Buffs keeping roster intact, for now – The Denver Post


Colorado interim head coach Mike Sanford spent his first full day on the job last Monday having one-on-one discussions with all of the players.

It appears that was a good strategy.

Eight days after Karl Dorrell was fired and replaced – for now – by Sanford, the Buffaloes’ roster has remained intact – for now. Around the country, players have left their teams and announced intentions to enter the transfer portal. That hasn’t been the case at CU, however.

CU (0-5, 0-2 Pac-12) will host California (3-2, 1-1) on Saturday at Folsom Field (noon, Pac-12 Network) and the latest roster, released Monday, had just one change from two weeks ago and it was expected. Freshman punter Ashton Logan was dismissed from the team by Dorrell for a violation of team rules two weeks ago.

The NCAA board of directors adopted transfer portal windows this fall. Most football players have 60 days a year to put their names into the portal, broken up into two different windows: one after the season (Dec. 5-Jan. 18) and one in spring (May 1-15).

However, players on teams that have a head coach fired during the season have an immediate 30-day window to enter the portal. For CU, that window opened up last week and closes Nov. 1.

After Dorrell was fired, Sanford made it a point to talk to each player and find out how they’re doing. He had their well-being in mind, in part because he knows the transfer option is there.

“If you look around college football already, you’re getting some people done with game four, game five of the season,” Sanford said. “The portal is rapid. It’s players that have played four games that are already kind of looking into, ‘I’ve used my four games, I have a redshirt year, I’m going to go in the portal.’


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