Tag:Dan Hawkins Replacement
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 4:17 pm

Embree and Bienemy: A win-win for Colorado?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Colorado can finally move past the Dan Hawkins era in Boulder, and they will have some familiar faces returning to lead the new regime.  On Monday, the school officially introduced Jon Embree as their new head coach.  A Colorado-grad, Embree played tight end for the Buffs in the 1980s and now is an assistant coach under Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins.  While Colorado did not get a coach with any head coaching experience, they were able to bring along another name from their wish list.  Eric Bienemy, the school's all-time leading rusher and now running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings, will be brought on as offensive coordinator under Embree.  

Bienemy and Embree not only will bring a sense of school pride to the program, but also were both names being discussed for the head coaching position.  In getting both of them, the Buffs find themselves in a win-win situation.  Combine that with winning 2 of their last 3 games, and there is reason to be excited about the beginning of this new chapter in Colorado football history.  The last time both coaches were on staff was under Gary Barnett in 2001 and 2002, with the first year being Colorado's only Big 12 Conference Championship.  It would be difficult to pencil them in as Big 12 contenders in 2011, but a change of scenery after next season could provide new opportunities for the evolving program.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:34 am

Report: Hawkins out at Colorado

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 12:17 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 12:20 pm

Source: Colorado continues to eye SEC coaches

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.
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