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Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:41 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that Dan Hawkins has finally been disposed of at Colorado, the process of finding a new head coach has begun.  While there were rumors that Colorado might make a run at Les Miles, following an LSU win over Alabama last weekend, the idea of Miles leaving for Colorado becomes an even bigger pipe dream.

So where will the Buffs look?  Will they go after the big splash by poaching a coach from somewhere else, or could they possibly look to the past?  Former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney says that if Colorado were to call and ask him if he'd be interesting in returning, he'd be interested as well.
Former CU coach Bill McCartney, who led the Buffs to a national championship, will be a strong candidate to succeed Hawkins, but other candidates from around the country will be considered, sources said. McCartney retired from coaching in 1994.

"My heart hurts for coach Hawkins and his family," McCartney said Monday night. "He's a guy that did his best. It's a difficult time. Our hearts go out to him."


Asked whether he would be a candidate for the job, McCartney said, "If Colorado was interested in me, I would definitely be interested in returning."
Now, on the surface, this idea seems somewhat silly.  Yes, McCartney was the man in charge in Colorado the last time the program truly mattered on the naitonal landscape.  He led them to a share of the national championship in 1990, and won three Big 8 conference titles before retiring in 1994.  Still, today in 2010, McCartney is 70 years old, and does Colorado really want to hire a 70-year old coach to rebuild the program?

I mean, it just wouldn't make sense.  Excuse me, what's that?



Well then.

Now it's possible that Colorado could just be paying McCartney lip service because they don't want to insult someone who meant so much to the program.  At least, I hope that's what's going on here.
Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:34 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

mecheetah: Norm Chow will not be the guy for the same reason McCartney will not...age.  Chow is 64, and CU really needs to get a younger coach to build the program.  Leach could be a good fit at CU, they already know all about him and his offense would be ideal for the Pac-10/12.  California would be a fertile recruiting ground for him, and frankly he'd probably still do okay in Texas, too.  He has lot's of admirers/fans down there.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:15 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

Would someone please explain the fascination with Dave Logan?

There are a lot of reasons Dave Logan gets a bunch of respect from the Denver area.  He was a standout athlete at Wheat Ridge High School and the University of Colorado.  He was drafted into the NBA, the NFL, and the MLB out of college and played NFL ball for eight seasons.  He's won 5A state championships with three different teams in Colorado.  He is the radio voice of the Denver Broncos.  I think it's a valid question as to whether a successful high school coach can transition to college, but Dave is really well like and trusted in this community.  He's an alum of the University.  His success in high school coaching does demonstrate his ability to manage and listening to his radio commentary suggests the guy has an amazing charisma and intellect.  He's currently at Mullen High School, which is a private prep where he can already recruit high school athletes to the school so bringing quality Colorado athletes to Boulder seems a natural transition.


Also, Dave Logan never would never have traded away so much offensive talent to spite Mike Shanahan.  Dave was a Denver Bronco for a season and has unquestionable loyalty to the team.  Josh McDaniels is an outsider despot who has done nothing to demonstrate head coaching accumen.  That's why you probably hear people wishing Dave would coach the Broncos.




Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:48 am
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

I really think CU should look at two guys Mike Leach and Norm Chow



Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:09 am
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

Would someone please explain the fascination with Dave Logan?  I even heard Bronco fans say they thought Logan could replace McDaniels.  There is a huge difference between winning at the high school level and stepping into a college and finding success.  Ask Gerry Faust when Notre Dame hired him.
And as far as Logan being the best coach in all of the state of Colorado, you are giving him waaaay too much credit.  You are also selling guys short who have done it in college and the pros.  Logan is a great guy and could become a success at another level, but let's not overstate what he has ACTUALLY done compared to others. 
The best coach in Colorado is Troy Calhoun.  He was a successful coordinator in the NFL, and does more with average talent than most any other coach in the country.    He has also been mentioned for multiple head coaching positions in the SEC.  And this is coming from a die-hard CSU fan, so I'm clearly not just touting my own coach.
No offense, but I hear this argument every day on the local sports radio, and I am getting tired of it.  To think he could just step in a be the panacea to all that ails CU (or the Broncos) is just wishful thinking.  Nice guy, could become a success at another level, but slow down!



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:53 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

Dave Logan. Hire anyone else and it'll just be more of the same. It'll be excitement that gives way to disappointment. The best coach in all of Colorado (Broncos, CSU, CU, Air Force, etc.) is a high school coach by the name of Dave Logan.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:33 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

I'd love to see McCartney raid the California Prison Leagues for recruits like he did in the 90s. Pete Carroll?  You don't know the meaning of recruiting violation my friend. This guy was more Barry Switzer than Barry Switzer. But cloaking himself in the weird religiosity of that whole Promise Keepers nonsense put it over the top. At least it would be interesting.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 7:46 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

Colorado has much bigger issues than whos gonna be the next head coach. thier facilities are way outdated, the fanbase is minimal at best and most all of the other sports they participate in are the same way(except track & CC). When they become a whipping boy in the PAC 12 things are gonna regress even further.
@COchiefan - You are a CU hater plain and simple.  A Kansas State fan talking about the CU base when over the last 10 years our average attendance at games the same as the maximum capacity of Bill Snyder Family Field is laughable.  If the Big XII breaks up who even wants K-State?  What is your fanbase?  What is your marketability?  The Buffs dominate the large Denver television market.  And you are completely out of your depth to call the Dal Ward Center and renovated Folsom field outdated facilities.  I'm glad K-State isn't a doormat with one conference title in football in the past 66 years.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

McCartney is only 70.  He's got at least 10 maybe 15 years left.  Look at Joe Paterno.  Bill Snyder went back to K-State.  Colorado could do a lot worse



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

Colorado has much bigger issues than whos gonna be the next head coach. thier facilities are way outdated, the fanbase is minimal at best and most all of the other sports they participate in are the same way(except track & CC). When they become a whipping boy in the PAC 12 things are gonna regress even further.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Could Bill McCartney return to Colorado?

I'm not for this, Paul McCartney should just stick to music.


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