Tag:Tad Boyle
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:38 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 4:59 pm

Tad Boyle has Colorado exceeding expectations

Jeff Borzello

After Colorado’s home loss to Wyoming on December 9, it looked like the Buffaloes were going to live up to their projected 11th-place finish in the Pac-12. They were struggling, sitting at just 5-4 on the season.

Then finals week happened.

Tad Boyle regrouped his troops during the short break, and Colorado has since reeled off six straight wins, including three in the Pac-12.

“We really made a commitment to get better,” Boyle said. “During that period of time, you have no classes, you practice a lot, you hopefully make your players better. They’ve taken that to heart and have made tremendous strides over the past two-to-three weeks.”

Colorado has been the surprise of the conference so far this season. The Buffaloes opened league play with a 40-point win over Utah, but the game that put them on the map was an 18-point victory against Washington.

Although the Huskies aren’t living up to preseason expectations, no one anticipated that sort of dominance.

“I think the Washington game gave us a lot of confidence; that was a key game for us,” Boyle said. “Confidence plays such an important role in college athletics, and we gained a lot of it.”

Last season, Colorado was one of the last teams left out of the NCAA tournament, but lost prolific wing scorers Alec Burks and Cory Higgins from that team. Double-figure scorers Levi Knutson and Marcus Relphorde are also gone. All in all, the Buffaloes lost 75 percent of it scoring from a season ago.

Several players have made huge jumps in production from a year ago, including Andre Roberson. The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 11.3 points and 11.7 rebounds this season, providing a presence on the boards despite his size. Senior forward Austin Dufault is also playing the best basketball of his career.

Utah transfer Carlon Brown leads the team in scoring, and has picked up his play recently. Brown is averaging nearly 19 points per game in Pac-12 games. Freshman Spencer Dinwiddie has been a pleasant surprise in the backcourt, and classmate Askia Booker provides scoring off the bench.

“We’re really sharing the ball offensively,” Boyle said. “Defensively, we’re really helping each other. Our rotations have gotten a lot better.”

With so many newcomers playing major minutes immediately, Boyle wasn’t sure what he had at this disposal. He knew there were some veterans on the team leftover from last season, but he didn’t know which ones were primed for a big step forward.

“I don’t know if I’m surprised or not. I didn’t know what to expect,” Boyle said. “This is a transitional year. We had a few bumps early. I’d say I’m a little surprised, but not crazy surprised. I expect a lot from our team.”

The upcoming northern California road trip to California and Stanford will tell a lot about the Buffaloes. They’re just 1-3 away from home this season, and all three Pac-12 wins came in the altitude-heavy confines of Coors Event Center. Moreover, Cal and Stanford were arguably the two best teams in the Pac-12 heading into league play.

Boyle knows what’s at stake in the coming days.

“It arguably might be the toughest trip of any in the Pac-12 – and we start out with it,” he said. “We’ll find out right away where we stack up."

It might be very difficult to sweep California and Stanford on the road, but a split would still bring Colorado plenty of respect in the Pac-12. It would be a huge accomplishment for a team that wasn’t expected to even crack the top 10 of the conference.

Since the Buffaloes seem to do well with no attention, Boyle is trying to lessen the hype.

“We absolutely have to temper [expectations],” he said. “We’re three games into an 18-game schedule. It’s a marathon.”

After this weekend, though, it could be impossible to quiet the attention.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: September 21, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 4:42 pm

Tad Boyle happy Pac-12 avoided expansion

By Matt Norlander

With his school safely through the foyer of the Pac-12's new house, second-year Colorado coach Tad Boyle is thrilled his conference isn't letting anyone else through the door.

"Selfishly, as the head coach at Colorado, staying at 12’s a good, good thing," he said. "I don’t think it would’ve been the end of the world if we expanded, but I'm happy where we are."

Colorado and Utah made the jump last summer, the Buffaloes leaving the Big 12 and the Utes abandoning the Mountain West. Imagine that, though: the Pac-12 welcomes in Colorado but denies Oklahoma and Texas. Strange times, indeed. Boyle openly admitted to being nothing but an afterthought when it came to these decisions. Still, he's as optimistic about the conference's future as anyone inside it.

“I’ve got 100 percent confidence in our conference’s office," Boyle said. "Larry Scott has done an unbelievable job since he got here. Those are decisions that are obviously made way above coaches’ heads and even above athletic directors’ heads. That’s for our university presidents to look at for the league as a whole."

With no former Big 12 brethren heading over, why is Colorado better off? Boyle's not a fan of the voluminous leagues that do exist and still threaten to form throughout the college landscape down the road.

“Any time you have fewer teams in your league, it’s easier for you to differentiate yourself," he said. "When you get into 16-, 18- and 20-team leagues, sometimes you’re not even playing everybody, and they’re in your conference. I don’t know how that’s even a true league. A league means a relatively balanced schedule. Even with a 12-team league in basketball you can’t play everyone home-and-home.”

Boyle said he didn't have any expectations regarding what the conference would do. Though he's happy it dodged going to 16, he never cared throughout the past month or so, when speculation and predictions came from the media by the minute.

“If I read everything’s that written in the media, I would've believed it’s going to 16. But I didn’t spend a lot of time and a lot of effort on that because, until something happens, I like to spend my days and my time and energy that are going to help Colorado basketball get better,” Boyle said, smoothly tossing in a PR-flavored endorsement for his program, which could have some rough days ahead.

Colorado finished its final season in the Big 12 last year by going 24-14. But Doyle's inaugural year with the Buffs was blessed by having Alec Burks on the roster. The sophomore sensation left for the NBA this past spring. In the team's first Pac-12 campaign, it's not likely to be as smooth or fortuitous. The team loses 75 percent of its scoring. Five seniors and Burks are gone. Much re-tooling will take place.

"I don’t know if I can with a straight face tell you we’re going to be better," he said. "I do know our program is headed in the right direction. But we lost so much."

The team gets back a big piece in Shane Harris-Tunks, a 6-11 player coming off a right ACL injury from last November. Additionally, Carlon Brown will likely lead the team in scoring. Recognize the name? He played with Utah for three years and was the team's leading scorer. He only has one year of eligibility, but the Buffs will soak up as much offense from him as possible this year.

“Carlin was a perfect fit for what we’re going to be losing,” Boyle said.

Sabatino Chen, a University of Denver transfer, is another player who will pick up minutes. On the freshman front, Boyle did get two L.A. guards to commit to living in Boulder, Co. Dinwiddie (what a name!) Spencer is 6-4 and plays the point. Askia Booker is a 6-1 combo guard. Both will work their way into the rotation by mid-year, Boyle surmised.


Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: January 24, 2011 4:01 pm

Coach Speak: Will league jumpers fire coaches?

Don't look back, Doc, they might be gaining on you.

Posted by Eric Angevine

Hot Seat

Today, rather than calling out a specific coach who's dragging tail (I'll get back to that next week), I have a philosophical question for you, the reader. I hope you'll give your thoughts in the comment section.

Following this most recent round of conference roulette, several men's basketball coaches are heading to new challenges despite rather disappointing results for their programs this season. My question is: if you're making a big change already, do you let the new guy have a shot at recruiting for the next league, or do you fire him and start fresh with someone new? I'll give my thoughts on a few of those coaches below.

Doc Sadler, Nebraska - Kenneth Sadler has been Nebraska's head coach since 2006. He had a couple of nice seasons at UTEP before taking the job, and had three straight winning seasons after taking over. Those records never got him above 7th place in the Big 12, however. Last season the team fell off a cliff and ended up dead last, and this season's lineup is still wildly inconsistent, especially after Christian Standhardinger's bizarre story unfolded. As the Huskers head into the Big Ten, it's time for new management. There are plenty of current Big Ten assistants who look mighty attractive and know the recruiting grounds.

Tad Boyle, Colorado - Tad is in his first season at CU, and despite some recent stumbles, his ability to win some road games in the Big 12 is a great sign for the Buffs' chances at hitting the ground running in the Pac-10. Obviously, you stick with this guy and see what he can do.

Jim Boylen, Utah - Boylen is probably the toughest case here. He has been a top assistant with the Houston Rockets and Michigan State Spartans, but his record with Utah is not great. He has one NCAA appearance in four seasons in the Mountain West, and he's currently clinging to a perfect .500 record: 10-10 overall and 3-3 in conference. Boylen may be able to make hay with recruiting now that this team is moving to greener pastures, so unless there's a home-run hire out there this summer, I think I'd stick with him and give him a chance.

Of the WAC teams that are moving on, I'd say everyone but 6th-year Fresno State head coach Steve Cleveland is safe.

Thoughts? Wishes? Coffee-fueled rants? Deposit them below.

Quotable Coaches

“When they see Georgia Tech on the shirt, if they are open, it’s going in. I promise you. At halftime, I was thinking, 'seven for eight.' You can put teams in a gym by themselves that wide open, and they are not going to make seven out of eight.”

-Yellow Jacket head coach Paul Hewitt talks about his team’s perimeter woes after Virginia shot 66.7 percent from deep to earn a 72-64 win.

"I really think the single biggest stat in the game was Tristan Thompson's five blocks. Those were all huge plays."

-Rick Barnes credits defensive effort in Texas’ streak-snapping road win over Kansas

“I don’t know why Jordan got one. I don’t know why Marcus got one. I don’t know why J’Covan and Josh got those at the end. Gosh dang, I mean, there’s more dialogue with negative with this guy talking to his best friend than some of those things.”

-Bill Self reacts to the four technical fouls called in Texas’ upset of Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse

“He kept shanking the ball, and he kept blaming the clubs. And the clubs are all bent up. We had a heckuva time. There were a couple of Humvees 150 yards away. That’s what we were aiming at. There were no flags. You had to hit the anti-bomb craft.”

-Dayton coach Brian Gregory recalls a round of golf he and Fordham head coach Tom Pecora played with troops in Iraq two years ago

“When Kevin first approached me on it, I said to Kevin, ‘I’d rather not make that call. I’d rather you stay put. I think you have a great team at Iona and I’d rather you stay put and wait.’ My first conversation with him was discouraging.”

-Rick Pitino explains how he tried to talk his former assistant Kevin Willard out of taking the job at Louisville’s Big East rival Seton Hall

"We just can't score.”

-Auburn head coach Tony Barbee puts his finger on the problem that has Auburn winless in the SEC

“We thought it would be good for our guys to pay respects to the people that dug the well for this program, so to speak,”

-Sidney Lowe describes his team’s visit to the gravesites of legendary N.C. State coaches Everett Case and Jim Valvano.

"For me, he's the hardest cover since Ike Diogu was at Arizona State. We just really tried to find ways to get Ike locked up in a closet before we played them or something. He was such a difficult to cover, and Derrick Williams is becoming just like that. He's hard to deal with."

-Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar heaps praise on Arizona star Derrick Williams

We also have a couple of links to some longer videos that offer some insight into coaching at the mid-major level. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader has video of Fort Wayne coach Dane Fife after his team took a tough road swing through the Dakotas. AExtra has a nice look inside the coaching life of Boston University's Pat Chambers.

On our video today, we hear from legend-in-the-making Thad Matta, discussing his team's ascension to 20-0 on the season.
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