Spring Game Site Changed (Monday FB Notes)
BOULDER-Due to this past weekend's blitz of snow and the status of the reseeding of the turf, the University of Colorado has moved its annual spring football game from Folsom Field to the grass practice fields just north of the stadium.
School officials were hoping that an improved condition of the field would allow for the spring game, but a recent reseeding combined with the April snowstorm has now made it impractical to hold the game this early in the healing process of the turf.
All events for the April 23 game will now transfer to the practice fields, starting with Healthy Kids day at 10:30 a.m. Kickoff for the game remains at 1:00, and any other functions not inside the stadium will still take place at the established locations.
More information on parking and other game day details can be found game week on CUBuffs.com.
Monday Practice News: Though much of the snowstorm's effects had melted away throughout the day, the Buffaloes drilled for two hours on their artificial turf-grass surface. Head coach Gary Barnett said his team held a solid outing, and that "the turf was great. We had a great day out here."
CU focused part of the session on kickoff/punt return and coverage drills, as Barnett noted that it was the first extensive work the Buffs have done in the area this spring. Due to the tender hamstring pulls of junior Mason Crosby and sophomore Kevin Eberhart, the seventh-year head coach said CU has been limited with its special teams work. "It was a little bit of a catch-up day," he stated.
Barnett then later joked to the media: "You and I could cover on our kickoff team," specifically referring to Crosby's monster leg. "Our guys just have to run 10 yards and then turn around and come back to the sidelines. So, we don't need to do much on that."
In 2004, Crosby only had 17 of his 59 kickoffs returned. Forty-one boots went for touchbacks, including 26 that carried out of the end zone.
As for the return game, Barnett said, "It's hard to do it full speed in the spring. You want to do a few things, but you don't want to put too much into it because there is no carryover into the fall."
Barnett noted that sophomore Stephone Robinson and Terrence Wheatley remain CU's top return specialists, despite the fact the two haven't practiced this spring. Robinson (hamstring) and Wheatley (wrist) continue to nurse injuries, leaving the door open for junior college transfer Alvin Barnett to receive reps on the field. In addition, Coach Barnett said several incoming freshmen could compete in the return mix come August.
Robinson did practice Monday, but was limited to no contact. Sophomore wide out Dusty Sprague, who suffered a concussion after being lit up by Brian Iwuh in Saturday's scrimmage "went a little bit, but is still talking to aliens," Barnett quipped.
Senior receiver Evan Judge, who sustained a high ankle sprain in the scrimmage, will most likely miss the remainder of the spring, while junior Blake Mackey (knee) ran lightly during the day. "We hope to get him back (full-speed) next week," Barnett added.
Former Athletics Fundraiser and CU Football Player Joins CU Foundation
The University of Colorado Foundation has brought back former CU football captain and athletics fundraiser Ron Scott to help bolster sales of club seats and suites at Folsom Field. Scott has been hired under a six-month contract to serve as Special Assistant to the Associate Athletic Director for Development.
Scott is a long-time figure at both the university and the CU Foundation. Scott began his legacy at CU as a letter-winning football player from 1963-1967, while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business. After several years in the private sector, Scott was hired by CU as the athletic department's director of development in 1982 and served in that capacity for eight years. In 1990, he then went on to serve as vice president of major gifts at the CU Foundation for another nine years. Between the two positions, Scott has contributed a total of 19 years of fundraising support to the university. A milestone of Scott's efforts was coordinating fundraising for the Dal Ward Athletic Center, which was entirely privately funded and completed in 1990.
After leaving the CU Foundation, Scott returned to his home state of Wyoming with his wife, Ann, and founded Bison Corp., a custom home building business, based in Sheridan, Wyoming. During the past few years both have kept their strong ties to the university and have attended virtually all home games and traveled to several away games.
"I am very pleased that Ron will be working with the Foundation and the CU Athletic Department," said Jack Lengyel, Interim Athletic Director at the University of Colorado. "He brings a wealth of experience and relationships with our donor base and will be specifically working with our major donors and the selling of the remaining football suites and club seats."
Scott joins an established athletics development department at the CU Foundation whose mission is to support fundraising efforts for student athletes at CU. Scott will work with current staff, while re-establishing connections with alumni, friends and fans.
"It will be important as CU Athletics moves forward to re-engage people who have supported us in the past," said Andrew Plenn, CU Foundation Associate Director of Athletics for Development. "Ron provides terrific connections to many of these people and will be a great asset to our efforts to provide resources for student athletes."
Founded in 1967, the University of Colorado Foundation is a privately governed, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the University of Colorado by raising private support outside the realm of state funding and by managing assets independently from the university. Over the past three years, the CU Foundation has raised over $226 million in outright gifts and commitments to ensure academic excellence at this world-class university. In fiscal year 2004, the Foundation transferred over $75 million in current gifts and endowment earnings to support the university's students and faculty. Today, the Foundation has total assets exceeding $760 million. For more information, visit www.cufund.org.