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Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 12:20 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

After Colorado's disastrous attempt to close out Kansas on Saturday, head coach Dan Hawkins future is basically written in stone.  The only speculation seems to be a matter of when, not if, the fifth-year coach is shown the door.  Last week, John Henderson of the Denver Post named several possible replacements, notably LSU head coach Les Miles and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.  While Malzahn himself did not rule out the Bufs entirely, a good source from within the athletic department told the Post that the assistant is "no longer on Colorado's target list."

While Miles certainly is in good favor with the folks down in Louisiana, the source said that Colorado is monitoring the situation down in Baton Rouge.  Miles has drifted in an out of favor with the Tiger fanbase since winning the National Championship in 2007, despite a 59-16 overall record and never missing a postseason since arriving at LSU.  If the situation worsens for Miles, it would not be surprising to see Colorado jump at the opportunity to hire their former assistant coach.  Miles, who served as offensive line coach from 1982-1986, has said that he loved Boulder "more than any place he'd ever been and is tiring of the SEC pressure cooker."  However, after Saturday's upset of Nick Saban's Alabama squad, it is hard to foresee this being a tumultuous offseason for Miles in Baton Rouge.  Beating Saban after losing two straight years by single-digit deficits will do that.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 4:15 pm

Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

Well I'm Glad to See the Buffs Looking for a New Coach..... I wonder if Wade Phillips Applied for the Job if he would get hired..... 
I know that the Mad Hatter in his Strange Twist of Luck goes from being down on our luck earlier this year to now Number 5 in the BCS wow Les is doing a Great Job ... But I also think that Everyone Makes a big Deal about LSU.... I also look Across I-10 in the Bayou State to the Southland Conference McNeese State Cowboys who got in the national spotlight on Fox Sports Net's SEC Game of the week....   McNeese State has went to the FCS Playoffs and do a great job and Matt Viator and Company has done a great job In Lake Charles, LA.... Then you have the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has placed alot of NFL Players in Recent years...... 
The only other problem that may run Les off is that we have cut our Higher Education  ..... Wishes that we hadn't of cut so much but hopes that it get's better for all of the Colleges in America.....
GEAUX TIGERS..................

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:43 pm

Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

Bobby Hauck would be a good call and someone they could get.  I agree that Bellotti feels like he was pushed out and may feel some need to prove some people wrong, however, I think he cost the Ducks at least one game a year with coaching decisions and poor clock management.
I think there is a chance Bill McCartney returns to try to right the ship.  His history there and current station in life will not require the payday that will keep the Buffs from seriously targeting an SEC Coach or Coordinator.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:24 pm

Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

Miles is one of the highest (if not the highest) paid coaches in college football.  How can a school with a fraction of LSU's finances even come close to his $4million salary?
The only place he might go to is Michigan.  He's an alum, they can afford him, and they may fire Rich Rod after this season.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:56 pm

Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

Colorado can look all they want - but they'll not have much luck until they change the law.  By law, the head football coach's salary has to be approved by their legislature.  No long term deals, usually one or two year deals. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:45 pm

Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

I went to the link, and there is no quote from Miles that he is tiring of the SEC pressure cooker, so I highly doubt he ever said that.  Plus, Miles makes a lot of money and Colorado does not have a lot.  So, I think the folks in Boulder need to look elsewhere.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:42 pm

Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

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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