Heading Into Year 10, How's Tad Boyle Doing?

Tad Boyle got off to a good start at CU, but the Buffs need to make the NCAA Tournament again soon

Next year will be Tad Boyle's 10th at Colorado, which among other things is a reminder that time never stops moving, even if nothing is happening. 

Maybe that's harsh. 

When Boyle took over at CU in 2010, he told a story about how Mark Turgeon asked him where he'd like to be in 10 years. According to the story, Boyle said Colorado, and unless something crazy happens between now and November, Boyle will have gotten his wish. 

But what has Colorado gotten out of the deal?

Four NCAA Tournament appearances and a couple of teams that were ranked for a while. CU has one losing season under Boyle. the 2015 team that went 16-18. Under Boyle, CU wins about 61 percent of the time. 

All added up, that's a lot better than Jeff Bzdelik did during his three years and it's an improvement on the Ricardo Patton years too. Until Boyle got to Colorado, the Buffaloes had made the NCAA Tournament just twice since 1969.

So it's been ... nice. It's been fine. There have been some highlights, which is more than you could say about the Joe Harrington or Tom Miller eras. The shine that was on Boyle after his second season at CU (2011-12) when he led the Buffaloes to their first NCAA Tournament win since 1997 had faded now. After making the tournament in his second, third and fourth seasons, Boyle has missed it three of the last four years.

As we head into year 10, the Colorado basketball program is coming off its winningest season in five years, but it will need to make another leap in 2020 or else the seat starts to get a little hot. 

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