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Buffs look­ing to start prac­tices

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ex­pired At noon Thurs­day, less than one week Be­fore Boyle is set to open pre­sea­son prac­tice Ahead of his 11th sea­son At CU. Like the foot­ball team, Boyle’s Club still needs to re­ceive per­mis­sion from BCPH in or­der to field full-team work­outs. As­sum­ing that hap­pens, the Buffs of­fi­cially will set out on what Al­most Cer­tainly will Be An event­ful 2020-21 sea­son on

Wed­nes­day.

“They are foam­ing at the mouth,” Boyle said. “They’re ready to go. I’ve said this many times — this is not about me, or our coach­ing staff, or the ad­min­is­tra­tion, or the Pac-12 Con­fer­ence. This is all about our play­ers. And young peo­ple that we are hired to coach and to men­tor. They are the ones that I feel like we owe.

“As long as they’ve acted re­spon­si­bly, and re­spect­fully, we owe them to let them do what they came here to do. One is to go to school, which they’ve been do­ing. But the other one is to play bas­ket­ball, which is what they want to do. We’ll see how the next few days plays out, how the next few weeks plays out and cer­tainly how the sea­son plays out. I’m just go­ing to do the best I can to fa­cil­i­tate that.”

The Oct. 14 start date for pre­sea­son prac­tice is pred­i­cated by it be­ing 41 days out from the Buffs’ sea­son opener on Nov. 25 at a mul­ti­team event at Kansas State, likely against ei­ther Drake or South Dakota State.

Boyle told Buf­fzone this week his club’s non­con­fer­ence sched­ule is nearly com­plete, but that they are await­ing fi­nal word from the Pac-12 re­gard­ing the size and scope of the league sched­ule be­fore fill­ing in the fi­nal piece of the non­con­fer­ence slate. The Pac-12 was plan­ning to move from an 18-game sched­ule to a 20game sched­ule this sea­son, and that for­mat is ex­pected to re­main in­tact. How­ever, Boyle said the league also is ex­plor­ing build­ing safety nets within the sched­ule cal­en­dar in the likely event games are post­poned due to coro­n­avirus is­sues.

“It is be­ing talked about. Our con­fer­ence is try­ing to be strate­gic in how we sched­ule games, when we sched­ule games,” Boyle said. “We are def­i­nitely go­ing to try and work in op­por­tu­ni­ties, if a game is post­poned or can­celed early in the year, can we make it up later in the year? That is def­i­nitely some­thing that is on the ta­ble. Noth­ing has been etched in stone yet, but it’s some­thing that’s been talked about.”

 ?? Cliff Grass­mick / Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher ?? Colorado as­sis­tant coach Bill Grier, right, works with Dal­las Wal­ton dur­ing a prac­tice Oct. 16.
Cliff Grass­mick / Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher Colorado as­sis­tant coach Bill Grier, right, works with Dal­las Wal­ton dur­ing a prac­tice Oct. 16.

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