Boulder Daily Camera. Some excerpts below. Long joined the staff two years ago as a volunteer assistant and video coordinator. He modernized CU`s film room, and Bzdelik was impressed enough to promote him to full-time assistant this fall to fill the vacancy created when veteran Big 12 assistant Charles Baker left the program after the 2008-09 season. Since Long is only 28 he is perhaps able to communicate with today's players on a more personal level than the head coach. "It has always been a goal of mine to get to an assistant level. I played and got to see that side of it as a player, but it's always interesting to see the other side of it and try to build those relationships with the players," Long said. "I feel like I'm close enough in age that our players can relate to me fairly well." Long might be getting paid now, but CU is receiving good value with the new assistant's work ethic. He will still handle all of the video coordination in addition to the coaching and recruiting duties that have been added to his plate.