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 3, 2010 12:43 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
One of the most talked-about columns to emerge in the college football media this past week has been this one by the Denver Post 's John Henderson, which not only confidently claims that Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins won't survive into the 2011 season but offers an early shortlist for his replacement. The four names allegedly being considered by Buffs brass: Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain , retired former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney , LSU head coach Les Miles , and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn .
Of those four, Miles is widely seen as unattainable; McCartney (who has been out of coaching for the past 16 seasons) is seen as old and potentially out-of-touch; and McElwain is seen, as, well, the less-exciting of the two Alabama-based coordinators. Which has focused most of the speculation in response to Henderson's column on Malzahn, whose go-go offense has transformed Auburn from one of the SEC 's worst attacks to one of the nation's best in two short seasons (not to mention turning Cam Newton into the Hesiman front-runner). His approach would seem to be a good fit both for the Buffs' move to the high-scoring Pac-12 and for a Colorado fanbase that could use some excitement after the stultifying Hawkins tenure.
But Malzahn, like his quarterback , has already taken enough turns on the coaching speculation carousel to know not to give anything away this early :
"To be honest, I’m in my own little world," he said. "My entire focus is on this team and making it the best it can be. I’m extremely happy. I’ve said that time and time again. I love coach (Gene ) Chizik and I love coaching these kids. And my only focus is trying to win games and trying to win a championship."This is standard boilerplate for a coach who's a candidate for another job in midseason, but of course that boilerplate is something other than "I'll be at Auburn next year" or "I'm not going to Colorado."
So the door for a move to Boulder still is, in the most technical sense of the metaphor, still open. But at this premilinary stage, reading anything into Malzahn's comments other than that he doesn't want to comment is reading too much into them.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:29 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Dan Hawkins' grip on the head coaching job at Colorado is tenuous at best considering the lack of success he's had running the program, and he sure isn't getting any help on the injury front these days. Earlier this season the Buffaloes lost their leading tackler, Anthony Perkins, to a torn ACL in a loss against Missouri. It's the type of injury that certainly doesn't help you win games, but it is one that could be overcome.
The injuries that the Buffs suffered this weekend, however, may not be. During it loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Colorado lost quarterback Tyler Hansen for the rest of the season when he had to be hospitalized following the game thanks to a ruptured spleen. Hansen will be replaced by former starter Cody Hawkins, who happens to be Dan Hawkins' son.
So, in other words, the fate of Dan Hawkins is on the shoulder of his son. No pressure, kid! You throw that interception and daddy will be fired, and there will be nothing under the Christmas tree for you this year.
Making matters worse, it looks like the Buffaloes may have lost their new leading tackler for the rest of the season as well. Linebacker Jon Major suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the fourth quarter on Saturday. While it's possible he may return before the season is over, it's just as likely that he won't.
"I`m not really sure on the big decisions on it right now," Major said. "Probably do that next week. So just icing it right now."
Hey, it could be worse. You could have ruptured your spleen. Or you could be Dan Hawkins.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:42 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
It's been generally accepted fact since the revelations about North Carolina assistant John Blake and his monetary involvement with agents that Butch Davis is, in all likelihood, the most fired man in college football. Fired-er than Tim Brewster. Fired-er than Dan Hawkins*. FI. YERD.
All of that is apparently news to Davis' employers, however, who reiterated their support for Davis in an interview with the Daily Tarheel:
This type of talk goes far above the usual type of rhetoric involved in votes of confidence; Baddour and Winston are unequivocally handing the job to Davis, no more questions asked, for 2011 and beyond. There's no other way to interpret their quotes without assuming the administrators are being so deliberately misleading that a new football coach would have no reason to want to work for them.
So if Davis' job really is safe, in retrospect, it shouldn't be all that surprising; the LSU brass who came thisclose to hiring Davis twice over the last 11 years still talk fondly about him, even knowing what turmoil the UNC program was in at the time. So if Davis has this essentially universal support among administrators who've had the opportunity to interact with him, it stands to reason that he's got one more chance, and UNC wants him to have that chance in Chapel Hill. But man, if he (or any single one of his assistant coaches) messes up again, man...
*Doesn't "Brewster Davis Hawkins" sound like a competing ad agency to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce? Is that just me? Fine.