Latest Headlines Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (June 8, 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 (June 8, 2020) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: June 8, 2020 at 11:09 a.m. | UPDATED: June 8, 2020 at 3:58 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at 11:30 a.m. MT. Ok, now I'm out! Have a great week everybody!One last one ... I would expect maybe 20-25, if there are fans.One last one ... I would expect maybe 20-25, if there are fans.i know it is only speculative at this point, but what percentage of Folsom could the buffs be allowed to fill?I'll jump in for a couple more ... Bridget Turner and Kennedy Leonard weren't in the same class. Turner was better than Chucky, but Chucky was better than Leonard. I think Sherrod can get to Chucky Jeffrey/Kennedy Leonard territory.Don’t know if I can go that far yet Brian, that’s Bridget Turner Kennedy Leonard level. I’ll need to see this seasonThat will do it for this week everybody. Great questions and discussion today! We'll do this again next Monday. Have a great week!I don't think so, at least not this year, but they are getting some guys who can play, for sure. I like the freshmen they're bringing in, and I think Jake Peters could be a steal for them.looks like TEs are going from ghosts to a crowd. Will there be any serious challenge to Russel's starting spot?I think the basic defense will be the same. I'm sure there will be some tweaks, however. Tucker had a big hand in the defense, and I would guess (just my suspicion) that Summers will try to put more of his stamp on it. Offense, I think it'll be a lot like last year, but with some Chev and Dorrell tweaks.Hi, Brian, thanks for the chat, i'm joining late, sorry if this is a repeat.RE: defense: will the scheme and nomenclature from last year remain much the same since the DC is returning? same question for the O. thanks.Limited would be nice! I have yet to talk to or meet any of the six new assistants and haven't been able to talk to the holdovers since COVID-19 started. That should change soon, however, as I expect we'll be able to talk to them maybe this week or next.It sounds like Media access to the Assistant Coaches has been very limited. Why so? And, do you see that changing in the near future or do you think you will need to wait until Fall Camp for formal interviews?Defensive MVP - Landman. That's an easy choice for me. Offensive MVP - Tougher choice, but ... I'll go with KD Nixon for now.Preseason favorite to by CU's offensive MVP? Defensive MVP?Much closer to Chucky. She's already better than Brittney Wilson - and that's not a knock on Wilson.I think somewhere between Brittney Wilson and Chucky with any luckCertainly Clay Helton. USC needs to start winning division and conference titles for him to stick around much longer. I think Kevin Sumlin will be on the hot seat if Arizona stinks again, same with Chip Kelly. If anyone is on the hot seat in the North, it could be David Shaw if Stanford really struggles.Which Pac-12 coaches are on the hot seat going into the year?I would suspect he sees himself getting an SEC opportunity in the not too distant future.Why do you think Sark likely passed on the CU opportunity?Oh, there is some arrogance to Rolovich. I've seen it a bit. I agree with you, though, that I don't think there will be much of a dropoff. You just never know when a new coach comes in. So much of it is dependent on how the players respond to that coach and we won't know that until the season starts.Both Rolovich and Leach manufactured high power passing offenses. Leach was funny, clever and innovative but so is Rolovich. I also saw an edginess and a little arrogance in Leach that I dont see in Rolovich. I think he will be more of a player's coach. It may take a few games to get used to any differences but I dont see much of a drop off, if any, at all.What I meant was I think she's a gamer like Chucky - a hard-nosed gamer who is going to worry about the win and not her stats. Chucky put up great numbers, but that wasn't her goal; she did what it took to win. I see that in Sherrod. I actually think she's just as athletic, if not more; she's just built differently. I agree, though, she won't get the rebounds like Chucky did. Wouldn't surprise me to see her with better assist and scoring numbers.Don’t see the rebounds, defense or athleticism of Chucky to be honest. But has speed and can pass for sureGood question ... and, to me, the leaders are already emerging, from what I've seen and heard. Nate Landman, Tyler Lytle, KD Nixon are three that come to mind first. I would suspect that Mustafa Johnson is showing some leadership, along with maybe Will Sherman or Brady Russell.If you feel it’s appropriate, it would be great if you could ask Dorrell about his philosophy and specific approach to naming Captains. Which players stand out in your mind as likely candidates?I didn't pay too much attention to it. Keep in mind, it's a depth chart based on these coaches having never seen the players on the field yet. But, I do think it shows a few minor changes. They'll still be 3-4 with a star, I think. Biggest surprise to me was seeing Chris Miller at safety instead of corner. But, I think that's a good spot for himWhat was your reaction to the depth chart? I wasn't sure if it meant any changes to the def line and line backer set up we used in the past? Still the 3 4 with the Star or something different coming?This is a good time of year to predict that!This time of year I always predict 12-0!That's some lofty expectations to be better than Leach was in Pullman. I don't think I'd go there yet, but I do think WSU found as perfect of a replacement for Leach as they could have found and I think he'll win there. Stanford, I don't see it out there. The Cardinal are down, but they still have more talent, on paper, at least.wsu is going to be tough. I think Rolovich is actually going to be better than Leach. As with both the D coordinator will be critical. What about beating Stanford?Yeah, I agree. It's never a good thing to lose a good coach after one year. But, I would trust Tad to go out and find a very capable replacement.So sad to see Anthony Coleman going back to ASU. I thought he helped the bigs play better on the pick and roll and with sky hooks fro close last year. Another year of him recruiting and helping them learn these skills and we could have been really good. Your thoughts?Ah, ok. Sorry I didn't make that clear in the article. I believe she's coming back to Boulder later this week. And, I agree, she has a chance to be a really good player at CU. She reminds me a lot of Chucky Jeffrey, but more coachable than Jeffrey was.Thanks. I assumed from your article she was in Boulder. She has a chance to be a good one hopefully they put some talent around hereThose are the 3 I'd look at as most likely wins. UCLA and ASU here are strong possibilities, as well. Washington State is a wildcard, because I don't know how they'll look without Leach.only 3 or 4 wins? I assume 3 would be fresno, mutton and AZ. the 4th?It would be fun to see the offense score that much, but that's a massive leap for this team. If they can approach 30 points per game - and in the right games - they could have a good shot to be successful, because I think the defense will be solid.My hope for KD is that he really ups the Offensive so we score 40 points/game. That way we might win a few games and maybe get recruits excited about coming here. Please help me sleep at night and don't tell me to trust Rick George, while i like him, his decisions undercut the very popular and active CUnit at basketball games.She's not, actually. She's been home in Birmingham since March. I'll have a bigger story on her this week. I chatted with her on a Zoom call the other day and she's doing great. She actually spent some time working out with Jameis Winston in Tampa this spring. As for other players, I don't know how many are in town. I don't think very many of them are.Brian I didn’t realize Sherrod was in town this summer, are other WBB players in townIn a way, I think the COVID-19 situation helps Dorrell, as far as resetting the program. The momentum is pretty well gone at this point and would have been with Tucker, because of the fact that there hasn't been a spring and summer will be limited. I don't think being a laid back coach is a bad thing. Different styles work well, it's just how players respond. I do believe that this situation - COVID-19 and the BLM movement - gives Dorrell a great opportunity to prove himself as a leader to his team. If they respond to how he handles these situations, that could go a long way to them responding to him as a coach on the field.Very concerned about KD as coach. He seems so laid back while MT was full of passion and MT motivated the kids to lift hard, ran a tight practice, and really impacted recruiting. Tom Landry was laid back, but he was a great coach. Have you felt that KD can really move the program or will he be just an average Joe that kills all the good will and momentum we had last year?Just a lot of rumors, but nothing concrete. I don't think we'll see anything close to 50 percent. My guess is closer to 25 and possibly only season ticket holders.I know it's too early to tell, but have you heard any rumblings about what game day might look like? 30% 50% Season ticket holders only?That's a good question and I think it very well could be the case. I would not expect very many fans in the stands for the games in Colorado this year, and it sounds like Oregon will be pretty well closed off.Best guess ... Based upon the policies in place in Texas and Colorado, and what may be the likely restrictions in place come September ... Will there be more fans in the stands for CU's trip to College Station than the other three September games CU plays (at CSU, Fresno State, Oregon) combined? ...I agree with you. Not only KD, but Jaylyn Sherrod, Chris Miller, etc. If you all didn't see our coverage from this past weekend, I encourage you to read it. If nothing else, it will give you some insight into these great young people. I loved talking with all of them and getting their perspective and having a real, non-sports discussion.Hey Brian- re: players and coaches speaking out, absolutely they should! I understand that sports is a diversion and people don't want to hear about politics, but how easy is it to change the channel or not click on an article? I love to see the leadership KD Nixon and Chev are providing on this front.I believe if they let any media in, they'd have to open it up for all. They can't really single out me and Adam. they'd have to open it up. For this year, however, it's be a bit surprised if we get to watch any practices, but that's mainly due to COVID-19 concerns. I think they'll limit our exposure to the team as much as they can.Any insight wether or not you will be able to watch a significant number of practices for Fall Camp? If they let trusted and committed media (you and Adam) watch practices, do they need to let all media have the same access? Hopefully Dorrell understands that you and Adam are some of the best in the business and can generate significant enthusiasm and interest in the team that otherwise wouldn’t exist!I haven't heard more, other than it sounds like she just felt like she could develop better at Texas Tech. That's surprising to me because I thought she was developing really well at CU.Brian, more flight from the WBB, any word on why Clarke bailed? At the 5 year point for this staff it’s concerningI haven't had a chance to talk to him, but in talking with others around him, I believe he was looking to play QB somewhere. But, he also has a brother at Oregon and I think he may have tried to walk-on there. I also heard he was thinking of playing baseball. How much of that is true, I don't know. Players are not guaranteed a return if they enter the portal. I think only if a spot is available.What was Noyer ideally looking for in the Transfer Portal prior to returning? Are players guaranteed the option to return to their team if the portal doesn't work out?Hmm, that's great question. Let's put this into some context. Dorrell won 35 games at UCLA. The last CU coach to win 35 games was Gary Barnett (who had 49 wins). Only 6 coaches in CU history have more than 35 wins. CU would have to average 6 wins a year for 6 years for Dorrell to get there and I'm predicting about 3-4 wins this year. So, it might take him seven years to get there. If I had to guess right now, I'd predict he is here 5-6 years and falls just short of 35 wins.Do you think Dorrell finishes his HC career with more W’s as a Buff or a Bruin?I have not, but I would not be surprised if they did. My guess is that the COVID-19 pandemic, which eliminated mini-camps, hurt guys like Kinney and Lynott, who might otherwise have signed right after the draft.Alex Kinney and Tim Lynott are two players who should be getting looks for the next level IMO. Have you heard anything on them getting tryouts or anything?That's a tough question to answer right now because I haven't been around Dorrell nearly as much as I was around Tucker. My initial thought is that I'd rather have Tucker, because I believe his hard-nosed attitude was changing the mindset at CU and I do firmly believe he would have won here. But, I also have a good first impression of Dorrell and he's got more experience than Tucker, so time will tell. I will say, however, I think Dorrell has been perfect for CU during this time. It's a difficult time, but I think he's handled it well, from what I can tell.All things being equal, would you rather have Dorrell or Tucker as the HC? What areas do you see as KD’s strengths relative to Tucker? What areas do you think KD needs to develop as a HC?As a follow up to that, we do have a conference call with Dorrell today (part of why the chat is at 11:30 and not noon), and I'll ask him that question.I have not heard anything about that possibility. CU players are making their way to Boulder, and I would guess expect that CU checked with the state and the city before having players come into town.Any chance that the state of Colorado, or the City or County of Boulder decide that CU players can't work out after June 15th? I'm afraid that other Pac-12 schools will get back to workouts, but CU will somehow get left behindI think it's very possible, especially because a number of scenarios could play out. If, for example, Brendon Lewis wins the job and he's the starter this year, look for Lytle to transfer at the end of the year. In that case, they'd be left with only Lewis. So, I do think it's very possible they go after 2 QBs in this class. What makes that tough, however, is that this won't be a full class. They have a small senior class, so filling two spots with QBs could hurt another spot, but they do need depth at QB. Wouldn't surprise me if they went the JUCO route, either.Given that there are only 3 scholarship QB’s on the roster, with Noyer graduating this year, how likely is it that the Buffs try and sign 2 QB’s to this class? Or given the state of things, do you think they opt to go after 2 QB’s for the 2022 class?Yes, I do see that as a possibility for him. I don't know if it will happen, but I do think there's a path for him to get back to the team, if he chooses to do what is required to be a member of the team.Do you see any scenario where Alfano returns to the team? I know he is officially no longer part of the team, but I recall MacIntyre giving several players a second chance to come back. Who knows if Alfano would even want that, but it would seem his only other option at this point would likely be going the Juco route.Fans, Pat Rooney and I have had a few stories in the past several days with CU coaches and players, such as KD Nixon, speaking up for the Black Lives Matter movement and on racial injustice. How do you feel about coaches and players speaking up?That is correct. Voluntary workouts can begin at the CU facilities next Monday. CU football players are making their way to Boulder and most are probably here by now. Many have been here for a week or more. Not sure if any are choosing to stay home or not.What’s the status of football players returning to campus and starting voluntary organized workouts? I believe they are able to start organized workouts on June 15th?Welcome, CU fans! I hope you had a great weekend. I'll be here for the next hour to talk about the Buffs and lead some discussion!