MacIN­TYRE CALLS SIGNEE DE­PAR­TURE “BIZARRE”

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Univer­sity of Colorado foot­ball coach Mike MacIn­tyre said Thurs­day that the sud­den de­par­ture of a 2017 Buf­faloes signee was “kind of bizarre.”

Se­bas­tian Olver — a 6foot-5, 250-pound tight end/de­fen­sive end from Marin Catholic (Calif.) High School — left the pro­gram, the univer­sity an­nounced Tues­day. Olver, per a Tues­day re­port in Buf­fZone.com, ar­rived at CU last week and prac­ticed once be­fore abruptly re­turn­ing to his birth coun­try in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia. Olver moved to the United States and be­gan play­ing foot­ball at Marin Catholic just two years ago.

“It’s re­ally dis­ap­point- ing,” MacIn­tyre said. “We worked re­ally ex­tremely hard with him, had to jump through a lot of hoops (in) Aus­tralia to come over here at his high school there.”

He added: “I think it’s a huge mis­take on his part. But kids make choices and now he’s got to live with it. We’ll move on.”

Be­cause Olver was on cam­pus for less than two days, MacIn­tyre in­di­cated the pro­gram will ap­ply for a waiver to re­tain Olver’s schol­ar­ship. “One of these guys out here de­serves that schol­ar­ship,” he said.

Dial up the hits.

For the first time this fall camp, the Buf­faloes prac­ticed in full pads: white and black jer­seys with gold hel­mets.

“There was a lot of phys­i­cal-ness,” MacIn­tyre said. “There was a cou­ple (in­stances) of push­ing and shov­ing, both sides kinda get­ting af­ter it. That was good. … There was a lot of in­ten­sity, a lot of jaw­ing, a lot of fun. But they were com­pet­ing like crazy, so it was good.”

Pro­jec­tion talk.

MacIn­tyre says he isn’t wor­ried about the Buf­faloes not be­ing in the top 25 in the pre­sea­son coaches poll.

The snub falls in line with sev­eral pre­sea­son pro­jec­tions that say CU will find it dif­fi­cult to main­tain suc­cess af­ter win­ning 10 games in 2016. The Pac-12 me­dia poll listed the Buffs at No. 4 in the South Di­vi­sion stand­ings. Needed mo­ti­va­tion for CU? MacIn­tyre is on board if it in­spires.

“I think you al­ways need to have a chip on your shoul­der in any­thing that you do in life,” MacIn­tyre said. “You al­ways gotta think you can do a lit­tle bit more, do a lit­tle bit bet­ter. If you don’t, you get com­pla­cent, and peo­ple pass you by.” Kyle Fredrick­son, The

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