Keeler: CU Buffs football needs to find its Tad Boyle

If the check and canvas are blank, you’re trying to nail the gridiron equivalent of Tad Boyle.

The next football coach at CU should be someone who raises the floor, and significantly. All while keeping the ceiling higher, and consistently higher, than it’s been over the previous 15 years.

He needs to win with class. Class, physicality and defense.

He needs to spot pro talent where others don’t.

He needs to teach. He needs to bring the craft and the infrastructure to the table that can mold two-star profiles into four-star resumes.

He needs to see the Buffs as the end, and not the means.

If Mel Tucker taught us anything, it’s that the last one’s a beast.

Even in basketball circles, Boyle is something of a unicorn. He wins enough to make CU men’s basketball nationally relevant, yet is still chasing his first berth in the Sweet 16.

The Buffs have racked up 19 victories or more in a season only 16 times in their hoops history, and Tad’s been at the helm for eight of those seasons. He’s also just 1-4 in the NCAA Tournament, lifetime, and hasn’t won a tilt in Bracketville since 2012.