By Jim Martin The news resounded throughout the Colorado football world recently: assistant coach Brian Cabral (Rec’79) will not be on the sideline for the 2013 football season — a place he has been since 1989, a career extending more than 23 years. The 1990 National Championship team has finally ended. This is something like John Elway or
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In January athletic director Mike Bohn announced the addition of women’s lacrosse that will begin varsity play in the 2013-14 academic year.
At the beginning of the lockout-shortened pro season, three former Buffs were on NBA regular-season rosters — Chauncey Billups (Soc ex’99) of the Los Angeles Clippers and ex-CU teammates Alec Burks (A&S ex’11) of the Utah Jazz and Cory Higgins (A&S’11) of the Charlotte Bobcats.
After having just two head coaches in the 16 seasons of the women’s soccer program, CU hired Danny Sanchez, who led Denver’s Metro State to two Division II national titles and has spent the last four years at Wyoming.
CU’s basketball teams were predicted to finish tied for 10th [men’s media poll] and 11th [women’s coaches poll] in their first seasons in the Pac-12. But the Buffs weren’t falling into line at the beginning of conference play. The men started Pac-12 action 8-3, while the women were 4-6.
Richard Rokos became head coach of the ski team almost 22 years ago, making him the “dean” of current Buff head coaches. The Czech native went into the 2012 season having led CU to six national titles.
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Ralphie’s Kids Roundup, a program in which donors give money for football and women’s basketball tickets for children, kicked off its seventh year this fall.
Like Bill McCartney experienced while coaching Jon Embree (Comm’88), Embree began his head coaching career at Colorado with one win in his first nine games.
The cross country teams won the first ever Pac-12 Conference titles in any sport, sweeping the men’s and women’s races in October. The victories mark the 13th time in school history that the men and women have won both titles at a conference championship since the inception of a women’s program in 1976. This is
Hired in spring 2005, Mike Bohn has had an eventful tenure as athletic director. He has brought in new head coaches in three of CU’s most prominent sports — football and men’s and women’s basketball — led CU’s move to the Pac-12 and received a contract extension through June 2016.
4 CU basketball players have been selected in the top 12 of the NBA draft; sophomore Alec Burks went No. 12 overall to the Utah Jazz this spring, Chauncey Billups (Soc ex’99) was picked third in 1997, Scott Wedman (Bus’74) went No. 6 in 1974 and Cliff Meely (A&S’71) was chosen No. 7 in 1971. 3 Club sports teams won national titles during the 2010-11 school year — swimming and diving, triathlon and men’s soccer. 93 Number of wave starts CU athletic director Mike Bohn initiated in his role as official starter of the Bolder Boulder 10K on Memorial Day. 100,000 is the amount of Euros earned by former CU golfer Matt Zions (Fin’02) when he won the Saint Omer Open in France by seven strokes in June.
CU is quickly becoming Steeplechase U. Jenny Barringer Simpson (Econ,PolSci’09) won NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and junior Emma Coburn claimed victories in the event this year at both the NCAA meet and the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. What Buff-turned-assistant-coach placed first this year in the steeplechase at the
CU and state and local officials celebrated the university’s entrance into the Pac-12 Conference on July 1. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared it Pac-12 Day, and the Spirit Bell at the Center for Community, which opened in August 2010 east of Regent Hall, and the Old Main bell rang a dozen times at noon to commemorate the occasion.
The basketball and volleyball teams moved into their $10.8 million practice facility attached to the north end of the Coors Events Center this summer.
During one his infrequent breaks from running, Mark Wetmore jogged in place* and answered questions with Gary Baines. (* not really)
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After 50 years as CU’s public address announcer, Alan Cass (A&S ex’63, HonDocHum’99) signed off at his last men’s basketball game as the Buffs defeated Kent State in the NIT quarterfinals.
The women’s basketball team, picked to finish last in the Big 12 Conference by the league’s coaches, saw its season end in the quarterfinals of the Women’s NIT where the Buffs lost 87-70 to future Pac-12 foe Southern California.
Goal and tribute accomplished. The ski team honored its fallen team member, Spencer Nelson (Bus ex’10), just as it had set out to do, by winning the school’s 18th national title in the sport with a solid showing in the slalom, cruising to victory in the 58th Annual NCAA Skiing Championships.
Tad Boyle completed his first season as head coach of the CU men’s basketball team with a record 24 wins and a trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) semifinals.
After being named head football coach in early December, Jon Embree (Comm’89) hired an assistant coaching staff that includes other ex-CU players and/or coaches. On board are former Buff players Eric Bieniemy (Soc’01) (offensive coordinator and running backs) and Brian Cabral (PE’79) who was retained as linebackers coach and Kanavis McGhee (defensive line). In addition former CU assistant coaches Greg Brown, who is now defensive coordinator and secondary, and Steve Marshall (offensive line). Boulder High School alum Bobby Kennedy (wide receivers) also joined the staff.
The men’s basketball team, coached by Tad Boyle, started its Big 12 Conference season in style, winning back-to-back games against nationally ranked opponents for the first time in program history.
Is CU at a competitive disadvantage in terms of its resources in comparison to schools in the future Pac-12, the conference the Buffs will join later this year? Jon Embree (Comm’89) was asked after being introduced as CU’s new head football coach in early December.
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The women’s basketball team went 9-4 in nonconference play in Linda Lappe’s (Mktg’02) first season as head coach.
Despite a 3-4 start to the season, the football team lost its first two games played outside Colorado by a combined 78-7, extending its woeful road record.