SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (June 22, 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 22, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: June 22, 2020 at 11:19 a.m. | UPDATED: June 22, 2020 at 2:33 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. I will be on vacation next week, so we will NOT have this chat next week. We'll do it again in two weeks!No. Rick George has said a few times that he hopes to avoid that being an option.Are there any sports programs at CU that have just gone away permanently due to COVID?Thanks! I don't think so at this point. CU only has 9 seniors this year, so the 4 commitments is not bad. when it's all said and done, CU probably winds up with a class around a dozen or so. Given the challenges of COVID, I wouldn't read too much into CU only having 4 commits. HI Brian, thanks for the chat.are you or should fans be concerned about the low number of commitments, four?Well, as of now, from what I'm told, he's still with CU, but suspended. So, as long as he can get himself on track and follow team rules, keep his grades up, etc., he can play here.What's next for Alfano? What kind of programs would give him a shot, knowing his history with Alabama and now CU?I agree with you. There are many examples of coaches who were better in their second go-round. A lot of it depends on their willingness to learn and change. I think Dorrell has that. Honestly, I'd love to see Jon Embree get another shot somewhere because I think he'd be better, too. But, I think it's unfair to judge Dorrell as a bad hire at this point. Maybe he wouldn't be a good hire somewhere else, but I think for CU he can be a good hire.I will also say there are numerous coaches that struggle especially early in there careers as head coaches and when given a second chance do great. I think until we see the product on the field we need to stay optimistic. Dorrell was a coach here during some of the best time at CU and followed Rick and did well there as an OC. He must have some recruiting chops.They're not going anywhere for a while, I think. Gotta find a QB, but I don't think they'll have an issue.Oregon is starting to be the monster in the pac 12Their recruiting is scary good.Each conference, or each division in the Pac-12? If you're asking Pac-12 divisions, I think Cal could be a surprise team and I know they've been better and went 8-5 last year, but they get Oregon at home this year and if they can win that game, they could be a contender in the North. In the South, USC is likely going to be the favorite to win it, but if there's a surprise team, it could be ASU. I like what Herm does there, he keeps his team in most games and they've got a good young QB.Can you give us a surprise team pick for each conference?They do, but they were 6-6 last year with Leach and I think they'll be about that type of team this year.With Leach gone, Wazu has a lot of losing to do to return to the mean.I agree with you, but I've been waiting for CU to have an offense that hums for a long time. We keep hearing about them being high-powered, up-tempo, etc. Those teams typically put a lot of points on the board. CU doesn't, and hasn't in a long time. I think Tyler Lytle, Brendon Lewis and Sam Noyer have some talent, but I don't this offense losing Steven Montez and Laviska Shenault and suddenly putting a lot of points on the board.I hope KD and Chiv work on really making the offense hum this season. We have a good defense, but if we can really score points that will change everyone's attitude toward CU and KD. Even if we lose some close games, if they are high scoring affairs, there is excitement and buzz about our program. That will help recruiting a lot.Several reasons. 1) Regardless of how you feel about Tucker's departure (which was slimy at the end), he had things going in the right direction and keeping him here would have great for keeping the program going. 2) Regardless of whether you liked/disliked Steven Montez, he was a three-year starter with a ton of talent who is now in the NFL. He will be missed and he's being replaced by someone with no experience. 3) They'll miss guys like Laviska Shenault, Davion Taylor and Delrick Abrams.Why do you see such a fallback. Our offense wasn’t what won the last few games so loosing that coordinator isn’t such a loss. Did Mel Tucker mean that much compared to Dorrell? Are you sure becuase the sort of low character he displayed on his way out (not about taking the job, but how he handled it) seems to me a pretty big sign that he was not as authentic as he portrayed and players pick up on that.Or UCLA here or ASU here. I bet they get one of those first three. If CU is playing well, Washington State might be a possibility, too.You’re thinking our one conference win is AZ on the road?Yeah, I get that, but still, in LA at that time, USC was king and UCLA wasn't very attractive. I actually think it's a positive on Dorrell's resume that he still took the Bruins to 5 bowls in 5 years during that time. And again, maybe he learned from that experience and has surrounded himself with better recruiters this time. And, thanks! Embree is going to be a good coach, I think. Yes I know USC was Goliath then but in SoCal, their scraps are still better than anywhere else in PAC-12.Btw. Great article on Embree.What I've heard about Lewis is that he's got a great arm. I chatted with Steven Montez at pro day in March and he was telling me he was impressed with Lewis' arm. Everybody I've talked to likes him as a person and it sounds like he fits in pretty well. Those are positive, but the key will be how he picks up the offense and takes that to the field. How he's doing in that regard, I don't know.I realize there hasn't been any practices and I'm sure very little interaction between players and coaches... that said, is there any buzz with Brendon Lewis? Again, limited interactions, but has there been any initial impressions relayed about him? Covid has made me desperate for any intel. Give me hope Brian!!!I don't know if it will be a "while," but I do think that if this year is played it's going to be a tough year. How they play in the future depends so much on their development and recruiting. I think Dorrell has built a staff of good teachers and that will help with development. I think he's also got some good recruiters on staff. I wouldn't necessarily say CU is going to struggle for years. I do think Dorrell can succeed here. I just don't think it'll be this year.I’m usually a little rosy on Colorado Football but I think we are really going to be down for awhile.I would love for my daughter to marry a man like Karl Dorrell.But I think he is a C+ coach at best.Toss in a D grade recruiter.And Cu’s handicapped state on low PAC -12 money...We could be in for a long dry spell and it kills me to say that.Of course, it ain’t like we’ve been walking in high cotton lately anyway.I don't know a lot about the incoming guys. Obviously they are good, but whether they crack the rotation, I don't know. I do think Keeshawn Barthelemy can have an impact this year, especially with Gatling and Kountz now gone.Not your beat, but you hear things. In your opinion, which of the new young guards will have the biggest impact on the men's basketball team this year and what is special about them? Hard for us outsiders to know their abilities.If this season is played as is and everybody is healthy and "normal" for the most part, I think CU finishes about 3-9 or 4-8.Best guess on the record for this football season?IF games happen, I think they'll played in front of small crowds - maybe 5-10K. Wouldn't surprise me if there are no fans. also wouldn't surprise me if there are no games.What are your expectations for Games at Folsom this fall?Both. I think a coach learns a lot from his first experience as a head coach. Dorrell also consistently took UCLA to bowl games. Also, remember who Dorrell was competing again in his own city - Pete Carroll and the USC dynasty.Brian, I read a good analysis on UCLA recruiting for the last five Bruin coaches.When I find it I will send it.But the short of it, Dorrell by their measurement was the worst. Awful.Are great recruiters made or born?You're certainly not alone in that view. Lots of people believe that herd immunity is the best way to go. I don't know the answer and wish I did!Contrarian comment:We need lots of you g kids to get it to establish herd immunity. If it was the opposite, say only killing young people and children....Parents would be lined up around the block to get it to establish herd immunity.Contrarian view. :)They will have some July workouts, but practices start in early August.So what is the schedule for the time leading up to September? When will the team be able to practice football with the coaches?My guess is that he'll be at safety, with Mark Perry at the starChris Miller gonna be the star, or the strong safety this season? I like him at SS better, but what do I know.Yes, that's a good point.Little tid bit in the article about Alfred Williams and Coach Grundy and Gundy using the “N” word.Alfred said, “ “That’s the only time in my life that’s ever happened. In my life.”With all the division and media hype about what’s going on right now to see that a 51 year old African American can go his whole life and hear that just once.I once, one too many? Of course.But progress.Because guys are competitive. Arizona has talented young QBs, too.Not surprised that we lost out to AZ onthat QB. Why would a 4* come here when we have that great dual threat freshman waiting in the wings.Well, first off, it's not about the stars - it's about whether CU thinks they can play at this level. Second, they're not loading up on two-stars. Many are three stars, but you don't see a lot of two stars at CU lately.Why bother with the 2 star recruits? If you don't use a scholarship this year, can't you roll it over to the next year?Certainly it could work both ways. It could also cause CU or an opponent to have to cancel a game or two or more. Obviously, the hope is that everyone is healthy and at full strength.Covid may mean that a school we should lose to will not have some key players come fall so maybe we can make it to a bowl game after all? Of course it could hurt us as well.They are, but you'll never see CU load up on in-state recruits. Every coach, including Dorrell, talks about in-state being a top priority, but it's not really the case when you look at how CU recruits. California and Texas will always been bigger priorities than Colorado players.It seems as though CSU is doing a better job with in state recruits this year. Is Dorrell not focused on Colorado kidsCU can't prevent kids from going to parties or hanging out in groups. They can warn and discourage it, but they can't prevent it. They can only hope that the steps they take in the department work and that the student-athletes are safe and smart when they're not in the building.KSU went from no Football players testing with COVID, to 14 positives in 2 weeks! How will CU be able to keep 75 kids from screwing up at a parties, etc. and bringing the plague back to the locker room with them during the season? We all went stir crazy with lockdown for 2-3 months and we are old.I think it's a good idea. If it's a small cost that's not on top of other costs, I think it can work. Anything to try to be safe is a good idea at this point.On Friday, Jon Wilner wrote the Pac-12 should follow the lead of the NBA and use the ring monitors in its athletic departments. I am wondering what think about this and would you have you had a chance to ask Rick George his thoughts? Seems like a good idea to me with a small cost.Right now they don't have any spots. In fact, by my count they are at 86 (including Alfano), so they need a bit of attrition before camp starts just to get to the 85.Any idea if they are looking at the transfer portal to bring in anyone before fall camp? Do they have an open spot with Alfano being gone (for the time being)?Millen committed to Arizona last week. Drew Carter, a dual-threat from Portland is one possibility for CU. Most of their QB targets have already committed, but Carter could be one for them.Is Clay Millen off the table?Who do you expect the QB target to be after losing out on Mullen?It may seem like that, but I think this is a really tough year to judge recruiting. The COVID-19 situation has changed the game for this year. Add in the fact that CU has a new coach who is unproven (to the younger generation) and lower expectations, and I'm not expecting a big-time recruiting class.Although the class is small this year, is it just me or do the Buffs seems to be struggling to reel in the 4stars and build off of last yearthank you! Last time we talked with coach Dorrell, he said that CU would announce if they have positive tests. I have not heard yet if CU has had any, however. I've asked, but haven't heard anything.Hi Brian. Happy Father's Day. Do you know if CU will be releasing negative Covid-19 test results? I read some schools will not be releasing those numbersWelcome, CU fans, to our weekly chat! I hope you all had a great weekend and a great Father's Day. I'll be here for the next hour to chat about the Buffs.