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Media Day Notes
Release: August 07, 2003
By: CUBuffs.com
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Quickly The Colorado Buffaloes (9-5, 7-1 Big 12 in 2002) are just 24 days away from kicking off the school?s 114th season of intercollegiate football, opening the 2003 campaign in Denver against the Colorado State Rams (10-4, 6-1 Mountain West in 2002) in a 5:45 p.m. MDT kickoff at INVESCO Field at Mile High? CSU is the home team for the contest, the last of six in a row in Denver as the ?04 and ?05 games return to campus (both in Boulder)? In the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, CU was not ranked (coming in technically at No. 28), while CSU tied for 25th with Penn State (but only 16 points separated the pair)? ESPN will televise the game nationally, with Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Mike Gottfried (analysis) and Adrian Karsten (sidelines) to call the action? This marks the ninth straight game in the series that will be televised either nationally or regionally, as ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and FOX Sports Net have all broadcast games between the two in-state rivals, which are located just 45 miles apart? CU?s official website, www.CUBuffs.com, features game day updates and live stats for all games, home and road?  Important: Florida State is listing a 3:30 p.m. eastern time kickoff for the CU game on Sept. 20 in Tallahassee; however, FSU officials said they have received no TV notification and that the kickoff won?t be confirmed until 12 days before.  Thus, that time is not solid and won?t be until Sept. 8.       

 

In-The-Polls Colorado was ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press (media) and No. 21 in the USA Today/ESPN (coaches) final polls of the 2003 season, dropping seven spots in the AP ballot (and eight by the coaches) following the overtime loss to Wisconsin in the Alamo Bowl.  The preseason 2003 AP poll is due out later this week; the Buffs were not ranked in the top 25 in the initial coaches poll last Thursday (coming in at No. 28).  CU has been ranked in 180 of the last 230 polls (AP; 78.3%), including a tremendous run of 143 consecutive between 1989 and 1997 (the 10th longest streak of all-time).  Since 1989, CU has played the third most ranked teams in the nation (74), trailing only Florida State (81) and Florida (78). 

 

Season Openers Colorado is 70-38-5 in 113 season openers, with a 1-3-1 record at neutral sites (5 Denver, 1 Anaheim).  CU has lost its last four ?lid-lifters,? matching the only other time in its history the Buffs have dropped that many in a row (1938 to 1941, losing twice to Missouri and twice to Texas).  CU head coach Gary Barnett is 4-9 in season openers in his career, which includes wins over Notre Dame and Oklahoma while at Northwestern.  This will be the fifth time since 1990 that the Buffs will open against a ranked opponent, something Barnett did four times in seven openers while in Evanston.

 

Stat of the Week Colorado isn?t perfect in its last 15 season openers (10-4-1), but the Buffs do get their yards.  Colorado has amassed 6,781 yards in the 15 games, an average of 452.1 per, and is pretty close to 50-50 rushing (220.0) and passing (231.1). The Buffs have topped the 400-yard mark in a season opener seven times in the last 13 games, and haven?t been held under 300 in a season opener since 1983 (275 yards at Michigan State).  Only once in the 19 openers since then has an opponent amassed more total offense than the Buffs, that coming in 1990 when Tennessee put 503 up against CU?s 436 in a 31-31 tie at Anaheim.

 

Obscure Note of the Week  Unless the Buffs are ranked later in the week in the Associated Press preseason poll, this will mark just the third time since 1988 that Colorado will not open the season as a ranked team. The other two times came in 1998 and 2001; in ?98, the Buffs won the game?over Colorado State in Denver, 42-14.  CU dropped its ?01 opener to Fresno State, but got into the win column the following week?topping Colorado State, in Denver, and by a 41-14 score.

 

Ticket Update Through Tuesday, Colorado?s season tickets sales stood at 26,285, which include faculty/staff, Flatirons Club, club seats (780) and suite seating (estimated at 580).  Thirty-one of 40 suites have been sold (one suite is now a double, thus the reduction from the previous count of 41).  There are 12,000 tickets earmarked for student use, with about 5,000 sold and the bulk to go on sale when the students return later this month.  Folsom?s new capacity, pending a final seat audit, will be an all-time high of 53,750; the Buffs will be looking to average over 50,000 fans for the first time since 1997 (51,658).  CU has averaged 50,000-plus 11 times in its history, with the all-time best of 52,160 occurring in 1995.  With CU?s attractive home schedule, that record should be challenged.  (The season ticket record of 31,331 was set in 1976, but that?s when only 7,000 or seats were allotted for students.)

CSU In Denver: TicketMaster has sold out, sans a few singles, the allotment of seats on the Colorado side of the stadium for the August 30 game against Colorado State at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver.  However, the Buffs are holding about 900 tickets for season ticket sales this month; any unsold from the season ticket package would be put on sale toward the end of the month.  This is the sixth and final game between the two in Denver, as the game returns to the Boulder campus in 2004 and 2005; two of the previous five games in Denver have sold out (1998, 2001).

 

Monteilh Recognized For Community Service A former volunteer bereavement counselor, junior wide receiver Ron Monteilh serves as a big brother volunteer for the Boulder County Partners organization, a nonprofit which pairs adults with at-risk teens. He was recently selected as a 2004 model for the national calendar, Alaye, whose mission is to increase breast cancer awareness in the African-American community.

 

Mary Barnett Involved With Sister Cities Mary Barnett, wife of CU head coach Gary Barnett, is actively involved with the Boulder Dushanbe Sister Cities Organization (BDSC).  Mary is on their board and was recently named membership chairperson.  The organizations main project is to fund the reciprocal gift of a Cyber Cafe to the people of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Dushanbe people gave Boulder the teahouse on 13th street in Boulder (between Arapahoe and Canyon).  Founded in 1982, the BDSC is an apolitical organization dedicated to developing friendship and understanding between the citizens of the two cities.  The BDSC is currently in a fundraising campaign to raise the $660,000 necessary to build the Cyber Caf? in the fragile democracy.  More information: Barbara Perin (303-530-6927) or Colleen Hackley (303-573-7500).

 

BuffVision Wins Golden Matrix Award CU?s BuffVision won the third annual Golden Matrix Award for ?Best Overall Video Display? in the university division at the recent Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) conference in Atlanta.  Over 40 universities are members, with most professional teams also belonging.  With Nebraska winning in 2001 and Kansas last year, the Big 12 has captured all three college awards.  BuffVision director Deric Swanson and assistant Jim Fairchild were present to receive the award.

More On The Award: IDEA annually recognizes superior achievement throughout the large screen video and matrix display industry by awarding its Golden Matrix Awards (GMAs) at its annual conference. The purpose of the GMAs is to recognize artistic and technical excellence in the programming of large screen video and matrix displays located at stadiums, arenas, racetracks, convention centers and other public assembly facilities. The GMAs are also intended to provide an opportunity for the large screen video and matrix display industries to share ideas and to view the wide variety of productions that have been created over the past year.  The GMAs, created by Mitsubishi Diamond Vision and SONY JumboTRON, gives members the chance to show off their best work to their colleagues; voting for awards is done by the membership.

 

Chip, Too "Chip", the University of Colorado's costumed mascot, was named last month to the 2003 Capital One All-America Mascot Team. One of 12 mascots named to the second annual team, Chip is now a finalist for National Mascot of the Year honors, which will be announced in January.   Joining Chip on the All-America team was Albert (Florida), Aubie (Auburn), Big Red (Western Kentucky), Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State), Cocky (South Carolina), Hairy Dawg (Georgia), Harry the Husky (Washington), Monte (Montana), Scratch (Kentucky), Smokey (Tennessee) and YoUDee (Delaware), with each member awarded $5,000 for the school's mascot program.  A panel of judges, including original Phillie Phanatic David Raymond; mascot guru and historian, Dr. Roy Yarbrough; and representatives from ESPN and Capital One, selected the 12 finalists. Judging criteria included interaction with fans, sportsmanship and community service.  The selection of the team sets the stage for a fierce battle for the coveted Capital One National Mascot of the Year title beginning in early September. Fans across the country will be able to vote for their favorite mascot of the 12 through real-time, online polling at www.capitalonebowl.com.  The winner will be selected based on the judges' ranking and the on-line voting results (50 percent each).  The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced during the Capital One Bowl on New Year?s Day, and will receive an additional $5,000 (for a total of $10,000) for its school's mascot program.

Trifecta So with BuffVision and Chip being honored, it completes a Folsom Trifecta of sorts, as the turf at Folsom was recognized as the Football Field of the Year in 2002 for the college and university division by the Sports Turf Managers Association.

CU vs. Colorado State Colorado leads the all-time series by a 54-18-2 count, though CSU owns a 3-2 edge in games played in Denver (all since 1998).  The Rams have won three of the last four, though not outgaining the Buffs in total offense since the 1988 game (10 games).  The Buffs? last win was in 2001, as a 41-14 verdict christened INVESCO Field at Mile High.  CSU has won three of the five games in Denver, as the series will end for the time being as the 2004 and 2005 games return to the Boulder campus.  CU coach Gary Barnett is 1-3 against CSU, while CSU coach Sonny Lubick is 3-5 against Colorado.

 

Series Did You Know??The 1910 game, listed for years as a 10-0 CSU win, was actually never played?  CU refused to travel to Fort Collins to play because CSU had a player who had previously played professionally (whatever that meant in the pre-NFL days).

 

A Closer Look CU leads the series by an 11-4 count since it was resumed after a 25-year dormancy in 1983.  The Buffs have outscored the Rams by 455-297 in those games; CU has held the lead in 13 games, CSU in nine games, and in seven of the 14 games both teams owned a lead.   Out of 900 minutes of game time, CU has led for 525:54, CSU for 227:19, with well over half of the Rams time ahead coming in the three wins in Denver in 1999, 2000 and 2002 (133:20).  Colorado is 5-0 when rushing for 250 or more yards, and is 7-1 when holding the Rams under 100.

 

Tale Of The Tape Here?s a comparative look at Colorado and Colorado State in several statistical categories for 2002 (includes bowl games, since the NCAA initiated counting them last fall; NCAA/national rankings, if applicable, are in parenthesis):

 

Category                			Colorado                Colorado State 
Overall Record, 2002 			 	9-5			10-4
    Versus AP Ranked Teams (at time of game)	2-3 			1-0
Overall Record, 1989-current 			120-46-4 (10) 		106-62-1  (26)
    Versus Ranked Teams 			38-34-2 		14-23-0
    In Conference Play  			77-25-3 (  7) 		73-33-0 
Players On NFL Rosters (as of Aug. 6 		41 			?
Rushing Offense 				232.8 (  9) 		205.7 	(24)
    Average Per Rush 				5.00 (12) 		4.63 
Passing Offense 				141.7 (106) 		182.9 (83)
    Completion Percentage 			51.6 			52.4 
    Average Per Attempt 			6.28 			7.29 
Passing Efficiency 				113.5 (79) 		121.0 (62)
Total Offense 			 		374.5 (58) 		388.6 (43)
    Average Per Play 				5.42 			5.59 
Scoring Offense 				28.4 (51) 		29.9 (37)
Rushing Defense 				170.1 (81)		167.6  (77)
    Average Per Rush 				4.32 			4.32 
Passing Defense 				195.6  (34) 		205.8 (47)
    Average Per Attempt 			6.05 (24) 		6.49 
Pass Efficiency Defense 			111.9 (31) 		118.4 (53)
Total Defense 					365.7 (60) 		373.4 (64)
    Average Per Play 				5.06 			5.30 
Scoring Defense 				23.2 (39) 		23.7 (44)
Quarterback Sacks By / Allowed 			34 / 19 		18 / 15
Net Punting 					41.6 (  2) 		34.7 (53)
Punt Returns 					12.4 (30) 		15.9 (  6)
Kickoff Returns 				22.9  (18) 		19.9 (62)
Turnovers 					23  (35) 		27 (71)
Turnover Margin 				+0.50  (35) 		+0.21  (48)
 
 

CU-Colorado State By The Numbers Here?s a look at some numbers-related trivia in the Colorado-CSU series:

 

      5-5 Colorado?s record against Colorado State when the Rams are their first opponent of the season;

          6    Times in 74 games that both teams have scored at least 20 points;

          9    The number of turnovers by Colorado State in the five Denver games (five in its three wins, four in its two losses);

       10    The number of turnovers by Colorado in the five Denver games (nine in its three losses);

        12    The most games won by one team in a row in the series (Colorado, 1934 through 1947);

       20    Times in 74 games that both teams have scored at least 10 points;

       75    The number of games in the series between the two, including 2003; CU has played no other team on more occasions, while

                   CSU has played only Wyoming more (92 times).

2,935    The number of yards CSU has amassed in the last nine games (326.1 per), including 320 last year and no games over 400;

4,587    The number of yards CU has amassed in the last 10 games (458.7 per), including 369 last year and seven over 400;

76,036   Fans in attendance at the ?98 game at Mile High, the largest ever to witness a collegiate sporting event in Colorado.

 

The Set-Up Colorado has lost four straight season openers, only the second time in school history that has occurred (joining a 1938-41 dry spell).  The Buffs did go five straight years without a victory, posting an 0-4-1 record in openers between 1962 and 1966.  CU?s dropped the last three openers by a combined 11 points, but has outgained the opponent by 379 yards while averaging 437.7 on offense.  What has cost the Buffs?  Turnovers: CU has 14 in the four losses, while the foe has coughed the ball up only five times.  The Buffs are also 5-2-1 in openers since 1988 when they ended the previous season with a loss.

 

The Last Time                      COLORADO STATE 19, COLORADO 14                      (August 31, 2002)

              


 

DENVER?Craig Ochs? fourth down pass to John Donahoe near the goal line was broken up with just 21 seconds left in the game, thus ending a Colorado comeback attempt as Colorado State defeated the No. 7 Buffaloes, 19-14.

 

Colorado had already rallied once, storming back from a 13-0 deficit entering the fourth quarter with two touchdowns just over five minutes apart to take a 14-13 lead.  The Rams, stymied on offense for most of the second half, mustered a comeback of their own, driving 84 yards after CU?s go-ahead score to take a 19-14 lead that would hold up for the win.

 

Dexter Wynn set up the first score of the game, returning a punt 43 yards to the Buff 39, where in just three plays, CSU took a 7-0 lead after an 8-yard touchdown run by Cecil Sapp.  Turnovers and an ill-timed fumble would then help to do the Buffs in on this day.

 

Colorado started a drive at its own 8-yard line with 7:04 left in the first half, and Chris Brown got the Buffs out of the hole with a nice 8-yard gain on first down.  However, he fumbled on the next play with Wynn recovering for the Rams at the Buff 20.  Five plays later, Sapp scored from the two to put CSU up 13-0, but Jeff Babcock?s PAT kick hit the left upright and bounced away.

 

The Buffs came out determined in the second half, earning four first downs in as many plays to start the third quarter.  Driving from their own 20 to the CSU 18, the Buffs looked like they were going to get on the board, but Brown fumbled and Landon Jones recovered, ending the threat.  Two drives later, a muffed exchange between Ochs and Brown on a fourth-and-1 play from the Ram 3 ended another threat, as even though Donahoe recovered the ball at the 2, rules state that only the player who fumbled can recover the ball on a fourth down play.

 

The Buffs greeted the fourth quarter with some fireworks.  On the first play of the period, Jeremy Bloom returned his first collegiate punt return 75 yards for a touchdown to get the Buffs off the schneid and cut the lead to 13-7.  On CU?s very next drive, Brown scored from one yard out to cap an 8-play, 81-yard march, and Pat Brougham?s PAT kick gave CU its first, and only, lead of the day at 14-13 with 9:39 left to play.  

 

CSU had just 43 yards in the second half when it took over on its own 16 following Brown?s score.  But the Rams marched 84 yards in seven plays, capped by a Bradlee Van Pelt 23-yard run for a touchdown.  Van Pelt turned 180 degrees and backed into the end zone on the play, and then fired the ball into the face of CU safety Roderick Sneed; the officials did not see it, however, and no penalty for taunting was flagged.  It didn?t matter, as CSU?s two-point try failed, leaving the margin at five points.

 

CU had plenty of time to mount a second comeback, and drove from its own 20 into the CSU red zone in the final minute.  It wasn?t easy, as twice CU converted on fourth down, both 3-yard runs by Brown and Ochs. CU had a first-and-10 at the CSU 17, and after an incomplete pass and then a 5-yard Ochs pass to Ron Monteilh, was left with a third-and-five at the 12.  But passes to Bloom and then Donahoe fell incomplete to end CU?s hopes of victory.

It was only the second loss experienced by Colorado in 54 games when the Buffaloes out-rushed the opponent, and the 11 drives on offense matched the fewest for CU in a game last year (coming in wins over CSU and San Jose State).  On the plus side, CU was called for its fewest penalties (two) in a season opener since committing a similar number in 1976 at Texas Tech.

 

COLORADO 		 0 	0 	 0 	14 ? 14
Colorado State 	 7 	6 	 0 	6  ? 19
 
Colorado State?Sapp 8 run (Babcock kick)     	0-  7  	5:52 	1Q
Colorado State?Sapp 2 run (kick failed) 		0-13 	3:52 	2Q
COLORADO?Bloom 75 punt return (Brougham kick) 	7-13  	14:42 	4Q
COLORADO?Brown 1 run (Brougham kick) 		14-13      9:39 	4Q
Colorado State?Van Pelt 23 run (pass failed) 	14-19	6:20 	4Q
 
TEAM STATISTICS                        COLORADO        COLORADO STATE
First Downs 			19 	 17
Rushes?Net Yards 			48-170 	38-152
Passing Yards 			199 	168
Passes (Att-Comp-Int 			27-14-1 	24-11-1
Total Offense 			369 	320
Punts: No-Average 			5-45.0 	6-43.5
Fumbles: No-Lost 			4-2 	 1-0
Penalties/Yards 			2/9 	2/20
Time of Possession 			33:17 	26:43
 
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing?Colorado: Brown 21-94, Purify 12-33, Houston 6-24, Ochs 7-18, Calhoun 1-1,
 Bloom 1-0. CSU: Sapp 22-80, Van Pelt 15-74. Team 1-minus 2.
Passing?Colorado: Ochs 27-14-1, 199, 0 td. CSU: Van Pelt 24-11-1, 168, 0 td.
Receiving?Colorado: McCoy 4-75, Donahoe 3-77, Monteilh 3-18, Williams 2-11, Brown
 1-11, Drumm 1-7. CSU: Cuppari 3-60, Sapp 3-37, Pittman 2-30, Dreessen 2-13, Hill 1-28.
Punting?Colorado: Mariscal 5-225, 45.0 (60 long).  CSU: Huber 6-261, 43.5 (57 long, 3
 In20).
Punt Returns?Colorado: Bloom 2-77, Strickland 1-15, McCoy 1-2.  CSU: Wynn 3-59.
Kickoff Returns?Colorado: Sneed 1-20.  CSU: Wynn 1-16.
Interceptions?Colorado: Jackson 1-6.  CSU: Pauly 1-0.
Tackle Leaders?Colorado: Moorer 6,3?9; Wahlroos 5,4?9; Mossoni 8,0?8; Tufts
 5,3?8;Jackson 6,1?7; Brayton 3,3?6; Harris 2,4?6; Strickland 4,1?5; Nyenhuis
 1,2?3.  CSU:  Vickers 12,1?13; Pauly 5,5?10; Wynn 6,1?7; Sommersell 5,2?7;
 Wood 4,2?6.  
Quarterback Sacks?Colorado: Mossoni 1-8, Brayton 1-5, Harris 1-5.  CSU: Wood 1-8.


In Buff History: August 30 This will be only the fifth time in Colorado history that the Buffaloes will play a game in August, and the first on August 30.  The first came in 1990 against Tennessee in the defunct Disneyland Pigskin Classic on August 26 (a 31-31 tie); the next was in 1996 (a 37-19 win over Washington State on August 31), with the other two the last two seasons, in 2001 (a 24-22 loss to Fresno State on August 26) and to CSU last year (19-14 on August 31).  So Colorado takes a 1-2-1 August record into this contest.  CU is not scheduled to play another game in August until 2008, when the Buffs are tentatively scheduled to play Colorado State in Fort Collins, also on August 30.

 

Coach Gary Barnett Gary Barnett has wrapped up four seasons as head coach of the Colorado program, and his 13th year as a collegiate head coach.  He owns a 29-21 record at Colorado, along with a 64-66-1 record in 11 seasons in the Division I-A ranks (the first seven at Northwestern), and has an overall career mark of 72-77-2.  This is his second stint at Colorado, as he was an assistant in Boulder under Bill McCartney for eight years between 1984 and 1991.  During that span, CU was 59-34-2 in 95 games, including a 30-5-2 mark the last three years, when CU won three Big Eight titles and the 1990 national championship.  Northwestern hired Barnett as head coach on Dec. 18, 1991 to replace Francis Peay, and he would take just four years to turn a dismal program into one of the nation's top teams.  Barnett led Northwestern to back-to-back Big Ten championships in 1995 and 1996, earning berths in the Rose and Citrus bowls.  He was the third McCartney assistant to land a head coaching position, following Gerry DiNardo (Vanderbilt) and Lou Tepper (Illinois), both of whom started their careers in 1991.  In 2001, he was selected as the Associated Press Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year when he became just the fourth man to ever coach two different teams to the NCAA Most Improved Team title.

 

  

?        Barnett is no stranger to lining up across the sideline from ranked teams.  In his 81 games at Northwestern, the Wildcats faced 30

ranked opponents (posting a 9-20-1 record).  In his eight years as an assistant at Colorado, the Buffaloes played 34 ranked teams in 95 contests.  As CU head coach, he?s seen 21 in 50 games (going 9-12); so in his 19 years as Division I-A head or assistant coach, he's coached against 85 ranked opponents in 226 games, better than one in every three (38%).

 

?        In an October 2000 Bloomberg Information Service poll of Division I-A head coaches, Gary Barnett ranked sixth in a listing of the

best coaches in college football.  Eighty-eight (or roughly 72%) of the 114 head coaches responded in the poll, which ranked Penn State?s Joe Paterno first (20? votes) and Florida State?s Bobby Bowden second (19).  The rest of the top 10: 3. Bill Snyder, Kansas State (12); 4. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (10?); 5. Steve Spurrier, Florida (5?); 6 (tie). Gary Barnett, Colorado, and Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin (3); 8. LaVell Edwards, BYU (2?); 9 (tie). Dennis Erickson, Oregon State, and Lloyd Carr, Michigan (2).   

 

?        Barnett first got to Colorado in a very matter-of-fact manner.  He "road-tripped" from Missouri in the winter of 1971 with a friend, as

both were hunting for teaching jobs.  He didn't hear anything back from the interviews, and started his coaching career by helping out on Dan Devine's staff at Missouri, his alma mater.  He had been selling insurance in Columbia while his wife, Mary, was finishing up her degree.  He was soon offered a teaching and assistant coaching position at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs (at $8,500 a year).  He accepted, and he and Mary headed west to begin their love affair with the state of Colorado. 

 

?        Barnett grew up in the small town of Mexico, Missouri (where his mother returned to live after the family moved to St. Louis when he

as in the ninth grade.  He used to chase down softballs at the adults' fast-pitch softball games, as every ball turned in was worth a nickel, and three would net him a Coke (at 15 cents), the going rate in the mid-1950s.

 

?        Barnett did something extremely rare after he accepted the CU job on Jan. 20, 1999.  He made it a goal to meet the parents and families

of all players on the CU roster.  He pretty much pulled it off, visiting with all but three families of the returning players (all in obscure, hard to reach locations) by the end of the ?99 season.  He did it to find out more about the players on his team and to talk with the parents about promises that were kept or not met by the previous coaching staff.  He says if you get a beat on what kind of environment each player grew up in, which gives a good indication on how you have to deal with each individually.

 

?        Barnett figured he would never get a crack at the Colorado job.  After Rick Neuheisel emerged as the internal hire following Bill

McCartney's surprising retirement in November 1994, Barnett thought that with Rick being so young, the CU job would never even be an option.  He was linked to many a job opening, but the only one he ever interviewed for was the Notre Dame position; not the Detroit Lions, Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners or UCLA Bruins as rumors had led many to believe.

 

?        Barnett enjoyed many happy as well as sad moments in his first stop in Boulder between 1984 and 1991.  Emotions ran the gamut from

winning the national championship (1990) and three Big Eight Conference titles (1989-90-91), along with coaching a Heisman Trophy candidate (Darian Hagan) and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist (Eric McCarty) to dealing with the life-threatening injury to tight end Ed Reinhardt (1984), the death of quarterback Sal Aunese (1989, from stomach cancer) to his own son Clay being seriously injured when he was on the CU sidelines during a game.  Another high included Charles S. Johnson being named the MVP of the 1991 Orange Bowl, supplanting the low that he had to replace an injured Hagan in that game.  And in his final year at Colorado in 1991, he tutored a young true freshman by the name of Kordell Stewart, who went on to become the Big Eight's all-time total offense leader.

 

?        Barnett?s top six goals for the CU program each year are listed as: 6) Winning the Big 12 Conference championship; 5) Winning the Big

12 Conference North Division; 4) Winning a bowl game; 3) Have a winning season; 2) To be a relentless team; and 1) Attitude and Chemistry.  They are displayed prominently on the wall in the team's main meeting room (which was renamed for Tom McMahon in 2003).

 

?        Barnett's first game at Northwestern was against Notre Dame at Chicago's Soldier Field?deemed a neutral site.  His first game at CU

was against Colorado State at Denver's Mile High Stadium, also a neutral site.  How many coaches had their first games with two different schools classified in this manner?  Barnett was probably the first?the research would be most time consuming!

 

?        Barnett replaced Francis Peay at Northwestern, and other finalists included Earle Bruce (at Colorado State at the time), Paul Schudel

and Gary Darnell.  The president who hired Barnett at Northwestern, Arnold Weber, was the president of CU when it hired Bill McCartney in 1982.  The parallels between McCartney and Barnett number many, right down to the record in their first three years as head coaches: Mac was 7-25-1 at Colorado (1982-84), Barnett 8-24-1 at Northwestern (1992-94), with exactly 10 years separating each, both their first career head coaching jobs. 

 

?        Barnett is again one of the 61 Division I-A coaches voting in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll in 2003 (the fourth straight year he is a voter and the 17th straight year CU?s head coach has participated). 

 

The Class of ?99  In 1999, 19 programs hired new coaches, including Colorado.  Here's a look at the entire class and their records through games of 2002, including bowls; *?denotes first college head coaching job:


 

 


 

Coach, School               W                                          L                                          Pct.

*Bob Stoops, Oklahoma..................... ......................................... 43....................................   9     ......................................... .827

Dennis Erickson, Oregon State................ ......................................... 31......................................... 17......................................... .646

Tommy Bowden, Clemson........................ ......................................... 30......................................... 19......................................... .612

Tommy Tuberville, Auburn.......................... ......................................... 30......................................... 19......................................... .612

June Jones, Hawai'i.... ......................................... 31......................................... 20......................................... .608

*David Cutcliffe, Mississippi.................. ......................................... 29......................................... 19......................................... .604

Gary Barnett, Colorado..................... ......................................... 29....................................   21......................................... .580

Coach, School               W                                          L                                          Pct.

*Terry Hoeppner, Miami-Ohio................. ......................................... 27......................................... 19......................................... .587

*Jack Bicknell, Louisiana Tech........... ......................................... 22......................................... 24......................................... .478

Lou Holtz, South Carolina........................ ......................................... 22......................................... 25......................................... .468

*Kirk Ferentz, Iowa... ......................................... 22......................................... 26......................................... .458

Chris Scelfo, Tulane... ......................................... 20......................................... 27......................................... .426

John Robinson, UNLV............................ ......................................... 19......................................... 27......................................... .413

Randy Walker, Northwestern.............. ......................................... 18......................................... 28......................................... .391

Coach, School               W                                          L                                          Pct.

*Carl Franks, Duke.... .........................................   5......................................... 40......................................... .111

;Rick Neuheisel, Washington................. ......................................... 33......................................... 16......................................... .674

;Bobby Keasler, Louisiana-Monroe..... ......................................... 8......................................... 28......................................... .222

;*Kevin Steele, Baylor............................ .........................................   9......................................... 36......................................... .200

;Jerry Baldwin, Louisiana-Lafayette.. .........................................   6......................................... 27......................................... .182

 

(;?has since resigned or was fired.)


 

                               

Forty Somethings The average age of the CU coaching staff is 41.9, as the 10 full-time coaches (as of Aug. 6) are collectively 419 years old.  While that figure is more than likely in the younger half in the nation, the group has 122 years of coaching experience in the Division I-A ranks.  Head coach Gary Barnett is the elder statesman at 57, followed by Vince Okruch (47), Brian Cabral (47), Dave Borbely (44), Shawn Watson (43), John Wristen (41), Shawn Simms (40), Ted Gilmore (36), Chris Wilson (34) and Vance Joseph (30).  

 

Game Day The coaching staff is split between the sidelines and the press box.  For 2003, in the box will be offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, tight ends coach John Wristen, cornerbacks coach Vance Joseph, defensive line coach Chris Wilson, and graduate assistants Jason Eck and Lee Goldstein.  Head coach Gary Barnett wears a headset on the sideline (he's on with the coordinators), along with defensive coordinator Vince Okruch, inside linebackers coach Brian Cabral, offensive line coach Dave Borbely, receivers coach Ted Gilmore and running back coach Shawn Simms.  The receivers or running backs shuttle in plays, as sideline signals are an option Barnett won't utilize often.

 

Watson concentrates on the offensive play calling, while Okruch makes the defensive call from the sidelines.  Barnett does what he calls, "managing the game," determining if what's called is the best for the long run.  He might make the play call in a critical situation (third-and-long, red zone strategizing, etc.).

?       In Watson?s first game as offensive coordinator (in 2000), CU gained 532 yards against Colorado State, the most ever by a Buff team in its first game with a new offensive pilot.  The old record was 530 in 1993 (vs. Texas, Elliot Uzelac?s first game).

 

Old-Timer Assistant head coach and linebacker coach Brian Cabral has taken his place among legendary assistant coaches who have spent time at Colorado.  He is now fourth all-time in years coached as a full-time member of the staff, as he trails two legendary Franks: Potts and Prentup, both who assisted for 18 years each, and one his mentors in life, the late Dan Stavely, who coached 16 seasons in two stints.  A closer look:

 

ASSISTANT COACH LONGEVITY: 1. Frank Potts 18 (1927-39, 1941-43, 1946-47) and Frank Prentup 18 (1941-58);  3. Dan Staveley 15 (1958, 1963-76);  4. Brian Cabral 14 (1990-current);  5. Chet Franklin 12 (1963-74) and Alva Noggle 12 (1920-31);  7. Marshall Wells 11 (1948-58);  8. Ray Jenkins 10 (1948-57), Mike Hankwitz 10 (1985-94) and Jon Embree 10 (1993-2002).

 

O Brother Where Art Thou? For the second time at Colorado, brother is coaching brother on the football team.  Vance Joseph, defensive backs coach, is tutoring his younger brother, Sammy, a redshirt frosh in 2003.  In 1993, Jon Embree coached his younger brother Sean at tight end; it was Jon?s first year as a full-time coach and Sean was a senior.   

 

2003 New Faces Two new assistants joined the CU coaching staff this year, Ted Gilmore (receivers) and Shawn Simms (running backs); both were hired last winter and were with the team for spring practice.  Other new personnel on board who work closely with football are Greg Finnegan (speed-strength and conditioning, joining CU from the Jacksonville Jaguars in May); Sarah Ramey (an assistant for Finnegan; she came to CU from Kansas State in July); Dr. Eric McCarty and Dr. Reed Bartz are new team physicians (McCarty played for CU between 1983-87, and returns to the school from a similar position at Vanderbilt, while Bartz joins CU from the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.); Troy Kema (assistant director of academics, joining the Buffs in July from Utah State); Derrick Fitts (assistant trainer, with Kansas State his previous stop); and Troy Andre (internet managing editor) and Barry Rubenstein (graduate assistant) are new faces in the athletic media relations office.  Andre was at Minnesota-Duluth, while Rubenstein spent two years at Cal-Berkeley.

 

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Buffs On Grass Colorado is 39-23-1 in its last 63 games on grass, dating back to the 1985 season (36-17 in the last 53, including a 7-4 mark in 2002).  The Buffs are 42-29-1 on grass dating back to the 1977 season; that?s only 72 games on the real stuff in the last 26 seasons, but that number is on the rise since Folsom converted back to grass in 1999.  Only the wins at Kansas and Nebraska were played on the fake stuff this year (but the Alamo Bowl will be contended on the plastic).

 

On The Plastic          Colorado is 85-24-3 in its last 112 games on artificial turf dating back to 1989, and 5-1 over the 2001 and 2002 seasons (the loss was in the Alamo Bowl).  The only teams to defeat Colorado more than once on artificial surface in this span are Nebraska (8 times), Kansas (3) and Kansas State (3).  CU is 53-17-3 in its last 73 conference games on the fake greenery. 

 

Trends I Since 1985, when the Buffs returned to their traditional winning ways after six frustrating years, Colorado is 148-65-4, the 12th best record nationally in this span).  In these 217 games, CU has posted the following records (including bowls):               

 


 

?  with 400-plus yards total offense             93-11-2

?  with 500-plus yards total offense             46-  4-0

?  when leading in time of possession       97-14-3

?  when making 20-plus first downs              95-22-1

?  when converting 50 percent or better on 3rd down                60-  5-1

?  when punting three or fewer times                 54-  9-1

?  when scoring first                   93-15-1

?  when coming from behind (from the outset)              55-50-3

?  with two or fewer turnovers (25-6-2 with zero)    107-28-2

?  when holding opponent to 17 points or less    91-14-1

?  when holding opponent under 100 yards rushing   72-  4-1

?  when holding opponent under 300 yards total offense             76-11-1

?  when leading after three quarters (122-8-3 in last 133)      126-10-3

?  when leading at halftime (107-9-2 in last 118)      123-11-2

?  when scoring 24 or more points      121-14-2

?  when scoring 14 or more points      145-40-4

?  when held to 13 points or less      3-25-0

?  when passing for more yards than rushing      53-38-2

?  when holding edge in 1st downs & possession time                   83-10-2


 

 

Trends II Since 1989, when the Buffs became a regular in the national rankings, Colorado has posted the nation?s 10th best overall record at 120-46-4.  Here?s are some trends during this time frame (170 games, including bowls):

 


 

?  when running more plays than the opponent      70-18-3

?  with 400-plus yards total offense (40-4 with 500-plus)      79-11-2

?  when scoring 30 or more points (84 in last 165 games)      79-  4-1 

?  when leading in possession time (43-29-1 when not)      76-12-3 

?  when making 20-plus first downs      82-19-1 

?  when converting 50 percent or better on 3rd down      46-  4-1 

?  when scoring first (60-6-1 the last 67 times)      71-  9-1 

?  with two or fewer turnovers (19-6-2 with zero)      89-22-2

?  when holding opponent to 17 points or less      67-  7-1 

?  when holding opponent under 100 yards rushing      56-  4-1 

?  when holding opponent under 300 yards total offense      55-  6-1 

?  when average field position is CU 30+ (22-2 40+)      86-19-2

?  when play selection is 50 percent rushing calls      103-16-2 

?  when rushing for 200-plus yards      69-  4-1

?  when rushing for 250-plus yards      49-  1-1

?  when rushing for 300-plus yards      30-  0-1

?  when rushing and passing for at least 200 yards      29-  2-0 

?  when passing for 200-plus yards      61-24-2

?  when passing for 300-plus yards (7-0-1 400-plus)      20-  7-1

?  when passing for more yards than rushing      53-38-2

?  when holding edge in 1st downs & possession time                   65-  9-2

?  when holding edge in field position       94-13-1 

?  when out-rushing the opponent (60-3 the last 63)      98-  5-3 

?  when owning the edge in return yards      95-16-2


 

 

Trends III Gary Barnett took over the reins of the CU program in 1999.  CU has a 29-21 overall record with him as mentor, and here are some trends during his tenure (50 games, including bowls):

 


 

?  when scoring 30 or more points       22-2

?  when taking a lead after trailing (12-2 last 14)  17-8

?  when leading in possession time (10-14 when not) 19-7 

?  with two or fewer turnovers (2-3 with zero) 8-3

?  when turnover margin is plus for CU or even      25-11

          last 18 games when plus or even         16-2 

?  when converting 50 percent or better on 3rd down     9-2 

?  when holding edge in possession time        18-7

?  when scoring first (8-19 when not) 22-2

?  when leading at halftime  23-3

?  when trailing at halftime (1-2 when tied) 5-16 

?  when holding opponent to 17 points or less      12-2 

?  when holding opponent under 100 yards rushing      14-3 

?  when holding opponent under 300 yards total offense  8-2 

?  when play selection is 50 percent rushing calls      25-8 

?  when rushing for 200-plus yards     17-2

?  when rushing for 250-plus yards     15-0

?  when rushing for 300-plus yards       8-0

?  with a 100-yard rusher (16-2 last 18)  19-7

?  when rushing and passing for at least 200 yards 7-1 

?  with 400-plus yards total offense  20-6

?  with 500-plus yards total offense  12-2

?  when out-rushing the opponent 25-3 

?  when owning the edge in return yards      23-8

?  with 75 or more return yards in a game   11-5

?  when following a loss        10-6


 

 

Experience Analysis Going into 2002, 47 players on the roster had seen previous game experience in their careers, with 28 making at least one start (with 22 of those players making at least three starts).   That?s a difference of 16 fewer players with game experience than the 2001 squad had at the start, with seven fewer players owning starting experience.  The ?01 team had 19 more players with game experience over the 2000 starting numbers, including six more that made starts.  So it?s cyclical, and that shows up when looking at the breakdown of the starters over the course of the season.  CU has started all upperclassmen in almost every game in 2002, and for the season, juniors and seniors started 93% of the time:

 

?    2002 starters (14 games): Seniors (155), Juniors (130), Sophomores (14), Freshmen (9: redshirts 0, true 9).

?    2001 starters (13 games): Seniors (102), Juniors (95), Sophomores (83), Freshmen (7: redshirts 7, true 0).

?    2000 starters (11 games): Seniors (55), Juniors (116), Sophomores (39), Freshmen (32; redshirts 15, true 17).

?    1999 starters (12 games): Seniors (115), Juniors (42), Sophomores (84), Freshmen (23: redshirts 23, true 0)

 

Usually In ?Em Colorado?s usually been in those few games it has lost over the last 14 seasons.  Of the 49 losses, 30 have been by eight points or less (including the ?01 and ?02 openers, six in 2000 and three of the five losses in 1999, or 12 of the 21 losses in the Barnett Era).  The teams that have defeated CU by more than eight are Nebraska (52-7 in 1992, 24-7 in 1994 and 44-21 in 1995), Missouri (41-31 in '97 and 38-14 in '98), Notre Dame (21-6 in 1990), Kansas (40-24 in 1995 and 33-17 in 1998), Michigan (27-3 in 1997), Kansas State (37-20 in '97 and 44-21 in 2000), Colorado State (41-14 in 1999), Texas Tech (31-10 in ?99), Texas (28-14 in ?00 and 41-7 this year), Oregon (38-16 in the ?02 Fiesta Bowl), USC (40-3 in 2002) and Oklahoma (27-11 and 29-7in ?02).  CU has really been dominated from the start only four times in this stretch (1992 at Nebraska, 1997 at Michigan, 1999 vs. CSU (though CU led in total yardage over 75 percent of the game) and 2002 vs. USC, while K-State (?00) and Texas (?01) put the game out of reach in the third quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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