There's no telling where Colorado receiver Paul Richardson will land in the NFL Draft, which begins on May 8.

What is known, however, is that Richardson is very highly regarded among the NFL scouts.

During Thursday's Pac-12 football coaches media teleconference, CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said he's fielded a lot of calls about Richardson in recent weeks.

"When you get that many calls from general managers and head coaches, you know he's really, really high on their boards," MacIntyre said. "I'm excited for Paul and what happens for him."

Richardson decided to skip his senior year and enter the draft a year early. Many projections have him going in the third for fourth round, but some have him as high as the second round.

Buying in

Nearly every coaching change brings about some attrition on the roster, as players who don't buy into the new staff leave for other schools. Colorado saw some of that a year ago.

With his second spring behind him and his second season ahead of him, however, MacIntyre said he feels good about where the Buffs stand in that regard.

"I think the kids have bought in," he said. "Definitely the culture is changing in the right area."

The SEC debate

The hot topic in Thursday's teleconference was the decision by the Southeastern Conference to continue with an eight-game conference schedule.


The Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 all play nine-game schedules. The Atlantic Coast Conferences plays an eight-game schedule, with many also facing Notre Dame, an affiliated member of the ACC.

For the most part, Pac-12 coaches were critical of the SEC decision.

"I'm more disappointed than surprised," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "If we're going to go to a playoff and we're going to feed into one playoff system, we all need to play by the same rules. Play your conference. Don't back down from playing your own conference. The rest of us are going to nine-game schedules."

The majority of Pac-12 coaches agreed that, with the college football playoff on the horizon, it's only fair that each team in each league has nine conference games on the schedule.

"I don't think it's right," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said of the SEC decision. "I think there's got to be some equity here."

Instead of playing nine consecutive conference games, many SEC schools use a week later in the year to take it easy and beat up on a lower level team. Last year, Alabama defeated Chattanooga 49-0 in late November, LSU routed Furman 48-16 in late October and Texas A&M used an early November date to drub UTEP 57-7.

Washington State coach Mike Leach agreed with his colleagues that the SEC ought to go to nine conference games, but added that until rules require it, he doesn't blame the SEC.

"I can't say it's a bad strategy," Leach said. "If I was the SEC, I'd probably keep it that way, because they have a slight edge, as far as getting into bowl games and elevating on the polls. Until (the ninth conference game) is required, I think they're elevating their conference and I think they're fairly clever to do it."


Macintyre said he was pleased with both of his top two quarterbacks — starter Sefo Liufau and backup Jordan Gehrke — during spring practices. ... MacIntyre said he might consider adding more scholarship players to the roster this summer. ... Asked about the academic status of defensive linemen Justin Solis and Samson Kafovalu, MacIntyre said, "We still have exams coming up, so we've got another week, but they're doing well."

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