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Colorado hired former Purdue DC Ross Els to serve as inside linebackers coach.

In a statement, HC Mike MacIntyre said, "Coach Ross Els brings a lot of energy. He has great experience as a coordinator, positions coach and special teams coach, and we’re really excited about having his expertise in those phases in our program." He acted as Purdue's defensive coordinator and safeties coach last season and has previously worked as a linebacker coach at New Mexico State, Ohio and Nebraska. With Els' hire, MacIntyre's 2017 staff is now locked and loaded.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 25 - 4:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie to Prince Amukamara.

"Sticky man-cover corner who possesses the reactive athleticism and foot quickness to maintain coverage responsibilities around the field," Zierlein wrote. "Awuzie is not a burner, but his technique and instincts should provide what he needs to compete downfield." Awuzie was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection playing mostly nickel in 2015 (90 tackles, nine TFL, four sacks, two interceptions, 10 breakups) and a second-team all-conference pick again as a senior (65 tackles, six TFLs, one interception, 12 breakups).
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 1:25 PM

Colorado has hired a pair of the lawyers from Pepper Hamilton to investigate the assault allegations against former secondary coach Joe Tumpkin.

Pepper Hamilton crashed into the headlines early last summer, when the law firm was brought in to provide an investigation of Baylor's sexual assault scandal. In this particular case with Colorado, lawyers Leslie Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith are looking into whether HC Mike MacIntyre, AD Rick George and school president Phil DeStefano took the appropriate steps after they were made aware of the assault allegations being made by Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend. MacIntyre and George were made aware of these allegations in December, but Tumpkin was still allowed to coach in bowl action. He stepped down in January. For the time being, the approval of an extension for MacIntyre has been put on hold while this Tumpkin case is investigated. "We are looking at what occurred and when, if our policies were violated, or whether those policies should be modified to better explain the reporting," said Board of Regents Chair Irene Griego.
Feb 19 - 12:13 PM

Approval of Colorado HC Mike MacIntyre's extension is being delayed until April.

MacIntyre was reportedly awarded a $16.25 million contract extension through the 2021 season earlier this offseason. For the time being, the university is holding off on officially approving it. The hold up, here, comes as Colorado investigates the domestic violence allegations levied against former secondary coach Joe Tumpkin by an ex-girlfriend. Tumpkin resigned last month. Both MacIntyre and AD Rick George were aware of the allegations as of mid-December, but Tumpkin was still allowed to coach in the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State on December 29. The Board of Regents is now expected to review MacIntyre's extension in April, after they have looked into MacIntyre's handling of Tumpkin's situation. An outside consultant could potentially be brought in to assist the university. MacIntyre's current contract is set to expire after the 2018 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 4:08 PM

Scout.com notes that Colorado freshman LB Jon Van Diest also has potential as a defensive end.

Van Diest ranked as Scout's No. 1 outside linebacking prospect in the state of Colorado for the 2017 cycle. While both Scout and Rivals assigned the 6-foot-1, 234-pounder a three-star grade, ESPN was considerably higher on him, placing him at No. 255 overall on their master list. While the Worldwide Leader sees potential, here, they caution that Van Diest is "not a sideline-to-sideline player."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 12 - 4:22 PM

ESPN's Chris Low tags Colorado as having the second-easiest non-conference schedule for 2017.

Even Kevin Durant would be jealous. When it comes to non-conference cupcakes, Colorado trails only Washington in Low's estimation. This past season, HC Mike MacIntyre's crew had to face an at-the-time-rolling Michigan squad. No such hurdles this time around. They open the season against in-state foe Colorado State (not a cupcake) and will additionally take on Texas State and Northern Colorado before the month of September closes out. An FYI, that Colorado State contest will be played on a neutral field in Denver.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 3:57 PM

Colorado signed three-star 2017 G Will Sherman.

Sherman was on the Colorado bandwagon even before they took off like a rocket ship in 2016, as he committed to their cause in late July. While the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder played tackle at Allen High School (Texas), expect him to shift to guard come the start of his collegiate career with Colorado. Scout.com's Greg Powers notes that he possesses a "quickness off of the ball [which] allows him to get great positioning," adding that Sherman "runs the field well and pulls well." Powers also likes that Sherman has been tested against top-flight competition throughout high school.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 4 - 4:34 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that "teams like [Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie's] versatility and ability to play a variety of defensive back positions."

Pauline relayed at the beginning of January that there are some NFL squads who believe that Awuzie might be able to transition to safety without major issue. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl due to a toe injury, but barring a complication, he should be good to go for the rest of the draft process. He could potentially see interest on Day 1 of the draft and figures to be off the board early on Day 2 should a team not grab him in the first round.
Feb 4 - 3:34 PM

Colorado signed four-star 2017 WR K.D. Nixon.

Nixon took just one official visit during the cycle, that being to Colorado on the weekend of October 15. He committed to the Buffs just days later. And the rest, as they say, is history. Rivals ranks the 5-foot-8, 182-pounder as their No. 42 wideout in the 2017 class, while Scout.com slots him into their master list as the No. 213 overall prospect for the cycle. Scout analyst Greg Powers notes that the versatile Nixon is "an explosive and versatile prospect no matter where he lines up." Powers also views him as a potentially deadly weapon for Colorado to utilize in the return game against their Pac-12 foes.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 8:11 PM

Colorado signed three-star CB Chris Miller.

Miller had been committed to the Buffs since last June and there were no surprises on National Signing Day. The 6-foot, 175-pound native of Denton, Texas, has potential as both a receiver and a corner with Colorado. Rivals lists him at corner, while Scout.com's Gabe Brooks is of the opinion that he has flashed the most upside at receiver. Wrote Brooks, "his best high school moments have come so far at receiver, where he's a quick-twitch athlete who vertically stretches the field."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 5:56 PM

Colorado signed four-star JUCO DT Javier Edwards.

Edwards gives the Buffs plenty of beef inside at 6-foot-3, 345 pounds. "Edwards is a big body that can be a stout presence in the trenches," ESPN noted in a scouting report. "Needs to continue to be more consistent, but can help stuff the run and make plays between the tackles. Should be able to come in and quickly compete for time and a role." Edwards needs to improve his pad level.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 3:50 PM

Colorado signed three-star TE Jared Poplawski.

The Buffaloes raided Arizona State's commitment list to land Poplawski. A big tight end, Poplawski is reportedly a strong blocker with soft hands.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 1 - 2:00 PM

Former Colorado S coach Joe Tumpkin has been charged with eight counts of assault.

Tumpkin resigned last week in relation to an investigation into domestic violence allegations by a former girlfriend. He has now been charged with five counts of second-degree assault and three of third-degree assault. It is incredibly unlikely that Tumpkin receives another coaching opportunity in the near future, even if he is able to navigate his legal troubles.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 31 - 6:45 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that Colorado hired Army CB coach ShaDon Brown as defensive backs coach.

Former Colorado safeties coach Joe Tumpkin resigned on Friday amid an investigation into allegations of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend. Brown has been brought in as his replacement. Tumpkin was with Colorado for two seasons.
Source: ESPN
Jan 29 - 9:55 AM

Colorado S coach Joe Tumpkin has resigned.

Tumpkin was initially suspended indefinitely in early January while authorities investigated allegations of domestic violence forwarded by an ex-girlfriend. He will now step down. In a statement, AD Rick George said, "Joe is currently defending himself against allegations made in court records that do not represent our values. Furthermore, we need to move forward to ensure we do not have gaps in our coaching staff as we build the team and sign new recruits." Prior to tendering his resignation on Friday, Tumpkin had been on staff with Colorado each of the past two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 27 - 4:09 PM


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