Book On CU Football History Hits Shelves

Longtime Colorado sports information director Dave Plati has written a book titled "University of Colorado Football Vault: The History of the Buffaloes" that chronicles CU football through the decades. Inside, get more information on the newly released tome.

"The University of Colorado has 130-plus years of excellence in the classroom and on the gridiron," says current head football coach Dan Hawkins. "Colorado excels at Nobel Prize winners and Heisman Trophy talent."

And while there are a few Rhodes Scholars and a certain Supreme Court Justice among the pages, football is the focus of this history of the Buffaloes. It has it all from 1890 to 2007 — the people, the games, the highlights, the lowlights, the great "Whizzer" White, the Heisman Trophy of Rashaan Salaam and, of course, the national championship of 1990 — in the "University of Colorado Football Vault: The History of the Buffaloes."

Author Dave Plati has been at the heart of the football scene for a quarter century and now he brings a century-plus to life in the "University of Colorado Football Vault." While Plati recaptures anecdotes and games of the past, Hawkins extols the rewards of the university and its football program in the foreword. Former coach and athletic director Eddie Crowder recalls the greats of days gone by in the afterword.

"To wear the black and gold is a privilege and an honor!" writes Hawkins, "Enjoy the 'University of Colorado Football Vault' — about our past, and look forward with excitement to the future."

While looking at the rarely seen photos, explore the book's dozens of pockets to get your hands on memorabilia such as an 1897 game program, a telegram from the 1924 trip to Hawaii, a statistics sheet from the 1938 Cotton Bowl, Byron "Whizzer" White's Hall of Fame letter from 1952, a 1990 national championship sticker and Bob Anderson's Hall of Fame card from 2006.

The 144-page hardcover 12" by 10" book with slipcase is available for $49.95 in bookstores. The book can also be ordered online at