Another day, another college football player (or two) on the wrong end of a pair of handcuffs.
The latest to trigger a resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker are linebacker N.J. Falo and running back Dino Gordon, a pair of Colorado Buffaloes who, according to the Boulder Daily Camera, were arrested very early Thursday morning on multiple charges related to an alleged dorm-room theft. The modern-day Bonnie & Clod were officially charged with suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft between $2,000 and $4,999, drug possession and second-degree trespassing.
A university police spokesperson told the Daily Camera that Falo and Gordon are alleged to have stolen prescription drugs, laptops, video games and other electronics from a dorm room earlier this month.
As a result of the arrests, both players have been indefinitely suspended from the football program.
Falo played in seven games last season as a true freshman. Gordon took a redshirt as a true freshman in 2015.
Gordon and Falo are the third and fourth football Buffaloes to be arrested this offseason.
In mid-March, defensive lineman Nathaniel Robbins was arrested on a whopping 18 charges after a domestic dispute ended with him allegedly tackling police officers. Earlier this month, defensive lineman Samson Kafovalu was arrested on an obstruction charge.
The Wall Street Journal conducted a study a couple of years ago that showed the attendance of students at college football games across the country had declined a little over seven percent from 2009 to 2013. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Colorado’s drop was even more precipitous as, during that same period, attendance at Buffaloes football games had plunged more than 50 percent in that timeframe.
Certainly on-field performance had an impact on the drop in students attending games — the Buffs went 16-45 in that span — and the play hasn’t improved much the past two seasons as CU has gone 6-19. With the future looking not so bright on the field, the school has decided to lessen the strain on wallets and bank accounts to encourage a return of the students.
The Daily Camera notes that the university has slashed the price of student season tickets more than 40 percent, from $175 last year to 99 this year. Not only does that get the students into all of the home football games — those this year include contests against Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington State and Utah — they also can see both the men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as other university sports with the season ticket.
In recent years, student attendance for Buffs games has topped out at around 7,500, although the average was in the neighborhood of 3,000 in 2013. With this move, the administration is hoping to nudge that figure closer to five figures than four.
“For us, students coming to our games and being at our games are the lifeblood of CU athletics,” Matt Biggers, chief marketing officer for CU’s athletic department, told the paper. “They bring so much energy and atmosphere and their support really makes that collegiate atmosphere. And so for us, it’s just a way to reach out to them and try to get them more engaged and involved.”
Mike MacIntyre, 10-27 in his three seasons at Colorado, needs to win to keep his job. He needs a quarterback to win. That’s not to say a quarterback is all the Buffs need, but they’re not winning without competence behind center.
So MacIntyre really needs to hang on to Davis Webb.
A graduate transfer from Texas Tech, Webb signed a financial aid agreement to join the Buffs’ roster in January, but NCAA rules allow other schools to continue recruiting the lanky gunslinger. And they have. Webb has visited Auburn and Pac-12 bunkmate California.
“I just don’t like the rule,” MacIntyre told Kevin Gemmell of ESPN.com. “He signed with us. He signed a financial aid agreement. And then everybody else can still recruit him … and try to manipulate him, which I do not agree with. I think that’s wrong. But that’s the way the rule is. But I believe he’ll still be here at Colorado.”
Colorado has a quarterback in Sefo Liufau, a 3,200-yard passer in 2014. But Liufau is still in the process of recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury he suffered at the tail end of 2015. A redshirt is still on the table for him, meaning Webb is either a nice luxury or a necessary stop gap. Colorado’s next most experienced passer is
rising sophomore Cade Aspay, who tossed three touchdowns and five picks in 92 attempts last season. senior Jordan Gehrke, who threw all of 24 passes last season.
Still, MacIntyre thinks Webb will eventually join him in Boulder.
“I talk to Davis Webb basically every day,” MacIntyre said. “Almost every night. He’s told me every time he’s definitely coming to Colorado. I don’t have any other reason to think why he wouldn’t.”
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Clemson Tigers saw the largest crowd attend its spring game during the second weekend of April. With an estimated 50,000 fans coming out to see the defending ACC champs in action, Clemson narrowly edged division rival Florida State for the top spot in the early going of the spring football game attendance leader board.
If history is any indication, Clemson will not remain on top for very long unless Mother Nature gets involved. Ohio State set the record last year with nearly 100,000 coming out to see the defending national champions. Urban Meyer is hoping to cross the 100,000-fan barrier this year. Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska and Penn State are all traditionally big draws for spring football games as well, and they each have spring games still to be played.
When evaluating spring game attendance it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, every school handles the number differently. Some keep an actual count, while others merely give a rough estimate. Some do not even bother to keep track at all, which is why not every spring game attendance can be accounted for. Second, some spring games are held in a different venue than the football stadium. For example, Stanford held a spring scrimmage in a soccer stadium with a much smaller capacity. So take some of these numbers for what they are with all of that in mind.
Here are the most up-to-date spring game attendance numbers as of April 12, 2016 as provided by each school (note: schools with no attendance tracked are not included, as are schools that did not respond to College Football Talk via email on the subject);
- Clemson – 50,000
- Florida State – 49,913
- Florida – 46,000
- Auburn – 45,723 (read more about Auburn’s attendance)
- Oklahoma – 42,436
- Michigan – 35,000
- South Carolina – 32,916
- Texas A&M – 27,412
- BYU – 18,000
- Boise State – 6,100
- Colorado – 5,100
- UNLV – 2,800
- Stanford – 2,500
- Wake Forest – 2,100
- Nevada – 600
- Air Force – 500
All updates to this year’s spring game attendance database can be viewed HERE, and you can break the data down by conference.
Colorado was looking forward to the addition of graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb from Texas Tech, but the former Red Raiders quarterback has been checking out other potential options lately despite previously committing to the Buffs. While Webb pays visits to Cal and Auburn, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is not spending time worrying about losing Webb to another program.
“The Auburn report, I think, is erroneous,” MacIntyre said in a report from BuffZone.com, referring to reports on Monday linking Webb to a potential visit to Auburn. It is true, however, that MacIntyre visited another Pac-12 school, Cal. Despite his recent visit to Cal and reports of a future visit to Auburn, MacIntyre insists he trusts Webb will still end up at Colorado.
“He’s told me he’s coming time after time, so I just trust what he says,” MacIntyre said.
It is still entirely possible Webb will end up heading to Boulder, where he would immediately step into the quarterback competition with a good chance to start this spring. He has signed a financial aid agreement with the program, but that does not lock him out from evaluating other potential options. Other schools may continue to recruit him as well, and it is clear both Cal and Auburn have some holes to plug at quarterback. Cal is losing Jared Goff to the NFL while Auburn just has an unsettled quarterback situation even with players returning this year.