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Ex-Buffs, Boise coach Dan Hawkins heads north of the border

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Out of coaching since being fired as Colorado’s head coach in November of 2010, Dan Hawkins will reportedly return to the sidelines on not only a different level of the sport but in a different country entirely.

The Montreal Gazette, citing two sources with knowledge of the situation, is reporting that Hawkins will be named as the head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.  It had previously been reported that Hawkins was one of six candidates who had been interviewed by the Alouettes.

While the CFL club has yet to make an announcement, Hawkins confirmed to a Boise radio station that he has indeed accepted the job.  When the hiring is made official, Hawkins will replace Marc Trestman, who was named as the head coach of the Chicago Bears last month.

Hawkins continued laying the foundation for the highly successful Boise State football program early last decade, compiling a 53-11 record from 2001-05.  His time in Boulder, however, was an unmitigated disaster.

Named as the successor to Gary Barnett in December of 2005, Hawkins proceeded to post a 19-39 record during his five seasons with the Buffs.  Included in that total was a 10-27 record in Big 12 play.

After spending two-plus seasons on the hot seat, Hawkins was fired by CU nine games into the 2010 season.

(Tip O’ the Cap: the Idaho Statesman’s Brian Murphy)

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9 Responses to “Ex-Buffs, Boise coach Dan Hawkins heads north of the border”
  1. colinksu says: Feb 14, 2013 8:43 PM

    Looks like Cody Hawkins will be getting a shot in the CFL any time now.

  2. mdac1012 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:39 PM

    Interesting choice, Hawkins has no CFL experience but neither did Trestman. Looks like GM Jim Popp is looking to catch lightning twice.

  3. polegojim says: Feb 14, 2013 10:58 PM

    Hawk was exposed… as Colorado continued to flounder… and Boise State maintained a high level of play without him… even after HIS recruits exited.

    Seems like a nice guy… but the nepotism killed him. Just a foolish move.

  4. allan357 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:54 PM

    Coach, remember that the key is to dress in layers, perhaps many of them.

  5. timh1955 says: Feb 15, 2013 12:31 AM

    Just shows you that anyone can win at Boise State when they play community colleges and technical schools 99% of the time. It’s a different story when you play a real schedule.

  6. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Feb 15, 2013 5:44 AM

    Ralphie the Buffalo just dropped a steamie pile on Folsum fields 50 yd line. Good bye
    Mr. Hawkins. Still trying to recover at CU!

  7. kansacity88 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:49 AM

    His first speech to the Alouettes players: “If you can’t play the way I want you to play….go play intramurals, brother!!”

  8. mogogo1 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:30 AM

    Weird fact: The other two reported finalists for this job were Steve Fairchild and Jim Zorn. Fairchild was 16-33 with Colorado State, Zorn went 12-20 when he coached the Redskins. So, the three finalists were a combined 47-92 at their prior jobs. Yikes.

  9. dmvtransplant says: Feb 15, 2013 11:16 AM

    I don’t EVER want to hear on another site from anybody, that Jon Embree played the race card when he was fired from Colorado. Because this hiring proves he was right, Hawkins was a really bad head coach & now is given another chance to prove he can fail at a high level. Just another example of a bad white head coach getting a chance, I’m sure this gives Norv Turner & Bill Callahan hope for the future.

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