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McCartney: Fill Folsom this spring

Former CU coach wants stadium full on April 19

DENVER -- Dan Hawkins and Bill McCartney joined forces Thursday hoping to turn a pipedream in to reality.

When addressing a record crowd of more than 1,600 fans at the annual CU football recruiting luncheon at the Adam's Mark Hotel, McCartney challenged CU fans to learn a lesson from Alabama and turn out in force for the spring football game.

McCartney said when Alabama hired coach Nick Saban a year ago from the Miami Dolphins, one of the first things Saban did was to ask Crimson Tide fans to support the program by showing up to the spring game. More than 92,000 obliged.

McCartney said that level of support paid off in recruiting the 2008 class in Tuscaloosa. Alabama was the consensus No. 1 recruiting class this year by all the major recruiting services. McCartney then asked CU fans if they were capable of the same sort of support for their program.

He asked fans to stand in the hotel ballroom and pledge to bring 50 friends with them to the April 19 game and fill Folsom Field. Most CU spring games in recent years have featured crowds of just a few thousand fans.

McCartney came armed with a little research. He said CU had the smallest stadium and the smallest average attendance in 2007 of the top 30 schools in the recruiting class rankings this year.

"Where are you going to be on April 19?" McCartney asked in an interview afterward. "Why not come there and take this thing to another level?

"I think there is a missing component. If we're going to go for the national championship, play the great teams, we're in the same conference with Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska; if we're going to compete with (Texas) A&M;, we've got the best city and the best academics, but the smallest stadium. So let's fill it every time, starting with the spring game."

Hawkins latched on to the idea when he addressed the crowd and he made it known he wasn't joking.

"I'm calling you guys out," he said. "I'm counting every head there April 19 and there better be 50 grand."

Notable

CU used 44 of its 56 allowable recruiting visits in this recruiting cycle. It can 'bank' six of its remaining visits giving the program 62 available visits for the 2009 cycle. ... CU will hold its pro timing day March 19. ... During his remarks at the luncheon, Hawkins said he still has several scholarships available and it's possible a defensive lineman or two could be added to the mix before training camp. ... Athletic director Mike Bohn said the buzz created by the 2008 recruiting class led to 104 new season tickets being purchased on national signing day. ... Renowned Boulder-based artist Don Coen provided 75 limited edition Buffalo paintings to be auctioned off at the luncheon. Most were sold, raising money designated to help sustain football recruiting efforts. "I love the Buffs and I just wanted to do something for them. So I did," Coen said.

Comments

Posted by travis on February 8, 2008 at 7:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's a tall order considering how many fair weather fans are out there, but listening to Coach Mac the other day, he is a true inspiration. Get off your duff's, bring your friends, and lets make a respectable showing at Folsom Field!!!

GO BUFFS!!!

Posted by GoBuffs07 on February 8, 2008 at 8:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'll be there april 19 GO BUFFS

Posted by montanabuff on February 8, 2008 at 8:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The biggest crowd at a CU spring game was the 13,642 in 1989 (with Sal Aunese the focal point). While 50,000 is probably unrealistic, it shouldn't be hard to set a new record. More good publicity for a program on the rise! Go Buffs!

Posted by archalon on February 8, 2008 at 8:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You kidding ? Im driving 15 hours to be there and was going to go regardless of Mac's speech. The Counting Crows rock, Colorado is home and CU football has been in the blood since '85.

Anyone in Minnesota ,Iowa, Nebraska - Ill stop to pick you up.

( for the UT game Oct. 4th too - I cant wait to see them get smacked in Boulder.......)

Posted by Ralphie2 on February 8, 2008 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

WE CAN DO IT! The students need to be behind this just like the "blackout" for the FSU game

FILL FOLSOME FIELD FOR THE SPRING GAME! START THE CAMPAIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by seanspradling on February 8, 2008 at 9:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ok can someone give me some details here?
So the counting crows are playing the day before at some pep rally thing? What all is that?

And sadly I have never been to a spring game but If Big Mac and Hawk tell me to be there I guess I better get off butt and go support my team. Are tix required for the spring game? Have any details been released? Someone give me some info. Is there tailgating?

Posted by BigBuff on February 8, 2008 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's do this!

Posted by Ralphie2 on February 8, 2008 at 9:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

seanspradling - It's gonna be like "midnight madness", but for football. There will be tailgating, etc. The Counting Crows are, indeed, playing at Folsom the night before. It's gonna be a big all-weekend-long party. So spread the word.

WERE GONNA PACK FOLSOM FOR THE SPRING GAME (4/19)!

Oh man, just realized that's also the weekend of 4:20. Students should be up for this!

Posted by CABuffalo on February 8, 2008 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Man, I really hope "fans" stop making excuses and start showing up for their team. What else does everyone want? Hawk has this program headed in the right direction, but as Coach Mac points out, there is a missing ingredient...all of us. There's no excuse anymore. Barnett and the filth are gone, the staff is recruiting their butts off, the players are happy and Bohn has pledged (and backed it up) his absolute support for the program. It puzzles me how people can point and say I'm not going to the games until things change, but part of the change is ALL OF THE FANS showing up, supporting our boys, and providing an atmoshphere that gets everyones' attention. DO YOUR PART PEOPLE, START SHOWING UP AND CONVINCING FRIENDS TO GO WITH YOU. CU is on the rise - any true Coloradoan should want to be part of that!

Posted by seanspradling on February 8, 2008 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

are tix required for the spring game? I see i can buy them for the bash the night before. Is the bash in Folsom as well?

Posted by IAM4CUINIOWA on February 8, 2008 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey archalon, I'm in Iowa and will be going. Stop and get me, or we'll car pool and pick up a bunch more on our way!
Go Buffs!

Posted by JAWS on February 8, 2008 at 10:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

archalon - LOVE your style, While I'll only be driving 40 minutes to the game, the fact is that the TRUE Buffs fans are gonna do this thng... We just need to make the 'fans' that are on the fence convert from 'Gameday' fans to the Best in the Big 12... Let's Show class this year at every game to our opponents (while they leave defeated) and let's blow the roof off of Folsom Field... OK so I know it's an outdoor Stadium, but we can get pretty loud as long as the movement starts now!!! I pledge to follow Mac's advice by bringing my 50 for a great concert and supporting GREAT KIDS!!! These guys are 17-22 years old, they are gonna value a loud, proud, and loyal fan base more than ANYTHING else in the world.... GO BUFFS!!!!
One more thing: It's pretty damn cool that Coach Mac sticks around and supports this program - he's still got the love! Let's give him the new title of "Ambasador of CU football"

Posted by russell.zigler on February 8, 2008 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'll be there like I am every year. How can you not be excited to be a part of this program? Hawk is the best thing to happen to CU football since McCartney, period.

Posted by rswright on February 8, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

McCartney knows that CU fans have to be yelled at to buy tickets so he does. You don't think so? Have you bought your season tickets yet? Have you sent a donation to the Athletic Department? No? Just proves you are happy writing nonsense to the Camera. Can't wait until you fans can say look at the ticket sales and say look they bring in more money than TV. But you can't because TV money increased more than ticket sales last year for the simple reason that you don't support the team. As Neuhisel said CU is really not a first rate football school. You fans write a lot but then don't buy season tickets. Proof? Even Hawk says CU fans only buy tickets when the better teams play. So yell "Welcome Darrell" but then put your money where your mouth is.

Posted by mcbuffs1 on February 8, 2008 at 10:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

RS, do you ever stop the same tired and boring rant? how many times do you have to write the same thing over and over again? We get it, you've made your point.

Posted by Ralphie2 on February 8, 2008 at 11:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey rswright! I am flying into Boulder from SoCal for the spring game! I have, and will continue to, do my part. We're just trying to get everyone involved, that's all.

PACK FOLSOM - 4/19!

Posted by archalon on February 8, 2008 at 11:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

IAM4CUINIOWA,

Sure - lets go. I have to take a right turn at Des Moines anyway. Ill be the one with the CU flag hanging out the window and the stereo cranked.

Please remember these important road run rules:

1.If you feel the need to litter on the way, save it for Cornhusker Highway.

2. Bonus road run points (free drinks)for publicly relieving yourself on Memorial Stadium. (substitute: bail money contribution if needed)

3. At no point run low on gas after 11pm between Lincoln and North Platte if you are wearing CU gear.

4. Get through Nebraska as quickly and legally as possible.

5. And above all else - LETS HAVE FUN

Posted by NickArch on February 8, 2008 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey RS- You're right, how dare people other than you get excited about CU football...you are the only "true" CU fan, everybody else is a bunch of pretenders. Give me a break. Get off your high horse and be happy that people are falling in love with the program again.

NPA Econ '01

Posted by BuffBro on February 8, 2008 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Archalon: 15 hours! Awesome. I'll be running 7.5 hours from the other direction with a packed van. CU there!

Posted by buffalo_flyer on February 8, 2008 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Has anyone heard Big Mac speak. Mac doesn't yell, he simply inspires you. One of the most eloquent speakers ever. We're very lucky he is still involved in CU athletics.

As for Newweasel's comment about CU being less than first rate.....did you expect anything else from that scumbag?

Posted by seanspradling on February 8, 2008 at 12:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Are tix required for the spring game? Anyone?

Posted by alexxb on February 8, 2008 at 1:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No tickets for spring game--free.

Posted by surfrider on February 8, 2008 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I will be there with the kids.

Man i am getting pumped just thinking about it

atheletic department you need to push and promote this so we quit asking questions.

Get started it is only 10 weeks away

do not wait

do it now

put out the details

you want us you got to give us the info

Daily Camera you need to keep pushing

I am Badger but i love the BUFFS

Posted by seanspradling on February 8, 2008 at 1:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

alexxb, thanks man.

I will see you all there. I got 4 so far...46 to go.

Posted by BuffNut99 on February 8, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

New-weasel thought that CU was "less than first rate" so much that he went and committed 90-something NCAA violations while coach here.

That's like walking into a forest, saying that it wasn't beautiful, then littering.

Posted by mntbyker on February 8, 2008 at 3:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh what fun it is to ride in a buffalo drawn sleigh..., hey! All the way to the Spring Game..., hey!

Posted by BuffSteve on February 8, 2008 at 4:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does anyone have a link so we can read Slick Rick's comments? I haven't seen them yet. Thanks.

Posted by nolanjp on February 8, 2008 at 5:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Archelon, want to stop in Omaha and pick me up as well? ha ha

Posted by iowabuff on February 8, 2008 at 6:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Arch, I am in. I will drive from Cedar Rapids and meet you in Des Moines. Also, would be happy swing by the Memorial, if ya know what I mean. IM4CU, where are you?

C U there! Go Buffs

Posted by reallifeshocker on February 8, 2008 at 6:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

boulder is the best college town, all things considered, in the U.S. of A. let's make the football world realize that the size of the crowd is not as important as the SIZE OF THE CROWD. the real excitement starts on the final saturday of august. can't wait.

Posted by RWE on February 8, 2008 at 6:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'll be at the spring game as I always am too. Been to every home game since '99 (only a 'true' season ticket holder for 4 years though), even when I knew (or thought) they were gonna lose and have a losing season - and when they did I was back at the next game and the next year [almost] as optimistic as Neill Woelk. Donated to Ralphie's Kids Roundup this year (did you see the pictures of those kids having fun at the games? How can you not contribute). Just got my tickets for Gridiron Bash (Counting Crows - Section 103, Row 22) in the mail today. Is my money where my mouth is?
Go Buffs.

Posted by iowabuff on February 8, 2008 at 7:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

http://colorado.scout.com/a.z?s=148&...

Posted by 20buff on February 8, 2008 at 9:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I have not missed a Spring game in 10 years. I have always been part of a group of 3 at the game. Because Coach Mac called us out at the recruiting luncheon, I now have that number up to a solid 11 "fan letters of intent" to go to the Spring game, and I'm still working on more. Grass roots marketing is what it's all about. We just needed Mac to pull the trigger! Will the Athletic Department send a blast e-mail to all season pass holders about the Spring game? What about a massive text message to the students? 50,000 is doable!

Posted by SnowBuff on February 8, 2008 at 9:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

would not want to see that mobile bill... *shudders*

Posted by Ralphie2 on February 8, 2008 at 10:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

PACK FOLSOM FOR THE SPRING GAME!

April 19, 2008

Spread the word like a wildfire.

Also, the Athletic Department needs to start the marketing!

Posted by neb_cu_buff on February 8, 2008 at 11:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Will be there from Nebraska this year, as I have the last two years when i lived in CO. GO BUFFS! and go to the Counting Crows concert people. It's also a competition to see which fan base can attract more people to the Gridiron Bash.

Posted by Ralphie2 on February 8, 2008 at 11:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

PACK FOLSOM FOR THE SPRING GAME!

April 19, 2008

Posted by IAM4CUINIOWA on February 9, 2008 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

iowabuff,
I am in Boone. I'm planning on taking my whole family. TheCU7, me, wife and 5 kids. So may have to caravan, instead of car pool! Unless we can get a CU Bus and have a whale of a time on the way out!
We're season ticket holders, so if you or arch ever want to meet up for a road trip, let me know. Don't usually take the whole fam, and am planning on being at all home games this year!
Arch, are you in Wisconsin?
Talk to you guys later!
Go Buffs!

Posted by rswright on February 9, 2008 at 10:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You all scream like stuck longhorns. Hawk tells you the truth and you all scream. Hawk wants to expand the stadium but can't until you fans do something besides write to the Camera. Send your money directly to Bohn and stop your whining.

See you all on the 19th.

Posted by NavyBuff96 on February 9, 2008 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Gotta heed the call from Mac and Hawk! Making the trip from Honolulu for this one! Way excited about this year's class. Anyone who wants to claim a "recruit" from Hawaii as part of their 50, can!

Fight CU down the field...

GO BUFFS!

Posted by archalon on February 9, 2008 at 11:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Southern Minnesota here - I've got 3 other Buff fans here, plus the several in Iowa and Omaha - we could fill a bus in Des Moines rather than caravan. Im already in for the Texas game trip and the Huskers trip

I say our first stop is rswright's house to teach him a lesson for all his stupidity and negativity. Someone trace his IP address and lets have an 'intervention'.

As far as your dumb comments rswright - Bohn has my money already

Posted by dave65 on February 9, 2008 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You 1600 rich people who were at the meal deal
better dang well better show up and bring 50 friends.

make it happen

we deserve it...........all of us

Posted by JAWS on February 9, 2008 at 8:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's see if we can get the athletic department and school to 'Run Ralphie' @ the spring game... show the new guys on the team and the fans that ARE going to start a new tradition of packing Folsom Field for every year's spring game, that this is a 'real' game! GO BUFFS!!! RUN RALPHIE RUN!!!

Posted by rswright on February 10, 2008 at 10:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How about having the band Friday night on Pearl Street. Remind the effetes that CU football is 5 minutes away.

Archalon:
If you think negativity is telling the fans they need to do more to support CU football
tell it to Hawk, he said it.

Posted by BigBuff on February 10, 2008 at 9:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

FYI - Southwest is having a MASSIVE sale on tix right now. I just got a RT from Phoenix for about $100. Just a heads up.

Posted by dduncan on February 10, 2008 at 11:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm in the SF Bay Area and will get word out to alums in the area. This will be perfect as it is right after tax season!

Posted by archalon on February 11, 2008 at 7:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

rswright - just shut up already. Your diatribes about tennis funding and your constant wet blanket attitude towards anything positive said here are tiresome.

Posted by rswright on February 11, 2008 at 11:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

archalon:
The facts are 1. Hawk said CU fans only come to games when the better teams like OU play. 2.The AD will have a profit this year, not due to fans buying tickets but because of an increase in television revenues. 3. Mike has had to paper the stadium to make it look good for TV. 4. CU used student funds so you fans can have football on a National level because you fans didn't enough tickets (and make donations).Proof? how about the Regents bailing out football with an 8 million dollar loan in 05'. 6. CU fans have a record of only supporting the team when it wins.

These are facts and if these facts are wrong prove it. If you can't, then stop telling others not to tell you the truth just because you don't like to read it.

Posted by rswright on February 11, 2008 at 11:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

P.S. Make your contibution on top of buying your season ticket.

Posted by buffs6236 on February 11, 2008 at 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I travel to every home game from Omaha Nebraska and i go to the spring game too. I would love to see that many people in the stands for the spring game.

Posted by surfrider on February 11, 2008 at 12:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I have communicated with Mr. Bohn.

Ralpie V will run

Posted by buffalo_flyer on February 11, 2008 at 12:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

oh no! more cutting and pasting, somone should erase those files and force you to come up with an original thought

Posted by CABuffalo on February 11, 2008 at 4:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In all my twenty something years of being a CU fan, I don't think I've ever been this pumped for the team. It isn't just the D. Scott commit (although the great class certainly helps), it's just the overall vibe and direction of the program and the renewed interest by all the supporters (even the ones who have been hiding in the shadows). I can't wait till this season, and even if we don't win 9 or 10, I'll still be pumped for the following season because I know this team has taken a turn!!!!

Posted by buffalo_flyer on February 11, 2008 at 7:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

this season is a big one for Hawk

West Virginia
at Florida State
Texas
at Kansas

Will anyone play a tougher 4-game stretch all year?

Posted by archalon on February 12, 2008 at 10:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

no - that is a tough stretch. Personally, I see 3-1 (KU, Texas I think is vulnerable and WVU might be with so many changes in their program)

It will be exciting for sure.

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