Dan Hawkins Fired: Former Boise State Head Coach Is Out at Colorado

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer INovember 9, 2010

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 04:  Head coach Dan Hawkins (L) of the Colorado Buffaloes and head coach Mack Brown (R) of the Texas Longhorns chat as their teams warm up prior to their game at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Dan Hawkins has been "relieved of his head coaching duties effective immediately," according to a press release from the University of Colorado.

Taking his place, at least in the interim, will be offensive coordinator Brian Cabral until the school finds another head coach to replace Hawkins, unless they hire Cabral full time as their new guy.

Hawkins' head coaching career began in 1993 where he became the head man at Willamette University where he spent five seasons and finished with a overall record of 40-11-1 and led them to three straight conference titles from 1995 to 1997.

He left Willamette after the 1997 season and took a job at Boise State University as an assistant coach under Dirk Koetter. When Koetter was offered a head coaching gig at Arizona State in December of 2000, Hawkins became the new head coach of the Broncos.

Hawkins led the Broncos to a 53-11 record, including a 37-3 conference record and four conference titles in his five seasons at the helm (2001-2005).

He would depart Boise State where he was hired by the University of Colorado in December of 2005, bringing him on to try and turn around their program.

Unfortunately, in five seasons, Hawkins had yet to lead the football program to a winning record. The closest he came was a 6-7 record in his second season.

So, with Hawkins out as the head coach, the university will now begin their search for a brand new head coach. The one thing going for them is their move to the Pac-10 from the Big 12. They might actually be a little more competitive there than they have been in their current conference.

Though the Pac-10 has become a lot stronger in recent years, they won't exactly be bottom-feeders if they can bring the right guy in.

A few names that have been thrown out are Les Miles, whose name has been tossed around in papers around Boulder, Colorado, San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke, Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin and a cast of others who the school could look at.

While I don't see Les Miles as a fit nor do I see him leaving LSU unless he knows he's about to get tossed out, I don't see Hoke leaving San Diego State either.

I do think Sumlin could be an interesting name. He's proved to be a good head coach with the Houston Cougars, leading them to a combined 21-12 record, 14-5 in the conference, in his two-and-a-half seasons there.

There will be more than just those three names thrown out but don't be surprised if Colorado waits until the end of the season to find their guy, just to see if there are any other head coaches that become available.

But there could be an interesting development if what Woody Paige of the Denver Post writes has any legs. How about former head coach Bill McCartney, who has already been on the record as saying he no longer supported Hawkins and would come back to his former position?

Another name that Paige throws out is one that Denver fans should be well aware of, Dave Logan. Denver Bronco fans know him as the voice of the Denver Broncos and apparently told Paige that he would be very interested in coaching at his alma mater.

While McCartney isn't someone that Colorado can hire for the next several years, and Page sites Logan's lack of experience at the collegiate level, he brings up the possibility of bringing in McCartney as the head man and Logan as the assistant coach.

Does that do anything for Colorado fans? I wouldn't imagine it would.

There will be several names thrown out and rumors will be hot and heavy over who will be the new head coach going forward.

As of right now, the Dan Hawkins era at the University of Colorado is over. Apparently, not a moment too soon.