October 22, 2011

Ask an expert: Colorado

Each week, Duck Sports Authority seeks out an expert on the Ducks' opponent to uncover answers to questions about the game and team. This week's Ask an Expert is with Adam Munsterteiger of Buffstampede.com.

Duck Sports Authority What are the thoughts of the Colorado fan base about joining the Pac-12 and their first year with the league?

Adam Munsterteiger Despite their unimpressive start on the football field in the Pac-12, Buff fans are ecstatic to be in the conference. The Pac-12 is a better fit for Colorado, both culturally and academically. And there are 30,000 more CU alumni that reside in the Pac-12 footprint than live in Big 12 territory. It is also a benefit in recruiting, as the Buffs have always recruited California heavily. And let's face it, road trips to places like Eugene and Tempe beat road trips to places like Ames and Lubbock.

Duck Sports Authority The Buffaloes are rebuilding their football program and are 1-6 so far this season. What is the prognosis for the program turning itself around?

AM It will take some time. The former coaching staff at Colorado was never able to develop quality depth on the roster. And the Buffs will lose 28 seniors after this season. So CU's new staff will have to put together multiple solid recruiting classes before the team is able to contend for a Pac-12 South title. One positive is that Jon Embree has a clear cut vision for what he wants the program to look like. They feature a pro-style offense and want to feature a smashmouth running attack. There is an emphasis on creating a physical mentality on both sides of the ball. Under Dan Hawkins, the Buffs never even attempted to create an identity. And Embree is a former Buff player and longtime assistant so he understands all the positives that the University and Boulder have to offer, as well as the challenges in recruiting that are present at CU.

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