Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (May 11, 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 (May 11, 2020) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: May 11, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. | UPDATED: May 11, 2020 at 3:04 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell will take your questions and lead discussion about CU sports today at Noon Mt. Before I sign off for good, one last thing, going back to the question about the CU-CSU game ... I just got an answer on this: CSU would owe CU $1 million for playing that game in Fort Collins. OK, that's all. If you have other questions, I'm on Twitter or you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Just a reminder, I will not do a chat next week and the following Monday is Memorial Day. So, the next time we do one of these will be Tuesday, May 26. Pat Rooney might do a chat next week, however, so keep an eye out for that. Until then, have a great two weeks everybody!Thank you! I appreciate it. And, I appreciate all of you fans and readers!You are a good man, Brian! The University and the Daily Camera are both fortunate to have you covering the Buffs! A true Pro! Thanks for your great coverage and doing these chats.Hopefully it doesn't reach that far into the school year. At this point, it's way too difficult to project that far down the road.how do you see the covid affecting BB?If he has picked a school, I haven't heard where he's going.Do you know where Stenstrom landed?Really depends on the play of the QB, but going in I'd probably say the defense, because we haven't seen the QBs play yet. I really like CU's front seven on defense and I like some of their DBs if they stay healthy.Which side of the ball is stronger for the Buffs this year...Offense or the Defense?That's a lot of dough for pair of mediocre teamsfor cu@csu tickets: www.stubhub.com lowest price now $195. csu site not listing the game.I'm usually pretty optimistic. In fact, the last four seasons, I projected CU to be in a bowl game. They SHOULD have been in all four, but I was wrong three times. This year, I set the bar low. Karl Dorrell might be a very good coach for CU. Tyler Lytle and/or Brendon Lewis might be very good QBs for the Buffs. But right now, I see a team with a brand new head coach - an underwhelming hire nationally - who came in late, has never had a chance to be on the field with his team and barely got his staff hired before the shut down. A 6-week training camp may not be enough for this first-year staff. And, Lytle and Lewis - or Noyer - will be new to the starting role. I think there are going to be a lot of growing pains. I'd put the over/under at 3 wins.Assuming the Buffs play a 12 game regular season, where would you currently set the over/under?Assuming they're all played, of course, I think CU starts 2-0. Although there's a new coach and QB at CU, the same is true at CSU and I just think CU has more talent. Might not be a pretty game and I would not expect a blow out, but maybe a 31-27 type of game. Fresno State has a new coach, too, and they'll have some kinks to work out. They get a nice tune-up with Idaho State, but I would expect CU to win at Folsom. Again, maybe not a blowout, but a 7-to-14 point spread. In Week 3, I think CU has a rough time at A&M. The Aggies are a possible top-10 team that would be coming off two gimme games. I think they roll in that one.Brian, how do you feel about CU's OOC games? if you could, could you discuss each one?Die-hard fans of CSU or CU, or fans who are craving sports! It's a steep price, though.I heard the ticket prices for the CSU game at Canvas are running at $165. Who's going to pay that kind of money to watch that game?I was not surprised, although I thought Montez would have been a late round pick. I think Brown played his way into an NFL shot, but that position was so deep, I never saw him as a draft pick. He was rated too low in the pre-draft rankings. Most mocks didn't have Montez as a draft pick, either, but I thought a team would roll the dice on him in the 7th round. with guys like Lynott and Tchangam, I'm curious to see what happens when the league opens up again. Right now, there's not much need to sign guys for mini-camps that aren't happening.Were you surprised that neither Montez or Brown were drafted? Any players that haven’t already signed on as undrafted free agents you think will get a shot...guys like Tchangam or Lynott?There is typically money that changes hands both years, to work within the budget. I don't know the $$ for the A&M games, but typically you'll see A&M give CU some money this year and CU give some back to A&M next year. As for the CSU game, I don't believe any money goes from CSU to CU for this game.how does this year's csu game work, $-wise? when that game was in denver, both teams split the revenue. will cu receive $$ from this year's tilt? (i assume in conference games, the home teams keep the ticket rev, gate, concessions, etc. is that true generally of OOC games? for example, will CU receive $$ from TAM or just make its money on the TAM game in boulder the following year?)Well, first off, I don't think there's any question Tucker had concerns about the resources at CU. He always said publicly it wasn't a big deal, but I've heard from several people he felt very different privately. I think that was part of why he left, to be honest. As for him hiring a lot of the same people, if I was a Michigan State fan, I'd be very underwhelmed by the staff he hired, overall. Kapilovic and Els were great hires, although it's unfortunate Els is only going to work with special teams. The inside backers here loved him. My guess is that Tucker was somewhat limited, though, because he was hiring late.What’s your take on the rumor’s that Tuck had significant concerns with the salary pool at CU...only to hire a significant number of those coaches for his staff at MSU...despite having a salary pool that was pretty much doubled?This is purely based off conversations I've had with people and reading up on the new assistants, because I haven't met them and the players haven't worked with them, but ... I think Danny Langsdorf is a slight upgrade at QB coach, in part because he can focus solely on the QBs and not worry about OC duties. I think Chris Wilson is an upgrade at DL - although I think Brumbaugh is a good coach. The secondary could be in better hands at this point because of more experience there.Yes, which Assistant Coaches do you see as likely “upgrades” compared to Tucker’s staff?Not at all. We were supposed to have a meet-and-greet with the 6 new assistants on Friday, March 13. It was that Thursday and Friday that the sports world began shutting down, so the meet and greet never happened. I've requested interviews with all of them, but CU has denied those requests and has not made any of the coaches available to the media yet. So, I have never talked with any of them.Hey Brian- have you gotten to know any of the new assistants (through Zoom or otherwise) - any thoughts?Are you asking which groups were upgraded simply by a change of coach?As far as Assistant Coaches, what position groups do you think were likely upgraded under the new staff?For one, I think the offense will be more head coach-influenced than it was in 2018. Chev is going to run it, but I think it's going to have Dorrell's stamp on it. I don't think it'll be as open as Chev wanted it to be (and sometimes was) in 2018. I envision an offense similar to last year, with a slightly bigger lean toward throwing the ball.What differences do you think we will see in Chev as the OC between version 2.0 and 1.0?I would not think so. The NCAA has long been against betting on college sportsgood question on gambling. does CU/pac12 get a cut?I agree with you. I think it would be devastating to CU and a lot of schools. If there's no football, I think it's inevitable that a lot of non-revenue sports will be cut within the next year. I think it's possible anyway because schools are going to lose some revenue. Even if there is football, not having fans will be huge, as well.i cannot envision how CU's athletic department will survive financially without fb in '20-21. the U itself will be strapped, no rescue from the legislature. does RG have a nest egg?Well, for one, I think I'll get a lot more emails or tweets from fans asking me for injury reports! haha! I honestly don't know much about the gambling world. Other than putting down a few bucks for fun several years ago at the sports book, I haven't been involved in that world, so I don't know how it will impact sports. My guess is that those who are really into it are already doing it in some form anyway and this opens it up more to the casual gambler.What impact if any do you see legalized gambling in Colorado having?No, I don't see that happening at this point. I would doubt players are on campus in June. I would guess all teams would start at the same time, and it's a fresh slate. For CU and others that didn't have spring ball, it's unfortunate, but not the end of the world. As for the other part of your question, most people seem to think a 6-week training camp will be necessary. Drew Wilson - CU's strength and conditioning coach - told me this spring that the players would probably need a week or two of solid S&C work. Whether that's part of that 6 weeks remains to be seenhello to all, thanks for the chat, Brian.uhm, whatever the timing, do you see RG and other ADs whose teams had no spring ball insisting upon being awarded enough practices to be 'even' with teams that had a spring? similarly, how many weeks would be required of s&c prior to fb practice itself begins? thanks.Always the lines, but I think they've recruited pretty well there the past two cycles, so maybe not as big of a need this time around. Definitely QB. They need to add depth there. I also view inside linebacker and secondary as big needs - especially safety. They're going to lose both projected starters at inside backer and their only experienced safety right now is a senior.Where do you see the greatest areas of need for the upcoming recruiting class?I haven't heard anything new on him. So, as far as I know, he's still suspended. if he had a good academic semester, I think that will help his cause to play this year.Any addition information you can share regarding the Alfano situation? Is he still suspended? And, how do you see things playing out with the NCAA granting his eligibility to play this Fall?Coaches are going after guys they think can play - regardless of stars. I think Baugh is the type that, if there's a season, could be a solid 3-star by the end of the season. one of the reasons Baugh isn't rated too high is that he's on a loaded high school team and he's played behind and with a lot of Power 5 players. he didn't have a major role on his team's defense last year, but that should change this year if there's a season. I liked his film. he's a good player and I think he has room to improveWondering what you think about the commit Allan Baugh. Was a zero star and was recently upgraded to a 2 star. With the limited class for 2021, you'd think they should go after higher ranked players. A two star doesn't sound like a good start.Currently, there are nine - Sam Noyer, KD Nixon, Kary Kutsch, Mustafa Johnson, Jash Allen, Akil Jones, Nate Landman, Derrion Rakestraw and James Stefanou. it's definitely going to be a smaller classHow many graduating seniors are currently on the roster for this Fall? Obviously there will be some additional attrition, but just trying to get an idea of the size of the upcoming recruiting class?it could also be possible to see, if California isn't allowing games in its state, that maybe USC and UCLA play home games in Vegas, Cal and Stanford in Reno, or something like that.That's just speculation on my part, of course, but I think it's possible that CU, for example, could still have a season, without USC and UCLA competingI believe that's one scenario they are discussing. While I think that would be difficult, I don't think it's impossible. Lets say, for instance, none of the 4 California schools compete. We could potentially see a revamped schedule with the other 8 schools, including a scenario where a few teams play twice.Is there a scenario where the PAC-12 could play this Fall without all 12 schools competing?I will add, however, that I don't believe it's very likely we'll see packed stadiums in the fall. Maybe partial crowds, but not full.Not yet. Last time we talked with Rick George, which was almost two weeks ago, he said several options were on the table. I think CU is in a position to make those decisions yet, but I would guess we'll know more in the next month.Do you have any idea what CU Athletics plans to do with Fall Sports? Any indication of no fans appearances at Folsom Field?Obviously still quiet in the land of college sports these days, but Pat Rooney had a good story on Lucas Siewert this past week. It will also be interesting to see how things develop across the country as colleges start announcing plans for the fall. Central Michigan was the latest I saw to announce a plan for in person learning this fall.Happy Monday, CU fans! I hope you all have had a great couple of weeks. I'll be here for the next hour to chat about the Buffs!