There is no doubt that Colorado lost one of its most talented players Monday afternoon when junior wide out standout and First Team All Pac 12 selection Paul Richardson made it official that his playing career as a Buff is now over.
Members of the media asked Mike MacIntyre Saturday after the Buffs last game in Salt Lake City if he would try to convince the standout to stay.
"What do you think," MacIntyre said. "Of course we want him back, but in the end it has to be his decision and his parents, they have to do what's best for him."
MacIntyre noted Saturday that the pair would sit down and meet on Monday.
It was apparent from what Richardson told a large group of local media Monday afternoon, his decision had been made for a while.
"I never wanted to be a distraction for my teammates," Richardson said. "My parents and I have been talking about it for sometime."
Richardson was often doubled and tripled team this season by opposing defenses, something that causes the standout wide receiver think that his team might benefit from his leaving early.
"We have some other guys that are talented wide receivers," Richardson said. "I doubt the opposition will be doubling and tripling our guys, it will give them an opportunity to step up and play against man or one on one coverage."
Richardson had praise for his coaching staff, noted it was great being coached by a former Biletnikoff winner in Troy Walters.
"Coach Walters is great, to be coached by someone who won the award for being the best wide receiver is special," Richardson said. "Coach MacIntyre and this entire coaching staff has done a tremendous job with our team this season, they have helped us grow as men. I appreciate everything that they have brought to us."
Richardson was the only Buff to be named to the First Team All-Pac 12 team, the all conference performer feels that the future is bright under this coaching staff.
"These guys are going to win here," Richardson said. "It's going to happen, yes it was a tough decision, but when it came down to it, like coach said the other day, I had to decide where I wanted to be next year and be all in at that place. That's why we chose not to wait this out and go ahead and announce it today."