Speaking of staff, Hawkins said he didn`t anticipate any changes in his assistant coaches, unless some of them choose to leave on their own volition. But nobody should have expected him to say anything different in that regard. If he makes any changes, it likely won`t happen for another month or so -- meaning the current staffers are needed to be out on the road recruiting. Honestly? I`ll be surprised if the Buffs start spring ball with the same staff that took the field in the season finale against Nebraska. The gut feeling here is that there will be at least a couple of new faces when the Buffs hit the practice fields in mid-March. Meanwhile, Hawkins has a laundry list of issues to address in the offseason. Hementioned special teams -- several times -- Tuesday, as well as penalties, the running game and turnovers.
"Living in this world, where your whole life is exposed to TV every night and Internet every day, it’s interesting," he said. "It really is. I’m trying so hard to be everything to everybody. And I’m trying so hard to say all the right things and I’m trying so hard to do all the right things. It’s frustrating for me. ... I don’t know if I’ll ever do that, quite honestly. "Where our record is and where we’re at, that’s all me. It is. When you have press conferences every day and (reporters) talk to me every day, I could just say it’s my fault and I have to fix it and walk away. And you’d guys would go, ‘Where’s the story there,’ right? "My comment about this program — I came here because Colorado has such a great tradition, but I’m also very well aware, as are our guys, that when an institution has a new president, chancellor, (athletic director) and football coach, and you get an entirely new compliance department, athletic department, trainers, strength people, every single person is new, that’s like going from scratch. "I’m not trying to disrespect anybody, I’m not trying to disrespect any games won here, any championships won, any alums here, any faculty, any former players. I’m not."
In other news:
Offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau said Tuesday he was contacted by Portland State regarding its head coaching vacancy. Kiesau said he has decided the position is "not for me" and has withdrawn his name from consideration. Player news: Hawkins said receiver Kendrick Celestine and offensive lineman Sione Tau "might be" on the team in January. Spring dates: CU will return to holding two weeks of spring drills prior to spring break, and two more after spring break, which runs March 22-26, 2010. The spring game is scheduled for April 10.
"We just wanted to basically stomp on them," explained Cory Higgins, who scored a game-high 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting with three rebounds, three steals and an assist in 30 minutes. "In the past we've had leads and relaxed a little bit and let teams get back into games. In this game we made a big step to show that we have that killer instinct.
If the Colorado men’s basketball team keeps shooting like it did during Tuesday’s 78-54 defeat of San Francisco, it’ll win some games this year. Maybe a bunch. Who knows? Of course, concerns linger about its defense and rebounding, concerns that Tuesday’s first half did little to alleviate when San Francisco created nine second-chance scoring opportunities. Those concerns were addressed at halftime, and San Francisco had none in the second half.
more links after the jump...CU Buffs basketball team topples San Francisco - The Denver Post
Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik returned to direct his squad after missing all three games in Maui while attending to his ailing mother in the Chicago area. The coach was pleased to see his team record 20 assists against just six turnovers. The Buffs shot 55.4 percent from the field, including 61.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes, its season best for a half.
Bzdelik also has some guys who can pass and find the open man. The Buffs finished with an assist-to-turnover ratio - 20-6 - that Bzdelik will take every night. "We need to continue to share the basketball and not turn it over," he said. "If you do that, you will put yourself in position to get great opportunities to score."
Within the past week, two local stars and longtime CU oral commitments have been asked by Internet recruiting sites the same questions. Columbine quarterback Danny Spond "de-committed" from CU, telling Rivals.com last weekend that he has re-opened is recruiting and will consider other schools, including Stanford. Littleton High tailback Mister Jones, on the other hand, told Internet sites that he is sticking with the Buffs. "I didn’t think (Hawkins) was leaving, but it is good to know he is staying for sure," Jones told Rivals.com. "All around, (Colorado) is a perfect school for me, and it is close to home.’’
A goal of offseason conditioning and spring drills will be to get the team to gain "confidence and swagger."
"I'm a very honest guy. I'm a very open guy," said Hawkins, acknowledging what he says can be taken the wrong way. "I speak from my heart. I'm not politically correct maybe every time."
When asked what would be a fair set of expectations, Hawkins told the media: "beating Colorado State and Nebraska, getting to a bowl game and winning that bowl game — that ought to be a baseline."