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Barnett won’t change CU staff

Buffs’ coach upbeat after 3-8 season

December 1, 2000

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— In a broad-ranging review of his team's 3-8 season and a look ahead to 2001, Colorado coach Gary Barnett said he didn't anticipate any assistant-coaching changes or any attempt to recruit another placekicker.

Six days after the Buffaloes ended their season with a last-second 34-32 loss to Nebraska, Barnett surveyed the damage with an upbeat attitude on Thursday.

"At this point, I don't anticipate me, personally, making any coaching changes," he said. "With all the coaching openings that are out there and the opportunities that are there for coordinatorships and people's best friends getting jobs and things like that, you don't ever know."

Colorado's kicking game proved fatal in several games, particularly against Southern California and Nebraska.

Against the Cornhuskers, Mark Mariscal missed two field goals and had two more blocked in five attempts. His attempted squib kick in the waning seconds was too short, giving Nebraska the ball at its 41-yard line with 44 seconds left and leading to the clinching field goal.

Mariscal, who won the job over Jeremy Flores, was 7-for-18 this season.

"There is no waiver wire in college football," Barnett said. "Mark Mariscal is here for two more years. He's on scholarship. Jeremy Flores is here for another year. How many scholarship kickers do you carry?"

Sophomore quarterback Zac Colvin, who started the first two games of the season before settling into a backup role, apparently intends to transfer to Southwest Texas State. Linebacker Joey Johnson also has hinted he might transfer.

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