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.