I know a lot of people in the media hold back from naming potential candidates for the job as a gesture to the sitting coach but we as fans are more invested in the program and we aren’t in the media. I was behind Hawkins from day one. I might have been one of the first one hundred or so people to congratulate him as I ran into him at the Pearl Street Old Chicago and wished him luck. But now it’s time to call a spade a spade. It’s been almost 5 years and we have not seen one inch of progression. It’s a shame because I truly believe we have an exceptional group of kids down there that haven’t been coached up to anywhere near their potential.
That in mind I would like to hear who all of you would like to see take the reins next year.
Here are my initial observations.
Eric Bieniemy – I know a lot of people are not 100% convinced but think about it, EB has been successful at every level. He has ties to the Pac 10 and the NFL. Above all this guy bleeds Black and Gold and will receive nothing but respect and help from every former buff still attached to the program. What better way to reinvigorate CU fans and Alum than with a CU champion. If Eric is successful at CU we would have a very good chance of keeping this guy for a long time. Because of his ties to CU this would be his dream job and would have to think long and hard about moving on for more money.
Tosh Lupoi – No ties to CU but has a steep history with the Pac 10 as a former Cal player and current Cal Defensive Coordinator. This guy can flat out recruit and has been very successful in California. He is very young only 30 but one thing we all have to keep in mind is that we don’t have a lot of money to throw at a proven coach. This guy undoubtedly will be a head coach of a D 1 football team down the road. One risk he becomes successful and jumps ship at the first sign of a big contract because he has no ties to CU.
Dave Logan – I myself don’t think this would be a good fit. Yeah Dave is a great guy and has been successful at the high school level but what does that really tell us. I would entertain the idea of a Texas, Florida, or California high school coach but come on Colorado isn’t necessarily known for its blue chip programs or recruits. What chance if any does Dave have going into a California kids living room convincing them he can return CU to glory by pointing to some hardware he won while coaching in Colorado? Love the guy but this would be a bad choice.