The Colorado Daily

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst INovember 8, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 04:  Head coach Dan Hawkins of the Colorado Buffaloes leads his team against the Colorado State Rams in 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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November 9, 2010

Hawkins out; Cabral named as interim coach

What Colorado fans have been poised to hear since last Thanksgiving has finally gone from rumor to fact.

Dan Hawkins is out as the head coach at the University of Colorado. Longtime assistant coach Brian Cabral will serve as the interim coach for the remaining three games of the regular season. Athletic Director Mike Bohn informed the team before practice Tuesday morning of the decision.  "We collectively believed that it was important to provide Dan as head coach and his current staff to pull things together, and things looked bright just one month ago after we opened with a 3-1 record," said Mike Bohn in a prepared statement. "However, things have gone downhill from there. While we recognize the progress that we have made in several areas during the nearly five years under Dan, the negativity and divisiveness that is associated with the current leadership has become detrimental, and is beyond repair to our current enterprise, and it's time to make a change."

"I've met some tremendously special people, and had some fantastic experiences during my time here at Colorado," said Dan Hawkins, also in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately, I was not able to bring the wins that so many Buff faithful wish for and deserve ... In the future I wish nothing but the best for CU as it moves in to the Pac-12, I hope everyone concerned with the program will pitch in and support the program on the path to another national championship."

Dan Hawkins becomes the first coach in Colorado's 121-year history to be relieved of his duties during the regular season. Twice before, with Bud Davis in 1962 and Bill McCartney in 1994, coaches have stepped down the day of the final game. In 2005, Gary Barnett was dismissed after the Big 12 championship game, with defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz taking over as interim coach for the Champs Sports Bowl game against Clemson.

Brian Cabral, 54, has been with the Buffs since 1989. He served as an interim head coach for Gary Barnett for spring practice in 2004, when Barnett was suspended by the university.

A press conference will be held later this morning. Notes and quotes from the press conference will be posted as soon as they are available ...

November 8, 2010

Dan Hawkins out!!

Two Denver television stations and the Denver Post are reporting that the Dan Hawkins' era will come to an end Tuesday morning, after Hawkins meets with the team. In all likelihood, the announcement would have come on Monday, but that is a mandatory day off for the players, and the hope would have been that the coaches would have been able to tell the players themselves. However, with this big a story, and in the age of the internet, it was all but impossible to make it to Tuesday without the story breaking.

The CBS affiliate had the story first ... The story is also up on the website for the ABC affilitate ... ... and on the Denver Post website ...

There is nothing official until we hear it from the University of Colorado, but that appears to be just a formality at this point.

I will post the official announcement from CU as soon as it is, well, official! Look for an update after Tuesday morning's practice!!


"Life makes no promises"

Dan Hawkins had a number of quotes in his weekly Big 12 teleconference, but none which will give much solace to Buff fans still reeling from a 35-point fourth quarter posted by Kansas last Saturday. (Fair warning: Put down sharp objects before reading, as well as any objects of value which may end up being hurled across the room) ...

Why didn't the Buffs use Rodney Stewart, who had a career-high 175 yards rushing, to run out the clock in the fourth quarter? - "We didn't want to just totally get into a ground attack," said Hawkins. "We had had success mixing it up ... We didn't want to be one dimensional."

Would he have done anything differently in the fourth quarter? - "You could always change a lot of things," Hawkins explained. "When we have that many points scored in that amount of time, I think there's always opportunities in every phase of the game to tweak it."

Is he concerned about the Buff fans' reactions to the record-setting defeat? - "I'm mostly concerned about the players ... their feelings; their emotions."

Is he concerned about his job security? - "Life makes no promises," said Hawkins. "You have to do what you think is right, and do it to the best of your ability and let it go. If you win a bunch of games it doesn't mean you're a genius, and if you don't, it doesn't mean you're awful, either."

Unfortunately for the University of Colorado and its football program, the Buffs have waited five years for the opportunity to call Dan Hawkins a "genius" for winning "a bunch of games." Instead, the Buff Nation has to take issue with the "if you don't" part ...