Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (May 26, 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 26, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: May 26, 2020 at 11:35 a.m. | UPDATED: May 26, 2020 at 1:53 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. Great comments and questions again! I know it was short notice and not a lot to talk about, but hopefully more as we get into summer. Everyone have a great week and we'll do this again Monday!There are requirements to being part of a team, though.I don't think I'd be overly optimistic about this season being better than the last three. But, Lytle has worked hard for the opportunity. He's a better player - supposedly - than he was a year ago. He has good receivers, a strong stable of RBs, a developing OL.Does Lytle have more pieces to work with than Montez? Why should fans be optimistic with Lytle at QB if there appeared to be a significant drop off between Montez and him...and the Buffs only won 5 games each of the past two seasons?Yes, that's true. But, what I mean is that under normal circumstances, there are certain times when players are "required" to be on campus or at meetings, etc., if they want to be on the team. Given the circumstances, if there is a player or two who can't or who is uncomfortable being around the team, they'll get more of a pass now.Nothing's required in college football. It's all voluntary, you do not have to show up and you do not have to be on the team.Right now, I give the edge to Lytle because he's got experience. Not game experience, of course, but he's been in college football for three years. He knows the offense, he knows Chev, he knows the personnel. I think Lewis is going to be a good player, but I personally believe it's Lytle's time.Lytle or Lewis under Center this year and next?I think for the most part, they will be required to report. But, if there are some who are concerned about COVID-19, they'll deal with that. I don't think they'll force anyone to be hereWhen players are allowed to come back on campus, do you think they will be required to report or will some still stay away due to Covid-19Maybe, but that's a different argument than your original question. What you're saying was true before all of this and it's still true now. He took the job knowing what he was getting into and that hasn't changed. And, honestly, if Michigan State is middle of the conference, that's better than what CU has been. Michigan State was in the CFP just a few years ago. If Tucker is a good, successful coach, he'll win there.I hear what you and Fred are saying...and I don’t disagree. At this point Michigan State is a better program than CU and he is making significantly more money! However, I’d also argue that the competition Tucker will face week in and week out, is also much better. So my hypothesis is that he likely won’t be successful at Michigan State...they will be a middle of the conference type of team...and Tucker may have “taken one step forward, but two steps back”.I haven't heard that yet, but it would make sensePlayers report on Sunday.Absolutely. Michigan State has a better program than CU right now. I know that's not easy to hear for CU fans, but it's true. So, he's in a better program and has a lot more money. Win-win for him so far.Z it's about the money not the wins. Usually you have to get the wins before you get the money but in Tucker's case he's getting the money before the wins.All that might be true, but the recruiting challenges exist in Boulder just as much as in East Lansing. And the expectations were on him when he got there - that hasn't changed because of the coronavirus. So, ultimately, no I don't think he'd change his mind if he could. Ultimately, what you're asking is if the coronavirus situation makes CU look more attractive to him than Michigan State and I'd say no - there's been no change with that at all. He's got a lot more money, more resources and he's in a part of the country he's used to. I think he left Boulder and has never looked back (except to fill his staff).Not sure if that was a rhetorical question or not...but I would say the thing that has “changed” for Tucker is the recruiting challenges he faces in year 1 given the coronavirus. That likely impacts him in a significant way and puts him even further behind Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan, etc. The expectations for him are greater in East Lansing and the clock is ticking. If he doesn’t deliver by year 3, does the AD make a move given what Tucker is compensated? I don’t think Tucker was going to be a long timer in Boulder...just thinking that it’s more likely he would have been more successful in Boulder this year and next (relative to conference opponents) than he will be at Michigan State.It's been odd not being there for so long!Technically I can go now and could have gone any time, I think. But ... I haven't been there since pro day on March 11 and I probably won't be there until CU has its first on-campus practice or press conference. So, I have no idea. Might not be until July or August.When can you be on campus? June 1?Good question and I can't fully answer that because I haven't met any of the news assistants. My guess is that the two line coaches will light some fire. Summers can be that guy. If Chev is on the sidelines, he can be that guy.College kids respond well to energy. Karl is a little quiet. Who will be the fireplug coach on the sideline this year?Not a great start for him, but I do believe he will get them going again at some point. When? I don't know, but I think after his UCF turnaround, people expected it to be quick. UCF was anomaly. Frost took over a team that went 0-12 in 2015, but they were 31-9 the previous 3 years, so he had a lot to work with. Nebraska is a harder turnaroundFrost is going to go 0-2 against Oklahoma and hasn’t beat Iowa yet, making him about o-8 against current and former rivals.And they gave him a raise.Absolutely. What's changed for him? He's still got a much bigger contract and an athletic department with more resources.With hindsight being 20/20, do you think Tucker makes the same decision to bolt for East Lansing?That's a little evilI think we should play Nebraska this year at home again and let them all pack in. SRO! I guess I’m evil.For sure, I think the "casual fan," which makes up single game ticket sales, will be the lowest priority. I imagine season ticket holders will be the top priority, followed by students. My guess is that a lot less students would go this year, too. Even at 50 percent capacity, though, that might be considered too highI think in the past they have capped student season tickets around 10,000. So, that and regular season tickets would be around 30,000. I’m guessing that at least 20% of that number would choose to opt out given the circumstances. So, that would put stadium capacity around 50%...perhaps less if more people opt out this year. With that said, I would give the lowest priority to the casual fan. Those of us that have sat through every game over the past 15+ years should be prioritized over the casual fan.Not that I'm aware of. There might be some players in Boulder, but I don't think it's very many right now.From social media posts, there seems to be a good number of players in Boulder. Any type of player led practices taking place that you are aware of?I haven't heard anything definitive on him.Has Alfano made strides to make it back on the team? Any word on his waiver?I think the athletic budget will take a big hit regardless this year, but certainly will if there's no football or its limited. If that's the case, I think CU and many other schools could definitely eliminate sports. Football pays for everything else, so if there's no football, or they miss out on the millions of dollars in revenue generated by tickets, something has to give.I imagine the athletic budget will take a huge hit if football doesn't happen or even on a limited basis. Do you think CU will have to eliminate some sportsDepends on what the priority is, honestly. For atmosphere, yeah, I'd give priority to students. For financial reasons (which will take precedent over atmosphere), season ticket holders would likely be the first priority. Students are great for the games, obviously, but they aren't bringing in much money.While I didn’t say it in my last message, OF COURSE students should be given priority to attend games in person.I don't know what I'd do. I'm glad I don't have to make that choice. I think whatever is decided, it's going to upset somebody. If it's full capacity, some people will be angry about the lack of concern for others. If it's limited capacity, students, or some season ticket holders, or the casual fan, will be upset they are left out. This year is going to be oddSo you wouldn't allow students in, only season ticket holders?That's not a bad idea and I could see that MAYBE happening. No question, CU and other schools need that to happen financially.I agree with your odds. I believe there are around 20,000 season ticket holders, so if CU made a decision to allow all season ticket holders to attend games, that would be around 40% capacity. Perhaps that oversimplifies things, but fingers crossed that season ticket holders can attend games in person if a decision is made that attendance needs to be limited to XX% of stadium capacity.Oh yeah, I talked with Ceal a lot. She was great. My favorite interview with her was a couple years ago when she went into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. We had a great conversation about her childhood, growing up in an era where girls didn't play sports and going through the Title IX change, etc. Great conversation!Ceal Barry was around for a long time...sad to see her retire. Did you have any interviews with her and what was your favoriteI wouldn't say it's either. Given the circumstances, I think it's difficult to judge recruiting right now. In my opinion, though, I guess I'd say its closer to expected. I think CU is going to struggle with recruiting for a year or two, because of another coaching change, no ability to show campus and meet Dorrell in person. And, CU has to prove it on the field. I think this year could be a tough season, which will hurt recruiting a bit.I know the 1st signing day is still about 7 months away but CU is currently last among P5 teams in recruiting and seemingly falling more and more behind every day in comparison to just about every other D1 program. Is this concerning or expected?I wouldn't book non-refundable tickets!So you're saying we shouldn't plan that College Station Trip.Not sure why your question didn't post, but basically my previous answer was to a question about the chances of football happening and fans being able to see it live.Duuuuude, you didn't include my question. But you did answer, so that's totally cool. But I bet people are totally confused, dude.I think the chances of CU playing games is around a 7 or 8. The chance of you and other fans being able to watch in person, I'd put that around 2 or 3.Thanks Z ... I don't know of CU's specific plan at this point. I'm sure we'll find out soon. I'm hoping to get some answers on that this week. My guess is that there will be some sort of workouts allowed in the summerHi Brian, does CU have a plan in place yet for the football athletes returning to campus? I believe the NCAA announced that schools can do this effective June 1st?While there's not a lot going on in CU sports these days, today the school announced its plan for the fall, which includes on campus learning. that's a big step towards the return of sports, which is great newsWelcome CU fans, to our almost weekly chat. It's been a couple weeks and I hope you all are doing well!