Colorado Buffaloes Football: The Dan Hawkins Countdown

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst IOctober 26, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 04:  Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams and head coach Dan Hawkins of the Colorado Buffaloes chat after the the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado was awarded the Centenial Trophy after they defeated Colorado State 24-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Oct. 26

One month from today, Colorado will take the field against the University of Nebraska in what will be the last game for either team as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

One month from tomorrow, Colorado should be looking for a new head coach.

The Internet has been abuzz with rumors about Dan Hawkins being fired this week. In my opinion, I don’t see why.

There is no upside to firing Dan Hawkins right now. You cannot bring in a coach from the outside, and promoting from within will not change the game plan against Oklahoma, nor will it change the personnel the Buffs can put on the field.

Would it make fans feel better to have Brian Cabral patrolling the sideline in a 59-14 defeat (assuming the Buffs wish to channel their inner Broncos on Saturday)?

Would the Colorado players be more motivated to play for a different coach? Perhaps, but that chance may have gone down with Tyler Hansen early in the second quarter of the Texas Tech game.

It would be a very odd picture to see starting quarterback Cody Hawkins huddling with an interim coach on the sidelines, and would not bring favorable press to the University.

There is also the issue of the Buffs’ win-loss record. True, the Buffs are 3-4, and are spiraling towards yet another losing season.

Yet it cannot be assumed that this will be the case, despite the assuredness of Buffs Nation to the contrary.

What if Hawkins is fired, and the Buffs win three games and qualify for a bowl? Can it be definitively said that the Buffs would not have done so with Dan Hawkins on the sideline?

Why subject the University to such second-guessing? The earliest the Buffs should consider letting Dan Hawkins go would be after a seventh loss is suffered.

Guaranteed a fifth consecutive losing season, the mandate given to Dan Hawkins at the beginning of the season to bring home a bowl will no longer be attainable.

The firing of Hawkins will become an inevitability, and the Colorado administration can let Hawkins go with a clear conscience.

Until then, Buffs fans will have to be content with watching the calendar turn.

One month to go.

And counting …

— Still to come this week:

—The McCartney rumors—Any chance Bill McCartney will be invited back for a second run at glory in Boulder?


—A list of the top candidates for the next head coach: who would be your top pick?