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BOULDER — When Colorado basketball head coach Tad Boyle was asked what he felt about the Pac-12's decision to cancel all competitions through the end of 2020, he kept his answer short.

"Shock and disbelief," Boyle said.

Now, two weeks later, we know that it wasn't just the coach who was surprised that the conference decided to cancel basketball games three months before the season was set to begin.

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BOULDER — The competition was supposed to be heating up right now. With two weeks of practice before the 2020 season-opener against Colorado State, new head coach Karl Dorrell would likely be on the verge of choosing his quarterback. It could have been true freshman Brendon Lewis, the junior Tyler Lytle or senior Sam Noyer. Who knows; maybe the late…...

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BOULDER — The Pac-12 won’t play sports this fall, which is opening the door to a new question: Will players transfer to schools in conferences that will play football this fall? Just a few miles north of Boulder, the Colorado State Rams are already facing this problem. Tight end Trey McBride and wide receiver Warren Jackson — both of whom…...

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BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes aren’t going to play this fall. The Pac-12 decided in the last couple of weeks that the COVID-19 pandemic was too far-reaching and unpredictable to allow for fall sports. So, it canceled all competitions through the end of December. The hope is for all fall sports to play seasons next spring, and that includes football. The…...

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BOULDER — The Pac-12 decided Tuesday that it won't play any fall sports in 2020, and on Wednesday Colorado athletic director Rick George spoke with the media.

George, as well as the head coaches of all of the Buffs' programs affected by the decision, explained why the decision was made, what their reaction was and what to expect in the coming months.

Here are the key takeaways:

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BOULDER — It finally happened.

The Pac-12 presidents voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel all competitions until Jan. 1, 2021 at the earliest. That means there will be no fall sports, including football, though those competitions could be rescheduled to the spring of 2021. The men's basketball season will have a delayed start. Teams may be allowed to practice before 2021, depending on the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are still plenty of questions to be answered, but I'll do my best to answer some of them below.

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BOULDER — McKinley Wright IV began his virtual press conference, which followed his decision to return to Colorado for his senior season, with a 25-second opening statement.

He began by saying he was excited and that the Buffs had unfinished business. He said the team has a lot of key guys coming back. And then he dropped a name, the only name he brought up unprompted during his opening statement.

It wasn't the name of skilled veteran big man Evan Battey. It wasn't the name of his other returning classmate, D'Shawn Schwartz. In fact, it wasn't even the name of a player who saw the court last season.

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BOULDER — McKinley Wright IV is returning to Colorado for two reasons:

To be the first member of his family to graduate from college.
To lead the Buffs to the NCAA Tournament
"A childhood dream is March Madness," Wright told reporters Wednesday. "I've been watching that since I was a kid. I've seen guys at my position perform at a high level and win at a high level in that tournament. It's something I've always wanted to be a part of."

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BOULDER — Laviska Shenault Jr. is gone.

For the first time in two seasons, Colorado football fans don't know who the go-to guy in the Buffs' offense will be. Veteran running back Alex Fontenot is a candidate. True freshman running back Ashaad Clayton could give him a run for his money. Wide receiver Daniel Arias, perhaps the most impressive physical specimen on the team, could be ready to break out.

But the most-experienced piece of the offense, wide receiver K.D. Nixon, might be the best bet.

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