Glad to have you back, Neill, and I look forward to all the great content you're about to put out!
Today in the bag, I'm talking the start of Fall Camp, a wrap-up of Pac-12 media days, and close of The Basketball Tournament.
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Fall Camp opens this week -
Take a deep breath. We've survived. The summer has reached its unofficial conclusion as college football camps across the country get underway. Here in the valley, that means the Buffs are set to get back on the practice fields off of Boulder Creek tomorrow morning, finally beginning their earnest preparation for the 2015 season opener in Hawai'i. That's right, we're only 30 days away from the start of the damn football season, and September 3rd no longer seems a world away (or, for that matter, November 13th...).
|Mac and crew are back in business. From: the BDC.|
Sure, reporting this time of year is usually of the kool-aid sipping variety, but even the most ardent of Eeyores (this camp includes myself) have been forced to admit that the program is headed in a positive direction; miles ahead of where things were at the end of the Embree era. I'm still not sure that will equal a long awaited bowl berth - the loaded 13-game schedule will probably keep that from happening - but another year of qualitatively better results is in the works. Embrace the ascendancy.
|Youthful excuses eliminated, it's time for Sefo to step up, and drag the team into respectability.|
For those interested, early portions of camp are open to the public. Specifically, you John Q. BuffsFan can attend practices on August 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, 17 and 21, from 8:30-11am (7:30-10pm on the 8th). That one on the 15th, by the way, is currently slated to be a scrimmage. Get out there, and soak up the sounds of young Buffs butting heads in the bright sunshine. Fall is here - make the most of it.
Notes from Pac-12 Media Days -
Previewing the start of football season, the Pac-12 held their annual Media Days last week at Warner Bros. Studios in LA. It's mostly a laugh, a time for gruff coaches to seem quasi-relatable (Mike Leach on which Harry Potter house he got selected for - "Mine was Huffle-something"), and for players to sell themselves while toeing the line between professional and amateur. Generally, pretty mundane stuff. Hey, it's all cult of personality; not really my bag, but endearing, none-the-less.
|Oh, hey, it's media day! Give the big guy a tiny hat! From: CUBuffs.com|
Along with the tomfoolery came the release of the annual preseason media rankings. The Buffs were, once again, picked to finish dead last in the Pac-12 South. By now everyone knows the drill; the South is one of the most difficult divisions in all of college football, so CU getting tabbed for the basement is not at all surprising. What did catch my eye were the sprinkled hints that the media perceives CU has, in fact, closed the gap. Take, for instance, Phil Steele ranking the Buffs as the #46 team in all of FBS. That's damn near respectable, and ahead of three Northern Division teams (two of whom the Buffs play this season - Washington State and Oregon State). Given that 80 schools will be bowl eligible this fall, as dire as the in-conference outlook is, at least some outsiders are buying into the bowl-or-bust hype.
|Gone, but not forgotten, Glasses Ref.|
The Basketball Tournament concludes -
Hey, remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that a team of former CU basketball stars had gotten together with the intent of taking on The Basketball Tournament? Well, that pursuit didn't go so well. The Forever Buffs stumbled out of the gate, losing 78-62 to a group from Arizona calling themselves 'Team 23.' Sharpshooters Richard Roby, Austin Dufault, and Dwight Thorne struggled from deep, going a combined 2-13 beyond the arc as the team slumped to under 36% shooting overall. Marcuses Hall and Relphorde did their best to lift their teammates, shining for 33/9, but Team 23's Davin White was on fire, dropping 23 on 15 shots. Overall, a disappointing effort from the first-year entrants.
|Not the way I had expected that to go...|
Hopefully this result won't deter Team Colorado from playing in the future. They got a bit unlucky with their first round matchup, and could've, should've gone further. It also wouldn't hurt for the TBT committee to come up with a better bracket-building procedure; the seeding was wack (not wiggity-wack, just regular type). The current process is built around social media interest, which is as fickle as a football recruit. There should probably be a scouting component thrown in there as well. Still, a fun concept, if flawed in execution.