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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André Roberson, a junior forward, set the CU’s single-season record for rebounds with 401 and ranked fifth nationally with 20 double-doubles (points-rebounds) last season. The first player signed by coach Tad Boyle, he’s led the Buffs in rebounds, blocks and steals the past two years.
Less than a third of the way through the regular season, the CU volleyball team had already eclipsed its victory totals from four of the previous five years. And less than halfway through the schedule, the Buffs had doubled last year’s win total —12 vs. 6, thanks to a strong freshman class.
The CU men’s cross country team, which dominated the Big 12 for its first dozen years in the conference, is similarly making itself right at home in the Buffs’ initial seasons in the Pac-12.
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There’s something about the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase that’s brought out the best in CU competitors in recent years. And 2012 is no different as Buff athletes Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp made the three-woman U.S. Olympic steeplechase team. Coburn won the U.S. title in the event and Kipp captured the NCAA championship.
Rashaan Salaam (Soc ex’95), the only Heisman Trophy winner in CU history, is among a record dozen people who will be inducted into the CU Athletic Hall of Fame Nov. 15.
CU went into August preseason camp trying to settle on a starting quarterback among three primary contenders — third-year sophomore Nick Hirschman and transfers Connor Wood from University of Texas and Jordan Webb from University of Kansas.
It could have been the lasting image of Dathan Ritzenhein (Hist’06) for this Olympic year.
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The 2011-12 season was one to remember for the CU women’s golf team. By the end of April the Buffs had won three team titles for the first time and made history by recording back-to-back victories. For much of the spring they were ranked just outside the top 10 in the nation before finishing fourth at the NCAA West Regional.
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding season, the CU men’s basketball team lowered the boom on many an unsuspecting opponent.
Ideally, spring practices are supposed to resolve many issues for a college football team. But for CU, the spring produced almost as many questions as answers.
Ann Elliott made history March 26 when she became head coach for the new CU women’s lacrosse program, which begins play in spring semester 2014. She comes to CU after being a player and assistant coach at perennial lacrosse powerhouse Northwestern University, winner of six NCAA titles between 2005-2011.
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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.