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Conference is irrelevant. No culture, no success.

The Buffs weren't exactly lighting the world on fire during their Big12 years, particularly not at the tail end. (Including a 2004 Big12 North Championship with a 4-4 conference record.)

The biggest difference between CU and Utah is that Utah knows who they are. Coaching consistency has lead to the development of a specific culture for the program. They are very similar to CU in the late 80s/early 90s. The roster is primarily filled with tough, hard-nosed blue collar kind of players, with a few blue chippers sprinkled in.

They play a specific style of football, which allows them to focus on recruiting specific types of players. A 2-star guy that fits your system is better than a 3-star guy who doesn't.

CU hasn't had a culture since McCartney left. Neuheisel had a couple years of success with McCartney's players and the remnants of the culture McCartney built. Once his own culture started to take hold, the lug nuts popped off and the wheels started to wobble. Coaching change after coaching change has caused the wheels to fall off completely. We put on the donut every now and then, but we still haven't secured the wheels for a long road trip.

Since McCartney left, we've had 6 coaches (now on #7) with an average tenure of a little over 4 years. Neuheisel was the only current assistant to take over the program from the existing head coach, but rather than build on McCartney's culture, he tried to create his own.

Who knows what Barnett could have done without the "scandal" and the utter cowardice shown by the administration.

CU will never be what it was back in the late 80s and into the 90s. The game is too different now and CU will never have the money to compete with the big boys. The best CU can hope for is to emulate Utah with consistent bowl appearances and the occasional magical season.

The first step toward achieving that goal is to maintain some consistency in the head coach position and build a culture. Let's hope Dorrell can be the guy to build that culture and develop someone on his staff with both the ability and the desire to continue whatever culture he builds.

(In response to this post by Bufftransfer)

Posted: 06/29/2020 at 1:49PM


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  Conference is irrelevant. No culture, no success. -- OutToPasture 06/29/2020 1:49PM
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