Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (April 13, 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 (April 13, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: April 13, 2020 at 10:54 a.m. | UPDATED: April 13, 2020 at 2:10 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 always and I appreciate your participation. A reminder that we will NOT have this chat next Monday. And starting now we'll do this every other week through May. So, the next chat will be Monday, April 27. It's possible that Pat Rooney will have some chats, as well, but the next chat with me will be April 27. Have a great two weeks!CU believes he's played his last game as a Buff. I think McKinley comes back, but I don't think Bey will return. And, I agree, I could see him taking a similar path. Hopefully it's quicker than Dinwiddie's path.is Bey gone for certain? i see him working up through the D league as with Dinwiddie and to a certain extent, Roberson. is that reasonable? and, thanks again. be well.I have not talked to Emma, but from what I hear, she felt she could develop better at Texas Tech. I was surprised by that because I think she was one of the most improved players on the team. I think she was developing very well at CU.Do you know why Emma Clark left the women’s basketball team? She was clearly one of their better players.A quick addition to this, with Dorrell, there will be a Star backer, as there was with Tucker. It's basically the safety/OLB hybrid that MacIntyre called the Buff backer and Tucker called the Star. Dorrell calls it the Star, as well. It'll be more of a DB type than a LB type of player and I imagine we see that player on the field more often than not.My picks right on, on April 13: Offense - QB Lytle, RB Fontenot, WR Arias, Nixon, Stanley, TE Russell, LT Sherman, LG Kutsch, C Pursell, RG Ray, RT FillipDefense - DL Johnson, Sami, Lang, OLB Carson Wells, Guy Thomas, ILB Landman, Jones, CB Miller, Trujillo, S Rakestraw, PerryI could see Perry in the Star and maybe Striker at safety instead of Thomas as a second OLB, though Brian, would you care to pick CU's starting lineups for 5 Sept?Ha! Not quite!“Howell says Buffs win South!” Nice.I think it depends on what happens with the current QB situation. If Lewis wins the job, I could see a situation where Lytle leaves as a grad transfer. That leaves CU with only Lewis on scholarship, so yes, I think at that point they'd look for 2 or maybe 3 additions.Do you think the Buffs target bringing in 2 QB’s to this upcoming recruiting class given departure of Stenstrom?No problem. I remember when Frost was hired a couple years ago he talked about how big the walk-on program was at NebraskaRe: Nebraska, hmmm. Perhaps I misheard that. They must have meant total players I guess. Thanks for the correction.I don't think either is likely, but if I had to pick one, I'd say they are more likely to win the South. I think they could get drilled at A&M. Pac-12 South has enough vulnerability that the Buffs could sneak enough wins.More likely: Buffs win at A&M or Buffs win Pac-12 South?To my knowledge, no. I asked a week ago and nobody else has asked for a release.Other than the Safety from Cleveland, did anyone else ask to be released from LOI?Going back to the Nebraska question, from what I just found, there was a limit of 95 scholarships back in 1990. that was reduced to 85 in 1992.He is. He signed his letter of intent and last I heard he has not asked for a releaseIs that LA running back still committed?Hmm, I can't imagine that was true. They might have had 182 players on the roster, but I doubt it was on scholarship. Nebraska used to have a huge walk-on program and I bet that was most of it. I don't know what the scholarship limits were in 1990, but I can't imagine they allowed that manyI was out of the country in 1990 & 1991 and, as a result, didn't get to watch those two seasons of Buffs football so I'm enjoying catching up on those games on YouTube during this social isolation sports void. In the 1990 Nebraska game they mentioned Nebraska has 182 players on scholarship. That's insane!! I assume this is one reason the NCAA eventually limited schools to the current limit of 85 (or 90)? What were the negatives of programs like Nebraska having huge number of players on scholarship like that back in the day? Thx for your insights (yes I am quite bored...)if he's healthy, it will be Stefanou. He's an elite kicker when he's healthy. He just hasn't been healthy enough to prove it.Who is our FG kicker when/if there is a next season, Stefanou or Price? Price was pretty impressive once he took over the duties last season.I'd like to see Dorrell made some strides with in-state recruiting and start getting some verbal commits (in state or out of state). That might be difficult during this time for any coach. But, I think overall, he's doing a good job at the start.What else would be on your wish list that you like to see from Dorrell in the coming months?That's a good question and not one I know the answer to. I would hope he's not at high risk, but I just don't know with his situation.Is Evan Battey at a higher risk of he, god forbid, gets COVID-19? Is he taking extra precautions given his heart trouble as I assume that means he's in the more vulnerable category?I'm not sure, to be honest. I have not followed the basketball recruiting closely and I don't know who the Buffs are looking at for a third spot.How high profile or highly recruited is this mystery "third" player Boyle could add this week that the media has been teasing us could be coming aboard soon?Basically, for Dorrell to be a consistent winner, he needs to recruit well in the trenches and at QB. Do that and CU will be fine for years to come.In my opinion, there were a variety of reasons MacIntyre didn't get there. I disagree with you when you say he didn't even come close. He was close. His last three teams should have all been in bowl games. I think he didn't have a great staff overall. But, I've always believed his biggest downfall was the lack of quality recruiting in the trenches. There's a reason Tucker had to get a grad transfer to play left tackle last year. MacIntyre recruited some solid guys on the OL, but not consistently. I think he did a better job toward the end though (and that will show up this year and next year). Same with the DL. He was horrible at recruiting prep defensive linemen until the end (Israel Antwine, Sami and Lang).What needs to happen for the Buffs to consistently win 7-9 games each year? While the program improved, MacIntyre wasn’t able to even come close to building a consistent winner. Does it come down to having more consistency at HC, a sufficient level of “moxie”, and improving the quality of recruiting? What’s your recipe?Jabari Walker is the other. Yes, you should be impressed. It's a nice approach by Boyle to this offseason so far. I like the additions. They had to do something to replace Bey and I think they've done a solid job.Very impressed with the additions Boyle has made recently. Should I be as impressed as I am about the additions of Horne, 4-star recruit walker, O'Brien and the other guy - can't recall his name?Can't speak for Rooney, but for me, it's summer hikes and bike rides with the family, fishing as much as I can and finding excuses to fire up the grill. it's also extremely important to take some time to not think at all about CU or football.could you describe your's and Rooney's off-season conditioning program and your prep for camp?I agree with you about Tucker emphasizing that and it making an impact. I don't know if that will be the same type of emphasis with Dorrell, at least offensively. I do think he'll strive to have a physical defense that wears teams down. Offensively, he wants up-tempo and throwing the ball, but he does value a good running game.one of the better aspects of the tucker regime was the emphasis on physicality, line play, and a running game. one could see visiting times tire about mid-third quarter and the buffs would gradually gain an advantage. i hope that continues either with physicality, tempo, or hopefully, both. how do you feel KD will approach that issue?Just my opinion, but I think if they can't hold any practices in June, but return to school in July, they ought to just hold off until August for practices. I think it could be too taxing on the players' bodies to extend practices. So, if they're able to get back on campus in July, I'd look at having a week to get acclimated to school, two weeks of strength and conditioning and then a week off before starting camp. Just my opinion, though!Yes, I believe there will be. Drew Wilson, the strength and conditioning coach, told me he doesn't think it would take that long. So, I could see maybe a two-week period where it's only strength and conditioning before practice starts.Will there be a period where the players get into playing physical shape before they start practiceThank you!It's only the spring sports teams that can bring seniors back, so basketball would not qualify there. Gatling has exhausted his eligibility. Have you heard if the university is entertaining bring back any spring sports seniors for another run? I’d love to see Gatling return.Thank you for these chats, and just being a consummate pro!I think it's very much going to be a strength of this team - and that's with or without Antonio Alfano. Obviously, they'd be better if he can play, but I like that group even without him. They hired a great coach in Chris Wilson and Aziz Shittu could be a great addition as a GA. He's only 25, was a great player at Stanford and was just playing in the NFL last season. I imagine he'll connect well with the players.Looks like the Buffs added a really solid Graduate Assistant to coaching the Defensive Line? Perhaps that could end up being the strongest position group with the depth and talent of players and the quality of coaching they receive. What’s your take?You know, at times I feel guilty, too, but I also think that for many of us, it's very much needed to have some normalcy. I know I need it! ... From an athletics standpoint, I think CU can weather a spring shut down. It doesn't cost them much. Where it's really going to hit CU is if this impacts the football seasoni feel guilty talking about sports amid the pandemic. i'm sorry to hear about the financial difficulties at the BDC and i hope all there will come through this with minimal damage. do you have any vision into how CU generally and athletics in particular are coping with the situation?On a football note, I have had a chance to talk with two of the new TE walk-ons, Jake Peters and Nick Fisher in the past two days. Both are VERY intriguing additions. Peters is a player and I think he winds up on scholarship by next year. Fisher was overlooked out of high school, went D-II and bulked up and was highly productive. Both could really help CU this year.Those decisions haven't been made at this point. I do believe, however, that one long-lasting change we'll see from this pandemic is more online schooling options. I would imagine for many this has been more convenient.do you know if the U is planning to continue online-only classes. any sense from anyone whether the U will be open for business as usual by mid-august?Yes, it's a disappointing situation. Because he's put it out on social media, I can tell you that it was Brandon Boles, one of our talented prep sports writers. Really hoping he lands on his feet. The rest of us will be taking furloughs for various weeks through May. And I'm sure we're all hoping this doesn't last much longer because then more jobs could be in jeopardy.Saw an article about layoffs at BDC including one person from the Sports desk-horrible time for so many in all walks of life- can you identify the person? Hopefully there are similar cuts in the executive compensation.Wow, that's an interesting question. I like all the Buffs writers, but I'd pick Adam Munsterteiger and Pat Rooney because I'm closest with them. I'd feel bad for all of us, though. haha One food delivered ... I might have to go with a chef salad or something of that sort. those guys are fairly healthy and will want to stay that way (and I should join them in that effort!). TV show ... Seinfeld, because we're going to need to laugh. Movie ... Braveheart because I can watch that over and overYou are forced to quarantine with two other Buff writers and you can choose only one food delivered, one TV show to watch and one movie. Who and what do you choose?I haven't read the article yet, but my general thought is that Walton would definitely add some color to the broadcast. I just don't know what he'd add from a football perspective. The last time I remember a network really adding someone for "entertainment" was Dennis Miller in the Monday Night Football booth and he was terrible. Football fans are smart and want football people on the broadcasts. I believe that's why Tony Romo is getting paid what he's going to get paidon a lighter note, i see that Wilner has suggested that Walton join the FB telecasts on the PAC12net. i like the idea. you?That said, I think it could be like 2013, where Connor Wood started, but there was a fairly quick hook to go with Sefo. I could see Lytle getting the nod to start, but if he doesn't perform, they could quickly go with Lewis and see what he's got.I would put my money on Tyler Lytle right now. Unfortunately, not having spring practices hurts CU as it tries to identify a starting QB. But, I think that probably helps Lytle. Not that he couldn't hold of Lewis or Noyer anyway, but I think the fact that Lewis is a true freshman who won't have any practice time hurts his chances of starting this year - at least initially. So, I tend to think CU will go with the veteran.Brian, any guesses on who will be the starting QB vs CSU?I appreciate that. I really do! I think we have a good staff overall, and I know for a fact that every reporter at the Daily Camera strives to provide quality coverage of what's going on in our area. In our area, Pat Rooney and I certainly try to do that with CU.Brian, I just wanted to start off with a “thank you” for doing these chats...and also for the outstanding coverage you provide for the Buffs! You are a true professional and set the gold standard with your approach and the depth and quality of coverage you provide!I do, but again, maybe that's wishful thinking on my part. I'm certainly not an expert, but through various conversations and following the coverage, I'm of the belief that things start getting back to normal in June and that schools can open in August. I don't know if we'll see any "spring" or summer practices, but I do think August camp can start on timeDo you think college football starts on time?Not a bad idea - although I don't know if I'd want to get into the worst interviews. I'd rather highlight the best.Maybe you and Rooney can do a podcast on the best and worst interviews you've had with players/coaches sometimeThank you, I appreciate that! We all need some distraction at this point!Maybe this is wishful thinking, but I believe we'll have a college football season starting on time. I just personally can't imagine this going on for months and months. But, again, maybe it's wishful thinking. If the football season does start late and overlap basketball, that will be interesting for sure. It'll hurt basketball more than anything. if football is canceled all together, I agree with you, that's going to be very tough for schools. I think that could lead to some massive cuts in college athletics. Good day, Brian. i hope you are coping well. thanks for taking time to help us through.so much talk about college sports. i don't see how most schools can do without FB revenue, thus a season of near-regular length seems essential. it now seems fb could overlap BB, or even start in march '21. how has your view evolved on this topic?If there's another player taken, I think Tony Brown could be that guy.I believe there will be 3 Buffs drafted this year. My pick is Laviska Shenault going in the early 2nd round, Davion Taylor in the 4th or 5th round and Steven Montez in the 6th or 7th.Predictions for drafted Buffs? Rounds?Obviously there's not a lot going on right now. However, the NFL draft is coming up next week. I have also been rolling out position previews on football team positions. I've had a chance to catch up with some of the new tight ends, as well. And, I'll have a women's basketball story this week. Pat Rooney is on top of the news in men's basketball, as well.FYI, we will be doing these chats every other week for a while. So, after today, the next chat will take place April 27.Welcome CU fans to our weekly chat. I hope you all had a great weekend!