Midnight madness is a time-honored tradition for college basketball powers. It's easy to think of the events featuring schools like Kentucky and Kansas, for which the first second the team can practice is a cause for celebration.
Some take the name to heart, having a practice shortly after midnight on the first allowed day of practice; others simply wait for the following evening, making for appointment viewing on ESPNU. At the giants, the events are storehouses of antics and showmanship, designed more as pep rallies to get fans pumped up for the season. Smaller schools participate as well, showing that the start of basketball is a nation-wide holiday. Of course, some programs, like UCLA under Ben Howland, stay away from the practice, but most see it as a chance to fire up the fanbase, and announce that hoops is back in session.
|Places like Kentucky do this right.|
But it's a new mindset in Boulder. There's a passionate fanbase desperate to see CU basketball anoint the coming of a new season the same way other programs around the nation do. Over the past few months there has been a concerted effort by the fans, particularly on twitter (lead by friends of the blog @CUGoose, @jgisland, and @TZiskBuff), to get a more high profile kickstart to fall practices. Even the players have been eager to talk about it. It's fun for them too, afterall.
|They also make for convenient times to raise banners... hint, hint.|
It's not a slam-dunk decision to get the ball rolling, however. Coach Boyle has been asked repeatedly about the concept, and always has the same answer. He loves the idea, and wants to see it happen at Colorado, but just wants to make sure the event is well attended. The caution is understandable, no one wants to spend countless hours and thousands of dollars creating the event just for the team to run out of the tunnel in front of 2,500 people. While the support for the event has, so far, been extensive, it's not yet to the level that Coach Boyle would be comfortable giving it his go-ahead.
|Coach Boyle just wants to make sure this thing lives up to the high standard he's setting on the court.|
LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!