SportsFootball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Aug. 31, 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 (Aug. 31, 2020) By Brian Howell | email@example.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: August 31, 2020 at 10:20 a.m. | UPDATED: August 31, 2020 at 2:20 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! I appreciate the comments and questions. Great discussion! We'll look forward to doing this again next Monday. Have a great week!No, I don't think you are. I think "decent" is a good word for it. This is not a class that has many "wow" recruits, but I think it fills some positional needs. CU has done a good job with this class considering the circumstances.I was very concerned with recruiting a few months ago but Dorrell seems to have started a decent class with potential gems. Am I drinking the kool aid?Haha! Technically he'll be a fourth-year sophomore. He graduated high school in 2017, but didn't play that year because he grayshirted. But I think we'll see a lot of cases like that in the next few years. It's going to be a bit crazy!Thoughts on Jalen Sami being a fifth year sophomore next year? That’s pretty dang cool!Possibly. I could see a lot of big changes coming to college sports in the next 2-3-4 years and conference realignment could be a part of that. Biggest change I could see coming is the Power 5 breaking away from the NCAA in footballDo you see any type of conference realignment coming from all of this?Las Vegas is the logical choice because it's very easy to get in and out of, it's where the conference plays its men's basketball tourney and will play the football title game and it's cheaper than San Francisco. I've got to think a number of places would be cheaper than SF though - Salt Lake, Phoenix, Portland, maybe even Denver.If you had a choice where would you put the pac 12 headquarters.There is, but nothing firm at this point. College basketball, as a whole, is discussing start-up models, many of which start around Thanksgiving. If the rest of the country is starting earlier than Jan. 1, I think the Pac-12 will fall in line with that if possible. I would hope so anyway. It was way too early to make the call on basketballWhat I hope is that it's a wake-up call to the conference to change its spending. There is ZERO need to have headquarters and the Pac-12 studios in an expensive city like San Francisco. The Pac-12 makes less and spends more than its Power 5 peers. This needs to be a wake-up call. I hope it's not the beginning of the end of the conference as we know it, though.with the pac 12 laying off a ton of people including the digital team, is this a sign of the beginning of the end of this version of the PacPossibly. I think it makes a bit of a mess for future years, 2022 and beyond, but overall, it might help CU to have some older, experienced players in the coming years.Do you think having eligibility frozen for a year is most beneficial to the buffs out of any Pac-12 team? It gives Dorrell an extra year to get up to date with his new team, gives players a feel for their position coaches, and we only have 8 scholarship seniors. I feel like this will give us a lot of older guys for years to come.He's had a bumpy road, that's for sure. But, when I asked Dorrell about him, Dorrell got excited in talking about how proud he is of what Alfano has done. that's a positive, of course. At some point, we all get that reality check and turn things around. I hope Alfano has had that. I'd love to see him play for CU, and not just because I want to see him play. If he's playing for CU, it means he's on a good path for life and that's important.You think Alfano will play for the Buffs? I’m happy he is reinstated but it seems like he is unpredictable...Honestly, I don't know what it would take, because with so many cases being reported at so many different schools - Notre Dame, Carolina, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama, etc. - I thought that would possibly be enough to cause them to reconsider. If these teams are showing that they're willing to push forward even with multiple positives within the team, I'm not sure what it take to shut it down. Maybe a player getting seriously ill during the season? Maybe a confirmed case of myocarditis? Maybe a team coming back from a road trip and reporting half the roster testing positive? I don't even know at this point. ... As for the other part of your question, yes, I could see a scenario where the other Power 5s play and the Pac-12 doesn't.Brian- agreed- i'm shocked nothing seems to faze college football (outside of PAC12/BIG10) - what do you think it would take for it to shut down? Do you see a scenario where everyone plays but the PAC12 cancels its season?I always felt that Lang could be a candidate to leave early, but if they don't get a season, that's going to be tough to do. If they're able to play in the winter/spring and he shines, though, definitely I could see him leaving early. If there's another good candidate to do that, it could be William Sherman.Would you expect any none seniors to go pro? I hope Terrance Lang comes back next fall for example he had a great season last yearRodman would be in the mix, but there's also Alfano, Jackson, Simon, etc. They're building some good depth there.If Mustafa Johnson goes pro after this season, is Na’im Rodman likely to start in place of him?Hard to say right now, because if they wind up getting a full or nearly-full season, there won't be a need to do that. They'll only get that if their season is canceled or impacted severely like football.Do you think basketball players will get eligibility retained like football players?It won't be full. I would expect somewhere around 16-20 when it's all said and done.The recruiting class keeps getting bigger and bigger for the buffs, at first we all thought would be around 15, Nikko Reed and Leon Ashford expected to commit in the coming weeks as well. Are they trying to go for an almost full class now?Part of that is that they haven't had the same experience. They were with Tucker from the start and within a couple months of him being hired, they were practicing with him. The interaction here hasn't been nearly as much, but I have heard nothing but positives about Dorrell.How do you feel the team likes Dorrell? They all were very social about liking Tucker on social media, have not seen one thing from any player about DorrellOnly if the testing cost and speed and accuracy is much better within the next month or so.the rumors are that the big 10 is looking at starting football as early as thanksgiving. If that happens, do you thing the Pac 12 will followI agree on the first 3. I would be surprised if those other 3 come back. Landman considered leaving for the NFL last offseason, so I doubt he'd stick around for another year. Johnson is in a similar boat. If he had been able to play a great, injury-free 2019, I'm not sure he'd be here now. Nixon, of course originally declared for the draft before recosidering. I don't see him wanting to return for a fifth year either.I think Akil Jones, Rakestraw, and Kutsch will come back next fall. What do you think about Nixon, Landman, and Mustafa? Do you expect any of those 3 back?I haven't heard anything from CU players at all about. I thought maybe one or two might try it, but I haven't heard anything on that front.are you hearing rumblings of CU players wanting to transfer because of the cancelled fall seasonAt this point, I think it's almost 100 percent certain they will play at least one game. The things we all kind of thought might shut them down - large numbers of cases on campuses, positive tests within the teams - haven't done it. We've seen very high numbers on some campuses, but the football teams keep going. We've seen a high number of cases within teams at Texas Tech and Auburn, at least, and they just continue on without those players for a few days. It's amazing to me when we see MLB games get shut down because one member of an organization tests positive, yet college football teams are fazed by it.Hi Brian, with all of the covid cases popping up on campuses around the SEC and ACC, what odds do you give them of playing even 1 game?Obviously not a lot going on with the Buffs these days, but Pat Rooney and I started a new series this weekend with a look back at CU history. We'll feature particular games each week throughout the season. This weekend, we started with the 1990 game vs. Tennessee and caught up with Buffs legend Mike Pritchard.welcome CU fans! I hope you had a great weekend and that you're ready to talk some Buffs!