While Jon Embree and the Colorado Buffaloes football team had a difficult transition to the Pac-12 in the fall (3-10 record), Tad Boyle and the Colorado Buffaloes basketball team are in a position to finish in the top four of the regular season conference standings. The Buffs are 11-5 with two games left, road games against the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon St. Beavers.
While the Buffs only real chance of making it into the NCAA Basketball Tournament is to run the tables in the Pac-12 Tournament, Tad Boyle has certainly done a great job with a team that lost stars Alec Burks and Cory Higgins. That has drawn the attention of ESPN's Andy Katz:
Colorado coach Tad Boyle should be the Pac-12 coach of the year. The Buffaloes, who lost their best two players off last season’s team, won their 11th game in the conference with a 13-point win over Cal. [...] If the Buffaloes didn’t get worked by Stanford by 24 at home (odd) then taking a Pac-12 title away from co-favorite Washington could have been a possibility.
A Pac-12 Coach of the Year Award wouldn't be a bad consolation for Boyle.