Tad Boyle inherited a great situation at Colorado last season. Jeff Bzdelik did all of the unpleasant rebuilding and culture changing the previous three seasons and left a cupboard full of players like Alec Burks, Cory Higgins, Marcus Relphorde and Levi Knutson.
After some costly growing pains (losses to San Francisco and Harvard), the Buffs adjusted well to Boyle’s up tempo style of play and finished fifth in the Big 12, just missing out on an NCAA Tournament berth.
Boyle’s first season ended with a program record 24 wins and a loss to Alabama in the NIT semifinals. Despite losing five seniors and the talented Mr. Burks, CU’s head coach is more confident in himself and the program entering the 2011-12 campaign.
“I feel a lot more comfortable today than I did last year sitting in this chair,” Boyle said at today’s basketball media day event at the Coors Events Center. “Having one year under our belt as a coaching staff, having some veterans coming back into our program who know what to expect … it makes you feel a lot more comfortable as a coach.
“Last year there were so many unknowns, still this year there are many unknowns, but I feel very comfortable with the guys that are in our program and the coaching staff. We feel like we have our feet on the ground now. I like our team, I like where we are today and I like where we are headed. I feel very good about where our program is headed, all the things that are coming together. There is a positive vibe about our program, our facility, and our recruiting.”
I’ll be heading to Los Angeles to cover the Pac-12 basketball media day. Boyle and senior forward Austin Dufault will represent the Buffs at the event.