Calhoun Still a Buff, For Now

Colorado junior running back Brian Calhoun visited with CU interim head coach Brian Cabral earlier this week and told Cabral he wanted to transfer from Colorado. However, Cabral said Friday that, for now, Calhoun is still a Buffalo.

"He came in this week and talked to me about transferring," Cabral said.

Cabral said after a discussion which lasted more than an hour, he told Calhoun to take the afternoon to mull over his decision and then return to see him and officially request a release from his scholarship if Calhoun was sure he wanted to transfer. Cabral said that "I haven't heard back from him," since that day.

Calhoun was the team's leading rusher last year, gaining 810 yards on the ground, while averaging 4.2 yards per attempt. The junior from Oak Creek, Wisc., had looked into the possibility of transferring to the University of Wisconsin following last fall semester, but decided to stay enrolled at CU this spring and participate in spring football practices. However, Calhoun said in a published report in March that he had sent his transcripts to UW in order to keep his options open in case he wanted to transfer.

Calhoun suffered a slight knee injury in spring practices on April 12, and missed the final half of Spring Ball. Still, he was expected to compete for the starting tailback job in the fall. He made a splash as a true freshman in 2002, gaining more than 100 yards on both Nebraska and Oklahoma late in the season.

For a player to transfer, he must formally request a transfer, then his school's athletic department must grant a release from scholarship. If a school doesn't grant a transfer release, the student athlete can petition for a transfer.

Cabral said Friday said he didn't consider his meeting with Calhoun earlier in the week to be a formal request for a transfer.

"I told him the best thing for him would be to go home (to Wisconsin) and think about it," Cabral said. Calhoun left for Wisconsin earlier this week, after his meeting with Cabral. Calhoun could not be reached at his parents' home this afternoon for comment.

Calhoun also said in the past that he considered leaving CU after former running backs coach Eric Bieniemy left after the 2002 season and took a similar position at UCLA.

For now, the CU staff considers Calhoun a Buffalo.

"I fully expect him to come back," Cabral said Friday.

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