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