KUSA - Rick George has high expectations - really high.
The University of Colorado new athletic director outlined his ambitious goals for the athletic program over the next three years, both fiscally and on the field, Wednesday. George expects that Mike MacIntyre and the Buffs football team should play in a bowl game in 2014 and 2015, and by 2016 they should compete in the Pac-12 Championship game.
"It's aspiring but is it attainable? Absolutely," George said, answering his own question. "If we set goals and said we were just going to be mediocre then that's not where we want to be. We want to be the best at everything that we do. Under my leadership we are going to set aspiring goals that push and motivate people to achieve."
Colorado went a disappointing 8-30 the past three seasons - they last appeared in the Big-12 Conference Championship game in 2005 - and there lack of success was a critical part of Mike Bohn's firing.
The plan also states that the Buffs should win a minimum of 12 Championships across many sports programs over this initial period. Other objectives includes that men's basketball program will compete in a Pac-12 Championship game by 2017, the women's basketball program will make at least one NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and that student-athletes will obtain a 2.95 grade point average each semester by 2017.
George also sets the framework that he and others will be accountable for these expectations.