The University of Colorado is looking for a new football coach. The athletic department and the University officials have not made this official yet (most likely since the only healthy quarterback the team has on scholarship, that is not currently going through a red shirt year, is the coach’s son), but you can rest assured that Mike Bohn has already begun the process of replacing the Dodo.
Any chance head coach Dan Hawkins had of saving his job for at least one more year flew out the door when his Buffaloes allowed the worst Kansas team in my life time score 35 straight forth quarter points to win, 52-45. The Jayhawks, who were averaging 16.1 points per game entering this contest, erased a 28-point Buffaloes lead.
Colorado held a 35-10 lead at the half, which lulled some players in to a false sense of complacency.
“We thought the game was over,” junior running back Rodney Stewart, who rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns, told the media after the game, “We thought we would come out and score another touchdown. We thought they were going to give up but they never did.”
Judging by Stewart’s comments, the only team that was ready to quit after the first thirty minutes was Colorado.
In three of their last four games, CU has held the lead at the half. In two of those games they held the lead entering the fourth quarter. However, in all three of the games, the Buffaloes managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
The Dodo, who is acting like he is going to keep this job past the Nebraska game (I don’t know if I should give him credit, or label him a delusional psychopath, and call the authorities), seems to be aware of this situation, but is not sure of how to properly handle it.
“I just told them to relax,” Hawkins said, when asked what he said to his team after Kansas cut the lead in half, “We’re up by 14, we’re the team that’s ahead and we’ve got the momentum so we’re still in control here.”
Got the momentum? Still in control here?
Which brings me to my next point.
Dan Hawkins does not seem like a guy who is pulling out all the stops to keep his job. To me, he has more resembled a dead man walking, resigned to his fate and just going though the motions until the powers that be make the official their predetermined decision, and ax his tail.
Where’s the fire? Where’s the passion? Where is that guy that screamed, “It’s the Big 12! It’s division one football!” I have seen player/coaches in intramurals who seem to take their role more seriously than the Dodo seems to this season. Hell, Bear Bryant is showing more enthusiasm for Alabama football at this very moment, and he has been dead for 27 years.
I know that the University felt the needed to bring in a guy to clean up the public image of the program after the controversy that led to the firing of Gary Barnett, controversy that boiled down to blind allegations and Jerry Springer like he-said-she-said hearsay, and I know that the Dodo is very big on doing things the right way (going to class, graduating, and so on), but let’s look at the facts.
This past June, the NCAA stripped the Colorado football team of four scholarships due to substandard academic progress.
Admittedly, CU is one of a few schools that does not offer leisure studies as a major, but that does not change the fact that this news was in direct contradiction of the Dodo’s, “Doing it the right way message.”
At the season’s end, Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn will be required to make the biggest hire of his tenure at Colorado. Who will be selected to lead Colorado into the Pac 12 is open for speculation, but we do know who it will not be.