Bohn said Sept. 15 his department was "under attack" from fans upset over losing the season’s first two games. E-mails and phone calls to the Times-Call, plus opinions written on Internet message boards, indicate fans have grown angrier since. An issue facing the department now is the challenge that keeping Hawkins would pose to selling tickets and raising funds in 2010. Asked about that issue on Nov. 5, Bohn said, "The program is not more important than any one individual."
In response to questions about unsubstantiated Internet rumors — including one site that wrote about Bohn talking to former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about the CU job — Bohn rolled his eyes. "The position is not open," he said. Bohn said he has not contacted any prospective candidates.
Every player said firing Hawkins and his staff now or at the end of the season would be the wrong decision by athletic department and school administrators. The players agreed the coaching staff bears some of the responsibility for the season going so wrong, but they also argued that players have to hold up their end of the deal or it doesn`t matter how good the coaches are. "It`s not just one reason that we lose these games," middle linebacker and tri-captain Jeff Smart said. "It`s not all on the coaches. There also has to be some accountability from us. We just flat out have to play better. The coaches can coach as hard as they can, but when it comes down to it, we`re the guys out on the field making the plays. In my mind, that is really the biggest part of it."
"I told (reporters) when I first got here, you do things right," Hawkins said. "I think Mike has an appreciation for that. I think Phil (CU chancellor Phil DiStefano) has an appreciation for that. … "That’s really what you try to stick to. You can only live by virtue and virtue alone. So you stick with that and keep plugging along.’’
The biggest thing that would worry us if we were the one’s that hired and are now employing Dan Hawkins is this very simple question: Is the Colorado football program getting better or getting worse under Dan Hawkins. A very good argument could be made that is has gotten better off the field, because there were all kinds of problems at CU when Hawkins arrived that had nothing to do with football, but we cannot imagine that anyone could form a coherent argument around the idea that the Colorado football program on the field is better today than it was when Hawk arrived four years ago.
Robinson, says head coach Mike Gundy, is expected to play Thursday night against the Colorado Buffaloes, this despite suffering an apparent concussion Saturday in a 24-17 win over Texas Tech, ESPN.com reports.
Once again I thought our guys battled and hung in there. I though early on offensively we had a couple of things not go our way and that caused us to hiccup a little bit but I thought they were focused and they knew that had to make a couple plays at the end to win.
"It`s nice to have a bench that you have confidence in," McClain said. "It`s easy as a coach when you turn around and you feel good about who you`re grabbing and sending in there. I think all of our new guys had some bright spots and some things they have to do better. And I thought all of our veteran guys did some good things. There`s no question as our young kids continue to develop that`s going to make us better."
Only Colorado (3-7, 2-4 in Big 12) has played its way out of the postseason picture, which includes eight guaranteed berths for league teams.
12. Colorado: Remember when this team was going to "win 10 games with no excuses" before the season? Instead, Dan Hawkins’ boast rings hollow as the Buffaloes were the first team in the Big 12 eliminated from bowl consideration with their seventh loss. The Buffaloes have the conference’s longest road losing streak with 12 games. And it won’t get any easier as they face a huge challenge heading into Oklahoma State on a short week.
But if the Cowboys can run the table and finish 10-2, they will have as good a claim to a BCS bowl berth as almost any team from a major conference. It will be interesting to see if they can get there.