details being discussed on the extra year for the players? Just the seniors? All the players on the roster? and with the affordability thing this appears to be just another factor in widening the competitive gap in College footballI think it's possibility, but of course things are so fluid, that deadline could be pushed too. I think a lot of ADs will push for some summer practice, though, if that's possible.With the June 1 announcement. Do you think They will give teams like CU extra practices since spring was canceledThe biggest news today, CU fans, is that we now know officially there will be no football practice before June. Also, Tyler Bey has declared for the NBA Draft and it doesn't appear he's planning to return to CU.Welcome, CU fans, to our weekly chat. I know there's not a lot going on in sports and you all have a lot of other things on your mind, but I'm thankful for you all participating each week!