As TERRIBLE a job as Hawk did here at Colorado he was stand up guy. I couldn't help but to always root for him to turn this thing around year after year. You see Hawkins has this Phil Jackson, Zen Master, I used to smoke a lot of chronic type attitude, only a life long Buffalo could appreciate. I truly believe Hawk would be a good coach for an established powerhouse program, we all saw what he was capable of doing at Boise against inferior competition. I couldn't ever see Phil Jackson taking on a rebuilding project like the Knicks or Clippers, even the Zen Master would fail on those kamikaze missions. Hawkins failed us here in Boulder, buts it's important to note he was a class act and took responsibility. When Hawk made his exit speech I couldn't help but wish him the best. Even on his day of reckoning he took the high road, showed class, and was an example of how a man should act.
The Colorado Football Job is a tough one, it's not for everyone, and not every good coach can win here. It's going to take a special animal. Period. You have to go into Texas and recruit against the big boys and then fight Mizzou and Nebraska for the scraps, you have to go to SoCal which is the land of the Trojans, and fight the Ducks, and the Bruins, and on goes the list. We don't pay a lot, have average at best facilities, and tough academic standards. Don't ask me whey the academic standards are so tough for athletes, they seem to admit any out of state kid who has a Range Rover, and his Dads Amex. That all being said, $2M per year to live in Boulder and coach the Buffs sounds like the job of a life time to me. Finding a coach to get over the well documented hurdles who wants to be here, is going to be the hard part. We should take a page out of the Steelers/Rooney book on hiring coaches. Go young, go disciplined, don't be afraid to take a shot, and stand by him. You buy low and sell high. Nobody reading this thought Mike Tomlin was the next best thing, and he is a star. Dude just shines and commands respect from everyone.
I don't know who the next leader should be, what I can tell you is I want a clone of Mike Tomlin, a early 90's Bill Parcels, a Vince Lombardi throwback type. Barnett had a touch of that in him, but he couldn't get us a game breaker. Who fits that mold, who will take $2M and WANT to be here? Help me out people...
Is Colorado going to finish in front of University of Arizona in 2011?
Yes (19 votes)
No (23 votes)
42 total votes