It's that time of the year when midseason reports become fashionable. The Buffaloes, who play 13 games this season thanks to a trip to Hawaii to start the season, are sort of at their midway point.
Blame Dan Hawkins for the Colorado football team's 1-5 start to the 2011 season. Sure, Hawkins hasn't been in charge for nearly a full year now, but he still is largely responsible for assembling a roster lacking speed and depth and too many scholarship players who don't contribute on Saturday afternoons.
Blame President Bruce Benson who, according to sources, forced CU athletic director Mike Bohn to keep Hawkins on the payroll after the debacle that was the 2009 season, thereby delaying improvement by one full year.
Blame Bohn for scheduling too aggressively and adding Ohio State to the slate this season for $1.4 million. Sure, Bohn is between a rock and hard place needing to add revenue wherever possible in a year in which CU will receive only a fraction of what it usually collects in conference distributions. But a confidence-building win in front of 42,000 fans at Folsom Field would have served the program much better in the end than the extra scratch.
Blame donors for not doing much to this point to ease that one-year burden on the athletic department.
Blame the coaching staff for not being able to get the team over the hump in nip-and-tuck games or reel in a penalty problem or prevent a rash of special teams mistakes that somehow continue to cost the team every week.
There is plenty of blame to go around for another forlorn football season in Boulder. Here is a look at the good, the bad and the ugly at the midway point of the Buffs' first autumn in the Pac-12.But Ringo isn't alone. ESPN's Ted Miller has midseason reports for every team in the Pac 12, here's his report on Colorado.
The Buffs played well on both sides of the ball in a win over Colorado State, but the road woes continued in a blowout loss to Ohio State. Back at home, Colorado appeared on its way to its first conference win over Washington State, leading by 10 in the fourth quarter. But the Cougars rallied, and a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 remaining stunned the Buffs and their fans. After the game, Embree expressed frustration, "So when is it enough? When are they going to get tired of losing? When are they going to get tired of finding a way to lose?"
Also of note ...
The Buffaloes are allowing one of the five players suspended last week - corner back Josh Motem - to return to practice.
Colorado will schedule two FCS teams in 2012 and 2013. One of those teams will be a Big Sky school.