Posted by Tom Fornelli
Dan Hawkins' grip on the head coaching job at Colorado is tenuous at best considering the lack of success he's had running the program, and he sure isn't getting any help on the injury front these days. Earlier this season the Buffaloes lost their leading tackler, Anthony Perkins, to a torn ACL in a loss against Missouri. It's the type of injury that certainly doesn't help you win games, but it is one that could be overcome.
The injuries that the Buffs suffered this weekend, however, may not be. During it loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Colorado lost quarterback Tyler Hansen for the rest of the season when he had to be hospitalized following the game thanks to a ruptured spleen. Hansen will be replaced by former starter Cody Hawkins, who happens to be Dan Hawkins' son.
So, in other words, the fate of Dan Hawkins is on the shoulder of his son. No pressure, kid! You throw that interception and daddy will be fired, and there will be nothing under the Christmas tree for you this year.
Making matters worse, it looks like the Buffaloes may have lost their new leading tackler for the rest of the season as well. Linebacker Jon Major suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the fourth quarter on Saturday. While it's possible he may return before the season is over, it's just as likely that he won't.
"I`m not really sure on the big decisions on it right now," Major said. "Probably do that next week. So just icing it right now."
Hey, it could be worse. You could have ruptured your spleen. Or you could be Dan Hawkins.