Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:34 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
UPDATE - Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - John Henderson of the Denver Post has confirmed with several sources that Dan Hawkins will meet with the team Tuesday morning, then there will be a noon news conference to formally make the announcement. Associate head coach Brian Cabral is expected to be promoted to interim head coach for the final three games. However, most of the staff (likely Cabral included) is not expected to return for the 2011 season.
From the category of "pre-written headlines" comes Monday evening's reports from Colorado. After five seasons as the head coach of the Buffs, Dan Hawkins is out at the University of Colorado. Vic Lombardi of CBS4-Denver reported that Hawkins is expected to meet with the team Tuesday morning, and at that time we will learn whether Hawkins will finish the season, or leave immediately. If the position becomes vacant immediately, it is expected that assistant coach Brian Cabrel will take over the head coaching duties.
Hawkins was on the hot seat coming into the season, and Saturday evening's meltdown against Kansas had to have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Colorado blew a 45-17 fourth quarter lead to a Jayhawks squad that has not scored more than 28 points in a game all season. Despite the outspoken sentiments of the team after the game, Colorado is obviously focused on acting this week.
Keep it here on the College Football Blog, as we will update as the inevitable begins to unfold.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 6:34 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 7:57 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Over the past several days, more than one college football analyst has discussed a scenario which should make everyone involved with the BCS hang their head: the possibility of an undefeated Boise State not only not making the BCS national title game, but being shut out of the BCS entirely and heading off to play (or "obliterate," delete as applicable) Cal in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. As CBSSports.com's own Dennis Dodd has explained, with TCU poised to take the single automatic bid allotted to non-AQ teams, the Sugar Bowl suffering from "SEC power vs. small-conference upstart" fatigue, and the Orange Bowl potentially unwilling to put together a rematch between likely ACC champion Virginia Tech and the Broncos, every BCS at-large bid could easily wind up doled to teams other than Boise. It's true.
But that doesn't mean it's destined to happen, or even likely. For instance, CBS's Jerry Palm says it's not even a given that the Horned Frogs will wind up ahead of Boise in the BCS standings when all is said and done. But even assuming TCU gets the nod at No. 3, here's five somewhat reasonable scenarios (i.e. not "New Mexico beats the Frogs in the upset of the millennium"), ranked from most to least likely, which would result in the Broncos getting their second BCS berth in as many years:
1. The Sugar or the Orange extend an invite. There's reason to think the Sugar and the Orange won't want to take a flyer on the Broncos, but there's plenty of reasons to think they will, too. Boise has become such a polarizing fixture on the college football scene that they're capable of bringing a great deal of attention and excellent TV ratings with them. The Broncos haven't faced an SEC team since Georgia in 2005, and it's fair to assume plenty of fans would tune in to see the nation's most respected conference and most recognizable Cinderella go toe-to-toe. (If the Sugar gets to invite local favorite LSU as the Broncos' opponent, attendance won't be an issue.) The Orange might be nonplussed at the Hokie-Bronco rematch, but selecting last, they also might not have many palatable options; assuming Nebraska wins in the Big 12 and the Sugar takes a leftover Big Ten team (preventing the Orange from taking a third Big Ten team), the only serious candidates will be either a team like Oklahoma State or Missouri or that won't bring much more than Boise in terms of profile, TV attention, fan attendance, etc., or an Oklahoma team that won't come close to matching Boise's record of achievement this year.
2. The old switcheroo? After consultation with the rest of the CBS College Football Blog team, we're still not entirely sure what this provision in the BCS selection process bylaws means exactly (emphasis added):
But especially regarding that final caveat as it pertains to the Rose, it sounds like the BCS could play musical chairs with some of its bowl assignments if it means squeezing out from underneath a Virginia Tech-Boise State rematch. If the Sugar decides it doesn't want Boise but could deal with the Hokies, and the Orange wants Boise but doesn't want the rematch, could the bowls swap into, say, an LSU vs. Virginia Tech matchup in the Sugar and a Boise-Ohio State blockbuster in the Orange? Don't hold us to this, but reading the above, it might be a possibility.
3. A Virginia Tech loss in the ACC championship game. It's hard to see the Hokies not making it to Charlotte, but if someone other than Tech wins the conference title (the Orange would no doubt like Florida State, please-and-thank-you), inviting Boise would seem to be a no-brainer.
4. Wisconsin doesn't go to Pasadena. One of the Broncos' biggest rivals for at-large attention is Ohio State, who brings with them a huge fanbase, potentially an 11-1 record, a ton of media attention, etc. If Wisconsin falls out of the scrum at the top of the Big Ten (either by, say, a loss at Michigan or a tiebreak loss to Michigan State), that would open the door for either the Buckeyes or Spartans to go back to Pasadena ... and possibly for the Sugar to take Boise over a Badger team that doesn't pull nearly as much weight as the Buckeyes (though our resident bowl projections expert disagrees, I should note).
5. SEC chaos. It's not likely at all, but it's possible enough carnage goes on in the SEC (Auburn losing to Georgia and Alabama, LSU losing to Arkansas, the SEC East winner springing an upset in the championship game, even Cam Newton becoming suspended would help) that the conference doesn't produce a worthy BCS at-large team. That could open up a hole for Boise somewhere.
Put all of these possibilities together, and you can't guarantee that Boise will make one of the BCS games ... but it seems likely enough that something will happen in their favor that they don't have to lose sleep worrying about Cal. Not yet, anyway.
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.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:22 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
By now, you know the story out of Lawrence from last Saturday : Colorado went into the fourth quarter up 45-17 against a Kansas team that had scored more than 28 points in an entire game just once this season , then gave up five straight touchdowns to lose 52-45. It is not hyperbole to call it the worst loss suffered by any team in the FBS this season. It's more like fact.
Coaches that preside over losses like that don't usually keep their jobs for very long, and when you're talking about a coach in Buffalo head man Dan Hawkins that only retained his job for 2010 by virtue of being too expensive to buy out, "not for very long" very well could mean "not for even another day." Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn admitted as much in the wake of the meltdown , saying "the school could make an announcement in regard to his future later this week" and declining to give Hawkins a vote-of-confidence for even so much as this week's game against Iowa State .
For their part, the Buffalo players would like to see their head coach allowed to finish the season with dignity:
"I don't know the history, but I would say in most history when a head coach is fired in the middle of the season, those teams generally don't do so well," injured starting quarterback Tyler Hansen said ... "I think it's only fair to the seniors to ride out this coaching staff."If the players' support for their coach is admirable (if not unanimous, as an "it really doesn't matter" quote from safety Anthony Perkins makes clear), the fact that even they aren't entertaining the possibility of Hawkins being retained another season is telling. Hawkins has surpassed New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as the most fired coach in America; even the players know the only matter to discuss is when Bohn should pull the trigger.
And if he wants a nickel's worth of free advice from the CBS College Football Blog, he should pull it sooner rather than later. Hawkins' continued employment appears to be a charade by this point, a farce that almost by definition ought to be ended with as much haste as possible. Bohn can ask Hawkins to coach through the end of the season for the sake of continuity and in deference to the wishes of the Buff senior class; with his son Cody Hawkins the starting quarterback almost by default in the wake of the injury to Hansen, Hawkins may very well accept. This would give the program some measure of stability while still being honest about Hawkins' status and permitting Bohn to (ethically) begin the process of evaluating candidates for Hawkins' replacement.
It's not ideal, but it's better than allowing what sounds like a noxious atmosphere surrounding the program to fester. The sooner the air in Boulder clears, the sooner fans and boosters and players and the administrationa all alike can see where the program is headed.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:00 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 12:01 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. There really is no order in the Big 12. The Big East and the ACC have caught a lot of flak this season for the overall lack of quality throughout their conferences, but the further we get into the Big 12 season, the more I wonder how different the Big 12 is. Think about it, Texas has lost to UCLA, Iowa State, Baylor and now Kansas State this season. The same Baylor team that beat Texas then went and got destroyed by Oklahoma State, who suffered its only loss to Nebraska, who suffered its only loss to Texas. It's an insane circle that I just can't wrap my head around right now.
2. Nebraska is going to the title game. With a narrow win against Iowa State on Saturday, and a Missouri loss against Texas Tech, the Cornhuskers are pretty much assured of winning the Big 12 North. Nebraska already has a one-game lead on Mizzou in the standings, and with the tiebreaker from beating the Tigers last week, it's really a two-game lead. Which means that Nebraska has to lose at least two of it's last three, and with teams like Kansas and Colorado remaining on the schedule, I don't think it's going to happen.
3. Bill Snyder thinks throwing is for wimps. Kansas State manhandled Texas on Saturday night, winning by a final of 39-14. They had nine passing yards in the game. Seriously, only nine. The score was 31-0 Wildcats before Collin Klein even bothered completing his first pass of the game. That's how bad Texas is this season. Even when it knows what its opponent is going to do, the Longhorns can't stop it.
4. Oklahoma State has the edge in the South. Talk about a perfect day for the Cowboys. Not only do they rock Baylor's world in the morning, but get to return home in time to see Oklahoma lose to Texas A&M. This means that Oklahoma State is the only team in the South with one loss, and it's already beaten two of the three teams beneath it with three losses. So, essentially, the final game of the season against Oklahoma will probably settle who gets to face Nebraska in Dallas.
5. There is no lead Colorado cannot blow. You know, Dan Hawkins probably knows he's going to get fired, but until Saturday he thought he'd make it through the season at least. That may no longer be the case. Colorado had a 45-17 lead on Kansas in the fourth quarter on Saturday. They lost the game 52-45. I repeat, the Buffs blew a 45-17 lead in the fourth quarter as Kansas scored a school-record 35 points in the final frame. If Dan Hawkins is still Colorado's head coach on Monday it'll be the biggest upset of the season.
Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:08 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
When Texas lost to Oklahoma , it was sort of to be expected. When Texas lost to Iowa State , it was an upset. When Texas lost to Baylor , it looked like a big day for Baylor. But now Texas is losing to Kansas State , by a lot, and there's not a lot to take from that other than that Texas is just plain bad this year.
Kansas State leads 24-0, and the Wildcats have taken and maintained this lead without a single yard through the air. KSU quarterback Collin Klein is 0-2 on the entire day, but for KSU, that's not much of an aberration; the Wildcats are 90th in the NCAA in passing yardage, utilizing a traditionally run-to-set-up-the-run-to-set-up-ano
But the real story is Texas' ineptitude; Garrett Gilbert has thrown three interceptions, including one in the KSU end zone. Texas also ran a comical fake punt option on 4th and 10; the play logged 6 yards. WAIT, LET'S MAKE THAT FOUR; on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Gilbert threw a terrible pass into double coverage that was deflected and picked.
[UPDATE, 10:08 p.m. KSU has turned that interception into another touchdown. 31-0, KSU. Seriously.]
Texas also had a long touchdown called back on a holding call, and obviously, the Longhorns would not turn the drive into points.
It's to the point where one has to wonder what opponents Texas could be favored against down the stretch. Texas will obviously be expected to beat Florida Atlantic , but Oklahoma State ? No way. Texas A&M ? Um... And if Texas doesn't pull an upset on either of those teams, it will miss a bowl game for the first time since 1997. It's at once stunning and completely logical.
Posted on: November 6, 2010 8:56 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's already been a pretty weird day inside the Big 12. Oklahoma State blew Baylor out this morning, and then this afternoon Nebraska barely escaped against Iowa State in overtime and Kansas -- KANSAS! -- scored 35 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to come back and beat Colorado. So, in other words, no matter what happens in the night game, none of us should be all that surprised.
If Kansas can score 35 points in a quarter, even if it's against Colorado, anything is possible. So maybe we shouldn't be all that surprised that Oklahoma currently trails Texas A&M 12-0 at halftime. Oh, and that's not on four field goals or anything like that, the scoring actually started in this game on a safety. Which, given the way things have gone today, should be expected.
Still, no matter how insane things are today, Texas A&M's defense should still be Texas A&M's defense, but that hasn't been the case. When Landry Jones goes to sleep tonight, he's going to have nightmares about Von Miller, who has been in his face all night. Jones has completed only 14-of-24 passes for 101 yards and an interception in the first half. Even the passes he has completed have looked a bit off, which has to be rather worrisome to Bob Stoops and the Sooners.
On the other side of the ball, Ryan Tannehill isn't playing spectacular football, but the important thing is that he's not playing like Jerrod Johnson either. He's completed 11-of-17 passes for 122 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Still, for as bad as Oklahoma has looked during the first half, they still only trail by 12 points, so it's not like this one's over by any stretch of the imagination. Oklahoma's offense is just too explosive to be held down over a full 60 minutes, so I figure the Sooners will make this a lot more interesting before its over, but if I've learned anything today, it's to expect the unexpected.
Posted on: November 6, 2010 2:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Well so much for this morning's game between Oklahoma State and Baylor being a shootout in Stillwater. It seems Oklahoma State has decided to mix things up and bring a defense with them today.
It's halftime in Stillwater, and the Cowboys hold a 24-0 lead over Baylor. The Bears have only managed to put up 176 yards in the first half, and have killed themselves with three turnovers. The biggest one may have come late in the half. Baylor had put together its best drive of the game to get within the Oklahoma State 20-yard line, but Robert Griffin III was picked off in the end zone, ending the threat. It was the second time Baylor turned the ball over on what looked like a promising scoring drive.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State can do no wrong on offense. Brandon Weeden has already thrown for 244 yards while Justin Blackmon has 8 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Kendall Hunter has 69 yards rushing and the Cowboys other two touchdowns of the half.
Still, the story has been the Oklahoma State defense, which until this week, I wasn't even aware existed. Baylor has yet to find any rhythmn on offense, and when they do, the Cowboys for a turnover.
What I had thought would be one of the most entertaining games of the day looks like it's going to turn out to be a blowout, and Baylor can kiss whatever chance it had to win the Big 12 goodbye.