Third and Long

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Daily Times-Call has been granted exclusive access to the University of Colorado football team for the 2004 season. Beginning the weekend of September 4, 2004 and continuing through the season, reporter Bruce Plasket will examine how the embattled CU football team responds to a year marked by allegations of rape and the use of sex and alcohol to attract recruits. The series will follow the players, their parents and their coaches off the field, in the classroom and on the road as it examines those whose lives are linked to college football.

Hostile State

COLUMBIA, Mo. — If the University of Missouri’s football team has suffered from an inferiority complex in the last couple of decades, it can blame the University of Colorado.
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Club Med, it’s not

BOULDER — Only a few hundred yards separate Sewell Hall from Folsom Field.
But in the rainy pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, the two seemed a million miles apart.
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Niwot grad put up fight to play

BOULDER — The end of practice Wednesday is a relief to most of the players on the University of Colorado football team — especially in the sticky, still-warm days of September.
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CU an unwelcome guest on road

SEATTLE — The Seattle area entertained some infrequent visitors this weekend.
First there was the Washington State football team, which plays only one game a year at Qwest Field — the home of the NFL Seattle Seahawks.
Then there was the University of Colorado football team, which hasn’t played in Seattle since 1999.
And there was the sun, which appeared Saturday above Puget Sound after a night of driving rain and which shined on the CU Buffs in a 20-12 win over the Washington State Cougars.
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Faith Restored

BOULDER – The first Saturday in September arrived with perfect sleeping-in weather. Spotty rain, cool temperatures.
What most people still call the Denver-Boulder Turnpike was quiet and the leaves were turning early along the highway that would hours later be jammed with football fans about to see the University of Colorado cleanse its football soul with a heart-stopping 27-14 win over Colorado State University.
But Mike Spivey didn’t sleep in on that dank Saturday morning.
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Game Time: Future of CU program’s reputation, success begins now

BOULDER — With reading glasses hanging from the end of his nose, Gary Barnett looked more like a 58-year-old English professor than the steely football coach who has spent the last six months defending both his reputation and his program.
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