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What's the blueprint for returning CU football to the top 25?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by sackman, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    IMO, I think it starts at the top. We need Regents who believe that a solid athletic department, and a nationally ranked football team in particular, are an important component to the college experience for students and help serve as a great marketing tool for the school with alumni and potential students & benefactors around the country.

    Next, we need a President and Chancellor who feel the same, and are willing to do what it takes to make it a reality. That means providing the vision and leadership necessary to get all stake-holders on board and going in the same direction.

    We need an athletic director who recognizes coaching talent and is adept at marketing, public relations and administration. He/She needs to clean up the problems with the ticket office, improve communications with fans & season ticket holders, and establish a set of benchmarks by which all coaches will be judged. There needs to be no ambiguity about the expectations. No wavering of standards.

    This group of people absolutely, positively HAVE to get the facility upgrades done. Have to. There's no excuses. No bitching about needing a $50MM donor to fall out of the sky. They need to get it done.

    Finally, we need a coaching staff with the knowledge and motivation to take on a moribund football program and turn it around. They need to be both solid coaches and solid recruiters. We need to be able to do more with less, because less is what we have right now and will continue to have for the foreseeable future.


    That's a tall order, and frankly, I just don't see it happening. This is what schools like Wisconsin, Washington, and Stanford have. There's a commitment to excellence from top to bottom at those schools that is sorely lacking here. I foresee a CU administration that hopes it can luck into hiring the right guy who *might* win more games than he loses, and that will be good enough.
     
  2. DBT

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    For all that to happen would require some sort of providence to fall upon us. A miracle of cosmic proportion. It would begin with Benson retiring and then a very pro athletic President and strong leader put in place. It would require a regency that would also buy in. Face it, athletics, while important to a certain base, is not the most important priority of a college administration. Decisions and appointments are not going to have "support of athletics" highest on the priority list.
     
  3. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    You don't even need all of what you listed. We need most of it, but not all of it.
     
  4. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    1. Major facilities project
    2. Big time coaching staff

    We'd be Top 25 in 2-3 years.
     
  5. DBT

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    What do you think would happen if a major facility project were announced but they kept the staff? Could this staff use the springboard of the announcement and build this program? Embree has a lot of qualities that I like as does EB.
     
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    :nod:

    Go to a big name coach and tell him CU will announce $250 million facilities improvement/expansion on the same day they announce him as HC and the rest will folllow.
     
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    :lol: What have you seen from the administration that would ever lead you to think THAT would ever happen?!!
     
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    It wouldn't matter. This staff can't coach worth a **** on gameday's or I guess in practice
     
  9. Duff Man

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    It would provide a bump, but probably not enough. Unfortunately, this staff now a track record and it's not good. They will be recruiting against that track record for a while.
     
  10. rynobuff

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    The hiring of MAJOR named coach would get us there quickest, a Mack Brown type of hire would get us there without the need for a major facility upgrade, but that would still be needed to remain a top 25 and be a team that can make it to BCS type of bowls. Obviously that route is unlikely so, major facility upgrades, increased support (fans and faculty) and time... lots and lots of time... are the only options I see.
     
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    Benson is 73. How much longer will he go? Who appoints his replacement? I know the regents have a vote. Are they the ones who do the search and selection?
     
  12. GregInArlington

    GregInArlington Well-Known Member

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    Pay the players.
     
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    We'd get a dead cat bounce. Our recruiting class would spike into the 30s maybe and then we'd continue to get crushed on the field and lose momentum. Need a new staff.
     
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    Upgrade facilities, 'general studies' major, more admission exemptions for players, a real BCS coaching staff.
     
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    This plus Gordon Gee or similar that values the benefit to the school of a successful football program. Someone willing to fight for the program amidst the constant assault the program takes from other interest groups on campus. Also, a Boulder District Attorney from Eugene, Lincoln or anywhere in the state of Alabama wouldn't hurt.
     

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