Tuesday, June 2, 2010 (Updated at 9:30 p.m.)
GAME TIMES FOR HOME OPENER, GEORGIA SET
BOULDER The kickoff time for the home opener for the University of Colorado football team this Sept. 18 against the University of Hawai’i has been set, as the Buffaloes and Rainbow Warriors will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. mountain time.
The will be televised by Fox College Sports (FCS), as the Big 12 Conference office earlier this week released the TV schedule for the first three weeks of the 2010 season. It will also be Alfred Williams Day, as CU will celebrate the first member of its 1990 national championship team headed for induction this December in the College Football Hall of Fame.
In addition, CU received permission late Wednesday to announce the television arrangements for the Oct. 2 Georgia game, when the Buffaloes will honor the 20th anniversary of their 1990 concensus national champion team; that game against the Bulldogs will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net and will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. mountain.
CU topped three of the five polls that year considered to be official determinators of the national champion: AP, NFF-College Football Hall of Fame (which awards the prestigious MacArthur Trophy) and USA Today-CNN (in addition to also claiming the crown from The Sporting News and Football News, often both recognized as well); Georgia Tech topped the UPI poll and Miami, Fla., the New York Times-Sagarin rankings; all three also were acknowledged by various computer rankings, but they don't factor into the official champion.
The game times and television arrangements for CU’s first two games had already been announced since they’re tied into home games for other conferences; the Sept. 4 CU-Colorado State game at Invesco Field in Denver will kickoff at Noon MDT (The mtn. will televise), while the Sept. 11 contest at California will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net with a 1:30 p.m. (MDT) kick.
In addition, the CU-Nebraska game remains in its popular Friday after Thanksgiving slot, with the teams playing this year in Lincoln on Nov. 26 with a 1:30 p.m. mountain kick. It will be the 15th straight year CU and NU will meet on the Friday after turkey day, and the 18th straight dating back to 1993 that ABC will have televised the game nationally.
All other game times and television plans beginning with the Oct. 9 road contest at Missouri will be known either 12 days in advance or in some instances (per ABC contract), six days in advance.
SIMAS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY
BOULDER University of Colorado junior wide receiver Markques Simas has been suspended indefinitely from the football team, school officials announced Wednesday.
Head coach Dan Hawkins said, “Markques must rectify several matters. If he were to successfully complete a list of several issues, including processes by both the legal system and CU Office of Judicial Affairs, there is a slim possibility he could rejoin the team as a walk-on in the fall.”
Simas, who is out of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, was CU’s second leading receiver in 2009, as he caught 43 passes for 585 yards and three touchdowns. After a slow start, the 6-2, 215-pounder caught fire near the end of the season, with 31 receptions for 463 yards in the final four games of the season, setting a school record for the most catches over a four-game span in CU history. His 13.6 average per reception was also a team best last fall.
BOHN IN KANSAS CITY FOR BIG 12 MEETINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn is in Kansas City this week attending the annual Big 12 Conference meetings, with conference expansion on the minds of many in attendance, especially dozens of media.
“We’re trying to do the best we can to monitor all the movement around the country,” he told KOA-Radio Wednesday afternoon. “Right now, we’re committed to keeping the (Big 12) together, but there’s so much speculation and backroom conversations going on, it’s a dicey mood around Kansas City this week. If the Big 12 doesn’t stay in its current form, the television contracts and revenue will be diminished. But our preference really is that things stay the way they are in the current form.”
When host Dave Logan (CU ’76) asked if Missouri and/or Nebraska were to join the Big 10, and if CU was tied to what they do, Bohn responded, “That would be accurate. If they move to the Big 10, which then creates additional movement around the country, to include potential expansion by the Pac-10, then that could create a new opportunity for us. I don’t believe we’re tied to a league movement with Missouri and Nebraska, but we would be tied to the fact that league has now changed and could create new challenges for us.”