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The Dan Hawkins firing watch is underway

Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:22 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

By now, you know the story out of Lawrence from last Saturday : Colorado went into the fourth quarter up 45-17 against a Kansas team that had scored more than 28 points in an entire game just once this season , then gave up five straight touchdowns to lose 52-45. It is not hyperbole to call it the worst loss suffered by any team in the FBS this season. It's more like fact.

Coaches that preside over losses like that don't usually keep their jobs for very long, and when you're talking about a coach in Buffalo head man Dan Hawkins that only retained his job for 2010 by virtue of being too expensive to buy out, "not for very long" very well could mean "not for even another day." Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn admitted as much in the wake of the meltdown , saying "the  school could make an announcement in regard to his future later this week" and declining to give Hawkins a vote-of-confidence for even so much as this week's game against Iowa State .

For their part, the Buffalo players would like to see their head coach allowed to finish the season with dignity:
"I don't know the history, but I would say in most history when a head coach is fired in the middle of the season, those teams generally don't do so well," injured starting quarterback Tyler Hansen said ... "I think it's only fair to the seniors to ride out this coaching staff."

"It would be unfortunate to see any coaches have to go at this point in time because it's so much more than putting something on one person," [senior tight end Luke] Walters said. "It's way more than that. One change is obviously probably not going to get the results that everyone is looking for. At this point in time, I can't say there would be anything positive coming out of that, as much as people want to see something happen."
If the players' support for their coach is admirable (if not unanimous, as an "it really doesn't matter" quote from safety Anthony Perkins makes clear), the fact that even they aren't entertaining the possibility of Hawkins being retained another season is telling. Hawkins has surpassed New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as the most fired coach in America; even the players know the only matter to discuss is when Bohn should pull the trigger.

And if he wants a nickel's worth of free advice from the CBS College Football Blog, he should pull it sooner rather than later. Hawkins' continued employment appears to be a charade by this point, a farce that almost by definition ought to be ended with as much haste as possible. Bohn can ask Hawkins to coach through the end of the season for the sake of continuity and in deference to the wishes of the Buff senior class; with his son Cody Hawkins the starting quarterback almost by default in the wake of the injury to Hansen, Hawkins may very well accept. This would give the program some measure of stability while still being honest about Hawkins' status and permitting Bohn to (ethically) begin the process of evaluating candidates for Hawkins' replacement.

It's not ideal, but it's better than allowing what sounds like a noxious atmosphere surrounding the program to fester. The sooner the air in Boulder clears, the sooner fans and boosters and players and the administrationa all alike can see where the program is headed.

HT: @DrSaturday


Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:27 pm

The Dan Hawkins firing watch is underway

Bellotti loved Oregon and chose to retire himself, he wont go to Colorado.

Bobby Hauck is sucking at UNLV right now, they are terrible this season

Pat Hill is an old goat who would never leave Fresno State

Besides, Colorado is looking for a young stud, not an old man. They'll try to hire a young and upcoming coach, perhaps Al Golden from Temple, Chris Peterson from Boise (they wish) Les Miles (yeah right..) or some high-end coordinator at a powerhouse program like Will Muschamp from Texas.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:46 pm

The Dan Hawkins firing watch is underway

Colorado's leading candidates:

Mike Bellotti. If Jeff Tedford gets canned in Cal and can come over as Bellotti's OC as he was under Bellotti at Oregon in 2001, he would clearly be the number one choice. And it's a name the fans in Colorado like.

Bobby Hauck. He was Montana's Head coach for years and they were perinial powers in FCS football. Was an assistant coach at Colorado under Slick Rick. Although he is in his first year at UNLV, it would be an easy steal. And again, it's a name the fans like an would show up and support. 

Pat Hill from Fresno, but I highly doubt he is leaving.

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