Howell Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Brian Howell (Sept. 21, 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 (Sept. 21, 2020) By Brian Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: September 21, 2020 at 11:03 a.m. | UPDATED: September 21, 2020 at 1:08 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! We'll do this again next week when we might be able to talk about an actual schedule! Have a great week!A lot of that happens anyway. That's part of the attrition we see every year. But, you're right, it will be interesting to see how much more of that we might see in the coming years. I'd be curious to see if there are any teams carrying 100-plus on scholarship next year. In many sports, the added scholarships is only for one year, though. So, if they do that for football, they'll need to get back to 85 by 2022. That's why I say there could be less scholarship opportunities for high school kids. Let's say all of CU's seniors come back next year. They're currently at 83 and they have 16 commits right now. So, CU is looking at having about 100 guys on scholarship in 2021. Let's say 20 of them decide to move on after the 2021 season. That puts CU at 80. Is their 2022 class now only 5 players? it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.Seems like over the next several years, teams could strongly encourage guys that would be 6th year Seniors...and even 5th year Seniors...to move on and graduate instead of coming back for a final year...especially if that player wouldn’t be much of a contributor. Conversely, I could see guys using an extra year to get a free Masters degree. Will be interesting to see if we actually see any teams carrying up to 110 scholarships in the future (which seems like could be possible in certain situations with this free year).Depends on the rules set forth by the Pac-12, but in the Big Ten, if a player tests positive, they are out for at least 21 days. And during that time they have to have comprehensive cardiac testing and then would need, of course, to have a negative covid test. So, if the Pac-12 adopts something similar, a positive test likely puts a player out for 2-3 games.If a player tests positive for Covid after the season starts, would there be a mandatory number of games they'd be required to sit out, or just until they have a negative test result?I didn't say WOULD; I said that could be possibility. The Mountain West has not decided to play yet, but there is talk they could come back - possibly sooner than the Pac-12.You mentioned that CU would play CSU if they play on Oct 31. Did the Mountain West Conference decide to play?Probably a combo of both. I think the lack of fans plays a role, too. There's so much energy that comes from a full stadium or close to full. But, I imagine many teams haven't had as many contact practices. Nobody had a regular summer of workouts. We're seeing it in the NFL with all the injuries.So far the quality of play in most of the games I've watched has not been great. Do you think that is more a result of the lessened practice time/conditioning or that so many of the top teams that we're used to watching on Saturday's still haven't played games yet?Teams are still trying to figure that out. Much of it depends on how many players choose to extend their careers. CU, for example, has 8 seniors this year. If none of them want to come back, that doesn't impact next year too much. If all of them do, now CU is likely going to have over 90 guys on scholarship. Some teams might have close to 100 on scholarship. I think who it hurts the most is the kids who are currently freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school. There might be fewer scholarship opportunities for the next few yearsHow will the "free" year of eligibility impact the player pipeline down the road?That's correct that it's a free year, so the 4-game limit wouldn't matter, as far as I understand it. Everyone can play 6-7-8 ... or up to 12-13 games in some cases ... and not lose a year of eligibility.Can you remind me about how this year counts as far as eligibility? I thought it was a "free" year and that if you have a year of eligibility left this season, then you would have it still next season. Is that correct? And related to that, is there the same 4 game limit for Freshman to play and still maintain their RS?Probably not, but the NCAA has already announced that this year won't count towards eligibility, so that's not an issue. I think many players would view it as worth it to get some games without using eligibility.Would most players consider a shortened 7-game season with few fans "worth it" as far as expending a year of eligibility?Most of it will be done via Zoom, as you've seen with NBA and NFL coverage. The Broncos writers chat with Fangio and players via Zoom throughout the week. We'd likely do the same. I covered the Buffs March on June 5 and talked to a few players there. I was told that might be the only time all year I talk to anyone with CU football in person. So far, that's been true. And, yes, there will be a limited number of people covering the games. I've heard roughly 40 percent of normal capacity.Any insight regarding how the Press will likely be handled? Do you think post practice updates will be held in person or via Zoom? What about game coverage...will a limited number of Media likely be able to cover games in person?yes, they do! So does Stanford football, and UCLA football in many cases!Does Stanford men's basketball have a built-in advantage as far as COVID crowd management goes, since their normal crowds are very sparse and naturally "socially distant" as-is?I think it could happen. we've seen some fans at games this year, but not many. I would guess if there are fans allowed at Folsom, the number will be much smaller than 10-12K. Maybe closer to half that.A couple of months ago, it sounded like the Buffs were planning on having 10-12 thousand fans permitted in Folsom to watch games with social distancing measures in place. What’s your guess as to whether or not that actually happens?The most likely and logical is CSU. I know CU fans hate that matchup for some reason, but it makes the most sense.If teams are allowed to play a non-con game on Oct 31, is there a likely matchup for CU for that date?It will be interesting to see what happens there. I do think some of the things will remain. I would not be surprised if a lot of recruiting is done via Zoom as opposed to traveling all over the country. Official visits will return at some point, though. There are surely some things that will remain.Assuming things return to normal someday, do you think any of the things the coaches have done will remain? Things we could take advantage of or will it go back to what was done before?hard to answer that without knowing how many games everyone plays. If, for example, Clemson or Alabama are playing 10-11 games and the Pac-12 is playing only 7, it's hard to see them getting serious consideration.Hi Brian. Assuming the Pac12 starts a season on Halloween or Nov. 7, will they be considered "qualified" for a CFB playoff spot even if they end up playing less games than perhaps some of the other conference contenders?Haven't heard much on him. he's still a walk-on, but had a good season last year and could find himself in the mix for playing time this year.Sparacco played as a true freshman, left, came back as a preferred walk on, got recognized as a scout team contributor last year. Any word on his expected place on the team?Because nothing is guaranteed. I get your point and we may see some opt out because of it, but there aren't a lot of sure things when it comes to the draft. At CU, for example, I'm not sure there's even one sure-fire draft pick. Maybe Landman.After rash of injuries in nfl what would any draftable player actually playYou're right, I think it would be a good way to get him involved and engaged. I don't know what his status will be for the fall. I was under the impression he had to have a good academic fall to be able to play in the spring. Not sure if he'll be ready to go this fall or not.When will you be able to get an answer regarding whether Alfano can play in games this Fall? Hopefully, the Buffs have been working with the NCAA on getting the waiver. Or, since this season doesn’t count against eligibility, do you think the NCAA automatically grants eligibility? Having Alfano eligible seems like a good way to keep him engaged in a positive fashion.I have no idea. We don't get to talk to people very often. They can't hit and have to work in small groups right now, so it's basically skill development and walk throughsAny word from coaches and players on the practices. The qb’s have been throwing to receivers running routes, walks through son plays right? How is that going?The Network has not been what teams thought it would be. The conference has a real shot in a couple of years of cashing in on new TV deals, but that's down the line. and, they likely need new leadership to get it doneReading about Pac 12 network, they have laid off all but several employees. The whole rational about CU joining the pac 12 was the network which is now shutdown. How does CU get out of this debscleyes, I do. I think we'll see games Nov. 7, if not Oct. 31I have a hard time trusting the leadership in the PAC 12. Do you think we will actually see the PAC 12 playing before thanksgiving?I thought it was interesting, first of all, that it came out the day the Big Ten announced its return, in part because the McCaffrey parents were among the leaders in pushing the Big Ten to return. But ... sounds like he lost the starting job and that's what top QB prospects do; if they don't win the job, they'll go elsewhere. So, it's not too surprising. I do think CU would love to have him, but the McCaffrey family has never shown the slightest bit of interest in CU. I think he ends up with another power 5 school next year. He won't be at UNC.What’s your take on McCaffrey leaving Michigan? Do you think the Buffs would be interested in him? Could you see Dylan having interest in CU, or do you think he ends up at Duke, Stanford or UNC playing for his Dad?Oregon was there in 2017. Before that, I believe it was UCLA in 2008.Larry Scott needs to go! The Pac12 hasn't been to the CFP in years, and when was the last time they were in a final 4 in b-ballYou would think! that was a bad look for the conference. Frankly, it's disappointing that the conference got the Quidel testing and just sat back and did nothing until scrambling after the Big Ten announcementWhy the seeming lack of urgency with the CEO group? Waiting until Thursday of this week? Seems like they should have already been able to get alignment and make an announcement.The Pac-12 is very much a Power 5 conference. Behind the others? Absolutely. But, no question there are some bad optics with the Pac-12 right now. I don't know if switching conferences again helps CU that much or not, though.I asked this question last week. Should CU leave the pac 12. The league is embarrassing and honestly no longer power 5 conference. I thick CU should go back to Big 12I don't think any teams will opt out. But, yes, I think they need to try to play.Can the Pac12 have a season even with two or three teams opting out. They need to play or the Pac12 will be an also ran conference.My guess - or maybe it's hope - is that the Pac-12 will start conference games on Nov. 7, but allow teams that feel they're ready to play a non-conference game on Halloween if they can. If they don't do any non-conference, I think they'll start Nov. 7 and try to do a 6-game schedule with a possible 7th cross-over game at the end.At this point, what do you think is the most likely date for Pac-12 return to playing games? Halloween? And, are you thinking an 8 game schedule...or most likely only 6?I think it's very possible we don't see any others for a while. With that one open, Tad might save that for the transfer market after the season. That will give him a chance to really assess what they need at that point.Who do u thing the buffs are gonna pick up with there last scholarship?! And who are the big name prospects they’re after ?! (Basketball)Obviously a change from last week is that there's a lot more hope for CU football this fall. How are you all feeling about seeing the Buffs play possibly on Halloween?Welcome, everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend!