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Dan Hawkins fired: Colorado gives quarterback's dad the boot

By Cindy Boren

In retrospect, letting your kid keep flinging the ball in pursuit of a record is probably a terrible idea for a coach. There's a reason why coaches go to a ball-control ground game and let the the clock tick: it keeps the ball out of the other team's hands and keeps your team from blowing, say, a 28-point lead with, say, less than 12 minutes left and losing, oh, 52-45.

It also helps you keep your job.

After violating that basic coaching tenet in Colorado's loss to Kansas on Saturday, Dan Hawkins was fired by the Buffs. Hawkins had been on the hot seat before, but the collapse Saturday, Colorado's biggest in the football program's 121-year history, was just too much and fueled criticism that Hawkins was letting his son, quarterback Cody Hawkins, break the school's all-time passing record.

Hawkins' denial and explanation Monday weren't enough to allow him to keep his job.

"He's going to be the first guy to tell you, that doesn't mean as much to him. It's about wins," Hawkins said. "Those things are always a byproduct. That's not what you're trying to get. You're trying to win."

It probably also doesn't help that a lot of people feel Colorado hired the wrong guy. Hawkins was a hot choice in 2006 after he went 53-11 at Boise State. His Boise State assistant, Chris Petersen, has that team contending for a national championship.

Hawkins' assistant at Colorado, Brian Cabral, takes over the team with one former Colorado coach, Bill McCartney, reportedly interested in returning to Boulder.

By Cindy Boren  | November 9, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Comments

As a Buff alum, this is the best thing that's happened to our program in years. 5 to be exact.

Posted by: zrg9 | November 9, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Coach Hawk is an incredible person. Few will ever be as great a man. I know him well and deeply admire him. He joined a program that was at rock bottom five years ago. It is still in the tank. If a man of Hawk's ability and character couldn't turn it around, I suspect there are much bigger problems under the surface. I suggest looking for blame beyond the coach.

Posted by: jasz | November 11, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

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