If you have attended a Colorado practice this fall you might have been fooled a couple of times about the ending time of each day's session.
About three quarters of the way through the Buffs practice, Coach Mike MacIntyre calls the team together and it appears that the may be close to ending practice.
MacIntyre calls this period "Coaching Points" and explained to the media following practice how and when he came up with the idea.
"I came up with on my own," MacIntyre said. "I have seen other coaches do at different times during practice, mostly at the end. I figured that there were certain things I wanted to get across to my team when they are tired."
According to MacIntyre earlier this week, it's his goal to prepare his football team for every situation that they may encounter on game day, this special period helps achieve that goal.
"It helps them learn how to think when they are tired like during a game," MacIntyre said. "Gets their mind off the grind toward the end of practice, they escape for a minute. You can teach them a reality that is going to help win a football game."
Getting and keeping their attention during the period is very important.
"You send them right back to work," MacIntyre said. "They feel like they have new knowledge, way to take a break without taking a break, it does a lot of positive things for us. I like the ability to talk to them while they are tired and teach them how to look you in the eyes and understand what we are telling them. That's important towards an end of a football game."
MacIntyre began using this in his practices, starting his first year as a head football coach at San Jose State.
BUFFS GOING INTERNATIONAL
Coach Mike MacIntyre told Special teams coordinator Toby Neinas to go out and find the best kicker/punter that he could find in America. It appears that he didn't use his GPS to find new signee and Mexico resident Diego Gonzalez.
"Coach Neinas came back to me after I told him to go find the best kicker in America, he smiled and asked me is Mexico in America," MacIntyre laughed. "Diego is a bright young man, he has a very strong leg and is very excited about being here."
NEW RECRUITING FOOTPRINT SOUTH OF THE BORDER?
"I don't think we will make it a part of our regular football," MacIntyre laughed, "Hopefully this will be one you will remember for ever."
PAC 12 NETWORK ENERGIZES BUFFS "Kids were excited about the cameras being here, Rick Neuheisel being here all helped give us a little extra energy," MacIntyre said. Coach Neuheisel did a great job talking to the team at the end of practice. He has been here, he knows what it takes. Anytime you have the PAC 12 Network cameras around and coaches mic'ed up, the kids get a little extra energy.
MOTHER NATURE LOVING BUFFS?
Three straight days of overcast skies including a lightening display and 30 minute disruption on Tuesday, MacIntyre feels that the weather has definitely played a role in his teams high spirits.
"I hope the sun comes out soon and beats on us a little," MacIntyre said. "We have had incredible conditions the last three days.