Blog Entry -- Colorado's fall

Posted on: September 14, 2009 1:21 pm

"10 wins and no excuses."

That was the prediction from Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins at the beginning of the season.

My how things have changed in just two games.

Colorado, which lost to Toledo this week to drop to 0-2, has fallen all the way down to No. 101 in the 120 rankings.

"It's great people want us to win. All I can do is what I can do. We're going to have supporters. We're going to have detractors," said Hawkins, who is in his fourth season at Colorado. "I can't control what people think, nor am I willing. I know this: Inside our program we're doing things right."

Can things get any worse?

You bet.

The Buffaloes host Wyoming this week, but then have back-to-back road trips at West Virginia and Texas. They still have to play Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State this year too.

"We're frustrated, Dan's frustrated and our fans our frustrated as well," Colorado Athletic Director Mike Bohn said to the New York Times on Saturday. "Again, I think that's why the competitive resolve of our entire constituency base is going to be important for us to battle through this."

Hawkins owns a 13-26 record now at Colorado and only one bowl appearance. His best season was in 2007 when the Buffaloes went 6-7, losing to Alabama in the Independence Bowl.

But Hawkins might not be going anywhere. reported the school's total liability could approach $3 million under the terms of the deal if any partial year was prorated in a buyout.

And the athletic department remains in debt with the majority of an $8 million loan from the campus in 2006 still to be paid off. Part of that debt was caused when Gary Barnett was fired at the end of the 2005 season and the school hired Hawkins.

"It's after the second game of the season and right now we're focused on creating an environment to get this turned around, and it starts with Wyoming," Bohn told the website following the Toledo game.

Colorado isn't the only big-name program struggling. Virginia is also 0-2 and ranked No. 102 in the 120. Syracuse is ranked No. 105 after losing to Minnesota and Penn State to start the year.

Virginia opened the season with a loss to William & Mary and then fell to TCU 30-14. The Horned Frogs sacked Virginia QB Jameel Sewell eight times, the most sacks the Cavaliers have given up since 1997.

"What do you think my thoughts are? It's disappointing. I definitely expected our offense to be further along than this," said senior offensive tackle Will Barker. "We've gotten off to a pretty slow start."

Jumping Up

While some teams were dropping down the rankings, some are moving up. Houston jumped 10 spots from No. 27 to No. 17 after beating Oklahoma State. The Cougars are 2-0, while Oklahoma State is 1-1, but for some reason, the Cougars are still behind the Cowboys in the AP and Coaches Polls. Houston isn't even ranked in the Coaches Poll.

Michigan also took a big leap, moving up from No. 50 to No. 22 after beating Notre Dame to improve to 2-0.


... The MAC has three schools ranked in the bottom four. Ball State is No. 117, Miami (Ohio) is No. 118 and Eastern Michigan is No. 119.

... The lowest-ranked undefeated team is SMU at No. 100. The Mustangs two wins are against Stephen F. Austin and UAB. The highest-ranked winless team is Nevada at No. 50. The Wolf Pack lost to Notre Dame in the opener, but was off this week. They play at Colorado State this weekend.


Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2009 12:43 pm -- Colorado's fall

That's what you get when you go ahead and sit down your BEST QB for the season, via Redshirt (Tyler Hansen)! Oh well, nothing like stocking the cupboard for YOUR SUCCESSOR!!! Dave Logan would be an EXCELLENT fit for the Buffs... and an alum, to boot! Oh well, keep up your dedicated efforts in finding the "L" column on a weekly basis, Buffs! CSU RAMS RULE!!!

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2009 12:00 pm -- Colorado's fall

If you go from coaching in the NFL to coaching in High School thats probably a sign that coaching Big 12 football should not be in your future.. ever

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 4:38 am -- Colorado's fall

Colorado fans looking for a scapegoat shouldn't forget Mike Bohn.  The problem is the attitude that some coaching "Messiah" will save a struggling program.  If you brought Vince Lombardi back from the grave, ole Vince in his prime would not turn around the Buffalo fortunes unless everyone at the university addressed the culture and fixed the wounds created from the entire series of coaching debacles over the last decade.

Throwing millions at some pretty boy coach will not solve a single problem unless a serious look at the entire program takes place.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2009 1:05 am -- Colorado's fall

Cody Hawkins undoubtedly doesn't deserve to be the quarterback of this team, let alone a Division I quarterback. I don't even think he would start on a good D.2 team at QB. This team is having major problems and the problems will probably continue to come. Recruiting seems to be a big issue for Colorado since the end of the Gary Barnett era.

Lets face it..there line stinks on both ends of the ball (inexperienced & not up to Big 12 standards), there go to WRs is Scotty Mcknight & Jason Espinoza (both under 6 feet). There is depth at the RB position, but to what avail? They can't utilize their running game with no passing threat...well that should be obvious, and spell out major problems for this program for years to come.  I predict 2 wins this year, 3 if they get lucky.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2009 6:46 pm -- Colorado's fall

I just think it`s a bad idea, at this high level for the coach to bring in his son at QB. It may not work for this coach to bring in his son at QB, but you can hardly make that a blanket statement for all coaches. Some coaches kids can play and there's no reason why they shouldn't play for their dad if it isn't a case of nepotism. It's only a problem when the coaches son isn't as talented as other potential recruits.

The best example of this kind of thing working out would be Dennis Erickson during his Miami days...he won a national championship with his son at QB.

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2009 5:31 pm -- Colorado's fall

`Don't understand the hate from CU fans for Cody Hawkins.  He is a good QB.  The offensive line in front of him is just that, offensive.  I have watched this kid play 5-6 games per year since he was a freshman and he puts it all on the line.  Did any of you haters see his final touchdown run with 2:00 minutes left against Toledo?  He was clearly concussed by the middle linebacker, but he scored the touchdown. That kid takes a licking every night and still hangs in the pocket and makes plays.  I attend 1 Colorado road game per year and have seen Colorado lose some heartbreakers over the past 3 seasons.  Can't say any of them were Cody's fault.  In fact, he is the best player on that offense.  Dropped passes and poor line play are the problems possesed by this offense, not poor QB play.  Dan Hawkins should take the blame for the performance of his team.  Cody Hawkins is an excellent football player and CU fans should appreciate him for the max effort he brings every day to his team.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2009 4:12 pm -- Colorado's fall

There is a guy with a really big house in Denver that might be looking for a coaching job. 

Mike Shanahan likes Colorado.  I don't know if he would do well coaching college, but it would be an interesting fit.  I am sure he could bring in some good players. 

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2009 3:59 pm -- Colorado's fall

Put Ralphie in at QB. If you point the beast in the right direction, it is unstoppable. Just ask his handlers.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2009 1:16 pm -- Colorado's fall

I agree with this sentiment.  Logan would be great, but there is that buyout liability.  It won't get better unless things turn around soon.  I think we let this season play out and see.  At the end, if it is still this messed up, then Logan would be an instant success. 

He is not only a CU alum, but he has the political connections to get support- political and financial- statewide.  There is never an excuse for them to be this bad. 

I also think that the coach and admin. need to address the liberal anti- athlete culture of Boulder.  It will take a stand-up guy like Logan to do that.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2009 12:57 pm -- Colorado's fall

Most people in Boise have long been of the opinion that Peterson was Hawk's "brain," i.e., the real reason behind his success, and were fine with Hawk leaving as long as Pete stayed.  The strides the Broncos have made since then have proved the correctness of those feelings.

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