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Colorado Buffaloes
The COLORADO BUFFALOES are the athletic teams that represent the University of Colorado Boulder . The university sponsors 17 varsity sports teams. Both the men's and women's teams are called the BUFFALOES (Buffs for short) or, rarely, the GOLDEN BUFFALOES. "Lady Buffs" referred to the women's teams beginning in the 1970s, but was officially dropped in 1993. The nickname was selected by the campus newspaper in a contest with a $ 5 prize in 1934 won by Andrew Dickson of Boulder . The university participates as a member of the Pac-12 Conference at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level
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University Of Colorado Boulder
The UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER (commonly referred to as CU or COLORADO) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado , United States. It is the flagship university of the University of Colorado
Colorado
system and was founded five months before Colorado
Colorado
was admitted to the Union in 1876. In 2015, the university comprised nine colleges and schools and offered over 150 academic programs and enrolled almost 33,000 students. Twelve Nobel Laureates , nine MacArthur Fellows , and 20 astronauts have been affiliated with CU Boulder as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history. The university received nearly $454 million in sponsored research in 2010 to fund programs like the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics , and JILA
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Pac-12 Conference
The PAC-12 CONFERENCE is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States , participating in 22 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two tiers of NCAA Division I football competition. The conference's 12 members are located in the states of Arizona , California , Colorado , Oregon , Utah , and Washington . They include each state's flagship public university, four additional public universities, and two private research universities. The modern Pac-12 conference formed after the disbanding of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), whose principal members founded the ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN UNIVERSITIES (AAWU) in 1959. The conference previously went by the names BIG FIVE, BIG SIX, PACIFIC-8, and PACIFIC-10
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National Collegiate Athletic Association
The NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA) is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada
Canada
, and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana . In 2014, the NCAA generated almost a billion dollars in revenue. 80 to 90% of this revenue was due to the Division I Men\'s Basketball
Basketball
Tournament . This revenue is then distributed back into various organizations and institutions across the United States. In August 1973, the current three-division setup of Division I , Division II , and Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention
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Division I (NCAA)
DIVISION I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) in the United States
United States
. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition. This level was once called the University Division of the NCAA, in contrast to the lower level College Division; these terms were replaced with numeric divisions in 1973. The University Division was renamed Division I, while the College Division was split in two; the College Division members that offered scholarships or wanted to compete against those who did became Division II , while those who did not want to offer scholarships became Division III
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NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
The NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION (FBS), formerly known as DIVISION I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States. The FBS is the most competitive subdivision of NCAA Division I , which itself consists of the largest and most competitive schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As of the next college football season in 2017, there are 10 conferences and 130 schools in FBS. Despite the popularity of the professional National Football League , college football is very popular throughout much of the United States, and the top schools generate tens of millions of dollars in yearly revenue. Top FBS teams draw tens of thousands of fans to games, and the ten largest American stadiums by capacity all host FBS teams. College athletes are not paid, but colleges are allowed to provide players with non-monetary compensation such as athletic scholarships that provide for tuition, housing, and books
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Rick George
RICK GEORGE was the athletic director at the University of Colorado from August 2013 to August 2017. REFERENCES * ^ http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/16/cu-regents-approve-3-year-extension-for-athletic-director-rick-george/ * v * t * e Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado Buffaloes
athletic directors * Harry Carlson (1927–1965) * Eddie Crowder (1965–1984) * Bill Marolt (1984–1996) * Dick Tharp (1996–2004) * Jack Lengyel # (2004–2005) * Mike Bohn (2005–2013) * Ceal Barry # (2013) * Rick George (2013– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim athletic director. * v * t * e Current athletic directors of the Pac-12 Conference * DAVE HEEKE (Arizona ) * RAY ANDERSON (Arizona State ) * H
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Boulder, Colorado
BOULDER (/ˈboʊldər/ ) is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Boulder County , and the 11th most populous municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado
Colorado
. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) above sea level. The city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver
Denver
. The population of the City
City
of Boulder was 97,385 people at the 2010 United States
United States
Census , while the population of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area was 294,567
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Colorado
COLORADO (/kɒləˈrædoʊ, -ˈrɑːdoʊ/ ( listen ) ) is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains . Colorado is part of the Western United States , the Southwestern United States , and the Mountain States . Colorado is the 8th most extensive and the 21st most populous of the 50 United States . The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,540,545 on July 1, 2016, an increase of 10.17% since the 2010 United States Census . The state was named for the Colorado River , which Spanish travelers named the _Río Colorado_ for the ruddy (Spanish : _colorado_) silt the river carried from the mountains
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Folsom Field
FOLSOM FIELD is an outdoor football stadium in the western United States , located on the campus of the University of Colorado
Colorado
in Boulder . It is the home field of the Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado Buffaloes
of the Pac-12 Conference . Opened 93 years ago in 1924, the horseshoe -shaped stadium runs in the traditional north-south configuration, opening to the north. The CU athletic administration center, named after 1950s head coach Dal Ward , is located at the north end. The playing field returned to natural grass in 1999 and sits at an elevation of 5,360 feet (1,630 m), more than a mile above sea level . Folsom Field
Folsom Field
is the third highest stadium in major college football , behind only Wyoming and Air Force of the Mountain West Conference
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Coors Events Center
The COORS EVENTS CENTER is an 11,064-seat multi-purpose arena on the Boulder
Boulder
main campus of the University of Colorado . It opened in 1979, and is home to the Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado Buffaloes
men\'s and women's basketball teams and the volleyball team. The building is an eight-sided concrete structure, with three levels. The arena floor, the service level and the concourse level. The building is single-tiered inside. It replaced the Balch Fieldhouse , the current home of the indoor track and field team located directly adjacent to Folsom Field
Folsom Field
. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Improvements * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORYThe venue was formerly called the CU EVENTS/CONFERENCE CENTER and was renamed to the COORS EVENTS/CONFERENCE CENTER in September 1990 after the Coors family in recognition of a $5 million gift from the Adolph Coors Foundation
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Ralphie The Buffalo
RALPHIE THE BUFFALO is the name of the live mascot of the University of Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado Buffaloes
. Ralphie has been called one of the best live mascots in sports, and she is often erroneously labeled male. The team of "Ralphie Handlers," who are varsity student-athletes, run Ralphie around Folsom Field
Folsom Field
, the University of Colorado's football field, in a horse shoe pattern before each half of each home game. It takes five Ralphie Handlers to run her around the field: two up front on each side to steer her around the field, two in the back on each side to help guide her, and one in far back to control her speed, called the "loop" position. Ralphie can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour (40 km/h). Female bison are used because they are smaller and less aggressive, as well as for insurance reasons, although Ralphie has knocked over her handlers on more than one occasion
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American Bison
_B. b. athabascae _ _B. b. bison _ SYNONYMS _ Bos americanus_ _ Bos bison_ _ Bison americanus_ _ Bison bison montanae_ The AMERICAN BISON (_ Bison bison_), also commonly known as the AMERICAN BUFFALO or simply BUFFALO, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds . They became nearly extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century and introduction of bovine diseases from domestic cattle, and have made a recent resurgence largely restricted to a few national parks and reserves
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Bison
B. bison B. bonasus †B. antiquus †B. latifrons †B. occidentalis †B. palaeosinensis †B. priscus †B.schoetensacki BISON are large, even-toed ungulates in the genus Bison
Bison
within the subfamily Bovinae . Two extant and six extinct species are recognised. Of the six extinct species, five went extinct in the Quaternary extinction event . Bison palaeosinensis evolved in the Early Pleistocene
Pleistocene
in South Asia
South Asia
, and was the evolutionary ancestor of B. priscus (steppe bison ), which was the ancestor of all other Bison
Bison
species. From 2 MYA to 6,000 BCE , steppe bison ranged across the mammoth steppe , inhabiting Europe and northern Asia with B. schoetensacki (woodland bison), and North America with B. antiquus , B. latifrons , and B. occidentalis . The last species to go extinct, B. occidentalis, was succeeded at 3,000 BCE by B
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Sport
SPORT ( British English ) or SPORTS ( American English ) includes all forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators. Usually the contest or game is between two sides, each attempting to exceed the other. Some sports allow a tie game; others provide tie-breaking methods , to ensure one winner and one loser. A number of such two-sided contests may be arranged in a tournament producing a champion . Many sports leagues make an annual champion by arranging games in a regular sports season , followed in some cases by playoffs . Hundreds of sports exist, from those between single contestants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals
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Varsity Team
VARSITY is an alteration and shortening of the term _university_. The meaning differs depending on the region, but is usually related to sporting activity. CONTENTS * 1 Varsity in the United Kingdom * 2 Varsity in North America * 3 Varsity in the Netherlands * 4 Varsity in South Africa * 5 See also * 6 References VARSITY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM Main article: Varsity match In the United Kingdom , VARSITY TEAM or varsity club refers to groups participating in varsity matches in sport or other competitions between rival universities , most famously Oxford University vs. Cambridge University ; also King\'s College London vs. University College London , University of Bristol vs. University of the West of England and University of Sheffield vs. Sheffield Hallam University , among others
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