Chris Fowler, the host of ESPN's college football coverage, is a proud CU-Boulder alum -- or at least he was proud until Saturday, when the Buffs followed two desultory losses by getting destroyed 69-14 by the gridiron juggernaut from...Fresno State? So ashamed was Fowler that he had to wait a day before he was capable of sharing his thoughts on Twitter. And even then, his words weren't of the glass-half-full variety. Here's what he had to tweet.
24-hr cooling off period. But I'm still speechless. In shock at HOW low CU Buffs football has sunk.And my '12 expectations were LOW.
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 16, 2012
The low expectations to which Fowler alludes make sense. When Jon Embree was named CU's coach in December 2010, the cupboard was bare thanks to the dreadful run by his program-destroying predecessor, Dan Hawkins. But after a predictably difficult 2011, fans were expecting at least some modicum of improvement in year two -- maybe not a pile of victories, but at least an ability to stay competitive.
Instead, the Buffs came up short against rival CSU, fell to Sacramento State at home and then allowed Fresno State to put up five touchdowns in the first quarter. No wonder those whispers about giving Embree the boot are now considerably louder. A lot of us have been rooting for him to succeed, but he's quite literally coaching for his CU job the rest of the way.
Here's ten other Twitter responses to the disaster that is the CU Buffs' football squad.
Ugh finally got around to looking up the CU score. Always thought the Rox were the worst CO team but the Buffs might as well be the '62 Mets
— Beth O'Donnell (@BethRODonnell) September 16, 2012
I've read that the CU Buffs may be the worst team in division 1A right now. That's as hard to believe as Brady losing to AZ @ home. #ThisSux
— Jason Kirk (@Jkirk22) September 17, 2012
CU and CSU have one combined victory this year and that's when the rams bet the buffs... Damn our state #blows
— jesse (@MtnHighJesse) September 16, 2012
"We ran into a buzz saw?" Are you kidding me? It's Fresno Fucking St! Fire this clown and spend some $ on a reach staff dailycamera.com/cu-college-spo...
— Dave (@303dk) September 16, 2012
Should CU fans rush the field this year if the Buffs cover the spread? #cubuffs
— Eric Christensen (@cbseric) September 16, 2012
it sucks the buffs aint up to snuff. CU needs 2step it the uck up
— Seamus /Shameless (@Shameless303) September 16, 2012
Been a CU Buffs fan since the day I was born, never have I been so sad and embarrassed to say that but we still fight on #shouldertoshoulder
— Isaac Marks (@Ambidextrosity_) September 16, 2012
CU Boulder just raised the stakes in its effort to be #1 green university by turning its football program into compost. #Buffs
— Russ Johnson (@RussJohnsonMD) September 16, 2012
— Charmaine (@HBitchnCharge) September 16, 2012
— Brook Aitken (@Brookaitken) September 16, 2012
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