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The Scoop On The Buffaloes

By Freddie Brister

How many college football programs can say they’ve been around for more than a century? How many programs can say they have played in 1136 total games? Add to that, in the top 25 programs for wins(#16) & overall victory percentage(#22). A football team that has played in a historic stadium for 85 years in remembrance of a former coaching great(Fred Folsom). Numerous bowl appearances over the years. Some they won some they lost. Even though the football program has a better than 60% winning percentage bowl games haven’t been near as successful. Their winning percentage in bowl games is under 45%. A national championship in 1990 may help alleviate the subpar bowl record.

27 past bowl appearances with 12 wins & 15 losses. That’s about the only time period the Buffalo program has a sub .500 record except for the current run from 2006-present. In 1990, with head coach Bill McCartney at the command, Colorado won it’s first & only national title. They did have to share it with Georgia Tech though. Recently, Colorado decided to make a move to another conference by invitation. After being a member of the Big 12 for years Colorado is moving to the PAC-10 beginning in 2012.

The Buffaloes has numerous notable former players. Some are still playing at the next level while others are no longer able. Some of the more notable current pro players are a kicker, a defensive end, & a RB. In more recent years, one current NFL player (Chris Brown) was well known for his running days while at Colorado. There were also some very notably former Buffalo & NFL participants. Retired players include a former Heisman winner (Rashaan Salaam, 1994). Also, a former RB (Eric Bienemy) that was third for Heisman back in 1990. A QB (Kordell Stewart) that has quite few of the all-time passing records at Colorado.

Have you ever heard of a team being run without a head coach? Well, that was the case for the first 3 years of their football program. The first coach (Harry Heller) wasn’t named until 1894. A head coach (Fred Folsom) for 3 separate times had a stadium named after him for excellence. The most famous Colorado coach (Bill McCartney) was also the winningest coach in school history. Over 13 years, he coached in 153 total games with a winning percentage of over 60%. Also, finishing on top of college football back in the 1990 campaign. McCartney also seen some pretty solid players during his coaching days while on the field. The current head coach (Dan Hawkins) is under a lot of scrutiny. He is well below .500 in his 4 years of being head coach.

Byron White finished 2nd in the Heisman voting back in 1937. Eric Bienemy was 3rd for Heisman back in 1990. Darian Hagan finished 5th for Heisman back in 1989. Rashaan Salaam won the Heisman back in 1994. Not only did he win this award he also won the Walter Camp Award voted for best player in college football. And, he also garnered the Doak Walker Award for best RB. Kordell Stewart finished 13th that same year in the Heisman running. In more recent years, Chris Brown finished 8th for Heisman back in 2002. On the coaching side, Bill McCartney was given the Paul “Bear Bryant” award for best college football coach in 1990.

Freddie Brister is a huge fan of all sports and recommends checking out his Colorado Watch and Kansas Watch at his shop.

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