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cmhargrove
04-12-2010, 01:12 PM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.

Garcia Bronco
04-12-2010, 01:13 PM
I have heard it's a pretty good Engineering School.

underrated29
04-12-2010, 01:15 PM
A friend of mine that is now on my hockey team. Played football and hockey there... He always talks about the school. I could ask him any specifics if you want, but I dont know much about it except for that we wasted them in hockey when i was playing at metro...They are a smaller school I think, so the talent might not be as rich.....Heard good things though.

tsiguy96
04-12-2010, 01:24 PM
if youre son could possibly have a future in football, obviously dont go there. if he is looking at education plus football for fun and tuition, do it.

hear back from what DI colleges say before you start deciding, some schools like wisconsin have amazing engineering programs.

cmhargrove
04-12-2010, 01:26 PM
A friend of mine that is now on my hockey team. Played football and hockey there... He always talks about the school. I could ask him any specifics if you want, but I dont know much about it except for that we wasted them in hockey when i was playing at metro...They are a smaller school I think, so the talent might not be as rich.....Heard good things though.

I know it's a small program, but as I said, that might be good for my son so he doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

If I read correctly, they have a pretty good winning record with their football program.

cmhargrove
04-12-2010, 01:30 PM
if youre son could possibly have a future in football, obviously dont go there. if he is looking at education plus football for fun and tuition, do it.

hear back from what DI colleges say before you start deciding, some schools like wisconsin have amazing engineering programs.

He's big, and plays with a good mean streak (he's a pancake machine), but he's only 6'3" 298. A lot of the big DI schools seem like they are looking for bigger than that. Maybe he will be bigger after his senior season, who knows.

We're sending out film, and I guess we'll see how that goes, but at least he's getting "bites." I'll remember to check out Wisconsin.

tsiguy96
04-12-2010, 01:35 PM
He's big, and plays with a good mean streak (he's a pancake machine), but he's only 6'3" 298. A lot of the big DI schools seem like they are looking for bigger than that. Maybe he will be bigger after his senior season, who knows.

We're sending out film, and I guess we'll see how that goes, but at least he's getting "bites." I'll remember to check out Wisconsin.

6'3 300 is fine, especially if he kicked inside to guard. hit up the big ten schools. is he being scouted or invited to anywhere yet? a lot of guys can fall between the cracks so make sure you are getting film to the right people and not just sending it off. a "highlight" youtube package isnt going to work either, its gotta be legit film that shows how he plays from game to game.

PM me about some strength and conditioning advice, i can most definitely help you in that regard.

Bronco CB40
04-12-2010, 01:47 PM
Great academic school. When your son graduates there, oil companies left and right will be lining up to offer him $50K-plus jobs to start.

The one bummer about CSM though is the 80/20 to 90/10 guy-girl ratio.

SouthStndJunkie
04-12-2010, 01:51 PM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.

I have a bud whose son plays football for them....PM me some questions you have and I will email them to him.

Man-Goblin
04-12-2010, 01:52 PM
Chad Friehauf.

tsiguy96
04-12-2010, 02:00 PM
Chad Friehauf.

...got signed by an NFL team to see if he had what it takes. not many people can say that.

cmhargrove
04-12-2010, 02:09 PM
Great academic school. When your son graduates there, oil companies left and right will be lining up to offer him $50K-plus jobs to start.

The one bummer about CSM though is the 80/20 to 90/10 guy-girl ratio.

Wow. I've been around female engineers too, and that means you are really looking at about 20% of the 10% as a strong dating pool.

Oh well, maybe he can focus on school then???

bronclvr
04-12-2010, 02:09 PM
Golden is my Hometown, and although I did not go to School at CSM I used to go to their Games-the "Miners" were never great, but they were tough, and Homecoming was always a good time (when I was a kid)-

I would agree on the School, though-I have an Employee whose Son Graduated from CSM, and he had no shortage of positions available when he left-

Bronco CB40
04-12-2010, 02:18 PM
Wow. I've been around female engineers too, and that means you are really looking at about 20% of the 10% as a strong dating pool.

Oh well, maybe he can focus on school then???

It's not a dire situation by any means. Boulder is close by and there's plenty of ski bunnies up 1-70.

All things considered, CSM is one of the few schools in this country where the investment into academics will pay off in the long-run and that's a strong factor that few other institutions can match.

It's not one of those schools that grants your kid a degree and throws him out to the real world empty handed.

AlienBronco
04-12-2010, 03:06 PM
And also small perks like, taking tour of Coors Brewery any time due to its proximity.

You can't go wrong with CSM. If not sure visit it with your son.

Ray_Lewis'_Victim
04-12-2010, 03:27 PM
I just graduated from there last May. I can't say too much about the football team (ultimate frisbee player myself), but he'd get a solid education there. The job offers coming out aren't as great now as they were probably 5 years ago, but I imagine they're still better than a lot of schools(I chose grad school, so I didn't look too closely). Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman and other companies seem to like Mines grads, so he'd have a lot of options outside of football.

Swedish Extrovert
04-12-2010, 04:06 PM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.

My Dad went there for grad school. A guy I played with in HS ended up playing WR there too... I'll see if I can't look him up for you.

Tombstone RJ
04-12-2010, 04:20 PM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.

Is you son being recruited by OSU or Tulsa? I'd think he'd fit in at Tulsa, that's not a bad D1 program.

As for Colorado, right now he might get in on a scholarship to CU. CU has a good engineering program too.

There's also CSU, which is not as strong as CU when it comes to engineering (although its a good school too) but their football program is better and if he can get a scholarship, that'd be a great school too.

Then, there's University of Northern Colorado which is a great D2 program!

randomtask
04-12-2010, 04:26 PM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.

I'm actually going there right now. It's a pretty small program (you can walk across campus in 20 minutes), but the professors are top-notch. He'd be getting an excellent education. Another thing is that companies love Mines. I seem to remember reading a stat that more than 95% of graduating students who applied for jobs got one within 6 months the past 3 years.

You'll need to make sure he's ready to spend quite a bit of time studying, as classes get tough very quickly (Quant Lab in particular is horrible). Also, the guy/girl ratio is pretty bad, but the last freshman class was pretty close to 60/40, so it's getting better.

What type of engineering would he be getting into? (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, other)

cmhargrove
04-12-2010, 06:26 PM
I'm actually going there right now. It's a pretty small program (you can walk across campus in 20 minutes), but the professors are top-notch. He'd be getting an excellent education. Another thing is that companies love Mines. I seem to remember reading a stat that more than 95% of graduating students who applied for jobs got one within 6 months the past 3 years.

You'll need to make sure he's ready to spend quite a bit of time studying, as classes get tough very quickly (Quant Lab in particular is horrible). Also, the guy/girl ratio is pretty bad, but the last freshman class was pretty close to 60/40, so it's getting better.

What type of engineering would he be getting into? (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, other)

He did an internship last year in Civil, I think this summer he will be working for a mechanical firm. However, his favorite so far is Electrical / Electronics.

So, he might be taking a "general engineering" pathway his freshman year, then looking to specialize starting his sophomore year when he gets exposed to the different schools.

cmhargrove
04-12-2010, 06:32 PM
Is you son being recruited by OSU or Tulsa? I'd think he'd fit in at Tulsa, that's not a bad D1 program.

As for Colorado, right now he might get in on a scholarship to CU. CU has a good engineering program too.

There's also CSU, which is not as strong as CU when it comes to engineering (although its a good school too) but their football program is better and if he can get a scholarship, that'd be a great school too.

Then, there's University of Northern Colorado which is a great D2 program!

Yes, my son has been talking to the coaches at Tulsa. They also have a good engineering program.

I think he just wants to get away from home and expand his horizons a little. We are very close, but he just wants to see someplace different. However, if the TU coaches make him an offer, it could strongly compel him to stay. He is planning on hitting their camps again this year (last year he pancaked the best defenders at camp in front of the line coach). This year, he is 30 pounds heavier and a little meaner so I think camp will be a good place to see if they are really interested.

The whole OU / OSU thing is a little wierd. We will send in film, but once again I feel like they are looking for players in the 6'5" to 6'8" range. We just sent out film and are starting to get responses, so we'll see in the next couple weeks.

liljd307
04-12-2010, 06:33 PM
Check out Purdue. Top 10 school in the nation for engineering as well as a Big Ten football school.

I go there now and I know a few guys that were on the team and in engineering although its not all that common it is possible to do, will take a lot of hard work though.

Best of luck.

wandlc
04-12-2010, 07:16 PM
I work with a graduate from CSM, very good school. I am a Cal Poly SLO grad myself, you might consider Cal Poly also. Excellent engineering school and a good D1 FCS football program, they have challenged for the National Title a couple of times in the last several years and have players in pro football, Chris Gocong, Courtney Brown, and Ramses Barden most recenlty. Also, lots of very pretty girls go there.

BroncoBuff
04-12-2010, 07:19 PM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.

I can tell you this ... my uncle was chief geologist at Marathon Oil for many years, and he recruited at Mines extensively. Every year he came to Denver and met with guys there. He said it was one of the best schools in the nation for geologists.

LonghornBronco
04-12-2010, 07:23 PM
I went to mines in the early 90's on a wrestling scholarship. The athletic program when I went was ok, it was on the way up from the cellar of the RMAC.

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The top programs where petroleum and mining, but all the programs are excellent.

Bronco CB40
04-12-2010, 11:18 PM
I work with a graduate from CSM, very good school. I am a Cal Poly SLO grad myself, you might consider Cal Poly also. Excellent engineering school and a good D1 FCS football program, they have challenged for the National Title a couple of times in the last several years and have players in pro football, Chris Gocong, Courtney Brown, and Ramses Barden most recenlty. Also, lots of very pretty girls go there.

Triple-option offense baby!

baja
04-12-2010, 11:25 PM
my dad went there for grad school.<b> a guy i played with in hs </b>ended up playing wr there too... I'll see if i can't look him up for you.

tmi

Bronco Yoda
04-12-2010, 11:33 PM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?
Thanks.


Good school.

iforgotmypassword
04-12-2010, 11:38 PM
hope he is very very smart and hardworking, you gotta be a robot to go to school there, let alone be an athlete there. I played football at MT Tech and did petroleum engineering, talk about a schedule.... Colorado is suppoed to be one of the toughest engineering schools

Bronco Yoda
04-12-2010, 11:40 PM
A have a cousin who's only 16, 6'7 305lb and strong as an ox. Freaky how Giant and strong this kid is. He's considering engineering and his mom is from Colorado. This school has come up in discussions. You'd think his size would take his football just about anywhere but he's such a nice kid and softy at heart.

extralife
04-12-2010, 11:58 PM
If your son has the intellect and the desire to be an engineer, Mines seems like a bit of a no-brainer. Don't gamble away that drive and ability on a non-existent football career. It is your job as a parent to make sure he makes a smart decision. In almost any situation that will involve weighing academic considerations over football ones.

strafen
04-13-2010, 12:13 AM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.If he wants to go there for academic reasons (as his main goal), then the CSM is a great school. He'll be making excellent money after he graduates.
I'm not too familiar with their football program, but it is football, if you know what I mean...

dsmoot
04-13-2010, 04:39 AM
We just started sending film out to colleges (My oldest son is a Junior), and one of the first bites was from Colorado School of Mines.

Anyway, he loves Colorado, and his major will be engineering. He is looking into some DI programs, but DII might be right up his alley.

Did anyone go there?
Can you tell me anything (positive or negative) about the school, or their football program?

Thanks.

I attended and graduated from CSM. It is a good engineering school that has made a transition from a school with strong mineral industry roots to something much more diversified. As for college sports, it is encouraged but definitely No.2 on the priority list at best. A student is there first and foremost for the education offered. Starting salaries these days are much in excess of $60K depending on the degree and economy cycle. The boy/girl ratio was at least 13:1 when I attended and has much improved since then. Engineering is tough enough for most, one must be dedicated to the studies to get something out of the education. Great teacher/student ratio. Very good reputation out in industry. Keeping things in perspective, you will not get an NFL career out of Mines but you will get an education and a foundation for success that will last a life time.

uk bronco
04-13-2010, 07:56 AM
the university of glasgow has an excellent electrical engineering department. sadly no scholarships are available but i'm the assistant OC there and he would definitively get him a spot on our team at that size

BowlenBall
04-13-2010, 08:27 AM
I can tell you this ... my uncle was chief geologist at Marathon Oil for many years, and he recruited at Mines extensively. Every year he came to Denver and met with guys there. He said it was one of the best schools in the nation for geologists.

My pop also worked at Marathon Oil (until their Alaskan oilfields were bought out by USX) -- cool!

As for Colorado School of Mines -- I work in Higher Education in the Gulf, and their graduates are highly valued over here in the oil industry. We even send a few Emirati students over there to study on scholarship every year. Good school, good reputation.

arch ball
04-13-2010, 10:19 AM
I originally attended Virginia Tech and studied civil engineering After three years I transfered to West Virginia University and graduated with a business degree. Two years later I moved family to Denver and attended CSM for three years and received a BS degree in mining engineering over 30 years ago. Those three years were the most challenging and most rewarding educational experience of my life. They teach all of the technical areas with a glimpse of their practical implications. Your son will definately receive a first class education. If football is kept in perspective, it can be an excellant way to help pay for that wonderful education. Good luck to your son and you during your decision process.

Peoples Champ
04-13-2010, 10:30 AM
if youre son could possibly have a future in football, obviously dont go there. if he is looking at education plus football for fun and tuition, do it.

hear back from what DI colleges say before you start deciding, some schools like wisconsin have amazing engineering programs.


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