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Buff fans rejoice! Hawkins out as Colorado coach

Buffalo Nation, your wish has been granted and your long regional nightmare is now over.

The reports began surfacing in earnest late Monday night, and officially became a reality with a press release Tuesday morning.  Dan Hawkins is out as Colorado’s head coach.

According to a press release issued by the school, has been relieved of his duties as head football coach of the Buffaloes effective immediately.  Associate head coach Brian Cabral will serve as the interim head coach for the final three games of the 2010 season.

“We collectively believed that it was important to provide the opportunity for Dan as head coach and his current staff to pull things together, and things looked bright just one month ago after we opened with a 3-1 record,” athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. “However, things have gone downhill from there.  While we recognize the progress that we have made in several areas during nearly five years under Dan, the negativity and divisiveness that is associated with the current leadership has become detrimental and is beyond repair to our current enterprise and it’s time to make a change.”

I’ve met some tremendously special people and had some fantastic experiences during my time here at Colorado,” Hawkins said.  “Unfortunately, I was not able to bring the wins that so many Buff faithful wish for and deserve.  My biggest pain comes from not being able to see the joy and happiness on our players faces on more occasions following a victory.  CU has a great group of young men running out behind Ralphie every Saturday, those guys have worked very hard in the classroom, off the field, and on the field and have earned the right to win.  I want the Buffs to experience that special feeling.

“I’d like to thank all the great people who surround and support the program, and especially those people on our staff who touch the players on a day-to-day basis; they are special. Please come out and support the University f Colorado football program and the players in the last two home games, as well as on the road in Lincoln, they need and deserve your encouragement.  In the future I wish nothing but the best for CU as it moves in to the Pac-12, I hope everyone concerned with the program will pitch in and support the program on the path to another national championship.”

Per the release, Bohn said a search committee would be in place by the end of the week if not sooner to conduct a national search to name a replacement.  While there is no established timetable, Bohn is fully aware that coaches can begin making in-home recruiting visits on December 1.

Hawkins, who was hired away from Boise State in December of 2005, finishes his four-plus years in Boulder with an overall record of 19-39 and a Big 12 mark of 10-27.  He becomes the third Div. 1-A hot-seat coach to be fired during the 2010 season, joining Tim Brewster of Minnesota and Todd Dodge of North Texas.

“I fully support Mike Bohn’s decision to relieve Dan Hawkins of his duties immediately and appoint Brian Cabral interim head coach of the Buffs,” CU-Boulder Chancellor Dr. Philip P. DiStefano said.  “I believe this is the right decision first and foremost for our players, who have worked hard and endured much this season, but also for our alumni, donors and fans, who have stood by the team over the last five years.  Our focus should now be on supporting Coach Cabral and the team, finishing this season as strongly as we can, and setting our sights on obtaining a new head coach as we head into our inaugural season in the Pac-12 Conference.”

As for who will replace Hawkins as they move to a new conference, the early frontrunner appears to be former CU head coach Bill McCartney.  The 70-year-old McCartney, the winningest coach in school history, has not coached since 1994, so of course he should be considered as the leader heading into the search.

Another name that’s been speculated on before Hawkins’ became official is LSU’s Les Miles.

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10 Responses to “Buff fans rejoice! Hawkins out as Colorado coach”
  1. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 10:33 AM

    Love him or hate him but the fact is that Hawkins was put in a tenuous position from the very first day when he took over a program with the stink of what Barnett had left them. It was going to take a couple of years for him to get it back on track but the biggest problem is that he put his son in charge and that may have scared off a few QB recruits and one of his highly recruited QBs turned out to be a dud.

    Buffalo fans had better be patient because despite what they might think, they’re going into a better conference and they’re closer to Washington State than they are Oregon State. In terms of what they’ve recruited for 2011, they are now 74th, which would make them dead last in the Pac-12. But, a good hire could actually bring them back to the middle of the pack since they’ve got very few commits due to Hawkins’ status. Even with a couple of good classes, they got their wish and they’re in the South with some pretty good teams. I hope that they’re prepared to be abused by at least 3 of their new division mates (We’ll see what happens at Arizona State, who could very well kick Dennis Erickson out the door by the end of the year. If UCLA finds a QB then we can make that 4 abusers).

  2. polegojim says: Nov 9, 2010 5:49 PM

    True – Hawkins inherited garbage… and is leaving the football program in the exact same condition.

    Nice guy – but zero credit goes to him for improving anything in the least, other than a shameless attempt to promote his son, at the expense of the team last Saturday.

  3. colokid84 says: Nov 9, 2010 7:05 PM

    Hey edgy- you better check your facts before you say Colorado is going to a better conference. Besides USC, and the recent Oregon aberration, the BIG XII top to bottom is far superior. Look at the top 10 or 20 finishes over the past 10 to 20 years as well as NC’s.

  4. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 7:48 PM

    colokid84 says:

    Hey edgy- you better check your facts before you say Colorado

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    Gee, I guess you told me, huh?

    The Big 12, top to bottom has been a joke. Ok, so they beat up on some wussy out of conference chumps to build up their records: BIG DEAL. I hate to tell you but the polls don’t do anything for the West because most of them are ignorant about what actually happens out West so while a team in the Pac-10 might be a legitimate Top 10 team, they won’t always get the votes. Even the bowls discriminate against the Pac-10, as they are almost never given a second team into the BCS while teams in the Big 12 and the Big 10 do (The Big 10, 9, SEC, 7 and Big 12, 5, are all ahead of the Pac-10, 2, in at-large bids). You should also note that the Big 12 has had 7 teams participate in the BCS, the same number as the Pac-10: emphasis on the TEN. Next year, the Pac-12 takes on Colorado and adds in Utah while the Big 12ish loses Nebraska and Colorado. If you think that the polls make the man then you need to forget about participating in any talk about playoffs because you obviously believe in them more than results.

  5. colokid84 says: Nov 10, 2010 11:03 PM

    Edgy just put his foot in his hole…

  6. edgy says: Nov 11, 2010 12:05 AM

    colokid84 says:

    Edgy just put his foot in his hole…

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    Oh, he does it again – be still my heart.

    Listen, cool-aid-kid, since 2000, the Big 12 is 52-58 against BCS conferences while the Pac-10 is — wait for it – 59-49. Not only is the Pac-10 significantly better but they actually play an average of 1.1 games per year per team against the BCS while the Big-12 plays .9 games per team per year AND the Pac-10 does this while playing 3 out of conference games to the Big-12’s 4. That’s right, not only does the Pac-10 do better against the Big Boys but they also play higher quality opponents than the Big 12 (How about the fact that in the last 10 years, the Pac-10 has played 30 I-AA opponents while the Big-12 has — guffaw — played 38 in the last 4 and 80 in the last 10 years, 9 more than the second place SEC). Yeah, it’s real easy to get into the rankings when you’re putting up big numbers against crap opponents.

    FYI, you can’t go back 20 years on the Big-12, which is celebrating it’s 15th and final year as the “Big 12″ and will be 12 in name only, like the Big 10 is 10 in name only.

  7. colokid84 says: Nov 11, 2010 9:02 PM

    Hey edgy boy the only stat that counts are NC’s. You can tinker with all these other petty stats like “my team drank more beer than yours” but the bottom line is NC’s. The BIG 10 by far has the most so you can’t deny that and I accept that, but come on…- GOOGLE IT, THEN READ EM & WEEP.

  8. edgy says: Nov 11, 2010 9:23 PM

    colokid84 says: Nov 11, 2010 9:02 PM

    Hey edgy b

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    Are you retarded or what? First it’s the Big 12 and NOW it’s the Big 10.< FYI, you retard, the Big 12 has 3 national championships to the Pac-10’s 2. Since the formation of the Big 12 in — wait for it — 1996, the SEC by FAR has the most. I guess the thin air has addled your brain so you can’t count. Maybe you’ve been too oxygen deprived.

  9. goose31 says: Nov 12, 2010 11:07 PM

    Edgy,
    thanks for the comments, it’s refreshing to see a Pac 10 guy go to the mat against these SEC/Big 12/Big 10 homers….being a Stanford guy it’s hard to talk smack in the football world, yeah every 10 yrs or so we have a breakout year but then our coaches cash in…but the Pac 10 never gets respect despite being able to handle themselves against any conference.

    Hawkins was just a bad coach and anyone with Colorado in their handle should be happy and just shut up. The Big 12 is dead and that’s that. Nebraska go play in the Big 10 and enjoy yourself. Colorado has been the doormat in Big 12 and now they can assume the position in the Pac 12. They can go back to being the SWC or just call themselves the Texas league…who cares really. Until there is a playoff we just have to settle for an arbitrary champion.

  10. colokid84 says: Nov 13, 2010 8:04 AM

    There must be twofers on the koolaid

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