SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (June 15, 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 15, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: June 15, 2020 at 11:08 a.m. | UPDATED: June 15, 2020 at 1:11 p.m.Buffzone.com beat writer Brian Howell takes your questions and leads discussion about CU sports today at Noon MT. Thanks everybody for the comments and questions. we'll do this again next Monday. Have a great week!Excellent pointIf Noyer plays and throws lots of interceptions at least he'll be more prepared to make TD saving tackles.I don't know, honestly. I believe so, but I haven't heard what the media in those sports is doing.Wondering about media coverage for the NBA and NhL for the one site stuff. Can they attend?A combination. I think Lytle was ahead of Noyer and with a lack of depth at safety, Tucker saw an opportunity to move a player who wasn't likely to see the field at QB to a spot where he could maybe help. So, yes, I think Lytle is ahead of Noyer, but I think both are capable of playing if needed.Do you believe the primary reason that Noyer moved to Defense last year was because he was behind Lytle on the depth chart at QB...or because he had the skills to potentially help at Safety? Obviously, Montez was the starter...and they had two “capable” scholarship back-ups. Do you see Lytle as more capable than Noyer heading into this season?You too! Thanks for participatingthanks for the research, and the chat. have a good week. dbYes, he is, and they are working through things right now. Could be interesting conversation, for sure!I was listening to John Wilner on Pac-12 Radio the other day - he said CU (Plati) was the lead SID with several national football writers trying to get ahead of things with coverage. Might make a good interview.I appreciate the suggestionYou could give up your spot in the press box and just make up stories this season. I won't tell anyone.it still has to go to a vote, which is this week, but I imagine it will pass. And, basically for CU, mandatory strength and conditioning and workouts and film session can begin on July 13, for up to 8 hours per week. Starting July 24, athletes would be required to participate "athletically related activities" up to 20 hours per week. Those 20 hours are 8 hours of weight room/conditioning, 6 hours of walk-throughs and 6 hours of meetings. From July 24-Aug. 6, players get 2 days off. On Aug. 7, practice can begin and there will be 25 on-field practices allowed.could you clarify the ncaa guideline about practice, please? is july 13 when camps can begin or something else? if not, when do actual fall camps begin?That's a great question, and I do think it's a possibility it's different. I don't know the COVID-19 numbers off the top of my head, but if Larimer County was doing well, maybe it allows 50 percent capacity, while Boulder County allows 20 percent. Maybe CSU can host and CU can't. I don't know what it will look like.about Z's question on stadium limits: would it be possible or likely (impossible to know) that Larimer County has a looser guidline that Boulder Co. with respect to crowd sizes or even some crowd/no crowd? thus, possibly, CSU could host and CU couldn't. what is CSU and Larimer Co. and CU were willing could the pac12 overrule?I don't know all the details, but the group sizes will be limited. Weight/conditioning workouts will be led by the strength staff, but players can have player-led practices on the field if they want (and I know they want to).Any details regarding what workouts will likely look like starting on Wednesday? Player led only, or will coaches be present? Group size limitations? Frequency? Thanks!They are still working through that, but it does appear that press box seating will be limited quite a bit. For example, the Camera has had three seats at Folsom, the Post 4. This year, maybe it's 2 and 2 or 1 each paper. As for interviews, I'm expecting to do everything virtual for a while, and maybe even into the season or through the season. Fans often ask about our access to practice and I would fully expect to not have the opportunity to watch a practice this year. I think CU will limit outside exposure to players and coaches as much as possible.Any idea on media restrictions with the virus? Will press boxes be open? Interviews? have not seen anything for any sport.That's a good question and I think anything is really an option, but I would not expect a major shift like that in the next 3-4 years. I still think the Power 5 conferences will remain as they are. If a shift like that does happen, I don't think CU loses it's Power 5 status, in part because of the market, as you said.a thoughtful answer, thanks.if we combine Bloom's argument with the media contract negotiations coming up in 3-4 years: one, is there a possibility of a reshuffling of the P5 into a 'super group' of about 40-50 teams, with or without the NCAA? two, if so, does CU make the cut? (i think the buffs to make it based mostly on the #17 TV market in Denver). if not, then what?I would not expect CU to make an independent decision. I think it's very possible they'll follow some national or Pac-12 guidelines and probably some state and local guidelines, as well. As for when that comes down, I'm not sure. I would guess as late as possible - maybe into August, since the first game isn't until Sept. 12. I think it's possible it changes during the season, but if I had to guess, it would change towards a decrease and not an increase this year.Any idea when CU will likely make a decision regarding capacity limits, if any, for Folsom this season? Do you think that limit potentially evolves throughout the season, either increasing or decreasing depending on prevalence of cases as the number of cases in September could be very different than in November.I haven't heard an update in a while, but a couple months ago, I know they had identified an animal and started working with her to see if she could do the job. I don't know how that's going, however.any update on arguably the most important search process this off-season, the search for a new Ralphie?I do have some die-hard CSU fans as friends and I know they'd notice!CSU should re-purpose Canvas Stadium for cattle grazing and drop D1 football. The students might not even notice the difference.If I had to guess right now, I'd say he does not.Does your crystal ball say Alfano does or does not ever play a down for the Buffs?Oh, I agree it's going to be somewhat unenforceable and "corrupted." It's not going to be equal, but that's fine, in my opinion. I had a good conversation with Jeremy Bloom a few weeks ago and he pointed out that it's not equal anyway, when you compare Alabama and Ohio State to CU or Kansas. He's right, and it's always going to be that way. Fact is, Bama and Ohio State and LSU, etc. are going to get the better players, but they can't get them all. As for the schools paying players, I completely disagree with that. Most schools don't have the budget for it, first of all. Many of the players - whether they want to admit it or not - are already on a pretty sweet deal with free education, a ton of gear, free meals most of the time, a stipend, easy access to medical treatment - and don't need to be paid by the school. In fact, the scholarship athletes at CU are getting around $15,000 in stipend money per school year, so they ARE getting paid in a sense. And, if the school is going to pay the players, something has to give, and that's going to be a lot of Olympic sports.Brian, i saw an article which cited a poll of coaches and/or ADs, in which about 85% of respondents agreed that the NIL provisions a unenforceable or otherwise easily corrupted. What is your take? Mine: football is represented by the schools as the 'front door' of the U, i.e., a public relations, fundraising, and recruiting crew. I agree. I see that as an admission that revenue sport athletes are employees, like graduate students, that is, take classes but also work for the U doing research, teaching, etc. I suggest that schools should just bit the bullet and treat revenue sport athletes as employees and pay them a salary. that would impact budgets but coaches are WAY overpaid. just a rambling thought.By the way, just a few minutes ago, CU got a football commit for the 2021 class - Jackson Anderson, a guard from Mineola, Texas. He's 6-foot-4, 290 and a 3-star rating from 247Sports. Offer list includes CSU, Kansas, and several Group of 5 schools. CU and Kansas are his only Power 5 offersthere has been some rumblings about Danny Manning coming here and I think that would be a good addition to CU. For now, I don't know if it impacts recruiting that much. Recruits aren't signing right now anyway, so there's time for them to see who is hired and get to know the new coach.Any ideas on who Tad will get to add to his coaching staff? Also will we lose any recruits we are real close to signing with Coleman leaving? I'm excited about next year's team and having our 7 footer back in there defending shotsWell, by my count, with Berry out, CU is at 85 scholarships, which is the max, so they can't add anyone at this point. Maybe a blue shirt type of a situation, but they are limited right now. If they are at 84 or 83, certainly they could look at the transfer portal. Might be tough to bring a new guy in right now anyway. I could see them looking at the transfer market for the 2021 class, however.with Berry potentially out, any chance the staff is looking at the transfer portal to bring another player in? Chandler Dorrell just gave a twitter follow to the Penn State QB that entered the portal the other day...I always laugh a bit at the "big announcements" for kids who reveal their top 7, top 5, top 11 or whatever it is. It means nothing really. Some CU fans got excited a couple years ago when Tate Martell put CU in his top 5. I talked to a CU coach after that who laughed and said, "Yeah, he's not coming here, but it's nice to be included." ... But, to your main question, Ive heard from a couple of recruits who really like Dorrell and his approach and I think he'll do well overall, but he has the same obstacle his predecessors had, which is CU's terrible last 15 years. CU's gotta win to get those 4-star guys, and I don't see them getting many, if any, in this class.Speak with us about recruiting. To this point we have been in some 4* kids top 7 list, but that doesn't mean much if they don't sign. It is nice we are considered, but not getting many kids to join us. What have you heard from other writers about KD image with recruits?Having not taken a deep dive into CSU's finances, I don't know if it's that dire of a situation or not. However, I do agree with Kiszla about CSU perhaps digging a bit hole with that stadium. That's a lot of money for a group of 5 team, especially a middle-of-the-pack group of 5 team in a state that isn't crazy about college football. So, yeah, I think a packed house for a game against CU would be big for them. I doubt that's going to happen, though. CU is in better position. The Buffs have done a good job of balancing the budget under Rick George, but they do owe a lot of money for facilities. CU, even before this, needed to find ways to generate more revenue. The pandemic hurts them a lot. Compared to the rest of the Pac-12, I think there is a mix of schools doing better than CU and some struggling a bit more. Cal owes a LOT of money in the future for its stadium and most Pac-12 schools have big bills to pay for facilities.Hi Brian, thanks for the chat.so, last week Kiszla wrote a piece about the importance to CSU of its game with CU on 5 Sept. in short, he felt CSU's athletic finances are quite fragile right now. first, do you agree generally with his assertion about CSU? second, how does CU's financial picture compare to CSU? more importantly, to other schools in the pac12? thanks.Good calls on those! I gotta see if Wright is for sure going to be here first - but I think he will be.Wright should be on the chat graphic along with someone on the lacrosse team since no one was represented last year.According to Adam at 247Sports, Jordan Berry is looking at potentially going to a school closer to home in California. Other than that, I believe others are on board.Any of the signed 2020 recruits not report or fail to qualify?Adding to that, we won't be able to do in-person interviews, but CU will probably facilitate some Zoom calls this summer with players.The only chance I had to do that was at the Buffs March on June 5. I talked with KD Nixon, Chris Miller, Laviska for a bit and said hi to a few others. Oh, and I also did a zoom interview with James Stefanou. Other than that, I haven't talked to them, but hope to start doing interviews soonHave you been able to talk to any of the players that are back in BoulderThey currently have 86 guys on scholarship, counting Antonio Alfano in there. Of those, only 9 are seniors. So, as of now, this is slated to be a pretty small class.hey Brian, assuming no more attrition, do you know how many available scholarships Karl Dorrell & Co can add for the class of 2021?On a more light-hearted note, I need to change the chat graphic at some point this summer. All the athletes on the current graphic - Montez, Shenault, Caylao-Do, Bey, Tompkins - are graduating or moving on. So, we need a new set. Any suggestions? And, don't just think football. I usually go with two football players, 1 women's hoops player, 1 men's hoops player and then mix it up a bit with other sports.Good question, and I do think it's a bit early for that. However, I think the concern about the second wave is definitely valid. CU has already announced online school after thanksgiving because of the potential spread in the fall. if students aren't allowed on campus, that's going to be interesting to see what they do with basketball games at that time. A lot of it could be determined by what happens with other sports this fall.Brian, any predictions for what changes might be made to the basketball season due to COVID? I know it's a long way away but I am worried about it falling during a predicted second wave.Welcome CU fans! I hope you had a great weekend. I'll be here for the next hour to chat about the Buffs!