CU's Lone Verbal De-Commits

In recent weeks, many other schools have been actively recruiting Colorado's lone commit for the 2006 class, <b>Chris Guarnero</b>. With the uncertainty surrounding the program that has no President, Chancellor or Athletic Director - Guarnero and family felt it was best they look around. These factors, plus Coach <b>Gary Barnett</b> having a contract extension on the table that has yet to be approved by the Regents all played into the decision to de-commit.

The following is an e-mail from Chris's father, Gary Guarnero, which explains the situation.

"We need to advise you of Chris's de-commitment from CU," wrote the elder Guarnero. "As we informed Coach Barnett--the main reason for the de-commitment is that the things that we were assured of during early recruitment (i.e. contract extension, university support (Dick Tharp-Betsy Hoffman's), positive environment for the student-athlete has not come about and in fact there is more uncertainty today with no permanent AD in place, the administration in change, and a cloud still over the university than there was in November when we verbally committed. Chris is a young man of high morals and character and advised Coach Barnett of his desire because of the above reasons to explore his options straight-forward and openly.

"Both Chris and I implied to Coach Barnett that we had not closed the door on CU, only that all the universities that have already offered, and others that may, will be given the same fair opportunity to find the best fit (comfort level) for Chris to continue his football career and his degree."

Chris recently picked up written offers from LSU and Arizona State. He already had one from Kansas State before his commitment to CU. All of these schools are now believed to be in the running for his services.

Colorado had two players de-commit last year for similar reasons. Jarrell Yates and Maurice Lucas both committed to other Big 12 schools (Kansas and Kansas State, respectively) and both still ended up signing with the Buffs.

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