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Colorado Daily – July

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    Colorado Daily – July
    Latest pictures of the new CU scoreboards (photo credit: GoldenBuff at www.allbuffs.com)



    June 30th
    Jordan Webb a Buff
    The story which Adam at Rivals broke back in March has finally become a reality – former Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb is a Colorado Buffalo.
    From KUSports.com… Webb confirmed*Friday various recent reports that stated he will be transferring to Colorado. Once admitted to the school — something Webb expects to happen as early as Monday — his relocation will be official.
    The future Buffaloes QB expects to have a shot at winning the starting job once he arrives in Boulder, Colo.
    “That’s the whole reason I wanted to transfer,” Webb said. “I wanted to go somewhere where I felt like I had that opportunity.”
    When Charlie Weis took over as KU head coach this past December, Webb soon learned he wouldn’t be a part of the program’s plans. Quarterbacks Dayne Crist (from Notre Dame) and Jake Heaps (from BYU) transferred in, and in January, Weis announced Webb would be leaving Kansas.
    Because Webb continued taking classes at KU and graduated after leaving the team, he will be able to take advantage of an NCAA transfer rule and be eligible immediately at Colorado. He visited the campus and met with CU coach Jon Embree this past spring.
    “I think it’s a good fit. They’re an up-and-coming team and coach,” Webb said. “I really enjoyed my time there, so we’ll see how it goes.”
    Webb, who has two years of eligibility remaining, played in all 12 games for the Jayhawks in 2011, completing 179 of his 281 pass attempts for 1,884 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
    He plans to move to Boulder this coming week and begin workouts with the Buffaloes soon after.
    The Kansas transfer will have two season of eligibility left when he joins the Buffs*after choosing Colorado over Wisconsin (who took yet another east coast transfer at quaterback), North Texas and Murray State. Webb’s track record at Kansas wasn’t too impressive but he does have more starting experience than any of the other Buff quarterbacks. He was 179-of-281 for 1,884 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2011, but was only 4-12 overall as a starter for the Jayhawks.
    While at least one blogger sees Webb as the favorite to win the starting quarterback position, it will be interesting to see if Webb can master the Colorado offense in what will be, in essence, a three-week audition in August.
    June 29th
    Choosing the top 12 CU players of all time
    On a slow news day, it’s not a bad idea for college football fans to look back at past glories.
    This summer, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the All-American season of Byron “Whizzer” White, the CU athletic department is running a competition to select the top 12 players in Colorado history. If you haven’t already voted, here is the link to the fan poll.
    Of course, you can always peruse the CU at the Game archives, where you can find write-ups and videos for Colorado games played since 1980. Click here for the Archived Seasons.
    June 28th
    New*turf being installed at the CU practice fields*(courtesy Colorado Buffaloes Football)

    June 27th
    Colorado resumes rivalry with Michigan in 2016
    Discussions are continuing as to how the Pac 12/Big Ten agreement to play non-conference games will be affected by the new playoff system (see June 26th story, below). Will there be enough emphasis on strength of schedule to justify playing tough non-conference games? Will the Pac-12 stick to a nine-game conference schedule, or go to eight in order to be more competitive for playoff openings?
    While these issues are unresolved, the University of Colorado is moving forward with its scheduling, adding Michigan as a non-conference opponent in 2016.
    The game is a single game contract, much like the CU trip to Ohio State last fall. This, in and of itself, is disturbing.*Colorado should not have to play anymore “money” games. The Buffs, with the losses of revenue associated with the transition from the Big 12*to the Pac-12, were justified in taking the check from the Buckeyes*and running in 2011. It is hard to make an argument, though,*that Colorado should not be entitled to a home-and-home agreement with a school like Michigan come the 2016 season, when the CU coffers will be filled as never before with Pac-12 revenue.
    Perhaps – and this is just a perhaps – the Buffs will get credit for the Michigan road game once the Pac-12/Big Ten agreements are finalized. Perhaps the Buffs’ first official opponent in the series, which is set to start in 2017, will be Michigan, and it will be a home game for Colorado. That would make a de facto home-and-home with the Wolverines.
    Otherwise, as exciting as it will be to have another trip to the “Big House” in 2016, it’s hard to justify how Colorado has fallen so low in the pecking order of college football as to not insist any contract with a fellow BCS conference school not come as a home-and-home agreement.
    Want to feel worse? … Utah gets a home-and-home with Michigan, while Colorado does not … As reported at ESPN.com: The Utah Utes will play host to Michigan in Rice-Eccles Stadium in the 2015 season opener as a part of a home-and-home series that begins with a 2014 game in Ann Arbor. Michigan will make its first Salt Lake City appearance on Sept. 3, 2015 in a rare weekday game for the Wolverines, who have never played on a Thursday. The first game of the series is scheduled for Sept. 20, 2014 in Michigan Stadium.
    “A home-and-home series with Michigan is the kind of opportunity that comes with membership in the Pac-12 Conference,” Utah athletic director Chris Hill said in a statement.
    Oh well, at least the Oregon State Beavers also agreed to an away game with no return. From the OSU website … The Oregon State University football team will travel to the University of Michigan to play during the 2015 season, Beaver Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Wednesday.
    The game will be played at Michigan Stadium, the largest college football venue (109,901 capacity) in the nation Sept. 19, 2015. It will signify OSU’s fifth meeting with the Wolverines. Three of the previous games have been played in Ann Arbor, including the most recent Sept. 20, 1986. OSU and Michigan also met in the 1964 Rose Bowl.
    So, CU has at least been able to get Michigan to come to Boulder once, one more time than Oregon State has done (Even that, though, was part of a two-for-one deal, with Colorado going out on the road twice – 1994 and 1997 – in exchange for one home game in 1996).
    Grambling State also added to CU schedule
    Colorado and Grambling State are finalizing a contract that will bring the Tigers and their legendary marching band to Boulder on Sept. 26, 2015.* The two have reached an agreement in principle for the first-ever meeting in football between the two schools, though they have played once each, both in Boulder and in the last five years, in men’s and women’s basketball.* The contract calls for the football team to be accompanied by the school’s legendary marching band.
    This will mark the first time Grambling State will play a game in Colorado, and only the second time its football team will play a game in the Mountain Time Zone – the only previous visit to the Rocky Mountain region came in 1980 when the Tigers lost 14-9 in a Division I-AA semifinal playoff game at Boise State.
    *“Both of these games will feature the best of college football pageantry,” CU athletic director Mike Bohn said in a press release.* “Michigan was looking for a home game, we had an opening for a road game and it affords us the opportunity to travel back to the Midwest and play in one of college football’s great venues.* *We’re also excited about creating something unique here in Boulder with Grambling’s football tradition and world famous marching band.* It will join our own band during the game and the night before in the Pearl Street Stampede that will create an extra special treat for our fans.”
    CU’s future schedules through 2016 are now set:
    Aug. 31Colorado State (Denver)
    Sept. 14FRESNO STATE
    Aug. 30Colorado State (Denver)
    Sept. 6at Massachusetts
    Sept. 20HAWAI’I
    Sept.5at Hawai’i
    Sept. 19Colorado State (Denver)
    Sept.3Colorado State (Denver)
    Sept. 10SAN JOSE STATE
    Sept. 17at Michigan

    Originally posted by CU At the Game
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