Colorado had little choice but to fire Dan Hawkins

DENVER - AUGUST 31:  Head coach Dan Hawkins of the University of Colorado Buffaloes protests a call to the officials against the Colorado State University Rams at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 31, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In five seasons at Boise State, Dan Hawkins led the Broncos to four bowl games and compiled a 53-11 record (.828).

In five seasons at Colorado, Hawkins took the Buffaloes to just one bowl game while racking up a 19-39 record (.328) and was subsequently fired after five straight losing seasons and one horrific loss to Kansas.

At one point, Colorado held a 28-point fourth quarter lead over the Jayhawks on Saturday but found a way to lose, 52-45. It was the biggest collapse in the Buffaloes’ 121-year history. It was perhaps the worst coaching job of the season, as Hawkins continued to let his team throw the ball instead of milking the clock and wrapping up a sure win. There’s been speculation that he continued to throw the ball so that his son, Cody Hawkins, could break Colorado’s all-time passing record.

Thanks, Dad.

He’ll probably resurface somewhere in college football but I wonder if this debacle in Colorado will cost Hawkins an opportunity to coach one of the big ones anytime soon. Logic says……………….no.

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