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CU capitalizes on San Antonia b-ball pipeline
BOULDER – University of Colorado men’s basketball head coach Tad Boyle and his coaching staff announced Monday they have signed George King, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward from San Antonio, Texas to a National Letter of Intent. King will be a freshman at CU beginning of the 2013 fall semester.
King will be one of four true-freshmen on the Buffaloes team that will also feature a pair of redshirt-freshmen. He joins fellow freshmen Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Jaron Hopkins, and Dustin Thomas. The incoming class also features redshirt-freshmen Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins, both sat out this past season.
“He can rebound, block shots, shoot and defend,” Boyle said of CU’s latest addition to the roster.
Boyle also said CU was “kind of late to the party” in recruiting King, who conceded he was a “late bloomer” and didn’t start attracting major attention until late in his senior season and went through the April signing period unsigned.
During his senior year, King averaged 16.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in leading the Brennan Bears to a 39-3 record and an appearance in the 4A state semifinals. He shot 60 percent from the field and was named both TABC All-State and District 28-4A MVP. As a senior he recorded 25 double-doubles and had two 20-20 games with 23 points and 20 rebounds against Warren (Nov. 12) and 20 points and 20 rebounds against Lanier (Jan. 29) including 12 rebounds in one quarter.
King was an all-area selection as a junior.
“They believe in me and I believe in them,” King told Rivals.com on signing with the Buffaloes. “I’ve only been to Colorado a handful of times and it was my first time in Boulder,” he said. “I knew I liked it as soon as I stepped foot in Boulder. It has a beautiful campus, really nice people.”
“They have a really good coaching staff, the players and I really clicked. I got up and down with the guys and got a good feeling. (The coaches) like that I’m good sized, I’m skilled, that I can shoot and that I have a lot of potential.”
CU returns two seniors (Ben Mills, Kevin Nelson) on the 2013-2014 roster; along with three juniors (Askia Booker, Spencer Dinwiddie, Beau Gamble); and four sophomores (Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott, Eli Stalzer, Xavier Talton).
By the end of the summer, the Buffs will have graduated three student-athletes (Jeremy Adams, Sabatino Chen, Shane Harris-Tunks). Andre Roberson, who had one more year of eligibility remaining, declared for the NBA Draft on April 28. His sister, Arielle Roberson was nationally ranked as a freshman, will be a sophomore on CU’s women’s basketball team next season.
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University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the campus will be taking the first steps needed to formally propose the creation of the first new colleges on the campus in 50 years: a college focused on media, communication and information, and a college designed around CU-Boulder’s strengths in the environment and sustainability. Both would require the approval of the Board of Regents.
“These proposed new colleges will create exciting synergies among related disciplines,” said Moore. “They will build on CU-Boulder’s programmatic strengths and excellence, attract new high-quality students and faculty, and facilitate scholarship and teaching that will prepare students for careers in a wide range of exciting fields.”
Moore said the college or school devoted to media, communication and information would house programs in journalism, advertising and design, communication, film production and film studies, media studies and a new department in information studies.
“If approved by the Board of Regents, this college will create exciting opportunities for our students and will bring together a dynamic and creative faculty in these disciplines,” said Moore. “From this college, we will create working journalists, editors and media professionals, communication scholars, media experts, advertisers and media designers, filmmakers and film theorists, and experts in the emerging field of information architecture and design. The possibilities are truly exciting.”
A college of the environment and sustainability, Moore said, if approved, will “bring together some of the finest researchers and teachers on the campus” in disciplines and programs that include environmental science, environmental policy and environmental design while “drawing upon assets from some of the campus’s most dynamic institutes,” including the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).
“This will bring together in one college a concentration of faculty who represent some of CU-Boulder’s mostly highly ranked, and highly successful, research in environmental sciences,” said Moore. “The graduates of the college we envision will be highly sought after in fields ranging from design of the built environment to alternative energy development to the formation of environmental and energy policy.”
In both cases, said Moore, the move to create the colleges is supported by three years of work, by recommendations from internal and external committees who reviewed existing programs and structures on the campus, and above all, “by the clear economic, workplace and research demands of the world around us.”
“This isn’t adding to an ivory tower – it’s breaking apart the ivory tower and investing in a bright and very real future for our students and our faculty,” said Moore. “This will challenge us to rethink how we teach, how we organize ourselves as a research and scholarly community, how we generate and use resources, and how we deliver graduates into the job market or into realms of further scholarship.”
Moore said the next step in this process is to form implementation committees to create blueprints for forging the colleges, examining such issues as funding and fundraising, administration, curriculum development and how to integrate the work of the institutes with the role and mission of the new colleges. The goal is to submit proposals to form the colleges to the CU Board of Regents within the next 12 months, and to form the new colleges and begin enrolling students by 2015.
Moore also thanked a host of individuals who drove the internal and external processes to help envision the colleges, including “Merrill Lessley, who chaired the ICMT Exploratory Committee, Andrew Calabrese who chaired the Information Communication Journalism Media and Technology Steering Committee, Helmut Muller-Sievers and Bob Craig who organized conversations in the social sciences and the humanities and arts around these issues last summer, Michele Jackson who conducted an online discussion group, and Sharon Collinge who chaired the Environmental Studies Visioning Committee.”
CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano lauded the work of the committees.
“Forming new academic entities is no small task,” said DiStefano. “From the volunteer committee members who gave their time, to our faculty who gave their time and input into those committees, we have seen the best of what CU-Boulder is about: passion, vision, energy and ingenuity. We are confident our new colleges and schools will embody these same values.”
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BOULDER – Erin Sanders stood out in her final regular season match as a Buffalo as the University of Colorado tennis team fell 5-2 to No. 53 Utah on Saturday at the Millennium Hotel Harvest House.
The Buffs end the season with a 7-14 overall, 2-8 Pac-12 Conference record, matching last year’s overall win total, but marking a milestone with their two conference victories (Colorado entered the match tied for eighth in the conference standings). All 12 of CU’s final opponents were either ranked, had at least one ranked player or doubles team or both (as is the case for eight of the teams). The No. 53 Utes, who boast No. 92 Tereza Bekerova in singles and No. 32 Bekerova/Miles in doubles, improve to 11-8, 5-5 Pac-12.
“Congrats to Utah,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “They played a great match. It’s a bummer that we didn’t get the win. It would have been really nice to get our last match at home, with it being senior day. We’ll continue to work hard. I think we have a bright future ahead of us. I look forward to next weekend in Ojai. It’s all individual play, so it’s a little bit different.”
Senior Erin Sanders claimed the 29th singles victory of her career with a win in straight sets over Natasha Smith. She eased through her first set 6-2, and looked poised to blank Smith in the second set. Sanders was up 5-0 when Smith came fighting back, winning four straight games, but Sanders cut the comeback short to claim the set 6-4.
“I think it was honestly just the fact that I really wanted to win,” Sanders said. “I wasn’t going to let her take it to a third set.”
The win was Sanders’ third in the Pac-12, in addition to her two match-clinching victories over Arizona and No. 59 Oregon. Sanders recorded eight wins in dual play in her final season. The win also marked her 23rd victory in straight sets.
“It’s always great seeing a senior finish on their last match with a win,” Kenneally said. “It’s really great. I know she’s really happy, and we’re really happy for her. We wanted the team win, but it’s really great that she finished it off with a solid performance.”
Though she dropped her first set 2-6, Carla Manzi Tenorio earned a victory over Lucia Kovarcikova when Kovarcikova retired before the start of the second set. Manzi Tenorio now leads the Buffs with 41 career singles wins, including four in the Pac-12.
With the regular season now complete, the Buffs head to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-12 Conference Championships beginning Thursday, April 25. The tournament consists of a 32-singles draw with three players from each of the top 10 Pac-12 schools and two players from the 11th place team, based on regular season standings. The 16-team women’s doubles draw will have one doubles team from each of the 11 schools and five additional teams selected by the Draw Committee.
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Two CU Buffs earned wins in straight sets, but the No. 75 CU women’s tennis team lost to the University of Washington 5-2
“This is just another example of how tough the Pac-12 is,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “Washington came in and competed hard. I think we gave our best effort today. We have 10 days before our next match to regroup a little bit and get ready.”
CU falls to 7-12 overall, 2-7 Pac-12 Conference in just its second match playing as a ranked team this season. Washington, the seventh team the Buffs have faced this season that is ranked and boasts at least one ranked player or doubles team, improves to 11-9, 3-6 Pac-12 after falling to Utah on Friday.
The Buffs came out with a statement, with Julyette Steur and Erin Sanders knocking off No. 71 Douglas-Miron/Shimizu.
On a windy day that had Winde Janssens out of the singles lineup, freshman Dhany Quevedo stepped up in the No. 2 position, and sophomore Julyette Steur extended her Pac-12 winning streak to three.
“Obviously I’m really happy and proud for Dhany for getting a Pac-12 win and at No. 2 singles at that,” Kenneally said. “It’s fantastic. And Julyette continues to play strong.”
After Steur took down Washington State’s second winningest player in three sets on Friday, she had no problem getting another big win at the No. 1 singles position. Steur defeated Andjela Nemcevic 6-2, 6-2 for her 11th win of the spring and her third straight in the Pac-12.
Quevedo stood out against Elianne Douglas-Miron, winning key break points to take the match 6-4, 6-3. The victory was the 10th of her young career and her second in the Pac-12, having defeated Arizona State’s Leighann Sahagun in three sets.
Following an extended break, the Buffs conclude the regular season against Utah at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex unless weather pushes play inside. The Buffs then head to the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif. from April 25-28.
CU Sports Information press release
BOULDER – In its first match this season competing as a ranked team, the No. 75 University of Colorado tennis team continued to be tested, falling 6-1 to No. 70 Washington State on Friday afternoon at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex.
“All credit to Washington State,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “They came out and they played a tough, competitive match. They did a great job of hustling. I think we as a team put a solid effort out there. Several of the players have had an adverse week. This match is an opportunity for us to learn to not let it happen again. Obviously this time of year, a lot of college students are coming down with sicknesses. It’s important for us to take precautions to minimize that. I think we had a solid fight and effort, but we just weren’t as sharp as we have been. Ultimately, we have the opportunity to come back on Sunday. There’s nothing like coming out and competing as quickly as possible after a loss.”
The Buffs, ranked for the first time in the regular season since April 2010, fall to 7-12 overall, 2-6 Pac-12 Conference. Washington State improves to 13-9, 2-6 Pac-12. The Cougars boast one of their most impressive teams, with all three seniors, Liudmila Vasilieva, Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras, ranked among the top six all-time in singles victories at WSU.
Though the Buffaloes are wrapping up the regular season, their stiff competition continues with their final home matches. All 10 of CU’s most recent opponents have either been ranked, had at least one ranked player or both (as is the case for six of the teams). Of the teams the Buffs have faced this season, 11 (nine from the Pac-12) are in the current ITA College Tennis Rankings, with five ranked in the top 25.
CU showed perseverance early despite dropping the doubles point. Julyette Steur and Erin Sanders had a resounding 8-5 win over Googe/Vasilieva in the No. 1 position for their eighth win, and second in the Pac-12, as a pair this season. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio and Quevedo/Watrous both fought, but eventually fell. Janssens/Manzi Tenorio battled for every point in their 6-8 defeat, and Quevedo/Watrous won three straight sets to fight back from down 1-6, but fell 4-8.
When singles play began, four Buffs were down a break at 3-4 in the first set. Julyette Steur and Winde Janssens both showed their strength in face of adversity in the top two positions. Both players battled back from 3-4 to claim 5-4 leads, then fell behind 5-6 but sent their first sets into tiebreakers.
Steur came out victorious with a 7-3 first set tiebreak win. With hopes of becoming WSU’s all-time winningest player, Liudmila Vasilieva came back with a vengeance, claiming the second set 6-4. With the overall match already decided, they were sent into a third set super-tiebreaker. But once again, Steur had the upper hand, winning 10-6. The victory was Steur’s 10th win of spring and second in the Pac-12 this season and put a halt in Vasilieva’s hunt to be the all-time leader. With 104 career wins, Vasilieva is still four wins away from the title.
Janssens fought in a tiebreaker of her own, but could never regain the lead, falling 7-5 and retiring after the first set.
Freshman Mazy Watrous had one of her best Pac-12 performances, winning five games in her 6-4, 6-1 loss to Charlotte Koning.
CU wraps up the regular season with two more home matches. The Buffs take on No. 45 Washington on Sunday, April 7. First serve is at 10 a.m. After an extended break, the Buffs conclude home play against Utah at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Both matches will be held at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex unless weather pushes play inside.
CU is in the ITA College Tennis Rankings for the first time in the regular season since April 2010.
The Buffaloes, ranked No. 75, join nine other Pac-12 Conference teams in the rankings. Colorado holds a 7-11 overall, 2-5 Pac-12 record, tying for sixth in conference standings. With three matches left in the season, the Buffs have already matched their 2011-12 win total.
“It’s exciting for the program, and it’s exciting for the players,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve been included in the national rankings. I think it’s a testament to all the hard work the players have put in during the fall semester and in this spring semester. It shows their continued engagement in the process of learning and getting better in every match and every practice. I’m excited for the program.”
The most recently the Buffs have been ranked in the regular season was when they concluded the 2009-10 regular season against No. 19 Texas. The Buffs went into the match ranked No. 68 and finished the season with an 11-13 overall, 3-8 Big 12 record and a No. 72 ranking.
The Buffs have marked several milestones this year. They earned their first ever Pac-12 win on March 10 with a 4-2 win over Arizona, breaking a 26-match regular season conference losing streak. This season, the Buffs have taken down two out of eight ranked opponents. CU beat No. 62 Stephen F. Austin 6-1 on February 2, marking their first win over a ranked opponent since the then-ranked No. 55 Buffs defeated No. 71 Denver on February 1, 2010.
After facing a tough stretch versus ranked Pac-12 teams, the Buffs got a big win over No. 59 Oregon last weekend. The 5-2 victory over the Ducks marks the highest ranked opponent the Buffs have defeated since beating then-ranked No. 46 New Mexico on February 7, 2009. All nine of CU’s most recent opponents have either been ranked, had at least one ranked player or both (as is the case for six of the teams, including Oregon). Of the teams the Buffs have faced this season, 11 hold a place the current rankings, with five ranked in the top 25.
The Buffs conclude their regular season against stiff competition. CU takes on No. 70 Washington State at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5 and No. 45 Washington at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. They end the season against No. 63 Utah at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. All matches will be held at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex unless weather moves play indoors.
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Host and No. 10 Stanford led from wire-to-wire, though had to hold off No. 8 TCU in the final round. The Cardinal won with a 23-under par team score of 817, good for a six stroke win over the Horned Frogs (823); TCU shot the low round of the tournament Saturday with an 11-under 269, thanks to four players carding rounds in the 60s. No. 22 St. Mary’s finished a distant third with an 839 total (1-under).
Colorado, ranked No. 58 by GolfStat and No. 71 by Golfweek, shot the sixth best score of the day, but was only able to move up from ninth to eighth as the middle of the pack was extremely contested. CU’s 2-over 282 gave it a 13-over 853 overall, in the middle of a nine-team logjam that saw the fifth through 13th place teams be separated by only 12 shots. The Buffs defeated three teams ranked ahead of them and six overall.
“It was a solid day, our best round of the tournament at 2-over,” head coach Roy Edwards said. “To move up from where we were wasn’t bad; there were more teams closer to us from behind than were ahead. And we got some good head to head wins.”
Unlike Friday, when the Buffaloes played the last three holes at 8-over par by the four players who scored, they reversed that in the final round, playing those at 2-under.
Sophomore David Oraee recorded CU’s best individual round of the tournament, posting a 3-under 67 to finish the meet at 1-over 211, tying him for 22nd place. He rebounded from an opening 75 with two rounds in the 60s on the 6,727-yard, par-70 Stanford Golf Course layout. Oraee played his last 30 holes at 4-under par, with an eagle and seven birdies over that span. He tied for a team best 11 birdies overall. It was his second best 54-hole score of the season, and he led the team for the third time, the first this spring.
“It was a really good round by David, he’s really coming into his own,” Edwards said. “He played really good (Friday) as well, he could have shot a 64 or 65. Today he played smart and confident and never put himself in bad position. He was always in a good spot, and inevitably when that happens, you’ll shoot a good score.”
Senior Jason Burstyn and freshman Philip Juel-Berg turned in identical efforts for the entire tournament, as their 68-74-72—214 scorecards tied them for 34th.
Burstyn closed with two birdies, 12 pars and four bogeys for his 2-over 72, as he led the Buffs in pars for the meet with 35; he was also the only Buff not to record worse than a bogey. Juel-Berg had a birdies and 14 pars against three bogeys en route to his 72, as he had the fewest holes over par (11) by a Buff to go with an eagle, nine birdies and 33 pars.
Senior Derek Fribbs tied for 44th, as he recorded a second straight 1-over 71; that gave him a 5-over 215 score overall. He was steady and consistent in the final round, with two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys, and was really consistent overall with 10 birdies and 30 pars overall, with 13 bogeys and just one double over the course of the meet. He birdied his last hole (No. 9), which enabled the Buffs to defeat Pac-12 rival Oregon by one stroke in the end.
Redshirt freshman Drew Trujillo wrapped things up with a 5-over 75, giving him a 13-over 223 which tied him for 79th overall in the 96-man field. He made things interesting Saturday, with a team-best five birdies, but only managed six pars (only two of which came in his first 10 holes); he had four bogeys and three doubles that sidetracked him from posting a subpar effort. He tied Oraee for the team high with 11 birdies.
TCU’s Paul Barjon grabbed medalist honors, as his final round 67 gave him an 11-under par total of 199 for the tournament, good for a three shot win over Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers.
Colorado has one more tournament ahead of the Pac-12 Championships, which are a month away and will be played at the famed Los Angeles Country Club. The Buffs’ final tune-up is set for April 8-9 in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Edwards feels pretty good about his team’s season, particularly the spring, to date.
“We do feel really good about it,” Edwards said. “We’ve definitely improved a lot over the course of the spring and the season as a whole. I was really pleased with the effort and execution today. We just keep getting better and it’s been really encouraging. We’ll keep working at it and try to keep improving at everything we do.”
BOULDER – The CU women won their second game against a PAC 12 opponent in three years..
“I’m really proud of the players,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “We came out and competed. It’s been a tough couple of weeks of competition that we’ve had, playing the top four schools in our conference, who were really, really tough. I think we all learned from that, and it really helped us today. I think they really bounced back well. We’ve got three more teams coming into town over the next couple of weeks and we look forward to having those teams here.”
The Buffaloes pick up their first win over a ranked opponent since taking down No. 62 Stephen F. Austin 6-1 on February 2. This marks the highest ranked opponent the Buffs have defeated since beating then-ranked No. 46 New Mexico on February 7, 2009. All nine of CU’s most recent opponents have either been ranked, had at least one ranked player or both (as is the case for six of the teams, including Oregon). The Buffs are now 2-6 against ranked opponents this season, and an impressive 5-2 at home, opening home outdoor play against the Ducks.
“It means something when players don’t necessarily play their best and still win and find a way,” Kenneally said. “I think we did that in several positions today in singles and doubles. That’s what I’m most proud of because it just shows that mentally they’ve taken a step forward, which is great.”
Colorado improves to 7-11 overall, 2-5 Pac-12, matching last year’s overall win total, and marking the first time since the 2009-10 season that the Buffs won at least two conference matches. Oregon, having been ranked in the ITA top-75 in all but two matches this spring, falls to 11-5, 1-4 Pac-12. CU leads the overall series 10-6.
The Buffs sprang into action early, taking the doubles point. The freshman duo of Dhany Quevedo and Mazy Watrous got its first ever win as a pair, besting Hughes/Hager 8-1. Juniors Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio continue to be a power for the Buffs, earning their 10th win together this season with an 8-5 win over Metzger/Neubert.
After facing seven straight ranked opponents, Julyette Steur claimed a win over the eighth, defeating No. 102 Nicole Long, who has lost only twice this spring, 6-1, 6-1 for her 14th win of the season. All but one of her wins this spring have been in straight sets. The victory was Steur’s first over a ranked opponent since she beat then-ranked No. 104 McCall Jones of UCLA on March 23, 2012.
Janssens and Manzi Tenorio each earned their 40th career singles win with victories in straight sets. Janssens bested Patricia Skowronski 6-1, 6-3. Janssens leads the Buffs with 16 wins this season, including four in-conference. Manzi Tenorio got her 14th win of the season and her second over a conference opponent with a solid 6-4, 7-6 win over Lana Buttner.
Senior Erin Sanders once again clinched the match for the Buffs, defeating Pascale Neubert 6-3, 6-3. Sanders now has seven wins this season, including two major conference victories.
The Buffs return to action next weekend as the season draws to a close. CU takes on Washington State at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5 and Washington at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7.
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SAN FRANCISCO – The University of Colorado tennis team concluded a five-match road trip on Monday with a hard fought 4-2 loss to San Francisco.
“Today we came out and battled,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “Congrats to San Francisco, they were great. We battled, but we just weren’t quite as sharp as we’d liked to have been. We look forward to our home matches to end the season.”
CU concludes its non-conference play with a 5-6 record, falling to 6-11 overall and holding a 1-5 record in the Pac-12 Conference. USF extends its winning streak to four to complete its 11-match home stand. With Monday’s win, the Dons become the first team in West Coast Conference with wins in the double digits.
The Buffs came out strong, claiming a doubles win for the first time since their 4-2 victory over Arizona on March 10. Juylette Steur and Erin Sanders breezed past Ka/Holmberg 8-2 for their seventh win of the season. In their first time competing as a pair, Winde Janssens and Dhany Quevedo battled, but fell 9-7 to Hashiguchi/Hadzi-Tanovic in the No. 2 doubles position.
CU continued to face stiff competition in singles play. All eight of CU’s most recent opponents have either been ranked, had at least one ranked player or both (as is the case for five of the teams). The Dons continued this streak, with Julyette Steur looking for her first win against a ranked player this season, after taking on her seventh straight ranked player in No. 76 Andrea Ka.
Junior Winde Janssens claimed her team-best 15th win of the season, moving to an impressive 12-5 record in dual play. Janssens defeated Sofia Holmberg 6-0, 6-0 for her second perfect match of the season (her first was over Northern Colorado’sStephanie Catlin on February 1).
Freshman Mazy Watrous also had a great showing, earning the third win of her career with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Brooke Irish. This was Watrous’ second win in straight sets.
The Buffs return to Boulder to round out the remainder of the regular season. CU begins the four-match home stand against Oregon. First serve is at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29. Location is determinant on weather; stay tuned to CUBuffs.com for updates.
San Francisco 4, Colorado 2
USF (10-5, 1-2 WCC), CU (6-11, 1-5 Pac-12)
Monday, March 25
San Francisco, Calif.
1d) Steur/Sanders (CU) def. Ka/Holmberg, 8-2
2d) Hashiguchi/Hadzi-Tanovic (USF) def. Janssens/Quevedo, 9-7
3d) Irish/Nikolic (USF) def. Tiefel/Watrous, 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1s) No. 76 Andrea Ka (USF) def. Julyette Steur, 6-2, 6-2
2s) Winde Janssens (CU) def. Sofia Holmberg, 6-0, 6-0
3s) Milica Hadzi-Tanovic (USF) def. Erin Sanders, 6-2, 6-3
4s) Marina Nikolic (USF) def. Dhany Quevedo, 6-4, 6-4
5s) Mazy Watrous (CU) def. Brooke Irish, 7-5, 6-3
6s) Ashley Tiefel (CU) vs. Yurie Hashiguchi (USF), 6-0, 3-6, 1-3 (DNF)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 5, 4
After opening the game with a 14-4 run, the Buff’s hands turned as cold as the weather outside.
Chucky Jeffery is one of the best players in CU history and a first round loss won’t diminish the fact.
But scoring the fifth fewest points of the season while allowing the second most was not a formula for success for the Colorado women’s basketball team, as five Kansas players scored in double figures to lead the Jayhawks to a 67-52 upset over the host Buffaloes in an NCAA Women’s Tournament first round game here Saturday.
Seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich led the scored 14 points apiece for Kansas (19-13, the 12th seed in the Norfolk Region), which basically limped into the tournament after losing six of its last eight games (and 11 of 18). But the Jayhawks, after falling behind by 10 early, played the like the team that opened the year with seven straight wins on their way to an 11-2 start.
Colorado (25-7, seeded No. 5), was playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade, but had to make a go of it without starting center Rachel Hargis, who suffered a knee injury in practice a week ago Friday. It’s safe to say CU missed the junior’s 6-foot-4 presence inside, not only her rebounding but her ability to alter shots.
Colorado started out 6-of-7 from the field in building an early 14-4 edge, but then went cold the rest of the way in the first half (5-of-27) and missed its first seven shots of the second half before a Brittany Wilson layup at 14:02 ended the drought. Meanwhile, KU shot 50 percent in the first half (15-of-30), closing with 11 makes in 18 tries; the Jayhawks made 5-of-6 to open the second for a 16-of-24 performance while turning a 15-9 deficit into a 49-29 lead, the first of two 20-point advantages it had in the game (the other coming at 56-36).
It all added up to a whopping 45-15 comeback after Colorado recorded that early lead.
If the Buffaloes were going to get back in it, they needed a quick start in the second half. But the Jayhawks were not to be denied, scoring the first six points to extend their 10-point intermission lead to 43-27. The margin hovered between 14 points, the closest the Buffs would get on three different occasions, and 18 the remainder of the game.
Kansas opened the scoring on a Davis layup but then Colorado went on a 14-2 run in just over a two minute span, fueled by eight points, including a pair of 3-point baskets, by junior Brittany Wilson. The Jayhawks slowly worked their way back into the game, pulling to within 15-13 on consecutive scores by Monica Engelman at the 11:19 mark. A three-pointer by Lexy Kresl and a layup from Chuck Jeffery put the Buffs back up by seven, 20-13 with 9:12 left in the half.
KU then matched and actually exceeded CU’s early run with one of its own, using a 17-3 spree over the next five-plus minutes to take a 30-23 lead, with Davis and Chelsea Gardner each contributing six points. Davis had 10 points in the half, which ended with a Charlicia Harper three-point shot to give the Jayhawks a 37-27 lead.
“We came out and it was rainin’ in here, and then after a while we couldn’t hit anything,” Wilson said. “I mean, we had open shots, I just think … I don’t really know what happened. Then there were open shots, and we kept saying, ‘just step into it and take another shot.’ I don’t know if it was nervousness, I don’t know what it was, but after a while we just couldn’t hit anything.”
Colorado finished just 16-of-63 from the field, the 25.4 shooting percentage easily its worst of the season. The Buffs came into the game hitting at 39.9 percent, while Kansas was allowing its opponents to click at just 41.1 percent. The Jayhawks converted 46 percent of its tries; otherwise, the only other decided statistical advantages belong to Kansas in assists (16-8) and to Colorado in steals (13-5) and free throw attempts (25-6).
It was just the ninth time in 32 games that the Buffaloes trailed at halftime, and only Stanford had a larger lead at intermission over CU than the Jayhawks; the Cardinal, ranked fourth at the time, led 31-14 en route to a 57-40 win in Boulder back on January 4. In addition, Kansas tied CU on the boards with 42, just the seventh time this year the Buffs did not hold the edge in rebounding; Colorado was 0-5 when getting outrebounded and 1-1 when matched.
Arielle Roberson recorded a double-double for Colorado, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds; Wilson tied her for the team scoring lead, also netting 11. Jeffery struggled in her final appearance in a CU uniform, scoring just eight points on 2-of-16 field goal shooting, but did have five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
“It’s very disappointing,” Jeffery said of ending the season this way. “We didn’t want it to end this early. It’s kind of sad being my last game, but I wouldn’t have gone through the season with any other team.”
Jeffery finished her career ranked high on several of CU’s all-time charts, including scoring (1,644 points, sixth), rebounds (921, fifth), assists (481, fourth) and steals (283, fourth). She finished with the fifth most double-doubles (30) and had at least one assist in her last 74 games (and in 123 of 125 for her career).
“No one expected us to be here right now,” Wilson added. “But you know I think that’s a great thing. Chucky has her legacy here, and Megan has her legacy here, and I think we sent them out in a great way. I’m disappointed to lose, and of course no one thought we’d end this early. But we had a great year, and no one expected us to do the things that we’ve done. But when we look back, and once the sting of this is over we’ll be ready to come back.”
Kansas will meet South Carolina Monday night for the right to advance to the Norfolk Regional next weekend; tipoff at the Coors Events Center is 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina Advances With 74-52 Win Over South Dakota State
BOULDER — Seniors Ashley Bruner and Ieasia Walker each scored 15 points to pace four Gamecock players in double figures to lead South Carolina over South Dakota State, 74-52, in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament here Saturday afternoon.
South Carolina, ranked No. 14 in the nation by the coaches and No. 17 by the Associated Press, pulled away from the Jackrabbits midway through the first half. The score was tied six times and there were eight lead changes, with South Dakota State taking its last lead at 14-13 with 12:02 to play; it remained within two, 21-19, at the 9:34 mark but that’s when the Gamecocks found their stride.
Six different South Carolina players contributed in a 21-4 run over the six minutes that broke the game open, with Tiffany Mitchell scoring five and Walker four to give USC a 40-23 lead; the Gamecocks, seeded No. 4 in the Norfolk Regional, led 44-26 at halftime. South Carolina shot 61 percent in the first half, including 7-of-9 shots in the decisive run.
South Dakota State (25-8, the No. 13 seed) made a couple of mini-runs in the second half, but would get no closer than 15. Senior Ashley Eide led the Jackrabbits with 15 points, the only SDSU player in double figures, with sophomore Gabby Boever adding nine.
Bruner had a double-double, as she collected 11 rebounds for the Gamecocks (25-7), who owned a 40-28 advantage on the boards; she also had a game-high four steals. Elem Ibian scored 13 points off the bench and Mitchell had 11, as no South Carolina starter played over 29 minutes.
BOULDER – Colorado held its ground this week, coming in at No. 19 in the final Associated Press Women’s Basketball Top 25 poll of the 2012-13 season, released Monday.
CU’s 14-week run in the AP poll is its longest since appearing in all 19 polls of the 2003-04 season, which culminated in the Buffaloes most recent NCAA Tournament appearance.
Colorado, 25-6 overall, received 299 points, up from 279 last week. There was no movement in the poll this week as the majority of ranked teams finished up conference tournament play over a week ago.
All six of Colorado’s losses have been to ranked teams, including five of six ranked No. 7 or better at the time. Stanford is currently ranked at No. 4, California at No. 6 and UCLA at No. 11.
The Buffaloes do have one top 10 win on their resume, a 70-66 win over then-No. 8 Louisville on Dec. 14. The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 16.
The Buffaloes have a long history of rankings in the AP poll, dating back to the 1980-81 season. This week’s ranking marks the 172nd time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.
The USA Today Sports Coaches poll is scheduled to be released on Tuesday. Colorado was No. 19 in last week’s coaches’ poll.
Colorado now awaits its postseason fate with the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament field scheduled for 5 p.m. MT. Colorado will serve as a first- and second-round host site with games to be played on Saturday, March 23, and Monday, March 25.
2012-13 Associated Press
Top 25 Poll – Mar. 18
Rk Team Rec Pts Last
1 Baylor (40) 32-1 1,000 1
2 Notre Dame 31-1 959 2
3 UConn 29-4 901 3
4 Stanford 31-2 891 4
5 Duke 30-2 846 5
6 California 28-3 776 6
7 Kentucky 27-5 743 7
8 Penn State 25-5 669 8
9 Texas A&M 24-9 663 9
10 Tennessee 24-7 642 10
11 UCLA 25-7 593 11
12 Maryland 24-7 564 12
13 North Carolina 28-6 491 13
14 Georgia 25-6 461 14
15 Delaware 30-3 426 15
16 Louisville 24-8 367 16
17 South Carolina 24-7 349 17
18 Dayton 27-2 317 18
19 COLORADO 25-6 299 19
20 Green Bay 29-2 233 20
21 Purdue 24-8 227 21
22 Syracuse 24-7 135 22
23 Iowa State 23-8 106 23
24 Nebraska 23-8 104 24
25 Florida State 22-9 79 25
DINWIDDIE, SCOTT EARN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS
The standout from San Antonio, Texas, is CU’s first-ever defensive player of the year award recipient. Roberson was also named one of 10 players to the conference first team, in addition to being named one of the five players to the all-defensive team.
It’s the second year the conference coaches have named Roberson a first-team and all-defensive team selection.
Roberson (6’7”, 210-pound, San Antonio, Texas/Wagner HS) was a force on defense for CU this season, as the Buffs limited their opponents to a Pac-12 low 62.2 points per game in league play. He led the conference with 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, while also contributing 1.4 blocked shots per game (8th in the Pac-12). His 1,019 career rebounds are second all-time at Colorado.
Roberson leads the nation in rebounding and ranks among the top-25 in steals per game. Also on the national level, he has recorded 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 10 games this year, twice as many as any other Division I player. He’s the first CU player to average a double-double (10.8 ppg., 11.5 rpg.) in back-to-back years since Shaun Vandiver (1989-91).
Dinwiddie (6’6”, 190-pound, Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft HS) earned first-team honors for the first time in his collegiate career after leading the Buffs in scoring with a 15.4 points per game average (7th in Pac-12). His conference scoring per game (16 ppg.) ranks sixth, and he is fifth in free throw percentage (82.2) and 11th in assists (3.0).
He leads the Buffs with seven 20-point scoring games (four of those in the Pac-12), tops CU in assists (91, 3.0 apg.) and at the free throw line (82.2%). He has led the team in scoring 13 times. The conference honor is Dinwiddie’s second straight after bring named to the second team as a freshman.
Roberson and Dinwiddie are the first CU pair named to the conference first team since 1968-69 when Cliff Meely and Gordon Tope were named to the Big 8 Conference first team. In fact, Ken Charlton and Jim Davis (1962-63), and Charlton and Wilky Gilmore (1961-62) were the other tandems in the same year named conference first team.
Scott (6’10”, 215-pound, Monument, Colo./Lewis-Palmer HS) is CU’s second selection to the all-Pac-12 freshmen team in as many years (Dinwiddie). His initial season as a Buff has been a successful one; he ranked second in team field goal percentage (48.7), free throw percentage (75.3), and rebounding (5.4).
Scott has started 27 of 28 games in which he has played. He is also fourth in scoring (10.7 ppg) with 16 games in double figures and a pair of double-doubles.
The other major conference awards were as follows: California junior guard Allen Crabbe – Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year; Arizona State guard Jahii Carson and UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad – Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year; Stanford junior forward Dwight Powell – Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year; and Dana Altman of Oregon –John Wooden Coach of the Year.
The CU women’s tennis team’s 4-2 win over Arizona on Sunday earned their first ever Pac-12 Conference win, and broke a nearly two-year long regular season conference losing streak.
The last time the Buffs beat a conference opponent in the regular season was on April 11, 2010, when they defeated Kansas on their home turf. After 26 matches, the Buffs have finally ended the streak.
CU redeems itself after a 7-0 loss to Arizona in Tucson last season. The Buffs have now won three of the teams’ last four matches. Colorado improves to 6-6 overall, 1-1 Pac-12. After defeating three ranked teams this season, including then-ranked No. 41 Minnesota, Arizona slips to 8-7, 0-2.
“It feels really, really great,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “The players have done a terrific job overall, and they really deserve this win. I think it’s a great day. One through six singles and one through three doubles had great efforts. It’s the Pac-12, the best women’s tennis conference in the country, with more national titles than any other conference. It’s one of those things where you really have to come to compete to win matches. Today we came to compete. This team, as I’ve said after previous matches, continues to improve and get better every match. Today was an example of that improvement. We’ve come a long way since the first match this year. I’m excited for the girls. They worked hard and they deserve it.”
For the seventh time this season, the Buffs jumped out to an early lead after claiming the doubles point. Julyette Steur and Erin Sanders got the ball rolling with an 8-4 victory over Smyth/Stubbe for their sixth win of the season. Winde Janssens and Carla Manzi Tenorio continue to lead the Buffs with dynamic performances in the No. 2 doubles position. The tandem has fallen just twice this season, raking in their ninth win after edging Austin/Hendrikx 9-8 (4).
Winde Janssens has been pushed to three sets in her last three matches, and for the second time in as many matches, she came from behind to claim a victory. As she did on Friday against No. 111 Desirae Krawczyk of Arizona State, Janssens dropped her first set, won the second 6-0 and clinched the win in the third. Janssens handed Kim Stubbe just her fourth loss of the season. After falling 2-6 in the first set, Janssens won eight straight games in the final two sets, pulling away 6-4 in the final set. Janssens earns her 13th win of the season (losing just twice this spring), and her team-high seventh come-from-behind win.
Carla Manzi Tenorio also earned her 13th win of the season, and 39th of her career, with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Shayne Austin. All but two of Manzi Tenorio’s victories this season have been in straight sets.
Erin Sanders proved she wants her final season as the Buff to be a memorable one, clinching her team’s first ever Pac-12 win with a three set victory over Akilah James.
“I think it’s really exciting, just because it’s the Pac-12, we haven’t had a Pac-12 win yet,” Sanders said after her match. “You want to go out with a bang and remember your last season, so it was quite a relief.”
Sanders was down 2-3 in the first set when she surged back to win 6-3. Sanders lost a second set battle 3-6, but jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third. James responded with a three game run of her own to tie things up, but Sanders refused to lose, claiming the win 6-4 in the final set.
“I think for me and everybody else, it kind of just shows that we have lots of opportunities and we’re here in the Pac-12, and it doesn’t matter what the number is in front of the team we’re playing, we have a shot,” Sanders said. “We did it today and we can do it in our next match.”
The Buffs hit the road for a five-match trip, where they’ll take on four Pac-12 rivals and their final non-conference opponent. The trip begins with a visit to Los Angeles as the Buffs take on USC at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, March 15 and UCLA at 2 p.m. (MDT) on Saturday, March 16.
Burstyn Third, Four Buffs In Top 20
The University of Colorado men’s golf team turned in one of its finest performances of the year in winning the Bandon Dunes Championship here Sunday.
The Buffaloes had four players finish in the top 17 in recording a 2-under par 862 team score, the only one in the 17-team field that was under par as CU posted two of its best single round scores this season the last two days to earn the win. Colorado spent the entire tournament in either first or second, and was never out of the lead the final 30 holes.
The Buffs, ranked No. 79 this week, defeated eight teams ranked ahead of them in going from worst to first in consecutive tournaments for the first time in program history; two weeks ago, CU was 15th out of as many teams in The Prestige at PGA West. That accomplishment topped the 1998-98 team, which opened the spring with a 17th place finish out of 18 teams in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate but bounced back to win the Southwest Classic its next time out.
It was Colorado’s second major tournament win of the season, as the Buffs won the Air Force Falcon Invitational last September, and also enabled CU to climb back over the .500 mark against Division I teams, improving to 58-52. CU’s last spring tournament victories came in 2008, with wins in both the Louisiana Classics and the Ohio State Kepler Intercollegiate.
Fresno State zoomed into second place, but still finished five shots behind the Buffaloes (867) despite playing the last six holes at 11-under par. No. 3 Washington also turned in a 9-under par final round but couldn’t catch CU in taking third with an 873 score. Rounding out the top five were No. 49 Oregon (874) and No. 14 SMU (882).
It was CU’s first win over a Top 5 team since 2004, when it won the Western Intercollegiate over No. 4 Georgia Tech, and its first against a team ranked third or higher since the 1994 NCAA Central Regional, when the Buffaloes finished second, one spot ahead of No. 1 Oklahoma State.
“The credit really goes to the guys, they did a phenomenal job,” Colorado head coach Roy Edwards said. “Even though we finished where we did in Palm Springs, we played better (than in the spring opener at Hawai’i), we just had too many big numbers. From that standpoint, I definitely saw improvement. The guys were motivated to come out and compete this week and prove that they’re a good team and we definitely did that.”
This is just the fourth time in program history that the Buffaloes have won two major tournaments in the same season, and the first time they have one at least one in both the fall and spring seasons. Three of the four times have happened under Edwards, who is in his seventh year as head coach.
“I know the guys have been working on being more consistent, being generally smarter than they had been with their play,” Edwards said. “We were never too high or too low, the guys were calm this morning and they expected to do well, despite the last couple of tournaments.”
How consistent was CU this weekend? For the 15 rounds combined (270 holes), the five Buffaloes combined for only five double bogeys, zero in the last 179 holes, and no scores worse; they had 50 birdies and 53 bogeys in playing a season-best 79 percent of the holes at par or better.
Senior Jason Burstyn paced the Buffaloes for the seventh time in nine tournaments this season, closing with a second 1-under 71 on the 6,859-yard, par-72 Old Macdonald Course, giving him a 2-under 214 which tied for third, four strokes out of the lead. He flirted with medalist honors early after birdying two of his first five holes and went on to post his third top five finish this season, his fourth in the top 10.
Burstyn completed the tournament with 10 birdies and 37 pars against just six bogeys and a double. He lowered his team-leading stroke average to 71.9, as added to his bests of 15 rounds of par or better, including 12 subpar rounds.
“I felt like I made some pretty good par putts to keep my momentum going,” Burstyn said. “I had a few three putts, but I made a lot of lag putts from 50 feet or so. These greens are tough, big and have a lot of undulation. I have a new driver and I was able to keep it low, under the wind, and that’s been helping as well.”
He had some help for really just the second time this year, as CU had a season-best four players that counted toward the team score in the top 20, and matched best with three at par or better.
“It’s always great to see your teammates play well, and that definitely takes a little pressure off,” Burstyn said. “I still want to do my best no matter what, but it still makes things a little easier. I am proud of everybody.
“We still didn’t even get to practice that much for this tournament,” he added about preparing for Bandon Dunes. “We’ve seemed to be indoors forever. It’s almost like we play better when the conditions are worse. Even two years ago, our first time out here, we played pretty well. The warmer climate teams aren’t used to this, even though the last two days here weren’t bad at all, at least to us.”
Sophomore David Oraee got off to a hot start Sunday, birdying his first three holes (Nos. 2-4) en route to carding a 2-under 70, CU’s best score in the final round. That gave him a 1-under 215 overall, tying him for sixth place, his second best finish of the year. He had four birdies, 12 pars and two bogeys, giving him 11 birdies and 34 pars on the weekend, against just eight total bogeys and a double.
Freshman Philip Juel-Berg also posted his second best finish of the year, fashioning a 1-under 71 Sunday for an even-par 216 total, tying him for ninth place. He opened with a bogey, but after scoring a par reeled off three quick birdies in succession before playing the last 13 holes at 1-over; he had a team-best 12 birdies in the tourney and was the only Buff not score worse than a bogey.
Senior Derek Fribbs carded a 2-over 74, which gave him a 2-over 218, tying him for 17th. He had one of CU’s two low rounds of the tournament (a second round 70), wrapping things up Sunday with three birdies, 10 pars and five bogeys; he had 11 birdies and 31 pars on the weekend. He had one bad patch in the final round (bogeys on Nos. 9-10-11), otherwise would have also been under par for the meet.
Redshirt freshman Drew Trujillo closed strong, as he was playing in his first tournament where his scores counted toward the CU team total. His first two here did not, but his final round 1-over 73 did, as he cruised around with two birdies, 13 pars and just three bogeys to finish with a 15-over 231 total, tying him for 73rd. He birdied his first hole for the second straight day, and would have turned in an even-par effort had he not bogeyed his last hole (No. 2).
Fresno State’s Troix Tonkham claimed medalist honors, as he closed with a 69 for a 6-under 210 total, good for a three-shot win over teammate Rufie Fessler.
“This certainly is a confidence builder,” Edwards said. “I think everyone was frustrated because we knew we were a good team but we just weren’t showing it. It also shows the resolve of the team because it proved that they could come out and beat a lot of high quality teams. All we did was to just put things together a little bit better. College golf nowadays is so competitive, if that you are a little off, you will get beat and sometimes beat badly.”
This was the seventh tournament win under Edwards, snapping a tie with the late Les Fowler for the second-most in a coaches’ reign at CU; the late Mark Simpson’s teams won 16. Both coached at the school for 29 seasons.
The Buffaloes return to action in two weeks, when they will travel to California during CU’s spring break to participate in the Cal-Irvine Anteater Invitational (March 25-26) and the Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate (March 28-30).
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL QUICK FACTS
2013 COLORADO Schedule
(Won 1, Lost 11; 1-8 Pac-12)
Colorado State (Denver)
CENTRAL ARKANSAS FRESNO STATE
*at Oregon State
*OREGON (Family Weekend) *at Arizona State *ARIZONA (Homecoming) *at UCLA
*at Washington *CALIFORNIA *SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA *at Utah
Colorado State (Denver)
at Fresno State
*at Washington State *UCLA (Family Weekend) *ARIZONA STATE
*at Southern California
*STANFORD (Homecoming) *at Arizona *WASHINGTON
Head Coach: Mike MacIntyre (Georgia Tech ‘89) Record at Colorado: 0-0 (first season)
Career I-A Record: 16-21 (three seasons)
Office Telephone: 303/492-5330 Twitter: TBA
Location: Boulder, Colo. (Pop., 102,500)
Enrollment: 29.884 (full-time)
Nickname: Buffaloes Colors: Silver, Gold & Black Conference: Pac-12
Stadium: Folsom Field (53,613; natural grass/opened in 1924)
*—Pac-12 Conference game.
2012 Record: 1-11
Pac-12: 1-8 (6th/6, South Division) National Rankings: NR
Program Quick Notes: This fall will celebrate CU’s 124th season of intercollegiate football (first was in 1890) … Colorado has had its last 26 games televised nationally or regionally, upping its total to 203 (out of 282) dating back to 1990 (72%); 43 of CU’s last 49 regular season non-conference games (88%) have also been on the tube … CU has been ranked 293 times in its history, the 26th most all-time… Since 1989, CU has played the sixth most ranked teams in the nation (114), trailing Florida (130), LSU (120), Michigan and Ohio State (117) and Florida State (116) … CU’s 43 wins over ranked teams dating back to ‘89 are the 16th most in the nation (third in pac-12, behind USC, 55, and Oregon 44; all-time, Colorado’s 66 wins over ranked teams are the 23rd most in history …The team’s 2.683 cumulative grade point average through the Fall 2012 semester is its highest on record.
Lettermen Returning: 63 (29 offense, 30 defense, 4 specialists) Lettermen Lost: 11 (6 offense, 4 defense, 1 specialist)
Starters Returning (18)—Offense 9: C Gus Handler (15/5), OT Jack Harris (13/11), OG Alexander Lewis (14/11), WR Tyler McCulloch (12/10), C/OG Daniel Munyer (15/12), OT Stephane Nembot (7/7), TB Christian Powell (9/9), WR Nelson Spruce (9/9), QB Jordan Webb (9/9). Defense 9: CB Kenneth Crawley (10/10), CB Greg Henderson (21/9), S Marques Mosley (7/7), DB Parker Orms (16/10), SS Terrel Smith (19/7), DT Josh Tupou (7/7), DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe (17/10), ILB Derrick Webb (16/9), CB Yuri Wright (6/6).
Others Returning With Significant Starting Experience (14; min. 3 career starts)— DB Jered Bell (3/2), DT Nate Bonsu (5/5), QB Nick Hirschman (3/2), TE Vincent Hobbs (5/5), TB Tony Jones (4/2), DT Samson Kafovalu (4/4), DE Kirk Poston (3/3), WR Paul Richardson (13/0), TE Kyle Slavin (4/3), WR Gerald Thomas (4/4), WR DaVaughn Thornton (3/0), ILB Paul Vigo (6/5), DB Kyle Washington (5/2), FB Alex Wood (3/3).
Others Returning With Significant Position Game Experience (13; two or fewer career starts)— TB Donta Abron, WR Keenan Canty, C Brad Cotner, TB Malcolm Creer, ILB Brady Daigh, TE Scott Fernandez, TB Josh Ford, TB D.D. Goodson, DB Jeffrey Hall, DT Tyler Henington, OG Jeromy Irwin, DE Juda Parker, DT Justin Solis.
Starters Lost (5)—Offense 2: OT David Bakhtiari (33/22), TE *Nick Kasa (12/12). Defense 3: OLB Jon Major (31/12), DT Will Pericak (49/12), FS Ray Polk (33/7). *—career starts at tight end; previously a DE.
Others Lost With Significant Starting/Playing Experience (4)— OG/T Ryan Dannewitz, WR Dustin Ebner, OG Eric Richter, ILB Douglas Rippy. Specialists Returning (4)— PK Justin Castor, SN Ryan Iverson, P Darragh O’Neill, PK Will Oliver.
Specialists Lost (1)— P Zach Grossnickle.
Base Spring Roster (97 players/71 scholarship)— 17 seniors, 29 juniors, 28 sophomores, 23 freshmen (18 redshirt/5 true).
2013 Spring Schedule
Colorado is allowed 15 practices over 34 days per NCAA rules (not including spring break); sessions break down as follows, tentatively listed below on the column on the right: three in shorts (no contact), four in pads (no tackling, or NT below), four in pads (tackling allowed 50 percent or less of the time), four in pads (tackling allowed throughout). The primary location will be the practice fields north of Boulder Creek; the spring game will be at Folsom Field (other scrimmages on the practice fields).
Calendar (dates, times approximate and subject to change; confirm daily with the CU Sports Information Office)
MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH
5— Pre-Spring Coach Mike MacIntyre Media Roundtable (10:00 a.m., Dal Ward Center)
7— Practice # 1
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
OPEN shorts/helmets OPEN shorts/helmets OPEN pads-NT
OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads
8— Practice # 2
12— Practice # 3
13— PRO TIMING DAY (8:30 a.m., Dal Ward Center/Practice Bubble; ’12 seniors: assorted sprints and drills)
14— Practice # 4 15— Practice # 5 19— Practice # 6 21— Practice # 7 22— Practice # 8
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage)
—————————————————— Spring Break (March 23 through March 31) —————————————————
APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL
2— Practice # 9 4— Practice #10 5— Practice #11 9— Practice #12
11— Practice #13 13— SPRING GAME 16— Practice #15
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 4:00 p.m. scrimmage)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:45-6:15 p.m. practice)
(Practice #14; meetings TBA, 10:30 a.m. game; Pac 12 Network, KOA-Radio) (2:15 p.m. meetings, 3:30-5:00 p.m. practice)
OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN pads-NT OPEN pads OPEN pads OPEN shorts/helmets
PRACTICE ACCESS (MEDIA & PUBLIC): All spring practices are generally open, however the last 20 minutes or so of most if not all will be a closed period. Photography and video are permitted during the first 20 minutes; see below for additional information.
2013 Expanded Schedule
SEPT. 7 SEPT. 14 Sept. 28 OCT. 5 Oct. 12 OCT. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 NOV. 16 NOV. 23 Nov. 30 Dec. 7
Colorado State (Denver) tba CENTRAL ARKANSAS tba FRESNO STATE tba at Oregon State tba OREGON (FW) tba at Arizona State tba ARIZONA (H) tba at UCLA tba at Washington tba CALIFORNIA tba SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA tba at Utah tba Pac-12 Championship Game ESPN
at campus site (division champion with best record)
OPEN WEEKENDS: Sept. 21, Oct. 19. *—Pac-12 Conference game; (H)—Homecoming; (FW)—Family Weekend. tba—to be announced (games on the selection menu of ESPN-ABC, FOX Sports/FSN and the Pac-12 Networks; most arrangements will be announced up to 12 days in advance). RADIO: All games broadcast locally on the Colorado Football Network. National radio games to be determined.
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL STAFF
Mike MacIntyre (Georgia Tech ‘89)
Brian Lindgren (Idaho ‘04)
Gary Bernardi (Cal State-Northridge ‘76) Klayton Adams (Boise State ’05)
Troy Walters (Stanford ’99)
Toby Neinas (Missouri ‘95)
Bryan McGinnis (San Jose State ’07) Adam Toyama (Hawai’i ’04)
Darian Hagan (Colorado ’96)
Katie Bason (Wake Forest ‘05)
Max Allen (Colorado ‘10) Scott Unrein (Colorado ‘11)
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Secondary / Cornerbacks
Secondary / Safeties
Kent Baer (Utah State ‘73)
Andy LaRussa (Southern Utah ’02) Charles Clark (Mississippi ’07) Jim Jeffcoat (Arizona State ‘82)
Offensive Graduate Assistant Offensive Graduate Assistant Defensive Graduate Assistant Defensive Graduate Assistant
T.C. McCartney (Louisiana State ’11) Mike Pitre (UCLA ‘07)
Omar Young (Savannah State ‘05) Jeff Smart (Colorado ’09)
Director of Sports Performance Dave Forman (James Madison ’02) Assistant Director of Sports Performance Kerry Johnson (Mississippi ’05)
2013 COLORADO FOOTBALL LETTERMEN PICTURE
Colorado has 63 lettermen returning for 2012 (61 from the 2012 team, with an additional two from the 2011 season); they break down into 29 on offense, 30 on defense and four specialists; the Buffs lose 11 lettermen off the 2012 squad (6 offense/4 defense/1 specialist). CU returns 18 starters from last season (9 offense/9 defense), losing 5 (2 offense/3 defense); several positions had multiple personnel shuttle in and out, so there are several other players back with starting experience. The 2012 starters are listed in bold (six or more starts, thus occasionally two players listed at same position if they shared time due to injury or rotated), and (*) denotes letters earned primarily on special teams. The breakdown:
2013 Colorado Football / Alphabetical Roster 2-2-2
49 RASMUSSEN, Kory 89 RAY, Austin
7 REED, Markeis
6 RICHARDSON, Paul 14 SCHROCK, John
88 SLAVIN, Kyle
23 SMITH, Josh
41 SMITH, Terrel
57 SOLIS, Justin
22 SPRUCE, Nelson
38 STEWART, Alexander 82 STUART, John
25 THOMAS, Gerald 9 THOMAS, Jeff
42 TU’UMALO, K.T. 55 TUPOU, Josh
86 TURBOW, Alex 51 TUSO, John
96 UZO-DIRIBE, Chidera 32 VIGO, Paul
26 WALKER, John
4 WASHINGTON, Kyle 1 WEBB, Derrick
4 WEBB, Jordan
97 WILHELM, D.J.
45 WILLIAMS, Lowell 90 WILSON, De’Jon 47 WOOD, Alex
5 WOOD, Connor
2013 TEAM CAPTAINS: To be named in the fall.