CU fixture helps lead Buffs into Hawaii for opener
Posted: 09/03/2011 12:13:13 AM MDT
KAILUA, Hawaii -- Ask just about any Colorado football recruit why he decided to play for the Buffaloes and you'll hear a familiar refrain.
As we made the drive from Denver and started the descent down the hill on Highway 36, the view of the Flatirons ...
Brian Cabral was just like so many other wide-eyed freshmen-to-be who have fallen in love with Boulder over the years, but the great Buffs linebacker and longtime assistant left paradise for a CU life.
The drive east from Honolulu on the Pali Highway leads to another breathtaking scene where the pure blue water and pristine beaches of Kailua Bay collide in a perfect postcard setting.
This is where Cabral, the most tenured assistant coach in CU history for any sport, grew up in the proud Polynesian culture.
Which makes tonight a very special homecoming for the local football legend as the Buffaloes roam into the heart of Oahu to play Hawaii in the season opener at Aloha Stadium (8:15 p.m., ESPN2).
"It's going to be a great challenge. I'm one of the players that left Hawaii to come to the mainland to play. I guess I've got to prove why I left the islands," Cabral said. "Hawaii football has come a long way since I was recruited. They've come a long way in the last 15 years or so. It's a different program and a different team."