Nov 21, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle reacts following the win over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at the Coors Events Center.The Buffaloes defeated the Gauchos 76-68. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Tad Boyle carving out a path to success for Colorado

Calling the Colorado Buffaloes a power house in college hoops would be an overstatement at the moment, but the program seems to be on the right track, and with time, it appears as though head coach Tad Boyle may be able to make that dream a reality.

Prior to Boyle, only one coach in Colorado’s history was able to make consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Sox Walseth did it in 1962 and 1963 before Boyle managed in 2012 and 2013. With that said, Boyle is set up to become the only coach to take the Buffaloes to three consecutive in 2014.

At minimum, Colorado is a program that can compete with the best-of-the-best on any given night, and perhaps even pull off an upset. That’s exactly what they did against Boyle’s alma mater, capping off the huge upset over the Kansas Jayhawks with a buzzer-beater.

One game after having his staff together and ready to recruit Texas and the rest of the southern states, Boyle had to change his plans when Colorado left the Big 12 in favor of the Pac-12. The recruiting focus was forced to shift to California. Turns out, it wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

Boyle landed two California guards in Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker in 2011 before star forward Xavier Johnson followed the next year.

More importantly for Colorado, it appears that Boyle has his sights set on turning the Buffaloes into a true contender rather than landing a bigger coaching gig. The Colorado-native has removed his name from discussions involving other head coaching vacancies during his stint at Boulder such Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Kansas State.

Given Boyle’s recent track record in regards to recruiting, his attention to detail, and the rare ability to get the most out of his players, Colorado should soon take the next step in becoming a top-tier program. Already on the rise, the future is still bright for the Buffaloes, and as long as Tad Boyle is the head man, those associated with Boulder have something to get excited about.

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