Well, it’s finally here.
Buff fans have been waiting a long time—249 days, to be exact.
Remember the moment? Folsom Field, last November 27th. Colorado and Nebraska players slowly walked toward midfield to shake hands, and everyone wondered whether or not the Buffs would be allowed to kick a meaningless extra point after Scotty McKnight scored on a meaningless 56-yard touchdown pass as time expired (they were not).
Buff fans—those who remained—quietly exited the stadium as the Nebraska fans and players celebrated in the northwest corner of the stadium.
249 days ago.
Redemption, or at least the chance for it, beings anew tomorrow, Wednesday, August 4th—the official start of the 2010 college football season.
Not that there will be much going on Wednesday—players report at 4:00 p.m., followed by physicals, photos, equipment distribution, dinner, and meetings—but it’s a start!
Practices through August 12th will be open to the public, so look for some eyewitness accounts of how well Cody Hawkins and Tyler Hansen are doing, who’s not dressed for practice, how many field goal attempts are made, etc.
Those willing to give those accounts will be entitled to some free coffee from the Buff Nation. Colorado has moved its practice schedule to the morning, with the first full practice of the season to take place on Thursday from 5:30am-7:30am.
There will be practices and/or meetings every day from August 4th up to the first game of the season, September 4th at Invesco Field. The first practice in pads will be Monday, August 9th, with the first scrimmage to be conducted—at Folsom Field—at noon on Thursday, August 12th.
There will be two other scrimmages before the Buffs break camp, on August 19th and August 28th, with the latter scrimmage being closed to the media and the public.
Are you ready for some football?
It’s about time.