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The Streak Is Over


November 16, 2013.  Until last Saturday night, that date represented the last time my University of Colorado Golden Buffaloes won a Pac-12 game.  Two years of agony is finally over.  Somehow though, I don’t feel relieved.

Don’t get me wrong.  I was really happy for the kids, especially guys like Nelson Spruce who can count the number of Pac-12 wins they’ve experienced on one hand.  The reality though is that I need more to be convinced.  I’ve been watching CU football for 20 years now.  I’ve been a season ticket holder for 8 of those years (2 years in the student section during grad school and the past 6 seasons in section 220).  We all know where the team was and where the team is.

Coach Mac seems to have the team going in the right direction, but one win does not erase a culture of losing.  In the past two years, the team has proven they can compete with most of the Pac-12.  They have yet to prove that they can win in the Pac-12.  This past weekend, they beat the youngest, most inexperienced team in the Pac-12.  They did not dominate.  They did not play a clean game.  The game they played would have been a losing effort against every other team in the conference.

This is not a judgement on the players.  The players don’t know how to win at this level.  Everything that’s happened over the past decade falls squarely on the coaching staffs.  Coaches are teachers.  They need to teach their players how to win.  They need to teach their players how to close games out when they’re up in the 4th quarter.  It takes a lot more than holding up four fingers to teach your players how to win.

The practice test was this past Saturday.  The real test is coming over the next several weeks:

  • 10/31 at UCLA (they lost to a better version of this team last year in double OT)
  • 11/7 Stanford
  • 11/13 USC (a team in turmoil with a temporary coach)
  • 11/21 at Washington St (an improved team, but still lost to Portland St. and Rutgers)
  • 11/28 at Utah

I’m not expecting lots of W’s.  CU is going up against good teams.  One win in the next 5 shows the team has made some real strides.  Two wins gets them to 6 wins, something they haven’t achieved since 2007.  Three wins gets them to a bowl game.  They can win at least one.  They should win at least one.  Over the next five weeks, we’ll see if Coach Mac has taught his players to have the will to win.

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2014 CU National Signing Day

National Signing Day came and went the other day and when the dust settled, the class looked like this:

Signed Letter of Intent
Name Pos Ht/Wt Stars Rank
Cade Apsay QB 6-2/176 24
Sam Bennion DE 6-5/243 NR
Shay Fields WR 5-10/170 44
Jase Franke DE 6-4/255 NR
Rick Gamboa LB 6-0/217 NR
Terran Hasselbach ATH 6-1/235 NR
Hayden Jones TE 6-6/235 NR
Josh Kaiser OL 6-5/265 NR
Dylan Keeney TE 6-6/215 NR
Donovan Lee DB 5-8/162 NR
Eddy Lopez DT 6-3/289 NR
Jay MacIntyre ATH 5-10/178 NR
Michael Mathewes DE 6-4/235 NR
Isaac Miller OL 6-7/250 NR
Jaisen Sanchez DB 6-1/185 NR
Christian Shaver DE 6-3/232 NR
Wyatt Smith OL 6-3/230 NR
Grant Watanabe LB 5-10/225 NR
Evan White DB 6-3/190 NR
Sully Wiefels OL 6-4/300 NR
Ahkello Witherspoon DB 6-3/180 NR

Generally speaking, I try not to read too much into the recruitment classes. I’ve seen classes that were considered Top 10 end up coming up seriously short and unheralded classes going on to do great things.

That being said, I’m actually pretty pumped about this class.  We got some size, we got some speed at receiver and we got what looks like a class of solid citizens, which is more important than the number of stars recruiting sites give kids.  This statement from HCMM at the presser sorta says it all:

“I feel like we not only got the right kind of athletes, but the right kind of people.”

As for not getting Kalen Ballage, it’s disappointing, but not the end of the world.  We got some good in state kids and as the program continues to turn around, we’ll get more.  It’s not like it was with Collin Klein, where we didn’t make an effort.  HCMM and his staff made a strong push, but in the end, Ballage went to ASU.

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