Monday Practice Notes

The Buffs got back to the practice fields Monday following three days away. The team will conduct another tough, physical practice Tuesday before scaling back Wednesday in preparation for Friday's game at <!--Default NodeId For Nebraska is 70879,2004--><A HREF=>Nebraska</A> (10 a.m. MT, ABC TV).

Quarterback Joel Klatt said there were no ill effects from taking three days off.

"I think (the days off) are really going to help us out," he said. "We had a few guys that needed to get healthy. We're ready to go; we're excited to play Friday. "

Klatt made the trip to Lincoln as a freshman in 2002 and remembers the atmosphere at Memorial Stadium — one of the toughest places for opponents to play in the country.

"Every stadium has its own flavor and its own atmosphere," Klatt said. "Nebraska has very courteous fans, but they're also knowlegeable too. They're going to be loud when our offense is on the field, and quiet when our defense is on the field. We're going to have some opportunities to quiet them, and we've got to take advantage of them or else it's going to be a tough day when there's 80,000 strong.

"One of the images I have of Nebraska is the fans are there early. I can remember warming up and thinking, ‘Geez, every seats filled.' Obviously, we're not used to that here."

Sypniewski Doubtful for NU Game
Tight end Quinn Sypniewski, who's been out of action since suffering a broken leg in practice. Sept. 24 had been trying to see if he was healed enough to play in the Nebraska game. Sypniewski practiced Thursday, but was sore over the weekend and was held out Monday.

"My guess is that he won't be able play," Barnett said. "We're not planning on having him."

The senior had said two weeks ago he would seek a sixth year of eligibility via medical redshirt.

Barnett "upset" with circumstances around boss's departure
Although Gary Barnett earlier in the day read a written statement about the resignation of athletic director Dick Tharp, he was asked by a local television reporter how he felt about the resignation. Barnett said, "I'm upset that he was forced to resign."

The school will hire an interim director as it conducts a national search for a permanent athletic director. In May, CU administrators placed Tharp under the watch of Provost Phil DiStefano, a move that took the athletic department's autonomy. Tharp was critical of the situation in his resignation letter to DiStefano.

Asked Monday night if he thought it would be difficult to lure a current AD at a school from a major conference to Colorado given the limitations and restrictions Tharp was forced to work under the past six months, Barnett said, "This is strictly an opinion and speculation, but I would certainly think so."

Klatt said Barnett told the team about Tharp's departure. The quarterback said he didn't think the situation would be a distraction for the team.

"Our focus is elsewhere," he said. "We're getting prepared to go beat Nebraska on Friday."

Big 12 North gets exception
The BCS announced Monday that if Iowa State wins the Big 12 North division with a 6-5 record, then loses in the Big 12 title game, finishing 6-6, it would still be allowed to receive a bowl invitation.

Typically, teams must have a winning record to play in a bowl game.

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