"It's Division I football! It's the Big 12!"
Just about everyone remembers those classic words said in a press conference by Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins.
Hawkins was upset by parents sending him letters about players not having enough time to relax during the summer before having to be back in Boulder to prep for the season.
Hawkins was absolutely right on calling out those parents.
Unfortunately, he didn't realize that it wasn't only the players who needed to compete at the Division I level — so did his coaching.
Hawkins has been a bust in Boulder since arriving from Boise State in 2006. He took the Golden Buffaloes to the Independence Bowl in 2007, that trip resulted in a loss to Alabama. That has been the highlight of his time in Boulder.
Already with two seasons under his belt where CU has won three games or fewer, it's likely this will be Hawkins' last season coaching the Buffs. Most observers even agree that if the Colorado program had more money at this time, Athletic Director Mike Bohn would have already gotten rid of him.
Assuming Hawkins is on his way out, especially given the competition the Buffs will face in the Pac-10, here are my Top 10 candidates to take over the Colorado program.