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CU, MSL cancel Gridiron Bash

NCAA deems concert a rules violation

Colorado athletic department officials and MSL Sports and Entertainment will announce today the cancellation of the Gridiron Bash in Folsom Field on April 18 featuring a Counting Crows concert.

The concert was one of more than a dozen set to take place on campuses across the nation this spring in conjunction with the end of spring football practices at various schools. It also included a contest -- the brainchild of MSL Sports and Entertainment -- which would have awarded more than $1 million in scholarship money to institutions that drew the most fans.

The concerts were supposed to be preceded by pep rallies involving football teams and coaches of the participating schools, but the NCAA informed those schools that providing student-athletes access to a concert constitutes an extra benefit and would violate the organization's rules.

"We recognize numerous challenges with the event based on NCAA interpreta-tions of student-athlete involvement," Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn said Sunday.

Bohn said he would wait to make further comments until today, but he said it's possible problems could be worked out allowing the event to take place at some point in the future. The CU ticket office had sold more than 3,000 tickets to the concert. Information on how to obtain refunds will be announced today.

It is unclear why organizers are choosing to cancel the concerts completely instead of simply not including student-athletes in the events in order to comply with NCAA rules. It is also unclear why the schools involved and MSL didn't receive approval of the event from the NCAA prior to scheduling it.

The Gridiron Bash was one facet of CU plans to boost attendance at this year's spring game April 19. Former coach Bill McCartney and current coach Dan Hawkins challenged CU fans to fill Folsom Field for the game for what McCartney called "some Folsom Field fever." The stadium holds 53,750 fans for football games, but CU has rarely attracted more than a few thousand for spring games.

CU recently started the Coach Mac Challenge on its Web site at CUBuffs.com. Anyone who fills out a form pledging to attend the game is entered into a drawing for four club level tickets to the Big 12 Conference opener next season against Texas.

The football team returns to practices Tuesday after taking more than a week off for spring break. The Buffs have gone through three practices in helmets, shorts and jerseys and have the first padded practice and scrimmage set for this week.


Posted by AndrewJay on March 31, 2008 at 1:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is ridiculous, c'mon CU get it together.

Posted by MDBuff on March 31, 2008 at 5:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)


Posted by iowabuff on March 31, 2008 at 6:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Andrew, they were all cancelled because a) the NCAA didn't like it and/or b) lack of ticket sales. It has nothing to do with CU getting it together. Have another hit and read it again!

Posted by rabeu on March 31, 2008 at 6:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is an understandable reaction by the program as it continues on the path of leaving behind an unpleasant history. I'm sure other schools are going to just not have their student athletes involved (wink, wink), but anything with a whiff of violation attached to it is going to be shunned big time by the athletic department.

Unfortunate, but true.

Posted by ChicagoBuffsFan on March 31, 2008 at 7:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)


Posted by buffs6236 on March 31, 2008 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)


Posted by tallisall on March 31, 2008 at 8:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe Little Hawk can get his garage band to perform if he's not to busy doing interviews.

Posted by buffalo_flyer on March 31, 2008 at 8:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

/\ idiot from the peanut gallery

Posted by mgmtgrad on March 31, 2008 at 9:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I was going to fly in for both the bash and the spring game, but hadn't found a reasonably priced ticket. But since it is getting close to the 14 day puchase window, I almost purchased airfare yesturday that I really couldn't afford just to come to both events.

Good thing I decided at the last second not to purchase my airline ticket.

Sorry to hear that the NCAA had to screw up a great weekend.

Oh well, I spend the money going to the bowl game this year.

Marcus J

Posted by nwbuff32 on March 31, 2008 at 9:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

tal your jokes are just stupid. i mean not even close. swing and a miss.

Posted by BigBuff on March 31, 2008 at 9:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

F*ck! Can the NCAA refund my f*ing money for the flight? This SUCKS! I mean I guess I can go skiing somepleace or something.

Posted by tallisall on March 31, 2008 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I forgot.

Any attempt at humor at Little Hawk's expense is blasphemy.

How many of you pray on a CU carpet in front of a picture of Coach Hawkins?

Lighten up...

Posted by nwbuff32 on March 31, 2008 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If your going to make a joke, at least make it funny. I love jokes but when they suck they need to be called out.

Posted by phibuffa on March 31, 2008 at 11:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

NCAA - No Class/Courage/Consistency/Common sense (take your pick) At All. Good grief, you pencil-pushers. Maybe I am reading this wrong, but did you really force every school to shut down these fun events (or make them completely non-affiliated to the spring games by prohibiting athletes from attending) because a few student-athletes were going to show up and get a "FREE CONCERT, OH NO!"

Thankfully, you are still defending schools like KSU's right to bring aboard anyone who can mark an "X" for a signature.

P.S. Everyone hates you!

Posted by tallisall on March 31, 2008 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It did come out on one of the many Cody Hawkins interviews that he and his brother Drew were starting a band..

I thought it would be a natural for him to play for the fans and get more of that craved publicity he loves so well...

Wonder why no one else thought of that??

Posted by tallisall on March 31, 2008 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Another thought, Geer and Kaota could be backup singers in their version of Jailhouse Rock...

Posted by choderlos1741 on March 31, 2008 at 12:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If Cody Hawkins can play in a band and still beat Oklahoma and Nebraska, good for him. But StopDrTomistallInsanity must still be chafing from his predictions of doom not coming true. No matter what you think, Dan Hawkins is going to be around for a long time, and the program is going to be back where it belongs, on top of the conference.

Posted by mikegetto on March 31, 2008 at 12:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey Guys.

Ignore this "Tallisall" character.

He is trying to get a reaction out of you and he is succeeding.

Forget about him and focus on the Buffs.

Posted by mikegetto on March 31, 2008 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As for Cody Hawkins, I think he had a good year last year, on balance, considering he was a first-year player as a redshirt freshman.

Posted by tallisall on March 31, 2008 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I guess being ranked 50th in passing offense was pretty good for a first year...

Posted by BuffTime on March 31, 2008 at 1:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Quick question, why is it that these events got canceled but basketball "Midnight Madness" events (from which this concept supposedly grew out of) are ok? What is the difference that I am missing?

Posted by Ralphie2 on March 31, 2008 at 3:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Posted by extrapoint on March 31, 2008 at 4:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hows it goin at Portland?
or maybe Scottsdale?

Posted by jokesonewe on March 31, 2008 at 6:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's NCAA official response:

Used TinyUrl as the NCAA Url was huge. Going on this, it sounds like MSL didn't do its homework.

Posted by vkberlin on April 1, 2008 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Its about the money boys.

Do you think 3000 tickets makes them any money?

It was the same everwhere. Not tickee no monee no band

Now the AD needs to continue to promote the spring game as that was and is the real deal.

the other was a scheme by a few to make money.

not enough research.

Posted by vahombre462 on April 1, 2008 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The second to the last para. of the article says, "CU recently started the Coach Mac Challenge on its Web site at CUBuffs.com. Anyone who fills out a form pledging to attend the game is entered into a drawing for four club level tickets to the Big 12 Conference opener next season against Texas." My brother and I are CU grads traveling to the spring game from Virginia, and for the life of me I cannot find this form being referred to at CUBuffs.com. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

Posted by Buff_since_76 on April 1, 2008 at 12:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Click on this link and it will take you to "The Spring Game Headquarter" on the site. From there click on the Coach Mac Challenge. They don't make it easy to find thats for sure.


Posted by neb_cu_buff on April 1, 2008 at 1:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I didn't have trouble finding the link. lol. Oh Well. My sister and I will be there at Folsom for the spring game from Nebraska. GO BUFFS!

Posted by mntbyker on April 3, 2008 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It seems the promoters were the ones to FUMBLE the ball! Not approaching the NCAA was a gross error! Why didn't any AD's question the promoters about this too? Oh well, thanks for the link for the information jokes.

Posted by rswright on April 3, 2008 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"providing student-athletes access to a concert constitutes an extra benefit and would violate the organization's rules."
The NCAA rules allow these athletes to live an existence few students are allowed or could afford but they can't go to a rock concert?
Is the NCAA kidding or just foolish?

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