The long wait is nearly over for Colorado football fans eager to see if their team is ready to take the next step in the rebuilding process.
The Buffs will return to the practice field for the start of fall camp one week from Saturday but coach Mike MacIntyre and veteran players Juda Parker and Nelson Spruce will join counterparts from around the Pac-12 Conference this week at the league's football media days in Los Angeles.
Head coaches and two players from six teams will meet the media Wednesday at Paramount Studios in Hollywood when the preseason media poll will be released. The Colorado contingent will take its turn along with five other programs at the same venue on Thursday. (See schedule below).
The Buffs are once again expected to be picked last in the South Division in the preseason poll, which is where the preseason college football magazines have them rated. It's possible CU will avoid receiving the fewest points in the poll this year considering the Buffs beat Cal last season.
While there is a general belief by many that MacIntyre has the Buffs headed in the right direction, CU is going to have to prove it on the field by keeping Pac-12 games more competitive and possibly winning more than one conference game this season before it earns more respect at this time of year.
The CU roster will feature more than 30 new players added in the offseason by MacIntyre and his staff. Roughly half the team will be players MacIntyre has brought to Boulder when the season begins on a Friday night Aug. 29 in Denver against Colorado State.
CU went 4-8 in MacIntyre's first season in 2013. It was a three-game improvement from the previous year but two of the wins came against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision, a step down from major college football.
All 12 of CU's games this season are against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. It's possible CU could improve dramatically and not see much improvement in the overall record. But the team goal is to finish in the postseason for the first time since 2007. That would require six regular season wins and the discussions about the likelihood of that happening will get underway in earnest when the Buffs share their thoughts at media day.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott will kickoff media days with an update on conference business and what has been a busy spring and summer of discussions about NCAA reforms.
Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans will provide a similar update on the continued development of the network on Thursday.
Editor's note: This schedule has been corrected to reflect Mountain times and add Utah to Wednesday's list.
Pac-12 media days schedule
10 a.m. — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. — ARIZONA - Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, Austin Hill (WR), Jared Tevis (S)
11:10 - 11:50 a.m. — CALIFORNIA - Head Coach Sonny Dykes, Jared Goff (QB), Stefan McClure (CB)
11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — USC - Head Coach Steve Sarkisian, Cody Kessler (QB), Leonard Williams (DE)
12:30 - 1:10 p.m. — OREGON - Head Coach Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota (QB), Derrick Malone (LB)
1:10 - 1:50 p.m. — WASHINGTON STATE - Head Coach Mike Leach, Connor Halliday (QB), Darryl Monroe (LB)
1:50 - 2:30 p.m. — UTAH - Head Coach Kyle Whittingham, Dres Anderson (WR), Nate Orchard (DE)
10 a.m. — Pac-12 Networks presentation - Lydia Murphy-Stephans
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. — ARIZONA STATE - Head Coach Todd Graham, Taylor Kelly (QB), Jamil Douglas (OL)
11:10 - 11:50 a.m. — OREGON STATE - Head Coach Mike Riley, Sean Mannion (QB), Michael Doctor (LB)
11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — UCLA - Head Coach Jim Mora, Brett Hundley (QB), Eric Kendricks (LB)
12:30 - 1:10 p.m. — WASHINGTON - Head Coach Chris Petersen, Ben Riva (OT), Hau'oli Kikaha (OLB)
1:10 - 1:50 p.m. — STANFORD - Head Coach David Shaw, Kevin Hogan (QB), Jordan Richards (DB)
1:50 - 2:30 p.m. — COLORADO - Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, Nelson Spruce (WR), Juda Parker (DT)