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“It’s a radically different feel”: Why Mel Tucker’s 1st season has CU Buffs fans sad that it’s over

The cynics will say 5-7 is 5-7, the same old CU nowhere. It wasn’t. Year 1 of the Mel Tucker Era, in hindsight, wasn’t really about the destination. It was about the journey.

The 2017 road to postseason ineligibility ended with three straight losses and four defeats in five contests, a gentle slide into oblivion. A year ago, the truck went straight off a cliff and took a slow-motion descent, thanks to seven consecutive losses, into a fiery abyss.

The Buffs’ 2019 November was different. This time, they got off the mat, bloodied but unbroken, and got some shots in.