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Thursday, May 30, 2013

In remembrance of Cliff Meely

Lost amongst the chaos of the last few days was the news that Cliff Meely, possibly the greatest basketball player in this history of the University of Colorado, died Tuesday evening.  The 65 year old legend, a continuous fixture at games and practices long after his graduation, developed a blood infection, and died unexpectedly.
From: the BDC
Despite playing in an era where freshmen were ineligible to play, he put up three-year numbers that no one before or since has been able to match. Through three years of play in Black and Gold, he averaged a knee-buckling 24/12 (both CU records).

In his sophomore year (1968-69), his first in Boulder, he burst onto the scene, helping to lead the team to the program's last outright league title.

By his senior year, 1970-71, he was shattering scoring records, averaging 28/12 per game.  In Big-8 play alone that season, Meely dropped an astonishing 30.5 points per conference contest, including 47 against Oklahoma on Feb 13th - still the all-time, single game scoring record for a Buffalo.
"I did not really come to Colorado to score points: I came to win games. In the midst of doing that, I did not really think about it breaking records. Now that I look back on it, I think to myself 'Wow. Look what I accomplished during my career.' I just did what the team needed me to do to give us the best chance of winning."  (-link) 
He was named to the All-Big-8 First Team in each year on campus, with his triumphant senior campaign earning him First Team All-America honors.  Meely's coach, Sox Walseth (a legend in his own right), once said fondly of Cliff: "He is the most complete player I have ever coached." Accordingly, his number #20 hangs in the rafters of the CEC. 
"Whatever I did, I did it so our team could win. They retired my uniform, and that was a great honor. I don't decide how good I was compared to others. Somebody else will have to decide that." (-link)
Even to this day his accomplishments resonate with the fans, and it was no surprise that he was named as one of only five members of the All-Time Basketball Team last summer.
The crime of it all comes in the form of an oft repeated line from the past few hours: "I didn't see him play."  It seems that far too many passed through Boulder without seeing Mr Meely ply his trade on the hardwood, a gift reserved for those lucky thousands who filled Balch Fieldhouse during the late 60s and early 70s.  I only wish I could've joined them.

I think Coach Boyle said it best:
“I thought he was a true gentleman, and you look at the numbers and he was arguably the best player ever to play here . . . what I love is that he came to Boulder from Chicago and stayed there, made this his home. He loved the university; he was a special guy. This is a sad day. He went too early.” - link
Games this winter just wont be the same without his court-side presence.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On Mike Bohn's 'resignation.'

An era of CU Athletics came to a close yesterday when it was announced that Athletic Director Mike Bohn 'resigned' his post, effective June 3rd.

Regardless of your opinion of the man, his impact is unquestioned.  Over his eight year tenure at CU, Mike oversaw many transformative acts, including, but not limited to:
  • The move to the Pac-12.
  • A nearly decade-long campaign to improve the Coors Events Center, including the new practice facility.
  • The start of the Folsom improvements project.
  • Long over-due improvements to Potts and Prentup Fields, as well as the signing of Colorado National as a home for the golf teams.
  • Hiring Tad Boyle, Linda Lappe, Mike MacIntyre, and others.
  • Firing (or not retaining) Dan Hawkins, Jon Embree, Ricardo Patton, Pi'i Aiu, and others.
  • The cancellation of men's tennis, and the formation of women's lacrosse.
  • A total of four national championships, and 18 conference titles.
He didn't necessarily hit a home run with every one of his efforts, even struck out badly a time or two, but no one is perfect, and he hit enough solid singles and doubles to easily surpass his predecessor, Dick Tharp.
Mike Bohn guided CU into the Pac-12, silencing critics who thought CU should've settled for the MWC.
I've heard some people try to downplay his accomplishments, claim that the Pac-12 was going to take Colorado anyway, or that he got lucky with Coach Boyle.  You want to blame him for Hawk or Embree?  Perfectly fair, but then you also have to give him credit for being out in front of conference realignment, and pumping money into basketball.  The move to the Pac-12 essentially went down on CU's terms, with Mike's leadership being a key reason why, and Coach Boyle isn't here winning without Mike's tireless infusion of money and support into all things hoops.

But, regardless of what I say, there are many who will never allow themselves to admit that Mike did a single thing right.  Whether it was his handling of Gary Barnett or Jon Embree, many of the old-guard football crew have simply shut their minds to Bohn, spitting out his name if pressed.  In some respect, I can't blame them.  He did Gary wrong in '05, and the Embree hiring/firing was poorly handled (to be kind).  But those failings are not the end-all of Mike's tenure in Boulder, and focusing on them does the entire story an injustice.  The totality of the athletic department improved under Mike's reign.  If you can't see that, then I just can't help you.
Much of Bohn's legacy is grounded upon supporting basketball, and hiring Tad Boyle.
Compared to Tharp, who was the definition of corporate and aloof, Mike was loud, brash, and colloquial.  You didn't have to have a $100 handshake to get his attention, which may, ultimately, have been his downfall.  It was no fluke that the first marketing campaign under his direction was 'Your Team.'  This concept of personal ownership in the on-field product oozed through every bit of his shtick, and was designed to make everyone, whether they paid $5 or $5,000, feel a part of the product.  He was, essentially, an old school salesman, and I loved every minute of his efforts.

Initially, CU tried to pass off his departure as a pure resignation.  Unfortunately for them, the poor media management that often plagued Mike Bohn's tenure quickly made that a mockery.  A combination of Mark Johnson's initial confirmation and Bohn's initial response to CBS 4's Vic Lombardi made it clear what really happened.  No one is 'floored' by their own resignation, and being 'let go' sure sounds like 'fired' to me.  The reality is simple: Bohn was forced to resign, with CU paying the three years remaining on his current five-year contract extension.
Much like his fired football coaches, Mike's about to get paid to go away.
The why behind that force is less clear.  Many have speculated that it's rooted in the powerful donors that have been brought into the fold - many by Mike Bohn himself, mind you - over recent years.  Others, like disavowed CU alum Rick Reilly, chalk it up to a personality conflict with CU President Bruce Benson.  Regardless, whatever ends up being CU's official story must be digested with a healthy dash of salt.

My guess: this was all about the facilities plan.  Fundraising wasn't humming along at levels originally hoped for, which probably lead to the dismissal.  It makes a lot of sense that, with a $170 million facilities plan stuck in neutral, that leadership would start to get nervous.  I get that.

What I don't get, however, is the timing.  Since the end of football season alone, Mike has been entrusted to fire Jon Embree, hire Mike MacIntyre, and launch the heralded facilities plan.  If the idea is to get someone in place who can help spur a football revival in Boulder, then why allow Bohn to take these large, program defining steps?  Why wait until the rebuilding process is seven-plays into the 2-Minute-Drill before bringing in a new quarterback?
If this was about football, as it most assuredly is, then the timing was blown.
CU now has to hire a new athletic director who doesn't get to pick his football coach, doesn't get to create his own renovation plan, has to inherit all of Mike's baggage, and deal with the normal difficulties associated with transition.  You don't need an MBA to realize that's idiotic.

It's just another administerial fuck-up, only this time BuffNation can't take the easy way out, and blame Mike Bohn.  It's clear through this ham-handed approach to management that the lack of direction from Bohn in regards to everything football was a systemic byproduct of the dysfunction that President Benson and Chancellor Phil DiStefano brought to the table.  I don't blame them for wanting better results both on and off the gridiron, I only wonder why they waited til the week after Memorial Day to make their move.  Yes, the AD is in desperate need of new life, and a new direction, but I think that goes as much for Benson and DiStefano as it does for Bohn.

My immediate concern is, of course, centered on the hardwood.  Much of the recent basketball renaissance can be attributed to the man who finally spent money on languishing programs.  Bohn improved facilities, hired competent coaches, massaged emerging fan support, and trusted programs to grow despite of years of losing results.  While Tad and Linda will keep winning, I wonder if the institutional support the programs have enjoyed will whither under new leadership.

In the end, it's time to move on.  As much as I would like to dwell on the impact on basketball, this move will forever be defined by football and the Folsom renovation plan.  Can Mike MacIntyre bring wins back to Boulder?  Can the new AD squeeze $170 million out of an already dry stone to make the renovations a reality.  For Bohn's successor, the answers better be a resounding 'YES,' because the rest doesn't matter.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Grab Bag: The Summer of Tad Boyle

I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend.  I was stuck in bed with the flu, which rendered any thoughts of grilled meat, beer, and friends moot.  There's nothing more frustrating than having a 5-day holiday weekend spoiled by a 103 degree fever.  Oh well, I'll just have to get after the 4th doubly hard to make up for it.

Today in the bag, I'm talking yet another scheduling coup, Dwyane Wade continuing to debase himself, and DU falling in the lacrosse Final Four.

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Monday, May 20, 2013


I continue to be most excited about the continuing drip, drip, drip of scheduling information for the coming basketball season.  Outside of that, this is a tough time of year to follow a university without a baseball team.  It's a damn shame I didn't win the lottery the other night, otherwise I'd have been anouncing the return of hardball this morning. *sigh*

Today in the bag, I'm talking another solid addition to the out-of-conference basketball schedule, minor recruiting news for both basketball and football, and Andre Roberson at the NBA Draft Combine.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Quick-Post: A (mostly) tongue-in-cheek proposal

We are all familiar with the Rock Mountain Showdown's continuing attendance issues.  With both CU and CSU putting forth, frankly, pathetic efforts on the gridiron, the prospect of seeing bad football in an out-of-the-way and expensive locale isn't moving the needle like the schools had hoped when they signed the 10-year deal in 2009.  The inflated attendance statistics can't cover up the fact that no one cares anymore.  The game has become a symbol of the withering soul of non-professional football in this state, and has long since entered 'embarrassment' territory.

So, why not replace this sham of a marquee game with an event that not only shows off the best this state has to offer, but one that people would be happy to plunk down money for?  An event that the entire State of Colorado can be proud of. 

Why not replace the football disaster with the Rocky Mountain Hardwood Showdown?

Just think of it.  Boyle vs Eustachy, two rising regional programs that are testaments to their institutions, on a grand stage.  You could still host at Invesco, with the court set up at midfield.  You could even have DU vs Air Force as a local primer before the Buffs and Rams tip-off.  It'd be like Colorado's version of those aircraft carrier games made popular over the last few years.

What's more, I'll bet you that the actual butts-in-seats attendance for my Hardwood Showdown would kick the crap out of what it will actually be come Sept 1st for the football game.

Unfortunately, we're still stuck with that ugly boil of a football matchup. *sigh*

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On Lewis, Webb, and their day in court

I don't know how closely everyone has been following the Alex Lewis and Jordan Webb saga, but it's starting to get weird.

At first glance, it seemed pretty straight forward.  Lewis, a former CU offensive lineman who had recently announced his plans to transfer to Nebraska, and injured Buffs QB Webb got into an altercation on the Hill last Friday, which resulted in one man being sent to the hospital. According to the police report, Lewis, who admits he was 22 drinks in the hole, repeatedly shoved an Air Force cadet, Lee Busey, into a brick wall, and later combined with Webb to both shove him to the ground, and punch him.  As a finisher, it's alleged that Lewis picked up Busey by the throat, and hurled him into a parking kiosk, knocking him unconscious.

Lewis and Webb claim a different story, alleging that Busey tried to throw a few punches, and that all Lewis did was push him away.

Both Lewis and Webb were arrested on second degree assault charges, with Lewis facing an additional two counts of harassment.  They were freed on $10,000 bond after their hearing on Wednesday.

I figured they'd plea down, avoid jail time, and probably serve extended suspension times with their respective programs, if not get the boot altogether.  A despicable turn of events for both Lewis and Webb, but nothing particularly exceptional when compared to the myriad of "Fulmer Cup" violations that occur during college football's offseason.

Then, the lawyers got involved.

In support of their version of the story, Lewis' lawyer, Donald Brenner, said that the pair were accosted by the unconscious cadet because Lewis was wearing Nebraska gear.
Brenner claimed Lewis was assaulted by an unconscious man for wearing red.  From: the BDC
Wait, what?

Three things:
  1. Why would an Air Force cadet care if you're wearing Nebraska gear?  Zoomies aren't a party to our three decades of hate.
  2. Even if that were the case, it does not excuse sending a man to the hospital.
  3. This Husker-centric persecution complex is getting old.  I take offense to the presumption that this incident must have had something to do with CU fans being hooligans.  I know everyone likes to play-up the terrible fan stories, but I'm getting tired of this hearsay bullshit defaming student-fan culture in Boulder.  Throw this one in with the invented tales of piss-bombs, the shoving of grandmothers, and lethal marshmallows. 
Of course, it was later revealed that the Lewis was wearing anything but Husker-wear, implying that the lawyer pulled that excuse out of his ass.  In fact, faced with reality, Brenner backtracked yesterday, admitting that he was "confused" by "the press" and "innuendo" into making the false claim.
"Your questions and innuendo frighten and confuse me."
For the record, Brennen, a graduate of KU's law school, has twice had his license to practice law suspended.

So, to summarize, we've got a drunk accused of beating on a Zoomie, who is then defended by a lawyer with a spotty past, who also happens to get confused by press questions... this should be the trial of the century.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Grab Bag: Coach Boyle Stays Hot on the Recruiting Trail

I'm back from vacation in Tampa (... or will be once this damn plane lands).  One of the many reasons for my trip was the opportunity to visit my 17th Major League Baseball stadium - Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays.  It's far from the nicest place to watch a game - it's a hateful dome, fer crissakes - but I got to spend Mother's Day with my Mom, and watch Longoria patrol third from less than 50 feet away.  Not too shabby.

Now, safely returned to Colorful Colorado, I'm focusing on a new basketball recruit, honors in track and field, and another Husker running afoul of the law.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dom Collier is a Buff!

It may technically be the offseason, but Colorado Basketball continues to burn bright with news.  Yesterday, the hype came from the recruiting trail, as reigning Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr Basketball Dominique Collier announced his commitment to play at Dear Old CU. 

A 6-1 point guard out of Denver East, Collier is an expert ball handler, with the ability to both distribute and create his own shot.  I saw him play late last year, and came away very impressed.  Despite still recovering from a tweaked knee, Dom put up a sheet-filling 25/8/6/3/3, all while making his already talented teammates better.  He struck me as 'good-as-advertised,' and a talent I desperately wanted to see in Black and Gold.  With Spencer Dinwiddie probably leaving after 2013, Dom will be counted on to use that talent to step into primary ball-handling duties upon arrival.

This is a major recruiting coup, one that probably wouldn't have been possible a few years ago. It's not a case where Coach Boyle got in early on a recruit who eventually blossomed (like, say, Josh Scott). Collier has been on the national recruiting radar since even before his freshman year of high school, and Colorado had to box out big-name programs like Arizona, Gonzaga, and UCLA from day one.  He's a unanimous four-star prospect, with Rivals positioning him as the #61 player of the 2014 recruiting class.  If you can't tell, that's huge.

Building a program is an all-encompassing project, requiring success both on and off court.  With recruiting victories like Collier, Boyle continues to make the statement that Colorado Basketball is prepared to stay at the top of the landscape.  It's an impact commitment, and the 8th top-150 star for the coaching staff over three and a half recruiting cycles at the helm. A new world, indeed.
There's still more than six months to go before the early signing period starts, so maybe Dom can turn the tables, and help with some recruiting of his own.  The Buffs have upwards of two additional scholarships to offer for the 2014 class, and could use a shooter and a big.  Players like SG Dorian Pickens, SF Zylan Cheatham, and PF Andre Adams are still on the board, and have been getting plenty of attention from the CU coaching staff.   Super-phenom Josh Perkins may still technically be a possibility, but that prospect looks exceedingly dim with yesterday's announcement from Collier (read: not going to happen). 

Regardless, I'm pumped that Collier, a prospect I've been following for years, chose to be a Buff.  Congrats to Dom, and congrats to Coach Boyle and staff!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Quick Post: Coach Mac to be enshrined in Hall of Fame

Long overdue, legendary CU football Coach Bill McCartney has been selected as part of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class.
Known nationally for bringing Colorado Football to the forefront of the sport in the late 80s and early 90s, Coach McCartney spent 13 years turning what was a flailing program into a national power. More than just the 1990 national championship, Coach Mac is responsible for the modern definition of football on the Front Range.
Coach Mac celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1990 title.  From:
As CU SID David Plati points out, McCartney never shied away from the competition, and succeeded against the best the nation had to offer.

His example, both on and off the field, casts a long shadow, with an influence that still impacts the program to this day.  No matter what you think of his belief structure, or his more recent escapades with the program, Coach Mac is an essential part of the Colorado story, and a man deserving of recognition.

McCartney becomes the 7th Buff enshrined, and the third in the last four years (Alfred Williams and John Wooten).

Congratulations to the original Coach Mac!

Quick Post: Back to Vegas

On the heels of last week's release of the lack-luster round robin comes more encouraging scheduling news.  According to ESPN's Andy Katz, the Buffs have managed to schedule Oklahoma State for a neutral site tilt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 20th.  While no TV has been announced, you can bet it will be nationally televised.

This is a solid step in the right direction, scheduling wise, with the Buffs matched up with the odds on favorite to win the Big XII.  It'll be an RPI win regardless of actual outcome.

That Coach Boyle can get a neutral site date like this set up only further underscores how far the program has come.  The added exposure will be a boon to both the players, recruiting, and the fanbase.  It also doesn't hurt that it's on the same court that the 2014 Pac-12 tournament will be played on.

My only concern is the type of crowd we can swing for this game.  As of late, BuffNation has been getting out in force to support the RollTad Express, even on the road, but we're not yet at the point that you can expect the stadium to be half-filled with Black and Gold.  However, it's an old, familiar Big XII rival at an attractive, easy travel destination... maybe I'm just underestimating how many degenerate gamblers we have in the alumni base.

As for finishing up the schedule, Katz says, "(Boyle is) trying to add one more neutral site game and one more home-and-home series as well as two other guaranteed games."  All sounds promising, depending on opponents. When the schedule is finalized, maybe we'll all look back at the hand-wringing over Arkansas St, Jackson St, and Tennessee-Martin and laugh at our overreaction.

Now, excuse me as I daydream about the forthcoming Spencer Dinwiddie v. Marcus Smart prize fight.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Grab Bag: There's still basketball to be played

It was over a month ago that the college basketball season ended, but the hardwood is still getting trampled thanks to the NBA playoffs.  I've never been a huge NBA fan, but the postseason always comes at just the right time for yours truly.  I can't get enough, and the whole process convinces me that next year I should dive headlong into the NBA's regular season.  Never do, though, 'cause regular season NBA basketball is boring shit.

Today in the bag, I'm talking NBA Playoffs, Floyd Mayweather and his bankroll, and open run at the CEC.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Quick Post: A Scheduling Letdown

A few of the holes left in the 2013-14 CU men's basketball schedule were filled today when it was leaked that the Buffs had joined forces with Wyoming to create a 5-team round-robin mini-tournament.  In addition to Wyo making the drive south, the Buffs will be welcoming Arkansas St, Tennessee-Martin, and Jackson St to the CEC.

If you're saying to yourself "I don't think those are very good basketball programs," your instincts have served you well.  As pointed out by @TZiskBuff, those teams had RPI rankings of 163, 312, and 309 last year, respectively, are are not expected to be much better this season.  Essentially, the Buffs have signed on three RPI boat anchors, a fact Coach Boyle admits.

Why does this matter?  Due to some savvy scheduling this past season, Colorado finished with a top-25 non-conference RPI, and a top-20 non-con strength-of-schedule (according to ESPN).  Both rankings served the Buffs well on Selection Sunday, as CU relied on it's rosy overall RPI ranking to secure it's first at-large Tournament selection in a decade.  Without that scheduling bulwark, the Buffs would have had to do far better than 10-8 in conference to make the Dance.  Had the Buffs played teams like UT-M and JSU, instead of Baylor and Murray St, they could've been NIT bound.

This is all probably an unfortunate by-product of the program's recent success, and rumors have been popping up related to the difficulty Coach Boyle has been having enticing strong teams up to the Foot of the Flatirons.  In that light, he's had to get creative, reaching out to Wyo coach Larry Shyatt to collaborate on this underwhelming November series.  At the very least, it adds a few home dates to the schedule, I just hope the RPI hit doesn't come back to bite the team in the ass.

Of course, the rest of the presumed schedule - including trips to Ft Collins and Colorado Springs, and visits from Kansas and Fresno St (?) - features far better RPI fodder.  You take the good with the bad, I guess.

There's still a few more open dates to fill in November and December (8 games assumed to be scheduled, there were 12 non-con games last year).  Hopefully, Coach Boyle can trick some of his over-cautious colleagues into making the trip to Boulder.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

(UPDATED) Quick Post: On 'Dre's departure, and the word 'failed.'

If you haven't completely given up on traditional media, you may have come across a pair of articles in the local rags about the reasoning behind Andre Roberson's decision to turn pro.  Both featured essentially the same argument from the Roberson camp as to why 'Dre needed to enter the NBA Draft.  One of them, however, featured an editorial hammer-blow aimed at Coach Boyle and staff that jumped the boundaries of reality, and strikes me as an intentional attempt to injure Colorado Basketball. 

It was in the Denver Post that editors chose to slap John Henderson's story with the ominous title "Andre Roberson left Colorado for NBA because coaches failed, dad says."  The phrase 'coaches failed,' is a serious charge, one that seems to imply that the Roberson family feels that Coach Boyle is to blame for both 'Dre leaving, and only being a projected 2nd round pick.  You would imagine that such an inflammatory accusation would be supported by the content of the article. You would be imagining wrong.

Do me a favor, and ctrl+F the word 'failed' in that article.  Any results beyond the title?  Nope.  John Roberson, Andre's father, never used that word.  It was thought up by some editor at the newspaper.  You could say it was pulled out of his ass.

If anything, the 'failed' implication seems to stem from the following quotes:
"That's what he ('Dre) told Coach Boyle. That's the struggle he was fighting. Was it more about 'Dre and fulfilling his dream or more about getting wins?  I think it has to go both ways. If you're going to develop him, develop him. Don't just take the point of view of, 'We need 'Dre so we can have a Final Four team or a top-10 team.' Now if you look at it that way, it's selfish as opposed to (Andre) being selfish."
In the larger context of the whole article, I read that more as John Roberson protecting his son from accusations of selfishness, and explaining that the nature of basketball at the collegiate level simply wouldn't allow Andre to get the singular focus he would need to improve his abilities and draft standing.

Now, compare the titular theme of 'failed' in the Post with the more conciliatory tone of Brian Howell's article.
"'I think it would be really hard (at CU) for him to develop at the three spot (small forward), just considering the impact that he has as a four and the mismatches he has against bigger players,' John said. John also acknowledged that Andre has to develop more on offense, but said that would have been tough to do at CU, as well. With so many scoring options at CU, including guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker, the opportunities to take shots would have been limited, both in practices and in games"
The sentiments I espoused last month, that 'Dre would have trouble showing improvement with all the offensive firepower returning in Boulder, are echoed, and the situation is passed off as a matter of circumstance.  It's essentially saying that 'Dre's skills necessitate a certain style of play at the collegiate level that would keep him from further developing the skillset that he will rely upon at the next level.

That very explanation is found earlier in the Post article, where John Roberson is quoted as saying:
"You'd have a lot of guys coming (back) next year that were demanding the basketball. 'Dre, not being a selfish player, it'd be hard for him to kind of say, 'I want to work on my NBA game my senior year' while the other guys are doing their thing.
 That doesn't say 'coaches failed' to me, that says 'Andre needs to go pro for developmental reasons,' and certainly has nothing to do with 'blaming' Coach Boyle for the situation.  It all boils down to development, which was exactly what Boyle expressed at his season ending presser.

The editors at the Post did a disservice, both to their credibility and their readers, by intentionally using an inflammatory title to sensationalize a narrative that simply doesn't fit with reality.  Coach Boyle and staff didn't 'fail' Andre Roberson, and that's not what 'Dre's father is saying (or even implying).

This is the kind of shit editors at the New York Post resort to when they don't have any real news to report. The Denver Post shouldn't be playing that fast-and-loose with reality, as they haven't (yet) become a tabloid. 

(UPDATE) The Post has since changed the wording of the title to "Andre Roberson left Colorado for NBA to find better coaching, dad says" While still misleading, it's at least less inflammatory.  Can no one over there come up with a damn article title that isn't purely sensationalistic?

(UPDATE, pt 2) The title has gone through a second rewrite, and now says "Andre Roberson left Colorado to develop his NBA game, dad says."  Finally, a title with a firm grasp on context and reality.  Only took them three tries.