DeWayne Lewis

The reputation of USA football is in the hands of… Dan Hawkins?

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Former Colorado and Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins will be coaching football this season, but it won’t be intramurals. The former Buffs and Broncos coach will be the head coach of Team USA in the upcoming Federation of American Football Senior World Championships. The international American football tournament, held every four years, will be held in Canton, Ohio in July.

The players making up the United States roster are all college graduates and all levels of college football from FBS down to NAIA are required to be represented. Some notable names you may remember or recognize that have played for the United States include Arizona quarterback Adam Austin, Michigan State receiver DeWayne Lewis, and former Colorado quarterback and current Ohio State graduate assistant Cody Hawkins.

Hawkins and Team USA will be in a field that includes Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. Team USA is the defending champion and has won each of the previous two international competitions. Japan took the international crowns in 1999 and 2003. It should be noted the United States did not participate in the international tournaments in either of the first two years it was held. The United States was invited in 2007 and edged Japan in double overtime, 23-20 after blowing away South Korea (77-0) and Germany (33-7). The USA should be a considerable favorite once again this summer, as you might expect.

Hawkins was at the helm of Boise State as the program began to rise in the sport. Chris Petersen took the Broncos to the next level, but Hawkins set the table before leaving for a job at Colorado. This did not go nearly as well of course. Hawkins was last seen coaching above the border with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes for one season in 2013. He is now a college football studio analyst for ESPN.